The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) manages to blur the border between mid-range and premium phones, both in terms of functions and price.
About ten months ago I first held a Galaxy S8 in my hand, and since then I have not found another smartphone that feels just as good.
Most likely, it’s the choice of materials, the lower width, but also the curvature of the edges, or maybe I’m a fanboy in denial. Nearly a year later, we still do not have Galaxy S9, but we have some of what might be considered a smaller Galaxy S8, although physically, the phone is bigger.
The S Mini phones have disappeared for some time from the manufacturer’s offer, but perhaps the need to offer something similar has led to the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018). The phone is good, it’s beautiful, it’s nice, but all the mix of design and specifications fails to fully justify its existence.
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018), short specs
- The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) has premium phone specs rather than mid-range.
- The processor is an octa-core from the Exynos, the new 7885. It runs at 2.2 + 1.6 GHz.
- Next, to it you have 4 GB of RAM. The storage capacity is 32 GB, and if you find it too little, you can also use a microSD card.
- The main camera gives you 16 megapixels and f / 1.7, and on the front, you have 16 + 8 MP dual cameras.
- The battery has 3,000 mAh, and the operating system is Android 7.1.1, customized with Samsung Experience 8.5.
- The screen is Infinity, with an aspect ratio of 18.5: 9 and a resolution of 2,220 x 1,080 pixels, deployed on a diagonal of 5.6 inches.
With design and feel, the phone does not let it go. It does not feel like S8, but the bottle on the back is pleasing to the touch. The smartphone has an aluminum frame around which the glass panels on the front and back are placed.
Again, the Samsung logo has disappeared from the face of the phone to make room for the Infinity screen, which has fairly thin edges, especially those on the side.
The display is of high quality and easy to use, even in bright light conditions. Although you do not have a huge resolution, you do not even need that, 1080p is more than enough.
Fingerprint sensor centered at last
The fingerprint sensor, slightly sloping on S8 and on Note 8, sparked a lot of critics at the time, and Samsung learned to center things. The sensor is now placed under the camera, so it should be easier to use it, whether you’re left-handed or right-handed.
It’s fast, as always, although you’ll be pressing more than usual to set up your fingerprint. I somehow managed to put my finger on the camera instead of putting it on the sensor, but it should not be a lasting problem.
I did not shower with the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018), but the company attributes the IP68 water and dust resistance standard. That means you can sink 1.5 meters for about 30 minutes before the phone has a problem.
Camera and battery over average
The camera gives you quality pictures, although it might even do better, especially at night. Under natural light conditions, the images look good, clear, and the colors are captured correctly, as shown in the attached photos.
Things change at night: if you take a picture without going to the settings, you will find that the light sources are not treated very well by the phone. This is resolved if you go to brightness and you take it a little lower before you take a picture.
The details are lost in dark areas, and the bokeh is not necessarily the most natural, as shown in the macro photos in the gallery. The camera system on the face is pretty good too.
The battery seems to do its job quite well, although I did not have time to use it intensely. Under normal use, the phone has been light for 40 hours with a single charge, so you will not have to worry about the charger. Probably the battery is the same on the S8, with just 3,000 mAh, and given the specifications, we can hope for greater autonomy from the flagship.
Probably the biggest issue of the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) is the price of the phone. Indeed, you have a premium smartphone, a chicken, a younger brother, a cousin (or whatever you want to say) of S8, but the price is a bit big for what your phone offers.