Samsung Galaxy A8, Galaxy A8+ and LG K10 may be Announced at CES 2018
Rumor had it that Samsung would give a sneak peek at the Galaxy S9 and the S9+ at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, but now, that seems increasingly unlikely. The Seoul, South Korea-based company’s not skipping the festivities altogether, though — according to a report in ETNews, Samsung will take the wraps off its mid-range Galaxy A (2018) series smartphones at a press event in January.
The Galaxy A8 and A8+ have been leaked incessantly, to the point where the Galaxy A8 (2018)’s manual was found on Samsung’s own website. The Galaxy A8+ (2018) appeared in leaked photos and a hands-on video recently, and its specifications have been more or less confirmed.
According to ETNews, both phones in Samsung’s new A8 series have 18:9 Infinity Displays, and they’re said to adopt the Galaxy S8‘s edge-to-edge design. When it comes to software, they’ll reportedly ship with ‘Split View’ and ‘Pop-Up View’ — Samsung’s split-screen and picture-in-picture modes, respectively — and Bixby Home and Bixby Remind services. Bixby Voice won’t be pre-installed, but that’s not too surprising — the leaked Galaxy A8 designs don’t have a dedicated Bixby key, unlike the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.
The Galaxy A8 (2018) series is said to come with Samsung Pay, fingerprint sensors (placed below the camera on the back), USB Type-C ports, and 3.5mm headphone jacks. The Galaxy A8+, meanwhile, will reportedly be the first Galaxy A series phone with a 6-inch Super AMOLED display.
In related news, LG, Samsung’s chief rival, is expected to announce the LG K10 (2018) at the Consumer Electronics Show. ETNews states that LG’s K new series phone will come with the company’s mobile payment solution, LG Pay, for the first time. (Up until now, LG Pay has been restricted to the company’s premium smartphone such as the G and V series). It’s also said to have an FM radio for broadcasting emergency signals during natural disasters.
The LG K10 will have a 5.3-inch Full HD display, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, according to the report. It’ll also have an improved grip, and a thinner design than the previous model.
None of this information is official, so take it with a grain of salt. But it won’t be long before we learn more.