SamsungGalaxyA8(2018)hands-on Review

Intro

Wait what ?! So the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) as well as A8+ (2018) are here to change the Galaxy A5 (2017) as well as A7 (2015 )? That sure makes ideal feeling.

Although, from a much more major point of view, what much better way to show continuity with the acting front runner Galaxy S8 line? As well as since one is tiny, the various other is bigger, the last obtains a ‘plus’, right? It does make more sense currently.

With Samsung’s portfolio so completely dissected (or rather, our amateur musings in advertising and marketing aside), allow’s go on to the actual Galaxy A8 (2018) we have right here. We managed to get the smaller of the two phones that were just revealed as well as we’re going with a fast hands-on, with an evaluation heading, potentially, maybe, eventually.

Let’s obtain a few of the most essential things about the Galaxy A8 (2018) out of the way first. It loads an 18.5:9 display screen – remaining on top of the patterns. There’s additionally a brand-new chipset inside, with a CPU in an unique 2 +6 core config. Around right here we must mention the A-series currently come with assistance for Gear VR.

A dual camera has actually made its means to the A8 (2018 ), just it’s not where you ‘d expect it to be – it’s on the front. Flip over to the back, though, and also you’ll discover something to like as well – the finger print sensor has been relocated to the center axis of the back, right listed below the video camera.

The excellent stuff from the old designs have actually been kept – for one, that’s the IP68 qualification for dirt and also water resistance. We’ve also got nothing but appreciation for Samsung’s choice to fit in a dedicated microSD port – that’s the second year in row in the A-series. There’s assistance for Samsung Pay also, for those in the choose lucky countries where the solution is live.

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) at a glimpse

Okay, we’re not delighted with the OS variation – Oreo has actually been around for months, however the A8s launch on Nougat. On the other hand, A-series have actually traditionally never ever been ahead of the contour in this respect, plus the S8 hasn’t yet gotten official Oreo, so we can picture it wouldn’t have looked great for the A to defeat the S to it.

Aaand, that has to do with it, really. At least in the beginning glance there’s rarely anything to complain about when it comes to the Galaxy A8 (2018 ). Probably we will discover something when we dive deep for the testimonial, however, for now we’re remaining on the surface area with some preliminary hands-on perceptions on the following page.

Software

The Galaxy A8 (2018) runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat – no Oreo right now, but it will certainly come ultimately. There’s a healthy and balanced dose of Samsung Experience ahead, version 8.5, so everybody who’s seen an S8, Note8, and even a J7 (2017 ), need to be right at home.

It coincides sky-blue-on-off-white color pattern for the settings and also food selections, as well as the ‘Light as well as line’ iconography presented with the S8. Basically, there’s no discernible difference in the UI between recent Samsungs.

Criteria

The Galaxy A8 (2018) is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 7885 chipset. A minimum of that’s what benchmarking applications report – Samsung hasn’t gone authorities with such an SoC, and also it’s not provided in the spec sheets either.

What is detailed is the CPU configuration and also it’s one we haven’t seen before. The processor consists of 2 effective cores clocked at up to 2.2 GHz, and also 6 more ticking at up to 1.6 GHz. That would certainly be 2 Cortex-A73 cores and also six Cortex-A53 ones – color us (pleasantly) stunned.

We were eager to see how that arrangement carries out, naturally, and ran a few benchmarks on the Galaxy A8 (2018) we have handy. It’s not a final system we’re testing, purely talking, so the numbers produced by retail systems might possibly wind up various, if in any way.

GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core)

Higher is better

GeekBench 4.1 (single-core)

Higher is much better

AnTuTu 6

Greater is far better

Basemark X

Greater is better

Electronic camera

The Galaxy A8 (2018) is furnished with a 16MP rear cam with an f/1.7 aperture lens – that coincides resolution as the previous generation, just with a brighter lens. It’s got stage discovery autofocus, however no optical stablizing. There’s a trusty old single LED flash – it’s how Samsung rolls.

Then again, in a Samsung-first, the Galaxy A8 (2018) features a double front-facing cam. It’s a 16MP +8 MP pairing, each with an f/1.9 aperture, with a repaired emphasis plane. Not to be mistaken with the Live emphasis attribute for variable blurring of backgrounds post-shot – that’s truly the double cam’s primary reason for being here.

Point is though, in between the limited time we’ve had with the phone and also the shabby weather we have actually been having, we couldn’t truly take any kind of good test examples. At the very least not with the back camera. Below are a number of selfies to try and offset that.

That would certainly be all for now. We’ll most likely attempt to shoot some more examples tomorrow if the weather gets on our side.

First impressions

Connecting the void between midrange and also leading rate, the A-series are getting closer to what was once the meaning of a flagship. Samsung drew its strikes here and there to let the S8/S9 breathe even more easily, yet upon very first look the Galaxy A8 (2018) resembles a compelling plan at an affordable rate point. Affordable, that is, in the universe of ever-growing costs.

That said, the A8 (2018) still has a great deal to prove – we’re yet to examine its battery life, assuring as the specs may be, as well as those video cameras require to be subjected to some detailed pixel peeping. Those are tasks for the extensive testimonial, nevertheless – stay tuned for that.

Network
  • 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
  • Launch
  • Announced: 2017, December
  • Status: Available. Released 2018, January
  • Body
  • 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/back glass, aluminum frame
  • Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • – Samsung Pay
    – IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
  • Display
  • Type: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • 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)
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)
  • – Always-on display
  • Platform
  • Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Chipset: Exynos 7885 Octa (14 nm)
  • Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • Mali-G71
  • Memory
  • Card slot: microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
  • Internal: 32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM
  • Main Camera
  • Single: 16 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8, 1.12m, PDAF
  • Features: LED flash, panorama, HDR
  • Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Selfie camera
  • Dual: 16 MP, f/1.9, 27mm (wide), 1/3.1″, 1.0m
    8 MP, f/1.9, 24mm (wide), 1/4″, 1.12m
  • Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Sound
  • Alert types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm jack: Yes
  • – 24-bit/192kHz audio
    – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Comms
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE
  • Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • Yes
  • Radio: FM radio
  • 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • Features
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
  • Messaging: SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
  • Browser: HTML5
  • – Fast battery charging
    – ANT+ support
    – MP4/WMV/H.265 player
    – MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player
    – Photo/video editor
    – Document viewer
  • Battery
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
  • Talk time: Up to 24 h (3G)
  • Music play: Up to 66 h
  • Misc
  • Colors: Black, orchid grey, gold, blue
  • SAR EU: 0.24 W/kg (head)     1.25 W/kg (body)    
  • Price: About 270 EUR
  • Tests
  • Performance: Basemark OS II: 2067 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 2007Basemark X: 15299
  • Display: Contrast ratio: Infinity (nominal), 3.842 (sunlight)
  • Camera: Photo / Video
  • Loudspeaker: Voice 69dB / Noise 70dB / Ring 81dB
  • Audio quality: Noise -92.1dB / Crosstalk -90.0dB
  • Battery life: Endurance rating 92h
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