Samsung Galaxy J8
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About the Phone
- Top-notch AMOLED Infinity Display.
- It has an Octa-Core processor and Snapdragon 450 chipset.
- Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung Experience UI.
- It has a good display with vibrant colour reproduction.
- Corning Gorilla Glass display protection.
- Dual Camera.
- Good build quality.
- Great battery backup.
- No support for fast charging.
- It has an ordinary plastic build.
- It lacks stereo speakers for an enhanced multimedia experience.
- It is missing features like ambient light sensor, magnetometer, and Gyroscope.
The dual camera and AMOLED Infinity Display are basically the saving grace of the phone priced at around 19k.
With Chinese phone brands like Xiaomi and Huawei making it big in the Indian market, it is quite natural to forget the once top-notch smartphone giant, Samsung. However, Samsung does not seem to be going out of style anytime soon, and it is proving so with its J series phones. Competing with Chinese brands that have captured the Indian market with their promising camera and UI experience, Samsung launched the Galaxy J8. Priced at Rs. 18,990, Galaxy J8 claims to offer the best-ever camera and user experience.
Samsung’s Galaxy J8 features the popular AMOLED Infinity Display (first seen in the Samsung S series phones) to the common mass on a budget. It sports an impressive 6-inch display and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor clocked at 1.8GHz. With advanced features such as Fingerprint + Face Unlock, Chat-over-Video, and dual cameras, Galaxy J8 does seem to be the right choice for a phone under 20k.
Samsung Galaxy J8 comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory that is expandable up to 256GB. There are three colour variants for Galaxy J8 – Black, Blue, and Gold.
Coming to the design of the Galaxy J8, frankly, there’s nothing extraordinary here. Granted it has a massive display with smaller bezels, but the disappointing thing about the phone is that it has a plastic design. And considering the price range of Galaxy J8, this is a drawback since many phones in this range boast metallic bodies. However, since the back has a smooth, matte finish, it does not look too shabby. Overall, the build seems robust and very unlikely to break or bend easily.
On the rear, the dual camera (16MP+5MP) setup with an LED flash has been placed vertically and just under it, lies the pill-shaped fingerprint sensor. The volume buttons and the SIM trays lie on the left side, and the power button along with the speaker lies on the right. There are two SIM trays – one for holding the primary nano-SIM and microSD card, and the other for housing the secondary nano-SIM. Just on the right side, above the power button for the speaker, you can see a tiny slit (a common feature in Samsung phones). On the bottom part of the phone, you will find the micro-USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
With the display being the biggest selling point of the Galaxy J8, Samsung has done a pretty decent job on this front. The phone sports a 6-inch Super AMOLED display with 720×1480 pixel resolution and comes with a Corning Gorilla Glass display protection. With an 18.5:9 display ratio that offers an excellent viewing experience, the phone delivers impressive colour reproduction and deep contrasts. Also, Samsung has incorporated other nifty features like the Outdoor Mode for enhanced user experience – it offers a brighter display under direct sunlight which is a vital issue with many phones in the market. Then there’s the Blue Light Filter that limits the blue light emission of the screen, thereby minimising the strain on your eyes.
Samsung Galaxy J8 is fuelled by an octa-core Snapdragon 450 chipset, which is an outdated processor in today’s market. Needless to say, it is also not the fastest processor around. With 4GB RAM, the phone is sure to work smoothly, with the processor handling basic day-to-day tasks and even multitasking (at least during the initial months). However, you may soon start to see a few lags with time. While the phone may be able to handle games like Asphalt 9: Legends without lagging, it is certainly not sufficient for more graphics intensive games like PUBG.
Other phones such as the Redmi 5 (4/64GB version with the same processor) comes at a much lesser price at just Rs 10,999, with the only missing link being the dual camera. Then there’s also Moto G6 that offers a sleek and classy glass-metal design and similar specs at just Rs 15,999.
The Galaxy J8 is powered by Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung’s custom Experience 9.0 skin on top. So, you have access to an array of typical Samsung icons and few preloaded apps like Samsung Health, Samsung Max, Secure Folder, Galaxy Apps, My Galaxy, Samsung Pay Mini and of course, Samsung’s custom Internet browser. Apart from this, Galaxy J8 also features some ‘’Made for India’ features like Samsung Mall and Chat-over-Video.
Galaxy J8 has a dual camera setup (yet another cookie point for the phone apart from the Infinity Display). On the back panel, you have a 16-megapixel primary lens with f/1.7 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with f/1.9 aperture. The combination does promise great shots both in well-lit and low light settings.
The rear camera comes with a Live Focus feature that allows you to make adjustments to the background blur when clicking a snap. With this, you can also blur the primary subject and focus on the background. It is pretty cool! Plus, the phone also has Portrait Backdrop, and Portrait Dolly features that allow you to capture excellent snaps both outdoors and indoors. The entire experience is further amped by the rich AMOLED display that makes the captured photos look vibrant, with the colours popping out just right.
The 3500 mAh battery of Galaxy J8 is quite impressive, considering its low HD+ resolution display and basic processor that isn’t very demanding. While charging from scratch to a complete 100% takes about 2 hours, the phone can survive a day with medium usage. However, if you’re into extreme gaming, video streaming, and browsing, the battery may not last more than 10-12 hours. One good thing about the phone is that it doesn’t heat up even with continuous usage.
Because Samsung J series aims to deliver the premium Samsung experience at an affordable price range, the phone seems reasonable enough. While it does boast of some cool features like the Infinity Display, Portrait Dolly, Live Focus, Chat-over-Video, and not to forget the excellent camera quality, some may feel that it is still overpriced. After all, one can get their hands on phones with more powerful processors and similar specs at a lower price point.
If, however, you are an ardent Samsung fan and are looking for a phone under 20k, Galaxy J8 is a great choice.