Samsung has always offered both A-series and S-series, high-end products with great design and price. So, the company has launched a new product, namely the Samsung Galaxy A8.
Lightweight and comfortable design
The Samsung Galaxy A8 lacks the familiar Infinity Display, having a flatter design with larger bezels, rounded corners and appealing cues resembling the Galaxy S9 and the Pixel 2 XL. The fact that there’s no Infinity Display allows the smartphone to be easier to hold and this way, the user doesn’t accidentally touch the rounded edges in comparison with a curvy display. The fingerprint sensor is easier to access as the phone is smaller.
Great display options
It has a 5.6-inch display with a 1080 x 2220 pixel resolution which offers high-resolution images with vibrant colors and deep blacks (it may be a disadvantage if you enjoy cold displays) without discoloration.
Both video and camera offer a great experience with details in full, especially the dual-camera of 16 and 8 megapixels which allows for detailed, clear and even wide angle pictures.
With the Bixby vision, you can identify places, foreign texts, and even items, but it’s a matter of taste and use.
The battery has 3,000mAh and can last up to a whole day, even seven hours after continuous Netflix and Wi-Fi hotspot.
A quite high price point
Regarding the price, it is a more expensive smartphone in comparison with other products – it is $649 or $0 after a two-year contract. It weights 172g, being heavier than Galaxy S9 with 10g.
Bad placement of buttons
Even though the top bezel has dual selfie shooters, the Samsung Galaxy A8 has larger bezels. Regarding the sides, the A8 doesn’t have a Bixby button and the speaker is beside the power button, covering the sound occasionally.
Lack of camera options
Even if it has a great display, there’s a problem with using the phone in bright sunlight. But there’s a bit of a problem with the camera too. The main camera lacks portrait mode or bokeh effect and may overexpose highlights or over-sharpen (especially in photos with greenery). At night, the image is blurry and it has low quality.
However, it runs the not-so-fresh Android 7.1.1 Nougat which includes various app copies like many skinned devices.
No Bixby voice
But it’s different from Galaxy S8 and the S9 due to not having Bixby voice (which can be an advantage for some and a disadvantage for others).
Face recognition problems
Even if it has its own facial recognition software, it still has problems with the lightning, namely, it must be enough light to recognize the user’s face.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 is a good deal, especially because of its great selfie options, but if you are not that into it, there are other great deals.