Samsung will launch the Galaxy A8/A8+ in Malaysia next week

Posted:  January 9, 2018   By:    42 comments   


Samsung‘s off to a sexy start in 2018 with the launch of a pair of brand new premium mid-range handsets that have a lot of things in common with the company’s flagships, and even improves on some of their weaknesses. They’re called the Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+ (so it’s more in line with their Galaxy S lineup) and we finally have a launch date for them here in Malaysia.

Hint: It’s next week.

Samsung will be launching their brand new dynamic duo in Malaysia on the 17th of January 2018 but beyond that, details regarding price and availability remain scarce. Considering this is the mid-range market that Samsung is tackling, price will likely be a big deciding factor for consumers.

If we’re looking at Vietnam, Samsung’s Galaxy A8 and A8+ launched there with prices that hover around the RM2,000 to RM2,400 mark which is a worrying trend. For that kind of money, you are entering the value flagship zone where heavyweights like Xiaomi’s Mi 6, Huawei’s Mate 10 and the OnePlus 5T reign.

Nevertheless, Samsung’s Galaxy A8 and A8+ do have their strengths. Ecosystem exclusives like Samsung Pay and Gear VR support, for example, are things you can’t get with other handsets. Pair that with stunning build quality, IP68 dust & water resistance, plus gorgeous Infinity Super AMOLED 18.5:9 Full HD+ displays (5.6″ on the A8 and 6″ on the A8+), and you have a pretty deadly combination.

While they both have a 16MP f/1.7 aperture camera at the back, the real interesting news is in front where a pair of selfie shooters live. There’s a 16MP f/1.9 aperture main camera and an 8MP f/1.9 aperture secondary shooter in front, both of which work in tandem to give you great selfies. It also enables Live Focus (Samsung’s Portrait Mode) so you can take unique looking selfies with simulated shallow depth of field.

The biggest difference between the two smartphones are in its specs. Although both have the same Exynos 7885 octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz, the A8 comes packing 4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of internal storage while the A8+ has 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The A8 also has a smaller 3,000 mAh battery compared to the A8+’s 3,500 mAh cell. That said, they are both fast-charging enabled and charge via a USB Type C port.

For more details, you can check out the reveal here. If you want to know what we think of the Galaxy A8, check out our detailed hands-on and first impressions too.

Stay tuned for the official price reveal next week. In the meantime, I’d like to hear your thoughts on what you think the price will be. Let me know in the comments below!


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42 Comments for Samsung will launch the Galaxy A8/A8+ in Malaysia next week

SamDsex

RIP Samsung A-Series as a midranger. They are now in a new category as premium mid-range with a flagship price.

Welcome to Samsung J-series replacing A-series as their new low mid range with a higher mid range price. Samsung J7 Plus anyone?

    halimi

    J7 plus are now sold at RM 1299 which is same as China brand midranger like Huawei Nova2i RM 1299 & Oppo F5 at RM 1298, So whats the complain ?

    Don't forget Honor V10 is price at RM 2099 that's also a premium mid-range

      U-sir

      Honor v10 is more to downgraded flagship than a premium midrange. since it has flagship internals(only).

      SamDsex

      RM1299 is not even originally an asking price for J7+ when it has been launched.

      You’re comparing “reduced to clear” fruit with a fresh fruit.

yeehaw

samsung has been milking gullible msians to much for too long…..

    Xlod

    you mean apple?

    halimi

    5K Apple Iphone X ring a bell ?

      YKK

      Apple is responsible for its OS, Samsung has Google doing most. Who’s milking more?
      Even for S8,security patch until August 2016, not even fixing KRACK vulnerability. No worth spending so much on lackluster software support.

        AppleFans

        Paid apple to slap your fresh face? Nice iOS for your future update? Slow down your devices and change a new battery? Ring a bell

          YKK

          I have never got slapped from Apple but from Samsung thrice.

          applyfangay

          face problem

        lkarepl

        https://www.phonearena.com/news/Do-you-know-who-e…

        Your 5,000RM iPhone X just costs less than 2.5k RM in reality. LOL

Steven

Does it have OIS?

change28

Samsung is now following the trail of Sony……so drunk with their previous successes that they failed to provide value for money.

There is no point in having such a huge range of phones when it is so confusing to the public.

    halimi

    What so confusing ?

    S series = Flagship
    Note series = phone with a pen
    A series = Premium Mid Range
    J series = Budget Mid Range

      Ancientguy

      There is no models offered for Buyers looking for budget flagship, midrange flagship , budget note, midrange note, premium budget, midrange budget and buyers confused have to choose among the severely limited offering…

      YKK

      A series 2016 more premium or J series 2017 ?

      SamDsex

      That’s 2018 iteration you have there.

      2018
      S Series=Flagship with absurd and idiotic super premium price.
      Note Series=Flagship with retarded,insane, yet super duper premium price.
      A-Series=Premium Midrange with lower Flagship price.
      J series=low midrange with high midrange price and higher midrange with premium midrange price.

      2016
      S Series=Flagship with overprice super premium price.
      Note Series=Flagship with stupid super duper premium price.
      A-Series=lower midrange with medium midrange price and higher Midrange with higher midrange price.
      J series=entry level with lower midrange price and lower midrange with medium midrange price.

        Fishy

        Replied like a retard?

          YKK

          With so many choices out there, I don’t think anyone can answer or explain in short and doesn’t look retarded.

          May be “What you pay is what you get” explanation is less retarded ?

          change28

          That is the point.

          The differences between some models are so little that it is clear that Samsung is simply attempting to saturate the market by confusing the buyer.

          I no longer waste time deciphering what Samsung has to offer!

          dream

          hope you will get better repay from iphone x

ftw!

Buy Note FE oso better nia with that money…

halimi

Idea price should be RM 1799 for A8 & RM 2099 for A8+

Then again Oppo F5 6GB already set an example of expensive Mid ranger at RM 1698 with merely Mediatek Chips, Upcoming Huawei Nova 2S also expect to be another expensive Mid Ranger.

Mubarak

Supeer

Wadafake

Just buy one plud 5t 6gb ram, better in every way.

Ifansheep

Nope thanks.

I already got my iPhone 8 Plus with Maxis at RM850.

    Ancientguy

    That’s alright, every mistake builds your character..

    Ceative 21

    850? How??

ElCheapo

with this, suddenly the Note FE becomes a good deal….

Aloy

The phone very handsome, samsung are leading in the design department. Pricewise not so bad just that u may opt for some old model with ois at the same price.

MOHD ISMIN IBRAHIM

Note Fe is worth for money despite lack of infinity display & dex features…

Jack

Article states Samsung Pay and Gear VR support as strengths but really… it doesn't justify a perfectly normal mid-ranger for that price Top up a bit for a OnePlus and you get better specs AND clean Android without Samsung's ugly Touchwiz. No brainer..

Nireza

Better buy Xiaomi brand.

SAMSUNG FAN

Hey..SamDsex whats wrong with you?..Samsung is the best phone company ever! The design and others is amazing..I hate apple because sometimes the design on the apple looks the same..BTW i use a Samsung galaxy note 8

Samsungno.1fan

Hey..SamDsex whats wrong with you?..Samsung is the best phone company ever! The design and others is amazing..I hate apple because sometimes the design on the apple looks the same..BTW i use a Samsung galaxy note 8

    SamDsex

    Don’t be a blind sheep.

    Even if they are doing great for sometimes with some series before, it doesn’t they will keep a doing the same great thing nowadays.

    I’m stating a fact in here. It is a bitter reality that sheep will respond quickly as a threat but not as an honest view. I don’t want to exaggerate some brands but some brands able to keep their price reasonable without compromising too much on quality or even performance.

    Please wake up from your slumber Sammyboys.

      LKF

      Agree,evaluate the product and not blindly support the brand

Azzrudin Jamil

Samsung is slowly becoming just like Apple, too fixated with their own creation. Like they know you better than yourself. That is how I ditched Apple and then Samsung, last device was S5 and now using the final version of Nexus family. Thought of changing to Pixel but nahhh not yet, my 2 years 6P is still on top performance with Pure Android (lucky me, never had the common problems with it). Huawei got my thumbs up, lets just hope it’s stays that way.

herusan

The insanity of price hiking is here… and i blame apple for creating this trend. when flagship tier capped on ultra premium price and midrange class phone starting creep into valuable flagship territory (oneplus 5t, huawei mate 10) and j7 series priced in 1500rm
well, as samsung user for 4 years lets be wise and its time for me to say farewell with this brand (i love the quality not the price though)