One of the Samsung greatest product after the battery fiasco is the Galaxy S8 that has revolutionized the smartphone display of a premium flagship. More and more smartphone company is now launching smartphone with no display bezels as this is what most consumer desire, despite not everyone. With the rise of competitive smartphone that offers Full View display for a price less than half of the flagship, Samsung has introduced their Infinity Display into the newest Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018), a mid-range smartphone that offers more affordability.
The Galaxy A8 (2018) is available in sizes with 5.6 and 6 inches Full HD+ display and a 16MP+8MP dual front facing camera. Other features and support such as IP68 water and dust resistant, 4G + 3G dual SIM standby is also made available in this smartphone. Let’s have a closer in depth look on the upcoming Galaxy A8 2018 that will be launching in Malaysian market very soon.
The Galaxy A8 is sized at 149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4mm with a weight at 172g while the larger A8+ is at 159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm and weighted at 191g.
The major significant differences are the 5.6 inches display on the A8 and 6 inches FHD+ display on the A8+. Those Infinity Display with Super AMOLED technology gives a broader field of view while sharing the iconic Always on Display from its premium range of flagships.
The Galaxy A8 supports facial recognition which can be utilized for smartphone authentication and Samsung Pass.
It shares the same navigation key as the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 that is right located beneath the bottom of display.
The hybrid SIM slot makes it possible to work with 1 nano SIM and1 microSD card or 2 SIM simultaneously.
Ditching the microUSB tradiation, the Galaxy A8 now supports the latest USB Type C technology for faster data transfer. Along the side are the 3.5mm audio jack and microphone.
The Taiwan’s Galaxy A8 (2018) is available in black, purpose and gold while the Galaxy A8+ adds the new unique black. Both battery are sized at 3000mAh and 3500mAh respectively.
The front and rear of both smartphones are covered entirely by glass that reflect concurrently with lights from various angle.
The 16MP + 8MP camera can creates decent Bokeh images while the 16MP rear camera captures bright images in dark environment with its large f/1.7 aperture. HDR mode, stickers, filter and other camera mode are supported in both smartphones.
The Galaxy A8 (2018) is now IP68 water and dust resistant certified.
Here are some details on its Samsung UI, similarly available on the Galaxy S8.
Even S8 exclusive Bixby service is now available on Galaxy A8 2018!
Game mode for a distraction free gaming experience.
Dual Messenger gets you duplicating apps for access multiple accounts on one phone. It’s that easy to set up and navigate through settings!
Facial recognition and fingerprint unlock are both available and accessible in the settings menu.
Here are some of the same shots from the Galaxy A8 (2018)!
Simply swipe left for filters or change camera modes by swiping towards the right.
Here are the 8 level of selfie beauty enhancement shown in 4 pictures above, where the levels are 0, 1, 4, 8 respectively.
It is also capable to shoot depth of field/ Bokeh mode and the difference are displayed in photos from the top and bottom.
Portrait mode in action!
Some shots taken from the 16MP rear camera.
HDR shots at the bottom. Unedited (standard camera mode) photo on top.
The f/1.7 aperture also makes it great in taking photos in low light environment. Click on pictures to enlarge them!
Full HD video recording by day
Aaaand by night
Before getting its performance tested, the Galaxy A8 and A8+ (Taiwan) both runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with support up to 10 finger inputs.
All of the performance is driven by the Exynos 7885 with maximum clock arte at 2.2Ghz.
A clean reset shows that the Galaxy A8 offers 22.6GB of available storage. The amount of RAM at 2GB is also subjected the demand of the consumer so it is subjective to define whether is it sufficient for daily app activities.
Benchmark scores from Antutu v6.2.7
The peak temperature rise during the benchmark test raised from 26.6 to 29.4 degree Celcius. 92% of battery remains after 1 hours of intensive stress test.
Details on the GFXBenchmark on the Galaxy A8 (2018).
In conclusion, the Galaxy A8 and A8+ (2018) is a spectacular looking smartphone that offers decent performance for a casual smartphone user who has no overwhelming demands on performance. It gets all your apps and duty done while looking elegant that fits in today design trend.
The Galaxy A8 and A8+ (2018) has been launched in Taiwan and expected to arrive into Malaysian market very soon.