Samsung starts 2018 off with a bang with the Galaxy A8 and A8+ joining Samsung’s Galaxy A series. The Galaxy A8 and A8+ will be debuting several new features as well as bringing back much-loved features of the Galaxy series. Along with the new smartphones comes an announcement of Samsung’s newly revamped experience store at Vivocity that carries many new surprises.
Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018)
The newest addition to Samsung’s smartphone family, Galaxy A8 and A8+ is packed with new features. This includes Samsung’s first Dual Front Camera with Live Focus. The new front-facing cameras will enable the user to choose different selfie style. Live Focus will enable users to create and adjust bokeh effects before or after taking a photo. These new features will certainly make taking photos a lot more fun and flexible.
As their main shooter, the A8 and A8+ feature a 16MP rear camera. The rear camera also features low-aperture lenses that will allow taking photos in low-light conditions a breeze. Shaky footage will also be eliminated with the video digital image stabilization (VDis) technology contained in both devices. Users can also now create time-lapse videos with the new hyper-lapse feature.
The Galaxy A8 and A8+ screens will be at 5.6 inches and 6.0 inch respectively. The newcomers will also feature an edge-to-edge, Infinity display. With an 18:5:9 display ratio, the Galaxy A8 and A8+ provide users with the ultimate cinematic experience when watching movies or playing games. Supported by a premium metal frame and curved glass on the back and front, the new Galaxy A8 and A8+ will provide users with an ergonomic and comfortable grip while being sleek and stylish.
Both of the new smartphones will also feature IP68-certified water and dust resistance. This means they would be able to take a beating: be it rain, sweat, sand, or dust. Storage on these devices would also be expandable up to 256GB with microSD cards. They will also be the first in the Galaxy A line-up to support the Samsung Gear VR. Much like its other cousins in Samsung’s S series, the A8 and A8+ will be having facial recognition security features.
The Galaxy A8(2018) and A8+(2018) will be available from 27 January 2017 at a recommended retail price of SGD648 and SGD798 respectively, inclusive of GST. Available in Gold and Black, the devices will be available through all local telco operators, selected consumer electronic stores, authorized mobile retailers, Samsung Experience Stores and selected online retailers.
New and Improved Samsung Experience Store at Vivocity
Located in the heart of VivoCity is Samsung’s new and improved Experience Store. Aside from showcasing Samsun’s latest range of products, customers are able to connect with Samsung products such as home connectivity to have an interactive and immersive experience prior to their purchase. Customers can also experience 4DVR rides with Samsung Gear VR and the Gear S experience, something the kids will definitely love. Customers can also customise bag and personalize phone covers at the store’s engraving services.
The Experience Store will also have extended Service Centre houses from 11 am to 9 pm daily. Customers with broken devices can also expect their devices to be repaired or serviced within an hour at the new Quick Repair Service.
Samsung Experience Store will also be having an opening promotion. They will be giving every customer a $30 Mapletree voucher with every purchase of $400 and above. Customers who purchase a Galaxy Note8, S8+, S8 or Tab S3 will receive a $50 Mapletree voucher9 instead. This promotion will commence from 18 January 2018 on while stocks last basis.
The New Samsung Member App
Samsung will also be looking to launch their new Samsung Member app. The app would allow users to keep track of their Galaxy device towards optimal working conditions by performing diagnostics through the app. They can then optimise settings and RAM storage. Samsung Members will also include a comprehensive FAQ section to aid in answer any question that users might have, from battery issues to application compatibility. The Samsung Member app will be available and preloaded on the Galaxy A8 and A8+.