Meet the Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8+ (2018) Samsungs new naming scheme hides it, but these are the successors to the Galaxy A5 (2017) and A7 (2017). These two sit closer to the S-series than any of their predecessors and even bring something unique.
On the front is Samsungs first dual selfie camera a 16MP + 8MP combo. The Live Focus feature lets you chose whether the background is in focus or blurred to a soft bokeh. The phone will seamlessly switch between the two front cameras to get the effect you need.
The main camera has been upgraded with a brighter f/1.7 aperture for the 16MP sensor. Digital stabilization was added for steadier videos while the Hyperlapse mode will help condense things to just the gist.
Galaxy A8: Front • Back • Left • Right
As expected, the Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) adopt the Infinity Display design of the S-series. This includes the 18.5:9 aspect ratio and curved glass, but not the resolution the panels are 1080p+. That is still enough to make these the first A-series phones to support Gear VR, however.
The smaller A8 has a 5.6″ screen while the A8+ stretches to 6″. This puts them on either side of the Galaxy S8 screen in terms of size (5.8″). Again, these are followups to the A5 and A7 from last year rather than sequels to the original Galaxy A8.
Galaxy A8 Plus: Front • Back • Left • Right
The status of premium Galaxy phones further affords these two Samsung Pay support (with MST), IP68 waterproofing and fast charging over USB-C. The battery capacities are 3,000mAh and 3,500mAh for the smaller and larger models respectively (matching the S8 duo).
The phones will come with Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box, which is slightly disappointing for phones launching in early January 2018. Theres no word on pricing yet.