Samsung Galaxy A8 Review: After releasing the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5, Samsung has come up with one more device in the Samsung A-Series devices. Samsung have now replaced plastic with metal and glass as their favorite materials and the Galaxy A8 is a beautiful looking device with a Gorilla Glass and aluminum body.
Let’s see the Samsung Galaxy A8 Review:
The Samsung Galaxy A8 has a brilliant build and looks premium, offers an impressive camera, and has managed to pack an impressive battery in the slim body. However, when we consider the fact that One Plus 2 and the Moto devices offer better specifications and features at a far lower price of the A8, it becomes a difficult phone to recommend.
|01.||Display||5.7 inches, Super AMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glass 4|
|02.||Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels (~386 ppi pixel density)|
|03.||Processor||Octa-Core Exynos 5430 SoC|
|05.||Storage||32 GB (expandable to 128 GB)|
|06.||Rear Camera||16 MP|
|07.||Front Camera||5 MP|
|08.||OS||TouchWiz over Android Lollipop 5.1|
Build and Design
The Samsung Galaxy A8 is the slimmest Smartphone from Samsung, at just 5.9mm thick, it is even slimmer than the iPhone 6 and despite its metal build, and the device is quite light, with a weight of 151 grams. The metal frame and the bezels on the sides make the device look premium and elegant.
Contrary to how Samsung has promoted the A8 as having a full metal body but in my observation, I found that the removable back cover is still plastic but it is mixes well with the metal on the body and manages to impress.
A 5.7 inches screen, the bottom of which has a home button, which is also a fingerprint scanner, dominates the front of the device. On its sides, it has a back and multitasking touchpads.
Even though the A8 has a huge screen but it does not feel odd to hold the device, due to the thin width, it perfectly fits into the palm. Overall, the A8 has a nice build and impressive design, which is going to attract few looks.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 has a huge 5.7 inches, super AMOLED display with full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and it has a pixel density of 386 ppi.
The super AMOLED screen of the Samsung Galaxy A8 produces brilliant colors the screen is a treat to use. The device like all other super AMOLED displays from Samsung has high brightness, nice viewing angles, impressive outdoor visibility, and it produces warm, vibrant colors that please your eyes.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 runs the latest version of Android v5.1.1 (Lollipop) and Samsung uses its own skin – TouchWiz over it. Samsung has greatly improved the TouchWiz UI starting from the Galaxy S Series devices. It is a very trimmed down version with very few bloatwares. Samsung has instead of forcing us to use the apps (that we never did) has provided us the option of downloading it from the Play Store (that we never will).
There are only a few Samsung apps that are pre-installed in the device, the useful ones. We get the option of using the multi-screen and the theme engines, which were introduced in the S6. The looks and feel of the TouchWiz have also changed for good and it now feels closer to the stock Android Lollipop.
Double press the home button and it will launch the camera app. You can unlock the screen with your fingerprint and it is more accurate than the scanner on the Galaxy S5.
The Indian version of the Samsung Galaxy A8 uses Samsung’s own octa-core Exynos 5430 SoC processor and has 2 GB RAM to support that. The A8 is a good performer and does not disappoint. If you have opened a large number of apps in the background, it might take a second of delay to open the app when you switch. It get little hot too, not as much as the cases were with the Snapdragon 810 processor.
I was able to play games like Dead Trigger 2, Asphalt 8, and WWE Immortals very smoothly on the A8 without and performance lag.
The 2 GB RAM works fine for day-to-day usages but when you consider its price tag of Rs. 32,500 you feel that the 2 GB RAM is less, when other companies are providing more RAM with prices much lower than the A8.
On the rear, the Galaxy A8 sports a16 MP camera with f/1.9 aperture, these are the same as the Galaxy S6 and the Note 5 but Samsung has used different sensors in this. The Optical Image Stabilization is also missing from the A8.
The front camera is at 5 MP, with wide angle lens, which is capable of taking nice selfies.
The camera app can be launched from anywhere by double-tapping on the home button.
The few photos is I took from the Galaxy A8 came out sharp and rich in detail. Noise reduction was low. The colors tend to be on the cooler side. The camera also performed very decent in the low light conditions too but the performance was very low the S6 and Note 5.
The front camera was also able to impress me with the nice shots it was able to take in the daylight, but in low light conditions the performance degrades
The Samsung Galaxy A8 runs on a 3,050mAh, non-removable battery. In my usage, the A8 was easily able to last an entire day with single charge and I read a lot of stuffs on the net, use 3G + WiFi, use social media apps, listen to songs and watch few videos. Over all, I was impressed by the battery performance of the A8.
The phone also has a ‘power saving mode’ and a ‘ultra power saving mode’ which will help the battery last longer.
Samsung has not disappointed the Smartphone users, dependant on the expendable storage with the A8. It gives its users to use a microSD card up to 128GB to get the extra space.
What I Like
- Nice build
- Brilliant display
- Expandable storage available
- Nice battery life
- Camera is good
- Availability of fingerprint scanner
What I Dislike
- Unjustified price
- Occasional lags
- Unimpressive speaker
The Samsung Galaxy A8 is a wonderful phone, with nice build quality it looks elegant and premium, it has a brilliant screen, lighter TouchWiz, good camera and performs decent but I would still not prefer suggesting you the Samsung Galaxy A8 only because of its price tag. The price tag of Rs. 32,500 looks irrelevant for the A8. The One Plus 2 offers better specifications and features at just Rs. 24,000 and even if you are a Samsung fan I would suggest you to spend Rs. 6,000 more and get yourself a Samsung Galaxy S6.