Samsung Galaxy A8: flagship edge-to-edge design
Past 2017 was a real boom flagships with screens 18:9, dual cameras and a thin part of the display. If at the beginning of the year these features were available only in expensive models of the phone, then by 2018 they began to appear in more accessible gadgets, which includes Samsung and Samsung A8 A8 plus. Let’s look at how the manufacturer has transformed its traditionally strong models taking into account these innovations, and whether to compare Samsung with Apple or similar brands. Novelties of the brand Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy A8 A8+ has replaced models Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 in 2017.
Differences from the previous model
Galaxy A5 (2017)
Galaxy A8 (2018)
5.2 inch, 1920?1080 pixels
5.6 inch, 2220?1080 pixels
7880 OCTA-Core Exynos, 1.9 GHz
7885 Exynos OCTA Core, 2.2 GHz
3/32, microSD (up to 256)
4/32, microSD (up to 256)
16 + 8 MP (f/1.9)
16 MP (f/1.9)
16 MP (f/1.7)
Is 146.1?71,4?7.9 mm
Protection from water and dust
There are, IP68
There are, IP68
Design and first impressions
Externally, the new resembles the Samsung flagship, the Galaxy S8, especially from the back side. But in comparison with their predecessors, the A8 has a large diagonal of 5.6 inches, which allows you to view photos and movies. Rich color reproduction and detail ensures the matrix Super AMOLED. If you compare with last year’s flagship Galaxy S8, this model has become more rectangular in shape and resembles Galaxy Note8. Glass smartphone covers the “back” and the display, everything else is a metal frame, like many flagships.
Due to the rounded panels of the phone can be conveniently operated with one hand. Despite the glass surface, it does not slip from the hand. The external speaker is on the side, and its maximum volume is enough for watching videos and receiving a call even in a noisy room. Protection against penetration of dust and moisture IP68 allows not to worry about its operation under difficult weather conditions, plus gives you the opportunity to completely submerge the phone under water for 30 minutes.
Samsung A8 is equipped with a powerful 16 MP primary camera that helps to convey not only all the emotion and the composition of the image, but leave the same vivid emotions travel or exciting and important moments of life. Front camera 8 MP perfect for selfie. The camera interface is simple and intuitive, the user can set the focus point, adjust exposure, use digital zoom. Matrix Super AMOLED with a resolution at 1080p 2200 pixels (Full HD+, 411 ppi) ensures vivid color reproduction, the quality and detail of any graphics.
Settings processor and memory
Powerful 8-core processor Exynos 7885 2.2 GHz x 2+ 1.6 GHz x 6 not long to wait download the app. For those who love to spend time playing games, the phone will easily run all of new favorite toys, you will be able to play on the highest settings.
RAM and internal memory of 4 GB and 32 GB vengeance will be enough for games and apps. But if you want you can add a memory card up to 256 GB. Battery, like all models of Samsung, not the most powerful 3000 MAh, but with the active use lasts for 12 hours, and when viewing video up to 17 hours of continuous viewing. Unlike the Chinese «colleagues», now that I have a place for 2 SIM cards and one slot for micro SD.
Communication and data transfer:
- The type and number of -2 SIM Nano-SIM card;
- 2G (GSM) — 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz;
- 3G (HSDPA) — 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz;
- 4G (LTE) — LTE-A Cat. 6 (800, 850, 900, 1800, 2100, 2600 MHz);
- Navigation — GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS;
- Wi-Fi — Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct;
- Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, EDR, LE;
- NFC — no;
- USB — MicroUSB 2.0, data warehouse, charging from USB;
- Audio Jack — 3.5 mm.
What else is new?
Samsung A8 as A8 Samsung Plus, is available in several variations of body colors. Available in classic black, white color, as well as custom gold and blue. Present superior protection — a thumbprint scanner that allows you to save all the important information from unauthorized persons. the Scanner is at the bottom of the camera, claims to the speed and quality of recognition no. The gadget is equipped with NFC contactless function to pay for purchases, even without a Bank card. Enough to bring a gadget to the POS terminal and the desired purchase in your pocket.
If you compare with more expensive «brother» Samsung s8, which is characterized by its more memory and a capacitive display of full immersion, the A8 slightly below the status of a premium smartphone, however is a balanced device with premium design, secure housing and good work.