Originally announced last December, Samsung’s latest upper mid-range handset, the Galaxy A8, has finally landed for sale in Australia.
Sporting a similar Super AMOLED Infinity Display (with 18:9.5 aspect ratio) as Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S9 series (albeit without the curved-glass design and a lower 1,080 x 2,220-pixel resolution), the Galaxy A8 also boasts an octa-core Exynos 7885 processor, 4GB of RAM, IP68 water and dust resistance, 32GB of onboard storage and a slot for microSD expansion.
While the Galaxy A8 was announced alongside a larger Galaxy A8 Plus model, we’re only getting the regular version in Australia for the time being.
Like the S9, Samsung’s pitching the Galaxy A8 as a photography-oriented handset, and it’s said to offer remarkable selfies thanks to a front-facing dual camera setup that features 16MP and 8MP sensors with an aperture of f/1.9. This allows you to apply Bokeh effects to selfies for that sweet blurred-background look.
On the rear, the Galaxy A8 houses a single-lens 16MP camera with an aperture of f/1.7, but don’t let that discourage you — the Google Pixel 2 is a single-lens shooter and was considered by many to pack the best smartphone camera around (at least until it was dethroned by the Samsung Galaxy S9).