Infinity Display, Dual Selfie Camera Setup And A Lot More
Say Hello to the very beautiful and feature-packed neophytes into the Samsung band camp, Galaxy A8, and Galaxy A8+ 2018. Before you take them up as something else, yes these are successors to last year’s Galaxy A5 and A7. Samsung has got more consistent with naming this time around. These new entries weigh in more on the S side of Galaxy series now, more than ever with that dazzling Infinity display, impressive cameras more on the front than back as A8 and A8+ mark as Samsung’s first with dual selfie cameras, yeah you got It right, dual-front cameras make for an incredible selfie machine.
Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+ 2018 Specifications
Here's a list of top features and specs of Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+ 2018:
- 5.6-inch Display on A8 and 6-inch Display on A8+
- Dual SIM device
- Android 7.1.1
- Octa-Core Chipset
- 4GB RAM on A8 and 4-6GB RAM on A8+
- 3000mAh battery inside A8 and 3500mAh battery inside A8+
- Fingerprint scanner
- Rear Camera: 16 MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture
- Front camera:16 MP + 8 MP sensor with f/1.9 aperture
- Two storage variants: 32GB and 64GB
- MicroSD card up to 256GB
Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+ Infinity Displays
Displays are the most enticing features of these new smartphones and put Galaxy A8 and A8+ a league ahead in design. Yes, the smartphones boast Samsung’s flagship grade Infinity Displays with a size of 5.6 inches on the A8 at a resolution of 1080×2220 making a boggling pixel density of 441 PPI at 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The Galaxy A8+ features a large 6-inch Super AMOLED display at 18.5:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1080×2220 making a pixel density of 411 PPI.
The displays being Samsung trademarked our vibrant to Samsung level and pump a ton of colors
The displays being Samsung trademarked our vibrant to Samsung level and pump a ton of colors that are not shy of a flagship display If you are into oversaturated colors.The curved glass panel protects the display much like the Samsung’s 2017 flagships.
Samsung A8 and A8 Plus Internal Hardware
On the inside, the Smartphones seem good enough but not to the best of my liking, the reason being Samsung’s use of homemade Samsung Exynos SoCs in both the devices instead of Qualcomm’s SoCs. Exynos aren’t bad but certainly aren’t the best either.
Both the devices, the Samsung Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ are powered by Exynos 7885 - an Octa-core CPU with 2 high performance cores (Cortex A73) running at 2.2 GHz and the other six being battery efficient cores (Cortex A53) at 1.6 GHz, coupled with a comfy 4GB RAM on the Galaxy A8 while the Galaxy A8+ comes in two configurations, one with 4GB of RAM and other with a giant 6GB of RAM.
There are reports that the smartphones will also come in Snapdragon editions, running on Snapdragon 660. Rumours and leaks suggest a GeekBench score of 1593 on single core and 5834 on multi-core tests. Those are pretty sturdy numbers, If they come out to be true, A8 and A8+ would be no less than a mini version of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. We are counting on Samsung to bring the Snapdragon edition in India. (C’mon Samsung!)
Samsung A8 and A8 Plus Cameras
Samsung has been really been all praises for the cameras on these new Galaxy A8 and A8+. On the spec sheet, the front sensors make more eyes roll than the rear one. There’s a 16 MP, fixed focus, f/1.9 sensor along with an 8MP, f/1.9 sensor that takes the selfie game to a whole new level as promised by Samsung. Samsung is looking to attract the selfie-lust youth with the dual front sensor setup on these devices. You can’t have a dual-sensor setup without the world famous bokeh effect or some may call It portrait selfie. The camera on the front has the same live-focus capabilities as on the Samsung 2017 flagships.
On the back, we see a 16MP, f/1.7 sensor which should be flawless in low-light photography given Samsung’s efforts with the flagships this year. The rear shooter is truly versatile with Video Digital Image Stabilisation (VDIs), hyper-lapse and of course the Food mode for all those ‘#FoodPorn’ in your snaps. The camera quality really blows and we look forward to camera tests when the device gets dropped out on the market sometime in January 2018.
Software in Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus
Samsung being one of the largest Android OEMs shows complacency in software with both the Galaxy A8 and A8+ running on Android Nougat 7.1 out of the box. For a device from Samsung being launched nearly in 2018 to run on an OS which is two years old is really disappointing.
Samsung doesn’t comply to Project Treble, making the dream of faster updates, only a dream in the end.
Samsung has made no promises for the Oreo update and even if we do get an Oreo update, Samsung doesn’t comply to Project Treble, making the dream of faster updates, only a dream in the end. The Android on these devices is not stock and is customised by Samsung, so a two-year-old OS and that too on custom Samsung UI.
Bixby is also present with support for Bixby Vision, Home, Reminder, not Bixby Voice. For those who don’t know about Bixby, Bixby is Samsung’s attempt to make something like Google Assistant with the style of Siri for Samsung devices. To date, Bixby features on only 3 devices namely the Galaxy S8 and S8+ along with Note 8. Bixby is still a first-generation product so don’t expect much, but It seems very promising with all the control It has over the devices which is second to none.
Storage, Battery, and Connectivity
Samsung Galaxy A8 packs a sufficient 3000 mAh battery, while the Galaxy A8+ packs an even larger 3500 mAh juice pack. The smartphones come with USB-C type charging port, that’s great. Both the devices come in 32GB and 64GB onboard storage models, which is expandable via MicroSD.
On the connectivity front, the devices come with 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, the latest and greatest Bluetooth v5.0 along with GPS/ A-GPS and NFC. What’s commendable is that both the devices are IP68 rated, thus Water and Dust Proof to the best available levels. Samsung has also equipped the Galaxy A8 and A8+ with Samsung Pay.
Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+ Price in India
We are expecting that Samsung would price the Galaxy A8 at Rs. 30000 in India and Galaxy A8+ at Rs. 37000. At these prices, Samsung A8 2018 series phones would compete with flagships like OnePlus 5T, Honor 8 Pro, Nokia 8 and Lg G6. Samsung claims the devices are for “millennials and like-minded consumers seeking a practical, stylish and convenient mobile experience and who want to make the most of snapping selfies while socializing with friends and watching films or gaming content using their smartphones.”
Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+ Release Date
Samsung Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ will be launched in the market sometime in early January 2018. The device is available in four colors including black, orchid grey, gold and blue, pick one that suits your style. We are expecting that Samsung will release these devices in India in February 2018.
It would be steal deal If Samsung launches these devices at a sub Rs. 30,000 mark in India, but that’s highly unlikely.
Samsung is looking to catch some thunder back with these selfie-focused devices back from the likes of Xiaomi and others in India. The premium design and complete set of features make the devices really impressive, the question still remains regarding the pricing. If the reports hold true with respect to pricing, we won’t be seeing these devices garnering much attention in India due to their humongous price tags. People are more likely to go for Samsung Galaxy S8 at just a few thousand rupees more than these mini replicas of the S8 and S8+. It would be steal deal If Samsung launches these devices at a sub Rs. 30,000 mark in India, but that’s highly unlikely.
So that’s a wrap, hope we were able to tell you enough about Samsung’s new Galaxy entries. What do you like about Galaxy A8 and A8+? Are these devices really that good? Do tell us your views about the Galaxy A8 and A8+, we are eager to learn what you make of these Samsung newbies.
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