Samsung Launch

The Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone. Samsung announced it will launch the 2018 Galaxy A series in India the second week of January. (Yonhap/IANS)

NEW DELHI — South Korean tech giant Samsung is set to refresh its popular "A" series in India with the launch of the 2018 edition of the device in the second week of January.

Industry sources told IANS that the new device will be unveiled Jan. 10 and will be the first in the "A" series to be available only on an online platform.

The Galaxy A8" (2018) and Galaxy A8+" (2018) with flagship-like features made global debuts last month. However, only one variant will be introduced in India on Amazon.in, the sources added.

The device will feature Infinity Display, which is exclusive to the company's flagship smartphones, including Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8.

"With the release of the Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018), we're bringing features from our flagship smartphones, such as the Infinity Display and our first dual-front camera with Live Focus," Junho Park, vice president of Global Product Planning, Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics, said in a statement.

Other features will include support for mobile payment and digital wallet service Samsung Pay, IP68 water-proofing, dust resistance and fast-charging with USB Type-C.

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