Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+ (2018) have dual selfie cameras and are waterproof

The water and dust-resistant Samsung Galaxy A8 (P26,990) and A8+ (P32,990) are the company’s first midrange smartphones to follow the tall aspect ratio (18:9:5) and dual selfie camera trend. Despite the midrange tag (neither have flagship-level processors), everything about the 2018 A Series looks and feels premium. The A8 and A8+ were launched last January 18, 2018 in Makati City, where Yassi Pressman was announced as the brand’s new ambassador. Both models will be available starting January 27, 2018. Every purchase of either model comes with a FREE 5,000mAh Capdase Battery Pack worth PHP 1,199.  See full specs below, where differences between the two are highlighted. 


Yassi Pressman


Samsung Galaxy A8 | A8+ Full Specs

Model Samsung Galaxy A8 Samsung Galaxy A8+
Display 5.6-inch Super AMOLED 2220 x 1080 resolution w/ 2.5D curved glass (438 ppi) 6-inch Super AMOLED 2220 x 1080 resolution w/ 2.5D curved glass (408 ppi)
Processor and GPU 2.2GHz 64-bit Exynos 7885 octa-core processor | Mali-G71
Internal Storage 32GB 64GB
Micro SD expansion Up to 256GB
Front Camera 16MP f/1.9 + 8MP f/1.9 w/ screen flash
Rear Camera 16MP f/1.7 w/ PDAF and LED flash
OS Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Battery 3,000 mAh with fast charging 3,500 mAh with fast charging
Connectivity WiFi, LTE Cat 11, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, A-GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, light, gyroscope, IR, magnetometer, proximity
Others Fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C, IP68 rating, comes in black and gold
Dimensions 149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4 mm 159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm
Weight 172 g 191 g
Price PHP 26,990 PHP 32,990
Freebie/s FREE 5,000mAh Capdase Battery Pack worth PHP 1,199


Samsung seems to be the only phone maker to offer a waterproof dual selfie smartphone in the midrange category. 

The Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus offer two convenient ways to unlock your phone: via Face Unlock and Fingerprint Sensor.

Yassi Pressman, the new Samsung brand ambassador, takes a groufie with fans and members of the media at the launch event.

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for