The Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) was one of the first releases from Samsung last year. The phone came in with a 6″ FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display, Exynos 7885 SoC, 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. At the time of its launch, the phone came with Samsung Experience UI on top of Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Halfway through the year, the Galaxy A8+ 2018 was updated to Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience 9.5. Despite a string of new releases after that, Samsung has not forgotten the A8+ 2018, as the device is now receiving its Android Pie update with Samsung’s One UI on top.
XDA Recognized Developer spotted the A730FXXU4CSB9/ A730FOXM4CSB9/ A730FXXU4CSB7/ A730FXXU4CSB9 update rolling out for the device, and managed to capture the firmware and mirror it for other users to download and manually flash. There are instructions for installation attached, so you can stick to them to get the taste of the latest Android version on this 2018 mid-ranger from Samsung.
The update obviously bumps up the Android version of the device, and also brings all the new changes that Samsung’s new One UI brings to the table. You can read more about the differences between Samsung Experience 9.5 and One UI in our review.
The Samsung Galaxy A8+ 2018 competed against the likes of the OnePlus 5T and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 at the time of its launch. As was typical for Samsung then, the phone was not very competitively priced. As a result, despite having decent specifications, the phone could not create any ripples in a market that was ruled by the likes of affordable flagships. By extending the Android Pie love, and updating the phone for two Android versions, Samsung is making us hopeful for its future releases in this price segment, despite the frequency of Samsung’s releases.
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