There’s no denying that Samsung’s S-series has boasted some of the finest flagships ever made, but sometimes there’s no match for a bonafide bargain, and that’s what the South Korean giant seems to be delivering with its newly-announced A-series phones, the Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8 Plus (2018).

As the new gold standard of Samsung’s mid-tier range, the Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus look to balance premium design with a steady performance all while retaining a modest price tag. On paper, this year’s A8 phones – which technically replace the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7, respectively – appear to deliver on all counts.

Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus announced: Sleek, selfie-focused mid-rangers (Update: Pre-orders open in South Korea)

This time around both the 5.6-inch A8 and the 6-inch A8 Plus sport an elongated Infinity Display with the same 18:5:9 aspect ratio found on the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8. Both panels are Super AMOLED displays with a 2220 x 1080 resolution.

Despite missing out on the curved edges of its premium counterparts, the A8 and A8 Plus both pack slimline bezels, while leaving enough room for the devices’ most unique feature – a front-facing 16 MP and 8 MP dual-camera. We’ll be putting the pair’s selfie-taking credentials and much more to the test at a later date for a full review, but for now, be sure to check out the table below for all of the key specs.

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018)
Display
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018):
5.6-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED
2,220 x 1,080 resolution
441 ppi
18:5:9 aspect ratio
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018):
6-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED
2,220 x 1,080 resolution
412 ppi
18:5:9 aspect ratio
Processor
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018):
Unspecified octa-core platform
2.2 Ghz + 1.6 Ghz
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018):
Unspecified octa-core platform
2.2 Ghz + 1.6 Ghz
GPU
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018):
TBC
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018):
TBC
RAM
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018):
4 GB
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018):
4/6 GB
Storage
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018):
32/64 GB
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018):
32/64 GB
MicroSD
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018):
Yes, up to 256 GB
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018):
Yes, up to 256 GB
Cameras
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018):
Rear camera:
16 MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture, phase-detection auto-focus, video digital image stabilisation (VDis) technology, hyperlapse, and Food Mode
Front camera:
16 MP + 8 MP sensor with f/1.9 aperture and Live Focus
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018):
Rear camera:
16 MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture, phase-detection auto-focus video digital image stabilisation (VDis) technology, hyperlapse, and Food Mode
Front camera:
16 MP + 8 MP sensor with f/1.9 aperture and Live Focus
Audio
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018):
3.5mm headphone jack
MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018):
3.5mm headphone jack
MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Battery
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018):
3,000 mAh
Non-removable
Fast charging
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018):
3,500 mAh
Non-removable
Fast charging
Sensors
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018):
Accelerometer Barometer
Fingerprint sensor Gyro sensor Geomagnetic sensor Hall sensor
Proximity sensor
RGB light sensor
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018):
Accelerometer Barometer
Fingerprint sensor Gyro sensor Geomagnetic sensor Hall sensor
Proximity sensor
RGB light sensor
IP rating
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018):
IP68 water and dust resistance
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018):
IP68 water and dust resistance
Network
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018):
TBC
LTE Cat. 11
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018):
TBC
LTE Cat. 11
Connectivity
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018):
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
ANT+
Location (GPS, Glonass, BeiDou)
USB Type-C 2.0
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018):
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
ANT+
Location (GPS, Glonass, BeiDou)
USB Type-C 2.0
Software
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018):
Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018):
Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Colors
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018):
Black, Orchid Grey, Gold, and Blue
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018):
Black, Orchid Grey, Gold, and Blue
Dimensions and weight
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018):
149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4 mm
172 g
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018):
159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm
191 g

Be sure to let us know your thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8 Plus (2018) specs in the comments below! Is its dual-camera for selfies and (near) bezel-less design won you over?