Samsung is all set to disrupt smartphone market with the release of Galaxy A8 plus, the company has more to offer in the form of the Galaxy A8 plus. It has same features and specs as A8 along with a larger display, more storage and RAM, and bigger battery. Thus the review refers more to the Samsung Galaxy A8 plus. Check out our review below.
The Galaxy A8+ is much similar in the design to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note8, meaning it sports an 18.5:9 display with a slim top and bottom bezels. It has curved corners and rounded sides but they are thicker and less sleek as compared to the Galaxy S8.
It has a huge display of 6-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED screen. It consists of two cameras 16MP main, and 8MP wide-angle at the top of the display. The 16MP main camera comes with an LED flash beside it. Below it is the horizontally-positioned fingerprint scanner.
It can be gripped with one hand, but navigation would require both hands. Like its smaller sibling, it’s a smudge magnet but still feels premium thanks to the glass front and back (no mention of Gorilla Glass) which curves towards the edges and meets the metal frame in the middle for a seamless feel. In addition, it is IP68-certified meaning, it can be submerged under 1.5m of water for 30 minutes.
Display and Multimedia
The Galaxy A8+ sports a 6-inch Super AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1080 × 2220 or equal to 411ppi. Compared to the Galaxy A8, It performs exceptionally great when it comes to gaming and watching videos. It doesn’t have the curved edges like the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note8. Instead, it has thicker side bezels.
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Quality-wise, it’s vibrant, sharp, with punchy colours and wide-viewing angles. Users can choose between four different screen modes to suit their usage – Adaptive display, AMOLED cinema, AMOLED photo, and Basic, as well as adjust colour balance. Sadly, the Video enhancer feature found in the Galaxy S8 is not available.
The loudspeaker is at the right side of the device which is pretty unusual, but it doesn’t bother much while listening to music. Quality is good for a smartphone as it’s loud and rich with a hint of bass. If you like to binge on movies or TV series, or just casually listen to tracks on Spotify, this one will surely do the thing for you.
The camera of Galaxy A8+ makes it different from other Samsung smartphones since it offers 16 MP rear and 16MP front facing along with an 8MP front camera. This makes the Galaxy A8+ Samsung’s first smartphone to sport dual front cameras.
Features include Bixby Vision which can identify an object or location as well as extract or translate texts. It has Stickers, Pro mode, Panorama, Hyperlapse, Night mode, and Food. You can download a few more camera features from the Galaxy Apps.
Images produced by the rear camera is quite good with plenty of details and accurate colours. The Phase Detect Autofocus is more than adequate for different shooting scenarios while the f/1.7 wide aperture helps gather more light in dim environments. Sadly, there’s no optical stabilization, but not really a huge disadvantage.
For the front cameras, the 16MP FF f/1.9 (standard angle) + 8MP f/1.9 (wide-angle) configuration makes the device a versatile selfie shooter. If you want an ordinary selfie you can use the main 16MP camera, but if you want to have a selfie with a group, you can simply switch to the 8MP wide-angle.
When it comes to video recording, the Galaxy A8+ (2018) maxes out at 1080p at 30fps with video stabilization. Quality is okay but autofocus is jittery. Check out the sample video below.
OS, UI, and Apps
Running the software department is Android 7.1.1 with Samsung Experience 8.5. It’s a bit of a downer considering that Oreo is already available for many devices, but also expected considering that Samsung is still testing Oreo for the Galaxy S8/S8+.
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the layout of Galaxy A8 is pretty much similar to Galaxy S8. There’s Smart stay which keeps the screen on while you’re looking at it, One-handed mode, Finger sensor gestures, Quick launch camera, Multi-window, and Device Maintenance. It is loaded with the Dual Messenger feature, allowing you use two separate accounts for the same app.
Bixby is present as well which can be accessed by swiping from the left of the home screen. It’s not the full package though, unlike the one found on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note8. Voice apps and services are not available and are just limited to Bixby Home which shows you a summary of your day, weather, and news, Bixby Vision for the camera, and Bixby Reminder.
When it comes to apps, it has Google apps pre-installed as well as Microsoft’s productivity suite like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and one OneDrive. The rest are Samsung’s native apps like Samsung Health, S Voice, Galaxy Apps, Samsung Members, Samsung 321 and Smart Tutor. All in all, this leaves the device with 53.27GB of usable space out of the 64GB. If you want to expand the memory you can install a microSD card via its dedicated slot.
The Galaxy A8+ is powered by an Exynos 7885 octa-core chipset, consisting of 2.2GHz dual-core and 1.6GHz hexa-core processors and Mali-G71 GPU, which is the same in Galaxy A8. However, it has more RAM at 6GB which will satisfy heavy users. Performance is good as we never experienced any hang-ups, lag, crashes, or overheating. We played Asphalt 8, Mobile Legends, Arena of Valor, and Vainglory in their highest settings and the device was able to keep up. Warming can be felt at the center back but not too much to be a cause for concern.
Mobile data is fast as long as the LTE signal is good, GPS works great on Google Maps and Uber. Call quality is good thanks to noise-canceling.
The Galaxy A8+ has a 3,500mAh battery, which is same as the Galaxy S8+. It has some impressive battery management as it was able to last us for a day and a half. PC Mark rated its battery at an impressive 13 hours and 17 minutes, better than the 10 hours and 23 minutes on the Galaxy S8+. You will be glad to know that it supports fast charging and charges full within 2 hours.
The Galaxy A8+ (2018) is basically the Galaxy A8 (2018) on steroids. It has the same premium build and design, bigger Infinity Display which is good for gaming and watching videos, larger storage, good performance and cameras, water and dust-resistant body, and an even longer battery life. At Rs32,990, it’s a pricey phone but it has its own advantages which make it worth considering.
– Premium build
– Nice display
– Good performance
– Good cameras
– Long battery life
– Water and dust-resistance
– Incomplete Bixby features
– Not yet on Android Oreo
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