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Samsung Galaxy A8 Review


Samsung Galaxy A8 Review: Overview & Price

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 is a medium ranged Android phone which is now available to buy in the UK as of 27th April 2018, the A8 is priced at around £330 here in the UK.

In this Samsung Galaxy A8 review, we give you all of the information you need to make an informed purchase decision, as well as showcasing the best Samsung Galaxy A8 contract deals.

The Samsung Galaxy A8 camera is impressive, and can take some stunning shots especially when in good lighting situations.

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The phone is very well built and definitely has a premium feel to it, much like the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Note 8.

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Samsung Galaxy A8 Review: Design & Display

The design of this phone is its main attraction as firstly it has a 5.6″ super AMOLED display which is super vibrant and takes up much of the space at the front of the phone.

The colours are extremely accurate and you get to choose from a few different colour profiles, there is an always-on display so when the phone is off you can always see the time and date which can be very useful.

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Samsung Smartphone Galaxy A8 UK Version - Black
  • Add flair and fun to your selfies with Live focus mode on the Dual Front Camera: it blurs the background, adding bokeh effect so you and your friends stand out
  • Whether out at night or caught in the dark, you'll capture the scene clearly with the improved low light capability on the rear camera of the Galaxy A8 : its bright F1.7 lens, larger 1.12㎛ pixels, and bigger 1/2.8” sensor bring in light from the environment to make photos crisp and detailed
  • A phone that works wherever life takes you — the Galaxy A8 has an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, meaning neither splashes nor rain will slow you down (IP68 water resistant up to 1.5 metres from up to 30 minutes. Rinse in fresh water afterwards)
  • Whether multitasking or gaming, it's fast and seamless with the 4GB RAM (may vary by country and region) on the Galaxy A8, and you can easily keep important things on hand with expandable microSD storage (sold separately)—up to an additional 512GB
  • Go beyomd the phone: track your workout with wearables, explore new dimensions with Gear VR and control your smart home with Samsung Connect

The phone has a build of glass on the front and back sitting on a polished aluminium frame, in comparison to the S8 the A8 is thicker and noticeably heavier although it has a lot of different components inside.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Review

The A8 is like most flagship phones nowadays and is IP68 water and dust resistant making it less stressful when it’s raining outside or you’re using your phone whilst close to water.

On the back, there is a perfectly placed fingerprint reader which is just below the camera, the reader is pretty fast and allows for easy access to online banking or saved passwords on the phone which is very convenient.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Review: Performance

There are 2 options for internal memory on this phone which are either 32 or 64GB although it can be expanded through a microSD card, there are a USB type C port and a headphone jack at the bottom of the A8.

The phone also has a decent speaker on the side of the phone which is placed very well to keep away from your fingers.

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The chip in the A8 is an Exynos 7885 Octa with 4GB of RAM allowing you to run games smoothly without any lag, in every day use it is great and I did not notice any issues with performance.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Review
Image: Aaron Yoo

The Samsung A8 runs the same software setup as the Note 8 and just like other Galaxy phones the homepage can be customised.

Bixby is also a cool feature on the A8 allowing users to interact with the phone in order to set reminders or alarms, although there is no Bixby button which means no accidental activation.

Bixby Vision is also built into the A8 which allows you to point the camera at an object and Bixby will search for it and give you the option to buy it online which is a great feature.

Given how cheap the Samsung Galaxy A8 contract deals are we found that the performance aspect of the phone is extremely impressive.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Review: Camera

The Samsung Galaxy A8 camera is a 16MP f/1.7 aperture lens providing very clear shots with plenty of detail and low noise, even in low light thanks to the wide aperture.

It also has 2 strong selfie cameras, a 16MP f/1.9 & 8MP f/1.9 1080p both with fixed focus.

The selfie cameras have good detail and great dynamic range, the two cameras can work together in order to take a photo with defocused background.

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Image: Aaron Yoo

Video recording is in 1080p, which looks good and has low noise.

However, there is no 4K, but the stabilisation is great and even when recording whilst walking there is not much movement on the footage, this saves buying a tripod if you’re big into photography.

The Samsung Galaxy A8 camera isn’t going to win any gold medals, but it is good enough for the average user and we are confident that you will be happy with it.

If you are somewhat of a camera geek, then we recommend checking out our Samsung Galaxy A9 review as this may be more up your street.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Review: Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy A8 battery life is decent, it has a respectable 3000mAh battery.

I say decent because the phone will last a full day but definitely not 2 (like most smartphones these days), certainly won’t if under any intense use throughout the day.

Most of the time phones that really struggle with holding battery life is because they have a very thirsty screen, however, the Samsung Galaxy A8’s screen is actually extremely efficient.

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Samsung Smartphone Galaxy A8 UK Version - Black
  • Add flair and fun to your selfies with Live focus mode on the Dual Front Camera: it blurs the background, adding bokeh effect so you and your friends stand out
  • Whether out at night or caught in the dark, you'll capture the scene clearly with the improved low light capability on the rear camera of the Galaxy A8 : its bright F1.7 lens, larger 1.12㎛ pixels, and bigger 1/2.8” sensor bring in light from the environment to make photos crisp and detailed
  • A phone that works wherever life takes you — the Galaxy A8 has an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, meaning neither splashes nor rain will slow you down (IP68 water resistant up to 1.5 metres from up to 30 minutes. Rinse in fresh water afterwards)
  • Whether multitasking or gaming, it's fast and seamless with the 4GB RAM (may vary by country and region) on the Galaxy A8, and you can easily keep important things on hand with expandable microSD storage (sold separately)—up to an additional 512GB
  • Go beyomd the phone: track your workout with wearables, explore new dimensions with Gear VR and control your smart home with Samsung Connect

When using the phone for long periods of time with the brightness turned right up we noticed that the battery would only go down very small amounts.

The phone does support fast charging which is extremely good and means if you’re in a hurry there is always time to get a quick 30% charge in.

Overall the Samsung Galaxy A8 battery life is pretty good and is on par with what you would find in phones like the Honor 10 or Samsung Galaxy S8.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Review: Summary

The A8 is a very impressive phone, although it is not a flagship it still has some very attractive features at a decent price.

The Samsung Galaxy A8 battery life is impressive, and you can expect this phone to last you through a full day of average usage.

Samsung Smartphone Galaxy A8 UK Version - Black 

There are definitely phones out there that are strong contenders for this phone, but Samsung lovers who want a good all-round phone with a strong battery, can take great photos and record in 1080p, this might be the phone for you.

We hope you have enjoyed our Samsung Galaxy A8 review, and feel free to check out the best Samsung Galaxy A8 contract deals at the top of this post.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Review: Full Specification

Launch: 2018, January

Body:

  • Dimension: 149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4mm (5.87 x 2.78 x 0.33 in)
  • Weight: 172g (6.07 oz)
  • Build: Front/back glass, aluminium frame
  • Sim: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
    – Samsung Pay
    – IP68 dust/waterproof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)

Display:

  • Type: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
  • Size: 5.6 inches, 79.6cm² (-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:

  •  OS: Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Chipset: Exynos 7885 Octa
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU: Mali-G71

Memory:

  • Card slot: MicroSD, up to 256GB (dedicated slot)
  • Internal:32/64GB, 4GB RAM

Camera:

  • Primary: 16MP, f/1.7, 26mm, 1/2.8″, PDAF
  • Features: LED flash, panorama, HDR
  • Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Secondary: Dual – 16MP, f/1.9, 27mm, 1/3.1 & 8MP, f/1.9, 24mm, 1/4.0

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
  • GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • NFC: Yes
  • Radio: FM radio
  • USB: 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
  • More:
    – 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 24h (3G)
  • Music Play: Up to 66h

Misc:

  • Colours: Black, Orchid Grey, Gold, Blue
  • Price: As seen in the above post

Tests:

  • Performance: Basemark OS ||: 2067 / Basemark OS || 2.0: 2007 / Basemark X: 15299
  • Display: Contrast ratio: InfinityS (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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