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Samsung Galaxy A8


Samsung Galaxy A8
Samsung Galaxy A8 (Galaxy Series)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939 8 x 1.7 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
5.70 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, glossy: yes
151 g ( = 5.33 oz / 0.33 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
500 Euro



Average Score: 81.2% - good
Average of 5 scores (from 7 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 82%, features: 80%, display: 84% mobility: 91%, workmanship: 83%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Samsung Galaxy A8

65% Samsung Galaxy A8 Review
Source: Phone Arena English version
Then, there is the camera. It’s a mixed bag: images are mostly good, but video has no continuous autofocus or features that we’ve come to expect like slow motion. We also have issues with the fingerprint scanner that rarely recognizes our fingerprint from the first time. On top of that, TouchWiz remains a bit of a mess that feels like it’s undergoing an endless transformation, while features like the Theme Store are filled with low-quality content.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/02/2015
Rating: Total score: 65%
Samsung Galaxy A8 review
Source: GSM Arena English version
In recent years Samsung has been rethinking its priorities. Attractive design used to play second fiddle to convenience and sheer number of features, but now the upper end of the range requires metal build. A thin profile wasn't an end in itself either, but Galaxys have consistently been getting slimmer, culminating in the Galaxy A8.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/26/2015
80% Elegant phone, good battery and camera; will face-off with OnePlus 2
Source: English version
This slimmest phone from Samsung manages to impress on most fronts, specially the build quality, camera and battery performance. For a 5.7-inch phone, the Galaxy A8 does not feel that bulky thanks to the slim form factor, light weight and thinner bezels. It certainly performs faster than competing Snapdragon 615 SoC sporting phones we have seen in the past. The option to expand the storage will certainly appeal to a lot of users. But heating issues do crop up once in a while, although we did not notice apps randomly shut down due to overheating.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/25/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 75% features: 80% display: 75% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
90% Samsung Galaxy A8 Review: Feels So Flagship
Source: NDTV Gadgets English version
In short, the Samsung Galaxy A8 is a few small (and perhaps inconsequential) steps short of the flagship experience at a price much lower than users are now accustomed to paying. This phone is an absolute pleasure to use, and has no real flaws apart from the TouchWiz user interface being slightly sub-par. If you're looking for a quality high-performance device with a flagship feel, but you don't feel like shelling out big bucks, the Samsung Galaxy A8 should be on your wishlist.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/20/2015
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 100% workmanship: 80%
82% Samsung Galaxy A8
Source: Think Digit English version
There are no real glitches, except for the speaker placement. The Samsung Galaxy A8 is well built, comes with a pleasing display, offers good performance, and a competent camera. But the aspect that impressed us the most was how Samsung managed to offer such a slim, large screen phone that manages to ace in the battery life department. As a standalone product, it is a very recommendable one. However, once you compare it to the OnePlus 2, which offers better performance and good battery life at lower price point, the Samsung Galaxy A8 starts to appear unreasonable at its current price point of Rs. 32,500. Having said that, if you are looking for a large screen smartphone (a 'Phablet', as some may call it), the Samsung Galaxy A8 is an excellent phone, with brilliant built, design and outstanding battery life.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/19/2015
Rating: Total score: 82%
89% Samsung Galaxy A8 Review
Source: Android Authority English version
So there you have it for this in-depth look at the Samsung Galaxy A8! This is a solid mid-range device, that gets a lot of things right, particularly when it comes to build quality, the camera experience, and battery life. The price is a point of contention though, as there are plenty of fantastic mid-range smartphones that are hitting the sub-$300 mark. While the Galaxy A8 is by no means a bad buy, the premium you will have to pay for this device can be a tough pill to swallow.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/10/2015
Rating: Total score: 89% performance: 80% display: 88% mobility: 94% workmanship: 89%

Foreign Reviews

So sánh Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) và A8 (2015): Có gì khác biệt?
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN version
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/01/2016


Qualcomm Adreno 405: Integrated graphics card for ARM based SoCs. Depending on the used SoC the clock rate is around 500 MHz and features 48 unified shaders.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

615 MSM8939:

Mid-range ARM SoC with 8 CPU cores (Cortex-A53, 64-bit capable) and an Adreno 405 GPU. Manufactured in a 28 nm LP process.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


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.

0.151 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.

81.2%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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Stefan Hinum, 2015-09- 2 (Update: 2015-09- 2)