Before we enter the new year, Samsung has already revealed its Galaxy A series for 2018. Unlike its predecessor, Samsung appears to be sticking to just two models to mimic its current Galaxy S series. If you’re wondering about the price tag, the new premium mid-range duo has officially launched in Vietnam and Samsung has revealed their local pricing.
The smaller Galaxy A8 (2018) is priced at 10,990,000 VND (about RM1,976), while the Galaxy A8+ (2018) is priced at 13,490,000 VND (about RM2,426) in Vietnam. This could the best indicator for our Malaysian pricing considering the Galaxy Note8 in Vietnam is going for 22,490,000 VND (about RM4,045), which is pretty close to our local RM3,999 price tag.
We might be wrong but we are guessing that the Galaxy A8 might be priced at RM1,999 while the larger Galaxy A8+ with more RAM and storage could be priced at RM2,499 when it hits the Malaysian market.
Just for reference, the Galaxy A5 and A7 models were priced at RM1,599 and RM1,899 respectively in 2016, while the 2017 version of the Galaxy A5 and A7 are priced at RM1,599 and RM1,899 respectively. Looking at the specs, we reckon that the Galaxy A8 (2018) is the successor to the Galaxy A7 while the Galaxy A8+ (2018) would be a bigger step up to the Galaxy A9 Pro (2016) without the massive battery.
The Galaxy A series for 2018 is a premium mid-range alternative to their flagship models. Both models have Infinity Displays, IP68 dust and water resistance as well as Samsung Pay and Gear VR support. Since Samsung is pricing its new Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series above RM3,000, the Galaxy A series can fill the void for those looking for a brand new model priced between the RM2,000 to RM3,000 range.
If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check out our Galaxy A8 (2018) first impressions. The official Malaysia launch is expected to take place next month.
UPDATE: The Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+ is officially priced from RM1,799 in Malaysia.