It’s January and Samsung’s A Series is back again. The 2018 edition is named Galaxy A8+ and it is on sale from 20th January 2018 onwards at Amazon India. The pricing will start at Rs32990. Yeah, you guessed it correct, its similar to the OnePlus 5T‘s pricing standards. You can register for the sale by clicking here.
This is one of the three premium smartphones that are going to launch this January as an Amazon Exclusive, the other two being the Honor View 10 which retails for Rs29999 and the OnePlus 5T Lava Red Special Edition (8GB + 128GB) that will go on sale for Rs37999.
So, at the first look, it seems that Honor has got a pricing advantage and is going to give a steep competition to the other two, but well, both Samsung and OnePlus has their own set of fans who go crazy to get their hands into the respective flagships. What will be the case this time? Let’s find out by checking the features inside.
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus Features:
The Galaxy A8 Plus features a glass panel with aluminum frame and the sports a 6-inch super Amoled display. And obviously, it is Samsung’s very own Infinity Display having 18.5:9 aspect ratio. When it comes to display and looks, there is very little space to beat Samsung. It is simply impressive.
The body is IP68 Certified Water Resistant, and for those who are wondering, it still supports the 3.5mm Headphone Jacks. (Umm, Remember who gave that explanation that removal of headphone jack was essential for waterproofing? Lol! ) Good thing Samsung. Keeping the Headphone Jack even in 2018 proves the fact that they are confident with this and not going to follow the stupid trend. 🙂
The fingerprint sensor got a place in the back and is certainly at a much more ergonomic place than the Note 8 or S8. Those earlier placements were simply horrible, and it was very difficult especially for left-handed people to get accustomed to. Luckily, this one’s placed below the camera at the middle, equally reachable from both the sides. 🙂
There are no capacitive buttons on the front and you have to live with the on-screen buttons. Not a bad thing, though. These days all the phones are kicking off the buttons in favor of the large 18:9 screen, though Honor View 10 proved it that buttons can still be placed below the screen.
Anyways, the cable is USB 2.0 USB Type C reversible. So, it is according to the latest standards you don’t need to worry about it.
One good thing about this device is that it has got 2 sim slots and a dedicated SD Card slot. The dedicated SD Card slot supports up to 256GB.
Another tiny change is that the speaker grill is moved to the sides from the down-faced position. I prefer the latter more or a front-facing speaker, but not in the sides.
This smartphone got a smart camera configuration with a single rear camera of 16MP f/1.7 but a dual front camera of 16MP+8MP f/1.9. They say the front camera will be able to take Live Focus, which translates to a selfie portrait with a lot more detail.
What’s good further that you can adjust the level of blurring, both before and after taking the shot. This feature particularly comes handy when you need to share a photo on Social Network and you can adjust the level of blurring that suits the image.
The rear camera will allow you to take beautiful shots, especially at low-light. It has 1.12-micron pixels and a bigger sensor that will allow you to capture shots in great detail. The focus is done real quick and the shots come fast. The camera is very easy to operate.
The good thing about the Samsung Cameras is that it always takes shots in natural color as they usually look. You won’t find any overexposed or underexposed image. The images have good detail.
The camera has Electronic Image Stabilization, something they call Video Digital Image Stabilization. It will help you to take unshaky videos.
It uses its selfie cameras to add a Facial Recognition Unlock Feature. No, it isn’t iris scanner, but it is more like the face unlock we see in most phones. It is accurate but slightly slower than the OnePlus 5T.
Now coming to the hardware, this phone is powered by Samsung’s very own Exynos 7885 chipset which is an Octa-Core Processor. 2×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 are the cores. The GPU is Mali G71.
The phone comes with two configurations, the 4GB+32GB and the 6GB+64GB. The 6GB Ram edition is recommended to get stuff done with better memory management.
The phone packs a 3500mah battery, which should be able to go through the whole day pretty easily on medium to heavy usage too.
When it comes to sensors, Samsung packs in a lot more of them. Compass, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Barometer, Proximity Sensor everything is present.
Coming to the software, you won’t be pleased to know that even when it is releasing in January 2018, it does not come with Android Oreo out of the box. It runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Though it will have a TouchWiz UI on top, but still I would have preferred an updated Android version here, especially when it is a premium handset.
Anyways, the other stuff like Wifi, Bluetooth, NFC etc are still there. Samsung Pay is supported fully. You can check out the complete specifications from below.
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Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus Full Phone Specifications:
Screen Size: 6.0 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2220 pixels
Screen Density: 411ppi
Chipset: Exynos 7885
CPU: 2x2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6x1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
Rear Camera: 16MP
Rear Camera Features: f/1.7, phase detection autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR
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Front Camera: 16MP
Front Camera Features: f/1.9, 1080p
Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
USB: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Android Version: 7.1.1 Nougat
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus Honest Opinions:
[Disclaimer: This is not a review of the device. We aim to give our opinions on the device and rate it according to its features, comparing it with the market competition. Most of the time we buy mobiles by just seeing the features, without proper judgment. So, we made this Honest Opinion series so that you can get an overall idea of the phone before buying it. This should serve as a buying decision guide for you. Thank You.]
Okay here's my view: If you want the best camera smartphone of that price range, go for Galaxy A8 Plus. It is the best choice. I also loved the infinity display, those who have used Note 8 or S8 know how good it feels. The waterproofing also makes it durable. However, if you just prefer raw performance and don't care for all these then go for OnePlus 5T.
- Excellent Camera
- Infinity Display
- Fingerprint Sensor Ergonomic
- Rear camera is single, so no Portrait Mode
- Does not come with Android Oreo out of the box
- OnePlus 5T of similar pricing provides better raw performance
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Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus Alternatives:
The first alternative is obviously OnePlus 5T, with the similar pricing, it offers better raw performance, has dual rear cameras. If you prefer performance over anything and need a phone for work purpose, then choose OnePlus. It will also unlock fast and you can get back to your work in a split second.
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If you are budget cautious and want to save some bucks further for a 2018 flagship, but don’t want to compromise on any fields, then go for the Honor View 10. Firstly, it costs just Rs29999. Secondly, it has got a Neural Network Powered Processor. It is an AI implemented smartphone. And it comes with Oreo out of the box.
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We have always seen that Amazon comes in the frontline when selling premium smartphones, while Flipkart targets more budget-friendly smartphones, though there are exceptions in both the cases. This year, Flipkart has launched 3 budget-friendly smartphones so far, among which the Smartron tPhone P deserves special mention as it packs a massive 5000mah battery inside, still sells for just Rs7999.
Anyways, Thanks for reading this article. I hope all your doubts regarding the A8 Plus is cleared and you can take a purchase decision right away. If you have any further queries let me know in the comment section below. I will be happy to help you out.
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