Samsung’s Galaxy A series gets updated for 2018
By Chong Jinn Xiung January 17, 2018
New Galaxy A series are IP68 water and dust resistant making them ready for any situation
Immersive 18.5:9 ratio Infinity Display, dual front facing cameras among new improvements to the Galaxy A smartphones
Samsung Malaysia Electronics ushered in the new year with two brand new additions to its Galaxy A series with the introduction of the Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018).
The Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) offer IP68 water and dust resistance, so they can withstand the elements, including sweat, rain, sand and dust, making it suitable for nearly any activity or situation.
Whether you enjoy watching movies or playing games on your latest Galaxy A devices, the Infinity Display go beyond the bezel with an immersive 18.5:9 display ratio, so that you can view the whole scene across your screen for the ultimate cinematic experience.
The large screen is supported with ergonomic curved glass on the back and front. Its sleek glass and metal frame, smooth curves and comfortable grip make it even easier to watch or interact with content on your phone. The Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) are available in three colours including black, gold and orchid gray to suit your personal style.
Both devices will continually keep you informed with the Always On Display, meaning you can get information at a glance without unlocking your phone.
Both the Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) feature some common features that include a Dual Front Camera, Infinity Display and ergonomic design that draws on Samsung’s flagship design. Samsung said the new Galaxy A series is more stylish, practical and convenient than previous versions.
“With the release of the Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018), we’re bringing our customers’ favourite features from our flagship smartphones, such as the Infinity Display and our first Dual Front Camera with Live Focus, to our Galaxy A series,” said Samsung Malaysia Electronics head of IT & Mobile Business KM Liew.
For those who love to snap pictures, the new Galaxy A series possesses a 16-Megapixel f/1.7 rear camera for taking clear photos in any condition be it day or night. The 16-Megapixel+8-Megapixel f/1.9 Dual Front Cameras that allow users to switch between the two to take the type of selfie you want – from close-ups with the background to portrait shots with a clear and crisp background.
With the advanced Live Focus feature, you can easily adjust the bokeh effect before or after you take the picture to create high-quality images. The new devices also allow you to customize your photos with fun options, from adding stickers to your selfie or highlighting a culinary extravaganza with Food Mode.
Shaky video footage will be a thing of the past with video digital image stabilisation (VDis) technology, and with an added hyperlapse feature, you can now create time-lapse videos that let you record, tell and share even longer stories.
In terms of specs both Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) come powered by an Octa Core (2.2GHz Dual + 1.6Ghz Hexa) processor. Where they differ, the Galaxy A8 (2018) has 4GB of RAM with 32GB of storage while the Galaxy A8+ (2018) has 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage.
The Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) support microSD cards so you can expand your storage capacity by up to 256GB, and are the first in the A series to support Samsung’s Gear VR.
Individually, the Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) possess 3,000mAh and 3,500mAh batteries that can be charged via USB Type-C with support for Fast Charging.
In addition, the new Galaxy A series support Samsung Pay that frees you up to perform cashless payments, supporting both Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) and Near Field Communication (NFC) card readers.
The Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) will be available at RM1,799 and RM2,499 respectively in January 2018.