Samsung Galaxy A8 Release Date, UK Price & Specifications

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Samsung traditionally passes down the improvements seen in its flagship S series to its mid-range A-series early the following year. A little sooner than expected at CES 2018 the company confirmed its Infinity Display-toting Galaxy A8, which also features dual selfie cameras – a first for the company.
When is the Samsung Galaxy A8 UK release date?
The Galaxy A8 has on 27 April 2018 become available in the UK via Vodafone. It’s listing it with 16GB of data for the price of 4GB on a Red Extra 16GB plan, which also includes unlimited texts and unlimited minutes for £43 per month (£9 upfront cost).
The A8 will be available in three colours: black, gold and orchid grey.
Outside the UK a Galaxy A8+ has also been confirmed. It comes with a larger 6in screen and 3,500mAh battery, and there is a 6GB RAM/64GB storage option, but all other features are standard across the line.
What’s are the new features in the Galaxy A8?
In January 2017 Samsung announced its Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7, all of which saw the Galaxy S7 design treatment – the glass front and rear, always-on display, IP68 waterproofing, USB-C, improved cameras and increased storage.
Fast-forward to December 2017 and heading up the Galaxy A series is the Galaxy A8 (it has not been confirmed if updated versions of the A3, A5 and A7 will follow, though we suspect not). This phone sees upgrades brought in with the Galaxy S8, such as the Infinity Display. Here it’s just a full-HD (1920×2220, 18.5:9) SuperAMOLED panel, but that is the default on the Galaxy S8 in any case. It’s also slightly smaller at 5.7in (the S7 is 5.8in), despite the phone itself being a touch bigger.
The Galaxy A8 does not feature the S8’s dedicated Bixby button, though the Bixby assistant is preinstalled on the phone.

Samsung Galaxy A8
Something not seen in the Galaxy S8 is the Dual Front Camera, which is equipped with Live Focus allowing you to adjust the bokeh effect (blurred background) before or after the shot. This setup combines 16Mp and 8Mp f/1.9 lenses, while there’s another 16Mp f/1.7 camera at the rear.
The camera has the same software as that on the Galaxy S8, which means you can add stickers and take advantage of presets such as Food Mode. Samsung also claims the cameras are excellent in low-light, though we’ll bring you our verdict on that when we get the Galaxy A8 in for review. For video it builds in digital image stabilisation (VDIS) and hyperlapse.
For the first time the Galaxy A series supports Samsung’s Gear VR headset.
Galaxy A8 vs Galaxy S8
Specifications
Samsung Galaxy A8
Samsung Galaxy S8
Display
5.6in Full-HD+ (1920×2220, 18.5:9) SuperAMOLED Infinity Display, AOD
5.8in Quad-HD+ (2960×1440, 18.5:9) SuperAMOLED Infinity Display, AOD
Operating System
Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Android 7.0 Nougat
Processor
Exynos 7885 octa-core processor (2x 2.2GHz, 6x 1.6GHz cores)
Exynos 8895 octa-core processor (4x 2.3GHz, 4x 1.7GHz cores)
Memory
4GB RAM
4GB RAM
Storage
32GB + microSD up to 256GB
64GB + microSD up to 256GB
Connectivity
Dual-band ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, USB-C, LTE Cat 11
Dual-band ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, USB-C, LTE Cat 16, HR sensor
Fingerprint scanner
Yes
Yes, plus Iris scanner
Primary camera
16Mp, f/1.7, VDIS, LED flash
12Mp Dual Pixel, f/1.7, OIS, VDIS, High CRI LED flash
Selfie camera
16Mp, f/1.9 + 8Mp, f/1.9
8Mp, f/1.7
Waterproofing
IP68
IP68
Battery
3,000mAh, fast-charging
3,000mAh, fast-charging
Dimensions
149.2×70.6×8.4mm
148.9×68.1×8.0mm
Weight
172g
155g
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