Samsung has announced the latest Galaxy A models: the A8 and A8 Plus. The A8 has a 5.6-inch AMOLED display, while the A8 Plus is the same but larger, at six inches. Both new devices feature a 16MP and 8MP F/1.9 dual front camera, a 16MP F/1.7 rear camera, an infinity display, a display ratio of 18.5:9, and 32GB or 64GB storage that’s expandable up to 256GB with a microSD card. The A8 comes with 4GB of RAM, while the A8 Plus comes with both 4GB or 6GB of RAM. It’s also dust and water resistance and compatible with Samsung Pay. The devices are the first in Samsung’s A series to support Gear VR.
It’s interesting to note that the dual camera is placed at the front rather than the back like the Galaxy Note 8. Samsung says users can switch between the two cameras depending on the type of selfie you want — from close-ups, to portrait shots with a clear, crisp background. Samsung notes that the Live Focus features also allows you to adjust the bokeh effect before or after a picture is taken. The camera also features video digital image stabilization and also has a hyperlapse feature that allows you to create time-lapse videos.
The devices come in black, gray, gold, and blue. The Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus will be available early January, but there’s no indication yet of how much it will cost.