If you’ve always wondered why Samsung never brought its respectable mid-range Galaxy A-series smartphones stateside, you should probably wonder no more. We still don’t have an explanation for the limited availability of the water-resistant Galaxy A7 (2017), A5 (2017) and A3 (2017), but out of nowhere, the Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) have gone up for sale at a couple of trusted US retailers.

There’s no processor difference between these two and “global” versions, as both B&H Photo Video and Best Buy list their specifications including an unnamed octa-core 2.2GHz + 1.6GHz SoC, aka Samsung’s in-house Exynos 7885.

While B&H clearly indicates the non-flagship “Infinity Display” handsets up for grabs in black, gold and orchid gray are “international” variants, featuring “US compatible” LTE connectivity, Best Buy only mentions its A8 and A8+ stock is “compatible with GSM carriers, including AT&T and T-Mobile.”

That could mean these are phones officially released by Samsung stateside, although in that case, the OEM should have made some sort of an announcement. Either way, B&H offers a limited 1-year warranty with the Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018), and something tells us Best Buy will have you covered for the same 12 months as well.

The latter retailer charges $600 for a black or gold Galaxy A8+ (2018), $530 for a gold non-Plus A8, and $500 for a black Galaxy A8 (2018), while B&H is a little more reasonable, letting you purchase the two unlocked devices at $480 and $530 respectively, regardless of your color of choice.

In addition to their 5.6 and 6-inch FHD+ Infinity Displays, the A8 duo also has a nice pair of front-facing cameras going for them, as well as 4GB RAM, IP68 water resistance, and a highly capable single 16MP rear shooter.




Adrian has had an insatiable passion for writing since he was in school and found himself writing philosophical essays about the meaning of life and the differences between light and dark beer. Later, he realized this was pretty much his only marketable skill, so he first created a personal blog (in Romanian) and then discovered his true calling, which is writing about all things tech (in English).

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