The Galaxy A8+ tries to take the fight to OnePlus and Honor by using Samsung’s brand new Exynos 7885 SoC, powered by two Cortex A73 cores clocking at 2.2GHz and six Cortex A53 cores clocking at 1.6 GHz. The graphics are handled by the ARM Mali-G71 GPU. The phone packs a solid 6GB of RAM.
The 64 GB of internal storage is expandable up to 256GB with the help of microSD card.
The A8+ is swift, and there are no noticeable lags. The animations can be a bit slow and the transition between menus can have a delay. The 6GB of RAM helps keeps running smoothly. However, the GPU doesn’t manage to support graphics-intensive games, and you might have to reduce to a lower resolution.
Although the A8+ carries a bloated OS and runs on Android Nougat 7.1.1, the user interface to be a pleasant experience. The phone launches with a My Galaxy widget showing off the phone’s various features – such as ordering food, booking a taxi, or paying bills – but the registration can be pesky. The phone also tries to control Contacts by turning it into a status sharing social media app.
On previous phones, Samsung’s smart assistant – Bixby – seemed to compete with Google Assistant. But the A8+ offers a stripped down version of Bixby that serves as a side-screen timeline to display notifications. It does analyse usage patterns over time and offers system-level customisations. The Always-On display is a great feature that utilises the AMOLED screen, along with Samsung Pass, and Samsung Pay. The phone also has a face unlock feature, but the implementation isn’t as effective, making it functional only in well-lit conditions and it can be a bit slow.