Just in case you didn’t know, the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 is the successor to the Galaxy A5 2017 while the Galaxy A7 2017 has been replaced by the Galaxy A8+ 2018. This change of names is part of Samsung’s efforts to harmonize its naming strategy, probably in line with the high-end family as well as Apple’s offerings, which are currently at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8+.
As usual, someone rocking the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 or Galaxy A7 2017 is wondering whether there is any need to change to the newer models. Well, from where we stand, there definitely are plenty of reasons to make the switch, led by the new Infinity Display design and dual front-facing cameras. Of course, there are also some similarities between the two models, for instance, they have the same storage capacity, IP68 dust and water resistance bodies, they still rock Super AMOLED panels with full HD resolution, among others. One cute addition the two phones have received besides the obvious is the support for Gear VR headsets, something that had remained exclusive to the company’s high-end devices. The dual front camera also gets the new Live Focus feature we saw on the Galaxy Note 8, promising some of the best bokeh effects.
There is no doubt that the new Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 and Galaxy A8+ 2018 handsets are quite impressive, at least on paper. But with the upgrades they come with also comes a steeper price tag when compared to their predecessors. Perhaps to justify their worth even further, let’s take a closer look at what they bring on the table when compared to their predecessors.
|Galaxy A5 2017||Galaxy A8 2018||Galaxy A7 2017||Galaxy A8+ 2018|
|Dimensions||146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm||149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4 mm||156.8 x 77.6 x 7.9 mm||159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm|
|Display||5.2-inch FHD, Super AMOLED||5.6-inch FHD+, Super AMOLED (Infinity Display)||5.7-inch FHD, Super AMOLED||6.0-inch FHD+, Super AMOLED (Infinity Display)|
|Processor||Exynos 7880 octa, 1.9GHz||Exynos 7885 octa, 2.2GHz||Exynos 7880 octa, 1.9GHz||Exynos 7885 octa, 2.2GHz|
|Storage||32GB, expandable up to 256GB||32GB/64GB, expandable up to 256GB||32GB, expandable up to 256GB||32GB/64GB, expandable up to 256GB|
|Software||Android Marshmallow, upgradable to Nougat||Android Nougat, upgradable to Oreo||Android Marshmallow, upgradable to Nougat||Android Nougat, upgradable to Oreo|
|Main camera||16MP, f/1.9 aperture||16MP, f/1.7 aperture, PDAF||16MP, f/1.9 aperture||16MP, f/1.7 aperture, PDAF|
|Selfie camera||16MP, f/1.9 aperture||16MP+8MP, f/1.9 aperture, Live Focus||16MP, f/1.9 aperture||16MP+8MP, f/1.9 aperture, Live Focus|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.2, LTE, dual-SIM, USB-C||Bluetooth 5.0, LTE, dual-SIM, USB-C, NFC||Bluetooth 4.2, LTE, dual-SIM, USB-C||Bluetooth 5.0, LTE, dual-SIM, USB-C, NFC|
|Battery||3000mAh, fast charging||3000mAh, fast charging||3600mAh, fast charging||3500mAh, fast charging|
|Extras||Samsung Pay, front-mounted fingerprint scanner, IP68, Always On Display||Samsung Pay, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, IP68, Always On Display, Gear VR support||Samsung Pay, front-mounted fingerprint scanner, IP68, Always On Display||Samsung Pay, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, IP68, Always On Display, Gear VR support|