Samsung Galaxy A8 Review

Metal and glass seem to be the pick of the year and the new Samsung A8 seems to have both in plenty. Priced at Rs. 32,500, the latest addition to the Galaxy A series is bigger but more powerful and thinner. Samsung galaxy A8 comes as close to the flagship-grade as it can without actually being one.

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The phone comes with a full metal single moulded design. The symmetrical edges go around the entire frame, and the body mostly has rounded corners, with the exception to the sides that has some very top angles. With 5.9 mm, the Galaxy A8 is Samsung’s slimmest phone till date, and the device is quite light weighing just 151 grams, regardless of its metal structure. However, the 3,050mAh battery is not removable.

The A8 brags about its 5.7in Super-AMOLED display with a Full HD resolution. Watching videos, playing games and browsing the web are all an absolute amusement because of the super-AMOLED. Outdoor visibility is perfect, the colors are terse and the viewing angles are great.

With an Exynos 5430 SoC processor stocked with 2 GB of RAM A8 is a decent performer. Be it browsing the web, or playing graphic intensive games or multitasking, it all run pretty smoothly. The smartphone heats up a little after playing games or surfing the internet for an hour or so but that is very usual with almost all the smartphones.

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The phone has dual SIM slots that support 4G SIM cards. Though 4G can only be used on one SIM card at a time, with the other tumbling to 3G. Also, the second slot is a hybrid slot, which means it doubles up as the microSD slot. You basically have to choose between dual-SIM connectivity and storage expansion.

The Samsung Galaxy A8 runs on Android 5.1.1, with its own TouchWiz user interface coated on top. While the UI has enhanced hugely over the last year or so, it’s still far behind the stock Android UI used by competitive smartphones like Moto X, Nexus, HTC One. TouchWiz is however smooth and functional for the most part, but lacks in terms of control and customisability. Needless to say, the display is phenomenal and features like fingerprint sensor and expandable storage really shoots up the user experience.

Moving to cameras, Samsung Galaxy A8 has a 16MP rear and a 5.0MP front camera that takes a lot of details and delivers images with precise colour reproduction and white balance and it has four shooting modes: Auto, Pro, HDR and Night. Although not as sharp as Galaxy S6’s 16MP camera, it won’t disappoint you.

Lookwise, Samsung Galaxy A8 is quite a showstopper and is indeed a great pick, but compared to similar devices like Moto X and OnePlus 2, it is quite pricey for what you get.

Picture courtesy- indiatimes.com and aolcdn.com


by techtalks @TechTalks September 11, 2015 3:14 PM UTC

DIGITAL DEBATE

Mobile Upgrades: Killing The Product Before Its Time?

Have to agree. The speed of newer phone models within the same series and newer app versions lead to more thought put into buying decisions. Phone lines have a definite short shelf life

Lionel Gurjao

Frequently upgrading the software is a real problem as updating the software might cause your phone to lag because of the older hardware.

Shivendra Singh

They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

Maalin Ashar

They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

Maalin Ashar

Q5 blackberry

Alhassan A Bukar

Nice

Ishwar Maradi