In an exclusive event held earlier today, Samsung officially launched its newest premium smartphones, sporting a new design, 18:5:9 displays combined with improved optics, and a powerful octa-core processor – The Galaxy A8 and A8+ (2018).

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Both devices feature Samsung’s signature Infinity display with Full HD+ resolution and an 18:5:9 aspect ratio, the A8 at 5.6-inches, and the A8+ at a slightly larger 6-inches. Both are also powered by an octa-core Exynos 7885 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, along with 4GB of RAM for the A8, and 6GB of RAM for the A8+.

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Being selfie-focused, both the A8 and A8+ are equipped with dual front cameras capable of Live Focus and Wide Selfies. At the rear is 16MP camera with PDAF.  Other features include Ultra High Quality Audio Playback Support (UHQ), Facial Recognition, Bixby, Samsung’s digital personal assistant, and wired fast charging.

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The new devices are IP68 certified for water and dust resistance, and run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The A8 packs a 3,000mAh battery, while the A8+ has a slightly larger 3,500mAh unit.

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) Specs:

  • 5.6-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Display
  • 16MP + 8MP dual front cameras, f/1.9, Live Focus, Wide Selfie
  • 16MP rear camera, f/1.7, PDAF
  • 2.2GHz Exynos 7885 octa-core processor
  • 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB)
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • IP68 certification for water and dust resistance
  • 3,000mAh battery with fast charging (wired)
  • Colors: Gold and Black

Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) Specs:

  • 6.0-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Display
  • 16MP + 8MP dual front cameras, f/1.9, Live Focus, Wide Selfie
  • 16MP rear camera, f/1.7, PDAF
  • 2.2GHz Exynos 7885 octa-core processor
  • 6GB of RAM,  64GB of storage expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB)
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • IP68 certification for water and dust resistance
  • 3,500mAh battery with fast charging (wired)
  • Colors: Gold and Black

The Samsung Galaxy A8  and A8+ (2018) will retail for PhP26,990 and PhP32,990 respectively, and will be available in stores starting January 27, 2018.

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Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.

Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

Without questions, Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus is the best camera smartphone the Cherry Mobile has to date. We haven’t seen other Cherry Mobile phones that are capable of taking photos with impressive quality than the one we brought to Japan to cover Tokyo Game Show 2018.

If you have been following our Instagram posts (@gadgetpilipinas) during our coverage of the TGS 2018, our daily driver was the Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus.  So, feast your eyes and take a look at some of our photos:

For high-resolution photos, go  to this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HwHBWNh2WYceTywxiNBhxNKbZuGyz988?usp=sharing

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This selfie was taken the night before we left for Tokyo.
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Jam can smile while sleeping. I took this photo inside Skyliner going to Nippori Station from Narita Airport.
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Our Tokyo trip isn’t always complete without grabbing a lunch at Matsuya.
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Night time is coming, and bedtime is near; oh, where is our AirBnB, I thought it is just right here!
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After looking for a 100-Yen store to buy Allan’s towel (since our AirBnB didn’t have any towels available), we took a break at this vending machine to reward ourselves a cold drink.
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Taken near Bic Camera at Akihabara using Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus.
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We gotta have this here in the Philippines! Oh, I noticed that Flare S7 Plus fails to put a watermark when using Bokeh effect.
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A food shot with our Cherry Roam.

We’ve got to hold our horses so we don’t spoil too much of our TGS experience with photos. Watch out for our first impressions and review of Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus!

Oh, and while you’re at it – be sure to check out our full coverage of Tokyo Game Show 2018 on this link.

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If the line on the demo is any indication, Biohazard RE: 2 is one of the most popular games in TGS 2018. It’s one of those games that, regardless of the time of day, the queue to the booth just won’t go shorter than 60 minutes. We decided to hold off trying our luck on the demo, maybe tomorrow’s line would be shorter.

Demo or no demo, it’s still worth mentioning that the game, even in pictures is just a sight to behold. CAPCOM gave us access to screenshots of the game, and my goodness, what a fresh  coat of paint the game has over the 1998 Playstation and Nintendo 64 classic.

Check them out and drool.
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Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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