The Samsung Galaxy A8, the latest midrange from the Korean smartphone maker, is now on the shelves in the Netherlands. It has, among other things, an Infinity Display, IP68 certification, and a double selfie camera. The device has a retail price of 499 euros.
In mid-December, Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy A8. Phones from the Galaxy A series are very popular among consumers because of their good value for money. You get a smartphone that has features of a flagship, but for a price tag that belongs to the middle segment. The Galaxy A8 is, however, a lot more expensive than the average mid-range, even if we compare it with other models from the Galaxy A-series. It is, therefore, a lot more powerful and more versatile than most mid-range phones. Another clear difference from previous years is that Samsung only brought one Galaxy A phone on the market this time. In the past, you had the choice of several models, each with their own specifications and price tag.
Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 Specifications
Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 comes with a 5.6 inch large and almost rimless Infinity Display. The screen is of AMOLED origin which was until now only available on the most expensive Samsung phones. The screen resolution is 2220 by 1080 pixels and has an 18.5: 9 aspect ratio. That means that a lot of content fits on the screen and you, therefore, have to swipe less often to read or type texts. Like Samsung’s flagships, the device is equipped with Always On technology. This means you do not have to wake up the phone to view incoming messages. The housing is IP68 certified, in other words, dust and watertight.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 is powered by the Exynos 7885, an octa-core processor that achieves clock speeds of up to 2.2 GHz. The chipset is supplemented and supported by 4 GB of memory. The storage capacity is 32 GB which can be expanded further up to 256GB via a microSD card. You can also place a second nano-SIM card in the device. Since it is a hybrid slot, you have to choose between memory expansion or extra SIM card.
On the back, Samsung has a 16-megapixel camera with f / 1.7 aperture. The smaller this number, the larger the aperture. And the larger the aperture, the more light falls on the image sensor. And that, in turn, means that photos that shoot at night look even better. Optical image stabilization is unfortunately missing and can only be found at the flagships of Samsung. At the front, we find a double selfie camera one with 16MP resolution and the other one with 8MP resolution. Thanks to the dual camera you can use the Galaxy A8 portrait photos with bokeh effect where the background is automatically blurred. Both cameras have f / 1.9 apertures.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 has a non-removable 3000 mAh battery with which you can play videos for up to 17 hours. The fingerprint scanner is on the back of the phone. This time Samsung has placed the sensor under the camera instead of next to it. Furthermore, the phone is equipped with features such as USB-C, headphone socket, Bluetooth 5 and NFC chip. The phone comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box which is a bummer but we might see an update to Oreo sooner.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 is available immediately from the well-known sales points in the Netherlands. That means that if you order it today you will have it at your home tomorrow. As for the price, you have to pay an amount of 499 euros. It is available in Black, Gray, and Gold colors.