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Samsung Galaxy A8 release date & specification rumours

The A8 and A8+, upcoming mid-range smartphones in Samsung’s Galaxy line-up, should be made official within weeks. These will be the first Samsung phones to feature a dual front-facing camera, and they will also take the S-series Infinity Display. We round up the rumours.

When is the Samsung Galaxy A8 release date?

Samsung’s Galaxy A family traditionally launches at the end of December/beginning of January.

A launch may not be tied into CES 2018, but it’s probable the phones will be on display at the tradeshow.

What are the rumoured specifications and features for the Galaxy A8?

Samsung’s flagship S-series design is traditionally rolled out into the mid-range A-series the following year. We’ve previously seen annual updates to the A3, A5 and A7, but with a new Infinity Display adorning this family in 2018 we are likely looking at a Galaxy A8 or A8+ instead.

(There has indeed been a Galaxy A8 before, though it was never sold in the UK.)

Bizarrely, much of what we’ve heard rumoured about these devices has now been confirmed by Samsung itself, which is listing the phone’s user manual on its site[1]. Among other things it confirms the existence of waterproofing, an 18.5:9 Infinity Display, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner that lies below the camera, a USB-C port (in addition to a 3.5mm headphone jack), a dual front-facing camera and the fact a dedicated Bixby button will not feature.

That said, both handsets will still integrate Bixby. From an earlier video posted to but later pulled from YouTube we know that these cameras are likely to be rated at camera 16Mp f/1.9 and 8Mp f/1.9 at the front, and 16Mp f/1.7 at the rear. The video also claimed that there would be a 6in 1080×2220-pixel SuperAMOLED display, which we suspect will be reserved for the A8+ while the A8 gets a 5.7- or 5.8in screen.

Powered by the octa-core Exynos 7885, the Galaxy A8 would also get 4GB of RAM (6GB with the A8+), 64GB of storage (plus microSD support) and a 3,500mAh battery that uses Samsung’s Fast Adaptive Charging/Quick Charge 2.0.

Images leaked via Weibo (shown at the top of this page) allegedly reveal a device with the model number SM-730, which is said to be the Galaxy A8+.

Read next: Best new phones coming in 2018[2]

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References

  1. ^ site (downloadcenter.samsung.com)
  2. ^ Best new phones coming in 2018 (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  3. ^ Follow Marie Black on Twitter. (www.twitter.com)

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