Samsung Galaxy A8 –Review
The A8 is Samsung’s mid-to-high end smartphone option, which offers a strong and very capable camera and a nice looking colourful, large display. We don’t know the release date or the pricing as of yet, but you can expect to read about that in the coming weeks as more info flows through the media piece by piece.
The Samsung A8 features a full HD Super AMOLED 5.6-inch display, with 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, dual front cameras and a 16MP rear camera. The display utilises Samsung’s Infinity Display Technology to help reduce those pesky bezel sizes, as the A8 does not feature the same stunning curved edges found on the high-end S8. The screen is bright, colourful and vibrant which means video viewing and games are brilliant to look at on this device as it also has the trendy 18:9 aspect ratio with a 1080x2220 resolution.
The phone also features a single 16MP f/1.7 camera on the rear which takes some brilliantly detailed shots, and with a 16MP camera coupled with a 8MP sensor on the front those selfies will be just as good. The rear camera is also very capable of taking shots in low light, and generally performs well no matter the environment you’re in. On the front, the two cameras work together to offer that blurred background effect that Samsung dubbed the Live Focus, a feature that has come down from the S8 flagship.
The power behind the screen comes from an octa-core Exynos 7885 chipset with 4GB of RAM, plenty for this kind of phone. It isn’t the fastest or smoothest device out there in regard to multi-tasking and app opening speeds etc. and we think it could get a boost before its release to the market (we hope at least.) The A8 sports the Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS, which is a bit of a surprise considering Android 8 Oreo was launched a few months back and the latter OS will be on the competing phones to the A8. Of course the A8 is expected to upgrade to the Oreo later this year, but it’s a bit annoying that we’ll have to wait after launch for it.
The phone will be powered by a 3,000aMh battery, the very same one that is found in the Galaxy S8, which hopefully means the Galaxy A8 will have enough juice to last a day’s use just like its high-end variant. Until the handset is released however, we can only speculate on the battery life as Samsung haven’t said anything official regarding it.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 looks set to be a decent and solid device, as it appeals to those wanting high-end capabilities but don’t want to splash the amount of cash needed to buy the S8. It certainly isn’t a revolutionary phone, but it has a premium look and the screen is plenty enough for the price. We will have to see how they price the A8, as the rival cut-price devices like the Honor View 10 will determine how well the A8 does.