Samsung A8+ comes as a non-flagship Samsung model with an 18:9 display and a flagship design meant to attract any user. Priced at Rs. 27,990, the Samsung Galaxy A8+ looks to match the features of flagship models, but also maintaining its identity as a high mid-range phone for mid-range users.
Samsung Galaxy A8+ looks like the Galaxy S-series flagships, but it fails to reach that great height. However, its attempts to do so with the display and the selfie camera and commendable. It lags due to its performance, but even then it remains decent and could be easily brought by any user who desires a satisfying handset.
Samsung Galaxy A8+ may confuse you with its looks which resembles the Samsung flagship models. However, it comes with a brilliant display which gives fantastic colour depth. It also has an excellent selfie camera which mimics the photo quality of DSLR cameras.
Samsung Galaxy A8+ arrives with a beautiful AMOLED display which produces incredible deep blacks and brilliant contrast. The thin bezels are capable of providing a wonderful screen experience to the user and the 18.5:9 aspect ratio offers an immersive experience that stands out among its competitors.
Samsung A8+ arrives with a beautiful selfie camera which almost seems inspired by DSLR models. It has an excellent background blur effect which makes the subject pop out. Plus, the blur can be adjustable making it a fantastic selfie camera for any user.
On the whole, the Samsung Galaxy A8+ is a decent model, but it invests too much on looks without going for better performance or camera. It stays a decent phone, but for the price tag, it does not seem value for money.
Samsung A8+ pleases with the display and design but fails to go beyond its mid-tier category with its average performance and camera.
The A8+ arrives with a 6-inch Super AMOLED display, which looks impressive and brings out good colours and deep levels of black. The contrast is brilliant. Samsung has named it “Infinity Display” because of the tall, narrow, and bezel-free display, which provides the modern 18.5:9 aspect ratio. However, it does have a bit of bezel due to the lack of curvature of the screen, which is disappointing. Regarding the display, the colour balance is good but not as refined as Samsung flagships, as you get to see colours like white remaining on the colder side. The default Adaptive mode produces lively but oversaturated colours, but you can shift it to Standard mode for more accurate settings. The A8+ also has the Always-on Display feature. It takes up more juice, and it is better if it is turned off at night. A8+ has a brightness of 507 nits which is quite adequate but marginally less than Samsung galaxy A8’s 567 nits, but as a whole, it offers good sunlight legibility.
Samsung Galaxy A8+ looks quite similar to the flagship models of Samsung Galaxy S9. It arrives with a metal frame and a reflective glass back, and the camera setup looks similar. However, there are some notable differences. It fails to come with the elegant curves of Samsung flagships which makes it difficult to handle with one hand. It feels like it digs in your palms. Also, the glass back can become a fingerprint magnet, so a case is recommended. On the left side, you find the volume keys, but the Bixby button is missing. While you have Bixby integrated with the software, the lack of dedicated Bixby button that many Samsung phones arrive with is a huge change. It arrives with the modern USB-C port for charging and retains the headphone jack. The fingerprint scanner is placed below the camera and is conveniently placed for you to reach it. Plus, it comes with iP68 water resistance rating which makes it resist 30 minutes of immersion up to 5 feet of depth.
Samsung Galaxy A8+ has the Samsung Exynos 7885 chip. It is an upper mid-range chip but does not perform as well as the Snapdragon 835. However, it is better than the mid-range performance offered by Snapdragon 625. It has two powerful Cortex A73 CPU cores which are clocked at 2.2GHz and six powerful Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.6GHz. For everyday activities, the phone performs well and does not result in any lag. Light games can run quite well, but pushing it to the heavy games department can result in frame drops. Multitasking is smooth for the most part, except when heavy apps are run in the background. Benchmark scores put it at 114688 points against LG G6’s 157208.
Samsung A8+ has a 16MP single camera with an f/1.7 aperture. In good light, the A8+ can capture detailed pictures with pleasing colours and a lot of good details. However, there are a few times when it does not get the exposure right, and the shots come out underexposed.
The performance starts to falter at night when the lights go dim. The images are often grainy, and there is a loss of details.
It comes with a 16MP and 8MP selfie cameras which has a lot of features with it. The ‘Live Focus’ can give a blurred effect to your selfie giving a DSLR effect. The background blur could be adjusted, and the edge detection is quite accurate. On the whole, the selfie performs well and better than the rear camera.
A8+ 2018 is fitted with a sizable 3,500 mAh battery similar to the Galaxy S9+. You can get a full day of runtime without worry. While the battery is excellent, it is not something extraordinary and would not last you for two days. Battery tests done by putting the phone with moderate to intensive tasks saw it going up to 9 hours and 24 minutes which is quite average. A8+ arrives with fast charging tech and can get you from 0 to 100% within 1 hour and 39 minutes, which is a saving grace for the battery. However, it does not have wireless charging.
As a mid-range phone, the Galaxy A8+ arrives with a few premium features like the AMOLED screen and premium display. However, the phone does not try to stand out much. It comes with a mid-tier processor and a one-day runtime battery. Unlike premium phones, it does not support wireless charging. The cameras are just decent and nothing to get excited about. In the end, you get a value-for-money phone if you do not expect something spectacular to come out of it. It fails to tackle the likes of OnePlus 5T which is a much better phone due to better specifications.
- Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE
- Back Camera16 MP
- Front Camera8 MP
- Thickness0.33 inches
- Height6.30 inches
- Weight191 g
- ColorBlack, orchid grey, gold, blue
- BuildFront glass (Gorilla Glass 4), back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
- Width2.98 inches
- Display TypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
- Screen Size6.0 inches
- Display TypeSuper AMOLED
- Pixel Density411 ppi
- ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 4
- Display Size5.75 inch to 6 inch
- Display Resolution1080 x 2220 pixels
- Screen to Body Ratio75.50%
- CPUOcta-core (2x2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 6x1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
- Chipset GPExynos 7885 (14 nm)
- RAM4 GB RAM
- OSAndroid 7.1.1 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)
- Expandable MemorymicroSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
- Storage32 GB
- RAM/Internal Storage64 GB, 6 GB RAM or 32 GB, 4 GB RAM
- Single Camera16 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8, 1.12 micron
- Back Camera FeaturesLED flash, panorama, HDR
- Back Camera Video1080p30fps
- Front Camera Video1080p30fps
- Dual Camera16 MP, f/1.9, 27mm (wide), 1/3.1, 1.0 micron8 MP, f/1.9, 1/4.0, 1.12 micron
- HeadPhone JackYes
- Audio Features24-bit/192kHz audioActive noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- Talk TimeUp to 23 h (3G)
- User ReplaceableNon-removable
- Battery Capacity3400 mAh to 3600 mAh
- Battery Capacity3500 mAh
- Music TimeUp to 73 h
- ChargingFast battery charging 18W
- Battery TypeLi-Ion
- USB2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
- RadioFM radio
- Network SupportGSM / HSPA / LTE
- GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- SIMSingle SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
- SensorsFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
- Water ResistantIP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
- Announced On2017, December
- StatusAvailable. Released 2018, January
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