Whether you agree or not, Samsung branding is something consumers value across all price ranges. The Samsung Galaxy A8 carries forward the legacy and somehow manages to incorporate the best of Samsung for a mid range price. Now, by best we aren’t implying that it outdoes the high end Galaxy S series flagship, but that it benefits from Samsung experience and tries to pass on what matters at a more affordable price. Here are some reasons for why you should buy it.
Design and Build Quality
Most Samsung mid range smartphones look very similar to one another, but Samsung Galaxy A8 looks slightly different and elegant with chamfered metallic edges, extremely slim design (5.9 mm) and matte plastic on the back for better grip. The smartphone is slightly curvy on the rear side which makes Galaxy A8 easy to hold and operate using one hand.
Galaxy A8 has power key on the right edge, while volume rockers and SIM card slots present on the left edge. Micro USB port and 3.5mm audio jack are present at the bottom, and the microphone is only fitted on the top. There is also a fingerprint scanner which integrates with the physical home button. It is the slimmest Samsung phone so far, but is still very comfortable to use in day to day usage.
Galaxy A8 features a 5.7 inch Super AMOLED display with the resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (full HD). The display of Galaxy A8 has Corning Gorilla Glass layer on top. It has pixel density of 386ppi, which means everything on it is crisp and sharp. Over the years, Samsung has significantly improved its Amoled technology, and Galaxy A8 benefits from all these years of R&D.
Samsung Galaxy A8 sports a 16 MP auto focus rear camera with LED flash, and f/1.9 aperture and can record full HD videos. It also has a 5 MP front facing snapper with 1080p and f/1.9 aperture for selfies.
Apart from all that, the company claims that camera of this device will open in just 0.9 seconds. You can also double tap on home button to immediately open the camera, a feature which was first introduced with Galaxy S6. Camera features include Panorama, Geo tagging, face detection, touch focus and HDR.
The camera performance is again impressive, and all clicked images displayed faithful color reproduction with fine details and very little noise. Lowlight performance is also pretty accurate.
Galaxy A8 was launched with 64 bit 1.8 GHz octa core Snapdragon 615 CPU, but the Indian version is equipped with 32 bit Octa Core Exynos 5430 processor where four Cortex A15 cores are clocked at 1.8 GHz and other four Cortex A7 cores are clocked at 1.3 GHz, all paired with Mali T628 MP6 GPU. Exynos uses Cortex A7 for four cores and Cortex A15 for other four cores which is powerful.
The Exynos version is fully capable of handling anything that you throw at it. The handset can smoothly handle customized TouchWiz UI and high end gaming without any visible lag.
Samsung Galaxy A8 is fitted with a juicy 3050mAh non-replaceable battery which is rated to deliver up to 17 hours of talk time on 3G network, up to 51 hours of audio music, up to 12 hours of video playback. In practical use, we could easily make it across one day mark with moderate to heavy usage, which is again works in Galaxy A8’s favor.
Samsung Galaxy A8 is one of the most impressive mid rangers Samsung has come up with in a long time. The handset demonstrates Samsung’s new smartphone philosophy, which lays primary stress on looks, design and user experience, rather than cluttering them with features seldom used.