Samsung India recently announced its Galaxy A8 Plus smartphone at a familiar price point of Rs 32,990. At this price point, the phone puts the A8 Plus directly in competition with the OnePlus 5T and the Huawei Honor View 10 territory. The South Korean giant has also introduced a number of features which makes the phone more compelling to buy for most who would have thought otherwise.
The A8 Plus (2018) not only features a completely fresh appearance and design, but also also a number of features which were seen earlier in Samsung’s 2017 flagships. While checking out and fidgeting around with the Galaxy A8 Plus – it would feel as though Samsung has attempted to make the A8 Plus feel like an affordable flagship, rather than a premium mid-range smartphone.
The A8 feels and looks stunning at first. It has a strong resemblance to the Galaxy Note 8 in many ways. The phone weighs about 191 grams, which gives the device a feel which is every bit like a premium smartphone with a 6-inch display. On the front there is a layer of 2.5D glass. The back has got a 3D curved glass pane which has a cutout for the camera, LED flash and the fingerprint.
The phone is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 7885 SoC. This sits alongside a Mali G71 graphics processing unit, which is very efficient in handling graphic-intensive work. However, the variant which ships in India has a massive 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage.
What this essentially means is that Samsung has twice the RAM and storage in this phone as compared to the last year’s handset. This would result in better multitasking and a smooth multi-window experience.
In the optics department, the phone features a 16 MP camera on the back which has an aperture f/1.7 and PDAF (phase detection autofocus) and an LED flash. Interestingly, on the front, the phone has a dual-camera lens setup as well. This features one 16 MP sensor and an 8 MP sensor. Both these sensors have an aperture of f/1.9. Video shooting of the phone has however been limited to 1080p at 30fps on both front and rear cameras.
It has been reported that the camera interface is quite simple and easy to use, with right swipe enabling filters.There’s also a left swipe feature, taking you to the different camera modes, which has a PRO mode for manual control. Quick shots taken on the device return some pleasing images in well-lit conditions and this was true for shots in artificial lighting conditions as well.
The A8 Plus has a built-in 3500mAh non-removable Li-ion battery which is smaller than last year’s A7 but is not really an issue for most. The battery has also got the ability to be topped up quickly thanks to the inclusion of Samsung’s Adaptive fast charging.
The A8 is clearly a power packed phone, at a very compelling price. Looking to upgrade? Remember to sell your phone on Cashify before you upgrade!