Samsung hasn’t officially released the Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus (2018) in the US, but you can now pick up either of the mid-range devices complete with a one-year warranty from B&H. The Galaxy A8 is available for $479, while the larger model is priced at $529.
The first thing to note is that these are not true US models as they technically doesn’t exist just yet. Instead, we’re looking at the A530F (A8) and A730F (A8 Plus), dual-SIM versions produced for the European/Global market.
That means neither phone will play ball with CDMA carriers, so Verizon and Sprint customers are fresh out of luck. GSM/LTE networks – like AT&T or T-Mobile – are good to go, however, and B&H is selling each phone unlocked in three colors: Black, Orchid Gray, and Gold.
As a quick specs refresher, the Galaxy A8 features a 5.6-inch Full HD+ display with an 18:5:9 aspect ratio, while the A8 Plus bumps the screen size up to 6 inches. Both phones sport front-facing dual cameras (16 MP and 8 MP), a 16 MP rear shooter, octa-core processors, and 4 GB of RAM.
The models on offer here each come with 64 GB of internal storage (expandable), sizable batteries (3,000 mAh for the A8, 3,500 mAh for the A8 Plus), and run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.
Unfortunately, there’s still no word on a proper release date for either phone stateside. The mid-rangers are currently available in selected European markets, India, and South Korea, with a vague UK launch pencilled in for April.