Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ (2018) premium mid-range handsets last month. These are the first handsets of their kind from Samsung to feature an Infinity Display and support for the Gear VR. They’re also first Galaxy handsets to feature a dual camera on the front. The firsts don’t end there, the Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ (2018) also bring real-time HDR to Samsung’s mid-range smartphones.

The Galaxy A series normally gets key features a year later after Samsung debuts them on its flagship Galaxy S and Galaxy Note models. That was the case with the Infinity Display and support for the Gear VR as well. Samsung’s flagship models have long supported real-time HDR and this feature is finally making its way to the company’s mid-range lineup.

Samsung launched its real-time HDR feature with the Galaxy S5 a few years back. The feature is capable of automatically detecting if a scene or subject needs to be shot in HDR and enables instant saving of HDR-enabled shots. This eliminates the need for users to wait a few seconds until the HDR image is saved.

Samsung appears to be confident in the Galaxy A8’s ability to power this feature that it has actually hidden the option in the camera settings and has enabled it by default.

The Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ (2018) are gradually being released in more markets across the globe. They run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box but will eventually be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo later this year.

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