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Samsung Galaxy A8 2018

Specifications

Samsung Galaxy A8 2018
Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Galaxy Series)
Processor
Samsung Exynos 7885, Exynos 7885 Octa
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
5.6 inch 18:9, 2220 x 1080 pixel 441 PPI, Super AMOLED, Infinity Display, Full-HD+, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 23.3 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: MicroSD cards up to 256 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Barometer, Geomagnetic sensor, Ambient Light sensor, Fingerprint sensor, Hall Effect sensor, Wi-Fi Direct, ANT+, App2SD
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0, GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), UMTS (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz), LTE Cat.11 (700, 800, 850, 900, 1.800, 1.900, 2.100, 2.300, 2.500, 2.600 MHz), Downloads bis 600 MBit/s, Uploads bis 50 MBit/s, 2x Nano-SIM, Kopf-SAR 0,241 W/kg, Körper-SAR 1,25 W/kg, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.4 x 149.2 x 70.6 ( = 0.33 x 5.87 x 2.78 in)
Battery
3000 mAh Lithium-Ion, Talk time 2G (according to manufacturer): 24 h, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 24 h
Operating System
Android 7.1 Nougat
Camera
Primary Camera: 16 MPix 16 MP, f 1.7, Pixel size 1.12 µm, Sensor size 1/2.8", FOV 78°, PDAV, Videos up to 1080p @ 30 FPS
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix Dual front-facing camera: 16 MP (f 1.9, Pixel size 1.12 µm, Sensor size 1/4.0", FOV 85°) + 8 MP (f 1.9, Pixel size 1.0 µm, Sensor size 1/3.1”, FOV 76°) Videos up to 1080p @ 30 FPS
Additional features
Speakers: Mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual, Modular power supply, USB Type-C to Type-A cable, headphones, SIM tool, quick start guide, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
172 g ( = 6.07 oz / 0.38 pounds), Power Supply: 25 g ( = 0.88 oz / 0.06 pounds)
Price
499 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 79.71% - good
Average of 37 scores (from 82 reviews)
price: 67%, performance: 72%, features: 72%, display: 85% mobility: 82%, workmanship: 84%, ergonomy: 83%, emissions: 96%

Reviews for the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018

86.4% Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
8 follows 5. The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) succeeds the Galaxy A5 (2017) as the latest device in the popular Galaxy A Series. The €499 (~$615) price tag could prove to be unpopular though. We will find out in our tests whether Samsung can justify this ambitious price.
66% Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) Review
Source: Phone World English
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) is the latest device by Samsung of 2018 and personally, I haven’t found any extraordinary changing in it rather than a better camera. The price range is very high and people would go easily to other companies because they are giving the same specs device in the half price of Samsung A8.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/26/2018
Rating: Total score: 66% price: 50% display: 70% mobility: 60% workmanship: 70%
Samsung Galaxy A8 review: You’re paying for more than what’s “on paper”
Source: Soycincau English
Then, of course there’s the most important thing for any smartphone: Its price. Is the Samsung Galaxy A8 ultimately worth your money?
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/26/2018
65% Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) Review
Source: Phone Arena English
The Galaxy A8 is a phone selling at the same price as the OnePlus 5T, but it does not quite feel as well executed and it definitely feels overpriced.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/24/2018
Rating: Total score: 65%
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) & A8+ (2018) review - A set of good premium Samsung selfie smartphones
Source: Tech Nave English
Personally, I think the Galaxy A8 (2018) is worth getting but not so much for the plus variant. As mentioned earlier, the only reason that you want that is because you like it big and money is not an issue. So if that's your stuff, by all means, go for it.
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/23/2018
Samsung Galaxy A8 review: Hands-on
Source: PC Advisor English
The Galaxy A8 is by far the best A-range device to date and effectively the Galaxy S8 mini we always wanted. Samsung has brought the flagship design into a cheaper phone while keeping key features such as the Infinity Display and waterproofing.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/22/2018
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) Hands-on: A Galaxy S8 Mini in all but name
Source: Trusted Reviews English
Considering Samsung wouldn’t reveal how much the A8 will cost when it hits UK and US shores in the next few months, it’s hard to judge how good it’s going to be. I’d hazard a guess at somewhere between £399-£499, which puts it right in the firing line of the OnePlus 5T, some great devices from Honor, and even a reduced-price S8, if you’re lucky.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/12/2018
Samsung Galaxy A8 review: Hands-on
Source: PC Advisor English
The Galaxy A8 is by far the best A-range device to date and effectively the Galaxy S8 mini we always wanted. Samsung has brought the flagship design into a cheaper phone while keeping key features such as the Infinity Display and waterproofing. It's an attractive offering, but there are some amazing phones available at lower prices such as the OnePlus 5T. Check back for a full review soon.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/12/2018
82% Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) review
Source: GSM Arena English
Finally, when it comes to software, the Galaxy A8 (2018) might lack Oreo at launch, but it packs all the tricks the S8 series had in the bag, and then some.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/11/2018
Rating: Total score: 82%
Samsung Galaxy A8 initial review: The S8 experience for much less
Source: Pocket Lint English
It's hard to recommend someone goes to buy a Galaxy S8 after looking at this phone. For a handset that will be significantly cheaper than a flagship, many would be hard pressed to tell the difference.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/11/2018
Samsung Galaxy A8 hands-on review
Source: Stuff TV English
Whether it can undercut the OnePlus 5T and Honor View 10 will determine whether the A8 is a true bargain or not. Hopefully Samsung gets the price right when it goes on sale in the UK in the next couple of months.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/10/2018
Watch: Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+ Review
Source: Yugatech English
Samsung introduced the Galaxy A8 in 2015 . A year later, it released its successor called the Galaxy A8 (2016). The company, however, skipped 2017 and decided to release the 2018 model instead. Here’s a closer look on the Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018).
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/06/2018
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) Review
Source: Yugatech English
With the Galaxy A8 (2018), Samsung has successfully brought the design and features normally found in their premium offerings to the upper mid-range category. If we’re going to place it somewhere, it’s between mid-range and flagship. It has nice Infinity Display, good performance and cameras, water and dust-resistant body, and long battery life. At Php26,990, it’s more expensive than most mid-range devices, but if you can afford its asking price, you won’t be disappointed.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/01/2018
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) Review: Trickling Down Flagship Features
Source: Lowyat.net English
The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) is quite easily the Korean company’s most impressive mid-range smartphone yet. Not only does it look sleek, its overall feature set – especially its camera performance – is well above what you’d expect from a mid-range smartphone.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/22/2017
Exclusive Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) hands-on pictures and first impression
Source: Tech Nave English
Other than that, other features worth mentioning that it sports an IP68 water and dust resistant grade, Samsung Pay (MST + NFC), a digital video stabilizer and Bixby assist (no dedicated Bixby button, though). There is also a Galaxy A8+ (2018) variant but it's not in Malaysia yet (we swear!), so we will be doing a hands-on video and a future review of the Galaxy A8 (2018) in the near future, so do stay tuned for that at TechNave.com!
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/20/2017
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) hands-on review
Source: GSM Arena English
We'll try not to make a huge deal out of it, but we can't overlook it either - Samsung's discovered the right spot for a fingerprint reader on the back of a phone. The high off-center placement on the Galaxy S8 and Note8 this year has been universally hated and we're glad that with the A8 (2018) Samsung's starting the year on the right track. Perhaps the S9 will follow suit.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/19/2017
Samsung's new phones to feature dual selfie cameras
Source: CNet English
Samsung said the phones will be available in early January, though it's not clear exactly where they'll be available or how much they'll cost. The A7 and A7 Plus, released earlier this year, aren't sold officially through Samsung in the US, but the A7 can be purchased on Amazon for around $350 (AU$510 on Kogan in Australia or £355 on Amazon UK).
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/18/2017

Foreign Reviews

80% Das kleine S8 mit dem Selfie-Plus
Source: Android Pit German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/23/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
81% Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) İncelemesi
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/16/2018
Rating: Total score: 81%
immer mehr S-Klasse
Source: Android Pit German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 02/11/2018
Samsungs Mittelklasse ist zu luxuriös
Source: Blick German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/01/2018
Samsungs Mittelklasse ist zu luxuriös
Source: Blick German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/01/2018
80% Samsung Galaxy A8
Source: PCtipp.ch German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/30/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Samsung Galaxy A8
Source: A1 Blog German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/19/2018
78% Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018), análisis y opinión: demasiado dinero para un gama media premium
Source: Computerhoy Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/19/2018
Rating: Total score: 78% price: 70% features: 70% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
70% Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
Source: Hipertextual Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/02/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
85% Samsung Galaxy A8, análisis: la respuesta a Xiaomi y OnePlus se pone más seria (excepto en el precio)
Source: Xataka Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/02/2018
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 83% display: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
80% Análisis del Samsung Galaxy A8 2018
Source: Movil Zona Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/27/2018
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
Samsung Galaxy A8 2018: análisis del móvil perfecto para selfies
Source: FAQsAndroid Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Elegant design; solid workmanship; decent cameras; support waterproof. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/15/2018
Análisis del Galaxy A8 2018: La gran sorpresa de Samsung
Source: El Androide Libre Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Good price; compact size; nice display; support waterproof; impressive dual selfie camera.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/04/2018
Por qué el Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) va a reinar en la gama media
Source: Media Trends Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Impressive design; good price; decent cameras.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/01/2018
Samsung Galaxy A8, prueba con precio, características y opiniones
Source: Tuexperto Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Elegant design; excellent display; nice dual cameras; support waterproof. Negative: High price; inflexible Bixby mode.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/24/2018
80% Il Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) è un S8 Plus più conveniente
Source: AndroidPit.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/13/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
85% Recensione Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018): convincente in tutto, ma deve scendere di prezzo
Source: Tutto Android Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/30/2018
Rating: Total score: 85% price: 72% features: 85% display: 88% mobility: 85% ergonomy: 83%
80% Recensione SAMSUNG GALAXY A8
Source: Andrea Galeazzi Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/26/2018
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 65% display: 88% mobility: 75% workmanship: 84%
84% Recensione Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
Source: AndroidWorld.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/25/2018
Rating: Total score: 84% price: 70% features: 85% display: 85% mobility: 80% workmanship: 85% ergonomy: 85%
84% Recensione Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
Source: HDblog.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/18/2018
Rating: Total score: 84%
Samsung Galaxy A8 recensione: il miglior display a circa 350 euro
Source: Leonardo.it Tech Italian IT→EN
Positive: Excellent display; high autonomy; good cameras; nice design. Negative: Weak hardware.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/22/2018
Samsung Galaxy A8 e A8+ hands-on: sempre più simili ai top
Source: AndroidPit.it Italian IT→EN
Positive: Nice design; solid workmanship; good display.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/15/2018
Anteprima Samsung Galaxy A8 2018, quasi un Top di gamma
Source: Pianeta Cellulare Italian IT→EN
Positive: Nice display; decent speakers; elegant design; long battery life.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/15/2018
Perché il Galaxy A8 è già tra i migliori smartphone del 2018
Source: Panorama Italian IT→EN
Positive: Metal case; long battery life; nice display; USB-C; good cameras. Negative: Weak hardware.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/20/2017
90% Review: Samsung Galaxy A8 (Android Smartphone)
Source: GadgetGear.nl Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/21/2018
Rating: Total score: 90%
65% Review: Samsung Galaxy A8 – dure midranger zonder meerwaarde
Source: Tablets Magazine Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/14/2018
Rating: Total score: 65%
70% Galaxy A8 (2018) - Tussen wal en vlaggenschip
Source: Computer Totaal Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/13/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Review Samsung Galaxy A8: premium ogende midrange-telefoon is aan de dure kant
Source: AndroidWorld.nl Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/01/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 review: A-series in het nieuw
Source: All About Phones Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/21/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Eerste indrukken: snelle Samsung Galaxy A8, op de rand van Infinity
Source: AndroidWorld.nl Dutch NL→EN
Positive: Nice design; fast fingerprint sensor; good display.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/17/2018
80% Test du Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) : un Galaxy S8 plus abordable ?
Source: AndroidPit.fr French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/13/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Test : Samsung Galaxy A8 : le (digne ?) fils de son père
Source: CNet France French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/02/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Test du Samsung Galaxy A8 : les atouts du S8 à moins de 500 euros ?
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/30/2018
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 80% mobility: 90%
77% Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) : Test et Avis du smartphone milieu de gamme
Source: Tablette-tactile.net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/24/2018
Rating: Total score: 77%
80% Test Du Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) : Nouvelle Formule, Même Adn
Source: Frandroid French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/21/2018
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 70% display: 90% mobility: 100% workmanship: 80%
Test du Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) : le chaînon manquant
Source: Top for Phone French FR→EN
Positive: Beautiful design; good display; decent performance; nice connectivity; high autonomy. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/10/2018
Prise en main du Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) : enfin un milieu de gamme digne de ce nom ?
Source: AndroidPit.fr French FR→EN
Positive: Nice design; solid workmanship; good price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/12/2018
Prise En Main Du Galaxy A8
Source: Fredzone French FR→EN
Positive: Good price; attractive design; nice display.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/29/2018
CES 2018 : Prise en main du Samsung Galaxy A8
Source: Journal du Geek French FR→EN
Positive: Nice design; good display; compact size; decent cameras; long battery life.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/12/2018
86% Recenzja Galaxy A8 2018 – jaki jest najnowszy “średniak” od Samsunga?
Source: Tabletowo Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/20/2018
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 85% display: 90% mobility: 85% workmanship: 90%
[Recenzja] Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos – czy musisz kupować flagowe modele?
Source: Android.com.pl Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high performance; nice display; good cameras. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/26/2018
83% Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) incelemesi
Source: Log TR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/02/2018
Rating: Total score: 83%
Обзор Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018): "народный" флагман
Source: Hitech Vesti RU→EN
Positive: Large screen; decent cameras; support waterproof and dust avoiding. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/21/2017
Смартфон Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018): Обзор
Source: Product Test RU→EN
Positive: Nice dual front camera; frameless design; fast fingerprint sensor; excellent display; support waterproof. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/17/2017
A felső-középkategória csúcsán: Mindennapi használat közben teszteltük a Samsung Galaxy A8-at
Source: Technokrata HU→EN
Positive: Good price; powerful hardware; elegant design.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/26/2018
Kipróbáltuk: Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
Source: HWSW HU→EN
Positive: Long battery life; nice performance.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/23/2018
Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 je jako Galaxy S9, ale pro konzervativní uživatele (recenze)
Source: CNews.cz CZ→EN
Positive: Support dual sim; waterproof; nice selfie camera. Negative: Poor main camera; only 32GB ROM; high price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/15/2018
73% Galaxy A8 - smartphone selfie tốt nhất của Samsung
Source: Sohoa VN Express VN→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/18/2018
Rating: Total score: 73% price: 60% display: 70% mobility: 70% workmanship: 70%
Đánh giá nhanh Galaxy A8 2018: Thiết kế tràn viền, camera kép selfie xoá phông ấn tượng
Source: TechZ VN→EN
Positive: Impressive design; frameless; good dual cameras; nice display; decent hardware. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/04/2018
Mở hộp và trên tay Galaxy A8 2018 chính hãng phiên bản màu vàng rất đẹp
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Beautiful design; fast charging; nice display; decent cameras.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/31/2017
Đánh giá những điểm nhấn ấn tượng trên bộ đôi Galaxy A8 và A8+
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Frameless; premium design; nice dual selfie camera; powerful hardware; support waterproof.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 12/30/2017
Đánh giá thiết kế Galaxy A8 (2018): Cảm giác cao cấp ở mức giá trung cấp
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Compact size; impressive design; nice display; good cameras.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/25/2017
Trên tay Galaxy A8 (2018) tại VN: Nhỏ gọn, cứng cáp, camera selfie kép
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Compact size; solid workmanship; nice selfie dual camera; decent hardware.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/20/2017
85% Test Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
Source: Tek.no NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/22/2018
Rating: Total score: 85%
Test av Samsung Galaxy A8
Source: Dinside NO→EN
Positive: Beautiful design; frameless; nice display; decent speakers; excellent cameras; fast system. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/26/2018
80% Samsung Galaxy A8 [TEST]: Solid Samsung-mobil med førsteklasses selfie-kamera
Source: Alt om Data DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/04/2018
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 60% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
67% Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) test – fornuftig men overpriced
Source: Mere Mobil.dk DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/24/2018
Rating: Total score: 67%
81% Test af Samsung Galaxy A8 – Sydkoreanske smæk for skillingen
Source: Mobil DK DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/18/2018
Rating: Total score: 81% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
Første indtryk: Samsung Galaxy A8 kan blive en storsællert
Source: Mobil DK DA→EN
Positive: Attractive design; good price; nice display; decent cameras; good hardware.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/12/2018
83% Test Av Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
Source: Ljud och Bild SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/01/2018
Rating: Total score: 83%
Test: Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
Source: Mobil.se SV→EN
Positive: Long battery life; high performance. Negative: Poor display; relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/01/2018
84% RECENZIA Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018): Výborný a trochu drahý
Source: Android Portal SK→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/30/2018
Rating: Total score: 84% performance: 70% display: 95% mobility: 80% workmanship: 95%
84% RECENZIA Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018): Výborný a trochu drahý
Source: Android Portal SK→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/30/2018
Rating: Total score: 84% performance: 70% display: 95% mobility: 80% workmanship: 95%
85% مراجعة للهاتف المحمول Samsung Galaxy A8+ نسخة ٢٠١٨
Source: Unlimited Tech →EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/22/2018
Rating: Total score: 85%
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) review: atenție la preț
Source: Computerblog.ro →EN
Positive: Beautiful design; high performance; long battery life; decent cameras; high autonomy. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/25/2018
REVIEW – Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018), elegant, performant, dar poate prea scump
Source: Playtech.ro →EN
Positive: Elegant design; nice performance; decent hardware. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/22/2018

Comment

Model:

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

The Samsung Galaxy A8 was launched in December 2017, and was released in January 2018. It comes in four distinct colors, which are orchid gray, black, gold, and blue. It is designed with smooth curves for the benefit of an easy and ergonomic grasp. It has a sleek exterior of a glass front and back, lined with aluminum frame, measuring at 149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4 mm, with a weight of 172 g and has a non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh standard battery capacity. Its operating system is the Android 7.1.1 (Nougat). The Samsung Galaxy A8 uses a 1.6 GHz octa-core CPU, 4 GB RAM and 32 GB ROM. The storage capacity can be expanded with a microSD card by up to 256 GB. The connectivity includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and FM radio. It comes with a reversible USB-2.0 type-C 1.0 connector. Moreover, it supports single SIM for nano SIM or dual SIM for a nano-SIM, dual stand-by. The Samsung Galaxy A8 is known to have the quality of the first dual front facing camera with a resolution of 16 MP (F.19) and 8 MP (F1.9), thus, enhancing the background scenes to exude vivid colors with sharp clarity. The dual front camera also offers a Live Focus mode, which clouds the background to provide focus when pictures of selfies or wefies are being taken. The selfies and wefies are also complimented with the Beauty effect, Food mode, or Filters that the dual front camera provides to beautify the pictures taken. Customization is also enabled with interesting stickers utilizing face-recognition technology and filters. The Samsung Galaxy A8’s rear camera provides a low-light feature with an F1.7 lens with a larger 1.12 pixels and a bigger 1/2.8” sensor. This captures the light from the background to enable the clarity of the photos to be sharp.

It comes with a super AMOLED Infinity Display with and aspect ratio of 18.5:9 and Full HD resolution (1,080 x 2,220 pixels). This means, like the Galaxy S8, it offers a large display with a broad horizontal outlook that stretches from each side. This is the biggest display for a Samsung Galaxy A phone to date. The Infinity Display is longer as well, compared to the screen of its predecessor. This enables reading and browsing to be done, with much less scrolling. In addition, the display supports multi-touch and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. The 2018 Samsung Galaxy A8 is IP68-certified for protection against dust and is resistant to water, although protection against heavy rain and heavy splashes is not supported. The 2018 A8 is a strong addition to the Galaxy lineup but for its price point, it faces many competitors from Chinese phone makers such as Huawei and Oppo. Its only plus point might be its AMOLED display and the IP certification.

Press Review by Martina Osztovits

The Galaxy A8 (2018) is the successor of the Galaxy A5 (2017). It might be confusing that the A8 follows the A5, but Samsung has changed its naming convention. The number denotes the physical size of the A5, but it shows that the A8 is the 8th phone generation if the S and Note series serve as guidance. It looks very similar to the Galaxy S8 flagship phone, but inside it is a mid-range phone. “A Galaxy S8 Mini in all but name”, says www.trustedreviews.com and in the opinion of www.gsmarena.com, Samsung might have created an excellent “S8 lite” model if the price is right.

Design and Connectivity

The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) features an aluminum frame, and a glass front and back. It is IP68 rated for dust and water resistance. Visually, the A8 resembles the S8. The Galaxy A8 is thicker and heavier than the S8, but has a smaller screen. www.trustedreviews.com compares the phone to the similarly big iPhone 8, which has a noticeably smaller screen. In their opinion, the slightly rounded finish makes it comfortable to hold in one hand. www.phonearena.com compares the A8 to the Galaxy S8. They think that the A8’s bigger bezels, ruin the impression of a true edge-to-edge, futuristic design and mention that Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 is used and the glass back is not as slippery as many aluminum phones, but attracts fingerprints easily.

The phone has a USB-C port for charging and a headphone jack. It has 4G LTE connectivity and supports many bands. Hence, you might get good LTE connection almost everywhere. It supports dual SIM. Thanks to a dedicated microSD card slot it can use two SIMs and a microSD card at the same time. Other connectivity options include GPS, dual-channel Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0, as well as support for NFC and Samsung Pay.

Sensors

The fingerprint sensor conveniently sits under the main camera, which is an improvement compared to previous Samsung phones in www.gsmarena.com’s opinion. Moreover, they report that the fingerprint sensor is always-on, fast and very accurate. www.trustedreviews.com also mentions the terrible position of the fingerprint scanner in the S8 and S8+. Their reviewer writes that the A8’s fingerprint reader is far easier to hit and complains that it is a tad on the small size and has an odd shape. In contrast to www.gsmarena.com, www.phonearena.com complains about the fingerprint reader being not fast, “The fingerprint reader on the Galaxy S8 was a bit slow to react, and this one, too, is not as fast as on other phones like the Google Pixel 5 or OnePlus 5/5T.”

Apart from the fingerprint reader, the phone features an accelerometer, a barometer, a gyro sensor a geomagnetic sensor, a hall sensor, a proximity sensor, and an RGB light sensor. Biometric authentication is possible via fingerprint scanner and face recognition.

Cameras

The front camera consists of two sensors, 8 MP f/1.9 and 16 MP f/1.9. www.gsmarena.com praises its image quality. They write that while the front camera does not support auto focus, it comes with a features called Live Focus, which allows variable defocusing of the background before or after the shot has been taken. www.trustedreviews.com reports that camera on the front lets you take those silky, bokeh-rich snaps that blur the background. They say that the Live Focus worked well. www.phonearena.com finds that the A8 and the S8 do not differ hugely in daylight photos, but the S8 performs much better in night-time photos.

The rear camera features a resolution of 16 MP, PDAF (phase detection auto focus), and an f/1.7 aperture. www.gsmarena.com writes that the resolution is the same as the predecessor’s, but the lens are brighter and the camera lacks optical image stabilization. They evaluate, “Image quality is quite good, with low noise and minimal signs of noise reduction” and mention vivid colors, nice low-light photos, and quite good panoramas with lots of detail, low-noise, good dynamic range, even exposure, and no stitching traces.

Videos are recorded at up to up to 1080p/30fps. 4K is not supported. According to www.gsmarena.com the FullHD video output is good, with nice levels of detail and low noise and colors are rendered quite well too.

Display

The 5.6-inch AMOLED display is sightly curved. It features an 18.5:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1,080 x 2,220 pixels, which is slightly lower than the S8’s 1440p. This gives a pixel density of 441 ppi. According to www.gsmarena.com, it is one of the phone’s biggest treats. Although the A8 and the S8 are similar in size, the A8's display is 0.2 inch smaller than S8’s 5.8-inch display. “The image is sharp, there is no visible pixelization whatsoever, and the Diamond PenTile pattern of the matrix is invisible to the naked eye.“, evaluates www.gsmarena.com. They report a maximum brightness of 390 nits in manual mode and 590 nits in auto mode and praise the phone’s sunlight legibility and color accuracy.

www.phonearena.com praises the specification and performance of the screen, too. They mention good outdoor capabilities, but worse color representations than on the S8 and recommend configuring the Always-on Display feature carefully, since it requires energy.

Software and Performance

The Galaxy A8 (2018) runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat (no Oreo yet) with the Samsung Experience skin (version 8.5) on top. In www.gsmarena.com’s opinion, the Nougat OS with the latest Samsung Experience is easy to use, fast, and straightforward. They say that the interface is quite powerful if you like to customize and tweak a variety of settings and recommend that you should check out the A8’s rich theme support via Samsung's own Theme Store. Bixby is ready to assist you, but it does not have its own dedicated button. www.phonearena.com finds that the Samsung Experience user interface looks good, but does not perform good enough. They experienced a tiny bit of stutter, which is definitely noticeable when compared to a Google Pixel or a OnePlus. According to Samsung’s specification the Galaxy A8 (2018) uses their own Exynos 7885 octa-core processor (2.2 GHz Dual + 1.6 GHz Hexa) processor, 4 GB of RAM and 32 or 64 GB of internal storage. The storage capacity can be expanded by up to 256 GB via the dedicated microSD slot. The upper mid-range processor is much slower than the Snapdragon 835, but faster than typical mid-range chips like the Snapdragon 625. Thanks to modern 14 nm LPP FinFET manufacturing process, it does not consume much power.

A dual-core Mali-G71 (MP2) GPU is responsible for graphics. www.gsmarena.com writes that you could experience a CPU performance boost if you are coming from a J7 or A7, but that the gaming performance has not improved since the pixel count bump ate the extra power. Nevertheless, the A8 was perfectly capable of handling all popular titles they had tried. According to www.trustedreviews.com the system will be powerful enough to play games and carry out the usual day-to-day tasks. www.phonearena.com evaluates, “This is not a phone for die-hard gamers and those who will push the limits of a phone performance”.

Battery Life

The Galaxy A8 (2018) comes with a 3,000mAh battery. www.gsmarena.com reports the following test results: 17 hours in their looping video test, about 11:30 in web-surfing over Wi-Fi, close to a full day in voice calls. According to this on-line magazine, the phone achieved an overall Endurance rating of 92 hours thanks to frugal standby consumption. They kept the Always-On Display turned off for their standby test, since it was turned off by default. www.phonearena.com reports, “We did not have any problems getting through a full day, even a longer one, but this is definitely not a phone that will get you through 2 days”. Moreover, they say that a fast charger is included, which ensures 100 % charge in 1 hour and 37 minutes.

Sound

www.gsmarena.com has tested the 3.5 mm jack with an external amplifier and headphones and reports, “Audio output is nicely clean”. According to them headphones will bring some not easily audible intermodulation distortion (which you don't hear easily anyway) and dropped the loudness to just above average, but they describe the headphones output as some of the cleanest. The single speaker is positioned on the right frame above the power button. www.gsmarena.com praises its rich and deep sound output and that it is quite loud. www.phonearena.com praises the call quality on the Galaxy A8 2018. They find that the caller’s voice sounds natural in the earpiece and sound is of sufficient quality and loud enough.

Summary

The Galaxy A8 (2018) is quite pricey at launch time for a mid-range phone. Advantages are its Super-AMOLED display, great battery life, processor and image quality of the cameras for the class. Cons are lack of 4K video recording, the mediocre GPU and no Oreo OS at launch.

The nearly one-year old flagship Galaxy S8 is the better phone and does not cost much more. Last year’s Galaxy A7 (2017) might also be an alternative. It is cheaper and features a regular 5.7" AMOLED screen, and a similar chip. The OnePlus 5T offers a similar AMOLED screen, a much faster processor and graphics, and dual-cam on the back for about the same price.

www.phonearena.com summarizes, “The Galaxy A8 is a phone selling at the same price as the OnePlus 5T, but it does not quite feel as well executed and it definitely feels overpriced.”

Sources

http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/galaxy-a8/specs/
https://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_a8_2018-review-1710p5.php
http://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-a8
https://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Samsung-Galaxy-A8-2018-Review_id4479
http://technave.com/gadget/Samsung-Galaxy-A8-2018-A8-2018-review-A-set-of-good-premium-Samsung-selfie-smartphones-11451.html
http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/samsung/1406551/samsung-galaxy-a8-samsung-s-latest-mid-range-smartphone-takes-aim-at-the-oneplus-5t
https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/review/smartphones/samsung-galaxy-a8-review-hands-on-3670255/

ARM Mali-G71 MP2: Integrated GPU that can be found e.g. in the Mediatek Helio P23 SoC with 700 or 770 MHz clock speed. Supports OpenGL ES 3.2, Vulkan 1.0, OpenCL 2.0, DirectX 11 FL11_1 and RenderScript. Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
7885: Exynos 7 Series SoC that includes two fast Cortex-A73 cores clocked at up to 2.2 GHz and six power efficient Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.6 GHz. The integrated LTE modem supports Cat.12 DL and Cat.13 UL.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
5.6":

This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.  

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
0.172 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


Samsung: The Samsung Group is composed of numerous international businesses, all united under the Samsung brand in South Korea. The meaning of the Korean word Samsung is "tristar" or "three stars". The Samsung brand is one of the most important brands of South Korea. Samsung is an international notebook manufacturer of medium size according market shares and reviews.

In 2015 and 2016, Samsung had a market share of around 24-25% in the global smartphone market and was undisputed market leader. In the laptop sector, Samsung is on the 8th place in the global manufacturer rankings from 2014-2016 with 1.7-2.7%.

In 2016 Samsung slipped into a crisis due to exploding smartphone batteries and a failed recall action.


79.71%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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Stefan Hinum, 2017-12-29 (Update: 2017-12-29)