Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
Hello, Guys! Today I’m going to do a full specifications review of Samsung Galaxy A8. This is a Samsung’s new upper mid-range phone with a glossy metal design and styling so similar that will forgive you if your mistake is for the flagship Galaxy S8. The list similarities between the Galaxy A8 2018 Vs the Galaxy S8, included tall edge to edge Super AMOLED infinity display, a 3000 milliamp-hours battery and the familiar Samsung experience interface but on the inside, the Galaxy A8 is a different beast with a weaker performance. So, let’s start-
Design & Display: –
The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 looks and feels like the most expensive like flagships out there. It constructed of the aluminium, glass and great overall build quality. Well, we have a very similar design to the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8 but the Galaxy A8 is a little bit thicker and heavier.
This is one area where it looks like a flagship phone. The display takes the majority of space of the front even though the bezels are slightly larger than on the Samsung Galaxy S8. The front panel is sharp, vibrant and it’s easily one of the best in class for both indoor and outdoor use. Another highlight is the Dual Camera setup on the front that allows you to take Portrait selfies.
Samsung implemented a traditional single camera system on the back with a bright aperture lens. I found the power button and speaker grille on the right-hand side of the phone and volume rockers left the side of the phone.
Biometrics & Sound: –
I would love to hear a little bit more depth but the overall quality of the loudspeaker is pretty good. The 3.5mm headphone jack is located on the bottom side of the phone and it provides great sound quality.
The fingerprint scanner has finally moved to the right place and it works very well. You can also use the Face Unlock feature which works quite well but it’s not as fast and reliable as the fingerprint scanner feature.
Finally, you get a notification LED light, a highly customizable and power efficient always-on display and last but not least the Galaxy A8 2018 is water and dust resistant just like the Samsung’s flagships.
The Galaxy A8 2018 ships with a 16-megapixel camera with f/1.7 aperture lens and LED flash on the rear panel and Dual camera setup 16-megapixel + 8-megapixel with f/1.9 aperture lens on the front panel.
The stock camera app takes images really fast just like the flagship smartphones. My favourite shooting modes include a Pro Mode that allows you to change a few picture settings and of course a Live Focused mode that takes really nice-looking selfies with shallow depth of field effect because of the secondary camera sensor. It blurs the background nicely with no Artificial Image processing. You will be able to take beautiful selfies with this phone, images were taken using the Auto mode look really nice too.
The overall picture quality is very good. You can take good daylight images even though I could only test the camera on a dark and cloudy day. There is plenty of detail colour reproduction is usually accurate and the even dynamic range is pretty nice.
The main camera does a pretty good job in low-light condition. It’s not a flagship great performance but night images are easily one of the best I’ve seen from a $500 phone.
The Galaxy A8 can shoot videos in 1080p, there is no 4K recording feature which is a disadvantage. The overall video quality could be great as there as is plenty of detail and the footage is really stable and smooth despite the fact there is no optical image stabilization. However, the continuous autofocus is jumping like crazy and it may ruin the entire video. I’m pretty sure this can be fixed with a future software update. The 1080p selfie video looks great as there is plenty of detail and the sound recording quality is good.
Processor, Memory & Performance: –
The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 is powered by Exynos 7885 Chipset which clocked at Octa-Core up to the 2.2GHz processor with 4 gigabytes of RAM and 32/64GB internal storage which is expandable up to 256 gigabytes via microSD card. It has a Mali-G71 graphics card.
The Galaxy A8 is underpowered but it’s never all about sheer specifications, it’s all about optimization. The phone can easily handle even the most demanding tasks like 3D gaming. I played quite a few different titles and they ran without any issues also with the phone does not get hot even after like 30 minutes of gaming.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 ships with Android 7 Nougat out of the box but the Android 8 update is just around the corner. As usual to the Samsung, there are plenty of features settings and little tweaks to play with just to name a few you can change the display settings, customize the navigation bar or use a blue light filter to reduce the eye strain just like on other Samsung phones. You can change the looks by choosing from plenty of wallpapers or themes or use smart advanced features.
There is a whole bunch of them but my favourites are the ability to quickly launch the camera, use the fingerprint gesture to open up a notification panel or run two apps side by side by using a multi-window feature.
Of course, we have Bigsby Assistant that has improved quite a lot but I’m still getting used to using it. Overall, I like that the phone is really fast and responsive despite all those extra features. As usual, I installed plenty of apps and I’m yet to see the phone lag or stutter great overall performance.
The Galaxy A8 is just excellent in terms of call quality and signal reception is also really good. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC work just fine, there are quite a few sensors including a gyroscope it means the Galaxy A8 2018 is compatible with VR headsets and 360 content. Finally, the phone supports to USB OTG meaning that you can connect external devices like USB flash drives.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 ships with a 3000 milliamp-hours battery. The battery life is just great on the Galaxy A8. Well, your mileage may vary but under my usage, I was able to get about 8 hours of Screen On Time which is very good result considering the battery capacity and the size of the display. There is no wireless charging but the supplied fast charger will fully charge the phone for about one and half hours.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 has a few Pros and Cons to consider so let me start with few Cons-
First of all, a lot of people says that the Galaxy A8 2018 is a bit overpriced considering the mid-range level specs but the overall performance including gaming performance is just great so I have no complaints about that.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 ships with Android 7 Nougat, not Android 8 out of the box. There is no 4K video recording and speaking of that video recording the continuous Autofocus is not good. Finally, there is no wireless charging.
The Galaxy A8 2018 is well built and it definitely looks and feels premium flagship device, also a great overall performance including great gaming performance despite those mid-range level specs. The Galaxy A8 cameras are one of the best in this price range, the battery life is excellent and also you get the fingerprint scanner which is fast and accurate, there is also a face unlock feature, LED notification light, Always-on display and fast charger in the retail packaging.
So, at the end of the discussion, there are a few caveats to consider but in my opinion, Pros easily outweigh the Cons.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Samsung Galaxy A8||Coming Soon||Rs 29,999|
|The USA Buyers|
|Samsung Galaxy A8||Coming Soon||$ 500|
|Samsung Galaxy A8||Coming Soon||PKR 52,000|
|Samsung Galaxy A8||Coming Soon||Tk 40,000|
|Technology||GSM / LTE / HSPA|
|SIM||Single or Dual SIM (Nano)|
|BODY||Dimensions||149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||Super AMOLED, 1080 x 2220p (441 PPI)|
|Protection|| Corning Gorilla Glass
IP68 Certified Water & Dust resistant
|CAMERA||Rear||16-MP, f/1.7, PDAF, LED Flash|
|Front||Dual (16-MP + 8-MP ), f/1.9|
|Features||Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 7.1.1 Nougat|
|CPU||Octa-Core Up to 2.2GHz|
|MEMORY||Internal||32/64GB, 4GB RAM|
|External||Up to 256GB (microSD)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, Gyro, Proximity, Compass, Accelerometer, Barometer|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi Direct, Hotspot, Dual band|
|USB||Type-C 1.0 Reversible connector|
|Others||Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, NFC & Radio|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker & 3.5mm Headphone Jack|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 3000 mAh|