Samsung Galaxy A8 Review

Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy A8 4G smartphone. This is the Samsung latest addition to its A series of smartphones that are essentially known for being flaunting predominantly metallic, as an alternative of the plastic or polycarbonate materials that introduced much criticism to Samsung in the past.

Samsung Galaxy A8: Design and Display

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Samsung Galaxy A8 4G Design and Display

There is no doubt about it that the Samsung Galaxy A8 4G has a really premium feel and look; thanks to its slim, metallic build with chamfered edges on left and right. It’s thin at 5.9 mm, yet feels sturdy. The Samsung Galaxy A8 4G is based on the design we’ve seen on Samsung’s different premium smartphones in some or the other manner, still we found it prettier than ever. Ergonomically, it does look large with a massive 5.7-inch display, but not very heavy or uncomfortable on hand. Samsung has this time chamfered the lower a part of the edges. So you do not get exactly curved sides, but the change makes it comfy for a user to carry the phone and use it. Additionally, it helps the phone score extra within the design department. The front flaunts a 5-megapixel camera, Samsung branding, a 5.7-inch display, two capacitive keys and home key that doubles up as the fingerprint scanner. The right side homes a power key while SIM-card slots together with volume rocker placed on left side. The rear has a camera with flash and Samsung branding. As far as the display is concerned, there’s a large 5.7-inch FHD AMOLED display which is a treat to eyes and works properly under daylight. The display will get 2.5 mm bezel on sides.

Samsung Galaxy A8: Hardware

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Samsung Galaxy A8 4G Hardware

Samsung Galaxy A8 4G is powered by the 64-bit Snapdragon 615 chipset, which has 4 high-power cores running at 1.8GHz and 4 low-power cores clocking a maximum of 1.3GHz. This chipset is designed on the 64-bit architecture.

Samsung Galaxy A8 4G packs 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. If you wish to expand the storage, you’ll be able to slip microSD card of up to 128GB capacity.

The rear camera of Samsung Galaxy A8 has 16 MP resolution, whereas the front camera is rated at 5 MP. Its battery capacity is 3,050mAh.

Samsung Galaxy A8: Camera

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Samsung Galaxy A8 4G Camera

Samsung Galaxy A8 4G has a 16 MP rear camera that captures lots of details and delivers images with accurate white balance and colour reproduction. However, we noticed that the images didn’t come out as sharp as we’ve seen the Samsung Galaxy S6 16MP camera.

The camera has 4 key shooting modes: Auto, Pro, HDR and Night. You’ll be hard-pressed to seek out the difference between the quality of photographs delivered by Auto and Pro modes.

Samsung Galaxy A8 4G: Battery

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Samsung Galaxy A8 4G Battery

One of the best features of Samsung Galaxy A8 4G is its battery life. The 3,050 mAh battery lasts as long as two days with moderate usage. Even with high usage, you may eke out 1.25 days of battery life on 1 cost. Though the smartphone doesn’t support quick charging, the bundled charger can charge Samsung Galaxy A8 4G from naught to full in about 1 hour 20 minutes.

Samsung Galaxy A8: Software

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Samsung Galaxy A8 4G Software

Samsung has adopted a cleaner, trimmer UI since the launch of Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphones. This same software skin is utilized in Samsung Galaxy A8 4G, this time based on Android 5.1. So that you get Google’s set of apps, Microsoft’s OneDrive, OneNote and Skype apps, together with the manufacturer’s own S Voice, Galaxy Apps, and Music in addition to a number of utility apps.

Overall, the software may be very light and the small number of preload apps makes it a breeze to use. You’ll be able to enable Knox security via Settings in order to ensure better security of the smartphone.

Though the Samsung Galaxy A8 4G smartphone isn’t too big to carry, Samsung has given provision for one-hand operation in settings, together with gesture control that work without a hitch. For example, you’ll be able to double-tap the Home button to open the Camera app even if the phone isn’t in active use. Similarly, tapping the Home key in fast succession will turn on the one-hand mode.

One thing missing in Samsung Galaxy A8 4G on the software side was the S Health health tracking app, which has been excluded because the smartphone doesn’t have a pedometer.

For battery saving, Samsung Galaxy A8 has the ultra power saving mode that disables all features in order to make sure that the battery lasts for a few additional hours even if the battery capacity is below 10%.

Samsung Galaxy A8: Performance

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Samsung Galaxy A8 4G Performance

Samsung Galaxy A8 4G 64-bit Snapdragon 615 processor with 2GB RAM is the consistent performer, although not one of the best you can get at this price range. Asus Zenfone Selfie and Zenfone 2 are definitely as fast Samsung Galaxy A8 4G, and OnePlus 2 is lots faster – and all 3 cost lots less!

The Samsung Galaxy A8 4G user experience is very smooth though we did notice some lag in opening apps from time to time. All of the apps we used on the smartphone ran without a hitch, as did the resource-consuming Asphalt 8. However, we did notice that the phone heats up slightly when we use the internet for long or play games close to an hour.

Samsung Galaxy A8 4G fingerprint sensor can be utilized to unlock the smartphone, as well as to authenticate payments. Though you need to press the hardware button in order to wake up the smartphone from sleep, the phone is unlocked as quickly as you place your thumb to unlock it. The 3,050mAh battery lasts as long as 2 days with moderate usage.

Samsung Galaxy A8 4G excellent display screen and nice sound make for a superb multimedia device. However, we’d have like a speaker as well as a change in its placement, since the speakers get muffled simply.

Samsung Galaxy A8: Specification

  • OS: Android 5.1
  • Body: 158 x 76.8 x 5.9 mm
  • Weight: 151 g
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.7 inches
  • Memory: 32 GB internal, 128 GB expandable, 2 GB RAM
  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615
  • CPU: Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Adreno 405
  • Camera: 16.0 MP, 5.0 MP secondary
  • Battery: 3050 mAh

Samsung Galaxy A8: Verdict

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Samsung Galaxy A8 4G Verdict

It seems top-end, has a great camera and display screen. Or you might simply want to wait for a price drop.

8.5 Total Score
Compsmag says

Samsung Galaxy A8 is a great mid-range device. It looks good and feels amazing with that cold metal running along its super-slim sides.

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