Having access to a custom recovery is one of the most important projects for every custom ROM community. Without it, flashing a custom ROM, a mod, or even rooting your device with Magisk would be very risky without an easy way to make backups. Over the last few years, TWRP has been the biggest project that found its way to numerous devices both officially and unofficially. We have exciting news for all owners of two Samsung Galaxy phones from early 2018: the Samsung Galaxy A8 and Samsung Galaxy A8+. Thanks to the efforts of XDA Senior Member BlackMesa123, TWRP for those devices is now officially available. Official TWRP access means the recovery is considered stable and official builds will be accessible from the website and Play Store app. From the changelog, we learn that File-Based Encryption is working on AOSP ROMs alongside with USB-OTG.
The Galaxy A8 (2018) was released in January and offers a 5.6-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display, an octa-core Samsung Exynos 7885 paired up with 4GB of RAM and 32 or 64GB of internal storage. The smartphone includes a 3,000 mAh battery. You can get the latest recovery from the XDA thread or TeamWin’s site.
The Galaxy A8+ (2018) offers almost identical specifications to the non-plus model, but is a bit bigger (6.0 inch), has more RAM (6 GB in some variants), and a more capatious battery at 3,500 mAh.
Official recovery opens up new development possibilities for these devices. If you are an owner of one of them, give the latest TWRP a shot!