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Samsung Galaxy A8 2018

$300.00 $260.00

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7/10 (Expert Score)
Product is rated as #34 in category Samsung
the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 is an excellent phone, it's not a flagship but with this AMOLED screen, great battery and impressive camera, it delivers a lot of what people are looking for in a smart phone .
Design
7
Display
8
Software
7
Performance
7
Battery Life
9
Camera
6
Value for Money
7
PROS:
  • Impressive image quality (both rear and selfie) for the class
  • Lots of RAM and storage space
  • Excellent choice of processor with powerful A73 cores
  • Great battery life at 92 hours, fast charging
  • Class-leading Super AMOLED screen
  • Futuristic design, logical fingerprint scanner positioning
CONS:
  • Below-average cameras
  • too Pricey
  • Software bloat
  • No Oreo at launch
  • Face recognition is flaky
  • Mediocre GPU
  • Heavy and bulky
  • No 4K video recording

Samsung Galaxy A8 2018

the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 is the newest member of Samsung’s Galaxy a series, it’s a set of mid Rangers that bring some flash up quality features, those so many budget options available, is this year’s model worth the premium, we are nasphones.com and this is our Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 Review .

Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 Review

our black Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 is a successor to 2017’s Samsung Galaxy A5 and like Samsung’s 2017 phones as a build of glass on the front and back on a polished aluminum frame .

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the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018’s bezels and frame are rounded to lend some curviness, is a contrast to the slim tapered look that you see on a lot of phones these days .

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the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 is a bit thicker and heavier than the Galaxy s8, and the way it gives it a sturdy feel, it’s not fragile and the age 2018 has full ip68 dust and water resistance like last year which you usually only see on flagship phones .

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on the back samsung has finally found a perfect spot for its rear mounted fingerprint reader, directly below the camera, the reader is decently fast and much easier to reach than on the s8 .

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the internal memory comes at either 32 or 64 gigs and is expandable through micro sd, there’s a USB type-c port at the bottom as well as a 3.5 millimeter jack for headphones .

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and just like on the Samsung Galaxy A5 the single speaker is mounted on the side, which some people find keeps it out of the way of your fingers .

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the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 is a 5.6 inch AMOLED display with a 1080p resolution, but unlike last year there is now a trendy 18.5:9 aspect ratio, Samsung calls it an infinity display, but though it is slightly curved with rounded corners it’s not quite like what you see on the Samsung Galaxy S8 .

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nevertheless the display is class-leading, delivering deep blacks good brightness and excellent sunlight legibility, colors are accurate and you can choose from a few different color profiles .

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and there’s an always-on display so when your phone’s off you can see the time and notifications at a glance, inside this phone is an Octa-Core Exynos 7885 Octa (14 nm) chipset with 4 gigs of ram . Read More : Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Review

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in benchmarks the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 performs well compared to its mid-range competition, it would is still no match for his flash of cousins, and everyday use though everything feels smooth and we didn’t notice any lag .

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the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Samsung’s UX on top, it’s the same software setup that comes with Samsung’s latest flagship the Note 8 .

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just like on other Galaxy phones, the homescreen can be customized through Samsung’s theme store, the Bixby Samsung’s virtual assistant can be accessed through the home screen too .

thankfully unlike the flagships there is no dedicated bixby button, so no more accidental activations, bixby is also active through bixby vision which can recognize things in the camera give you options to buy them online, it’s not perfect but it is getting better .

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the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 has a 3000 mAh, battery just like last year’s model, battery life is impressive there are 92 hours in our proprietary tests about the same as last year .

when your battery does get low don’t worry, thanks of fast charging we were able to get from zero to around 40% in 30 minutes .

the single main camera is 16 megapixels, this year’s model comes with a brighter f/1.7 an aperture, though there is still no OIS .

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shots look quite good though with low noise and plenty of detail, dynamic range is about average but colors are nice and vivid, thanks to the wider aperture of low-light shots come out nice too . Read More : Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro 2018

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though the shutter speed can’t go too low because of the lack of OIS the results still have good detail and an acceptable amount of noise .

the selfie setup has two cameras a first for Samsung both with fixed focus, one is 16 megapixels and the other is 8 megapixels, both with an F/1.9 aperture .

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the 16 megapixel cameras photos have plenty of captured detail, superb colors and contrast and great dynamic range, is one of the best selfie cams we’ve ever seen .

you can switch the 8 megapixel camera on the fly and and with the wider angle lens is recommended for group shots, it’s not a whole lot wider though, the two cameras can work together to produce a photo with a D focus background .

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portrait shots look good, with a gradual blur and separation, you can adjust the amount of blur later too, video recording is in 1080p and it looks good, detail is decent with low noise and nice-looking colors .

at the end the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 is an excellent phone, it’s not a flagship but with this AMOLED screen, great battery and impressive camera, it delivers a lot of what people are looking for in a smart phone . Read More : Samsung Galaxy S9 Review

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the trouble is at 500 euros it’s not exactly a budget phone, there are a lot of competitive phones that go for less these days and even last year’s flagships are going down in price, hopefully we see the same happen with the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 pretty soon .

Update - 2019.03.24

Disclaimer : We can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct

Specification: Samsung Galaxy A8 2018

Technology

GSM / HSPA / LTE

2G bands

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)

3G bands

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100

4G bands

LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 26(850), 28(700), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500), 66(1700/2100)

Speed

HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat11 600/75 Mbps

GPRS

Yes

Edge

Yes

Announced

2017, December

Status

Available. Released 2018, January

Dimensions

149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4 mm (5.87 x 2.78 x 0.33 in)

Weight

172 g (6.07 oz)

Build

Front glass (Gorilla Glass 4), back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame

SIM

Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Other Features

IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins), Samsung Pay

Display Type

Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Display Size

5.6 inches, 79.6 cm2 (~75.6% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

1080 x 2220 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~441 ppi density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Other screen features

Always-on display

Operation System

Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)

Chipset

Exynos 7885 Octa (14 nm)

CPU

Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)

GPU

Mali-G71

Memory Card Slot

microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)

Internal Memory

32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM

Main Camera

16 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8”, 1.12µm, PDAF

Camera Features

LED flash, panorama, HDR

Video

1080p@30fps

Selfie Camera

16 MP, f/1.9, 27mm (wide), 1/3.1", 1.0µm, 8 MP, f/1.9, 24mm (wide), 1/4", 1.12µm, Dual

Selfie Camera Video

1080p@30fps

Loud Speaker

Yes

3.5mm jack

Yes

General Features

24-bit/192kHz audio, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth

5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS

NFC

Yes

Radio

FM radio

USB

2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Sensors

Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, ANT+

BATTERY

Fast battery charging 18W, Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery

Talk Time

Up to 24 h (3G)

Music Play

Up to 66 h

Colors

Black, orchid grey, gold, blue

Specific Absorption Rate

0.24 W/kg (head) 1.25 W/kg (body)

Price

About 270 EUR

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