Samsung Galaxy A8 Review


Samsung is on a phone rage frenzy. He has just released his latest A-series phone named Galaxy A8 in the Indian market for 32,500 Rs and this announcement came with the launch of his Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy 6 Edge + devices. The A8, which was launched in China last month, will be the first phone in the A-series of Samsung Metal Frames. Samsung introduced the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5 earlier this year. Let’s see what he has to offer.

Key Features

5.9 mm thin metal housing; Corning Gorilla Glass 4 front, plastic back
5.7 “1080 x 1920px Super AMOLED display with 386ppi
64-bit Snapdragon 615 chipset; Octa-core processor (Quad A53 1.8 GHz + Quad A53 1.3 GHz), Adreno 405 GPU; 2GB RAM LPDDR4
-O- Exynos 5430 32-bit chipset; Octa-core processor (Quad A15 1.8GHz + Quad A7 1.3GHz), Mali-T628 MP6; 2GB RAM LPDDR4
32 GB flash memory; MicroSD card slot
Optional dual sim card (microSD inserted in the SIM2 slot)
Lollipop Android 5.1.1 with TouchWiz UX
16MP camera with aperture f / 1.9; 1080p video recording
5MP / 1080p front camera, f / 1.9 aperture
Cat. 6 Support of the LTE network; WLAN 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (2.4 / 5 GHz); GPS, GLONASS; Bluetooth 4.1; microUSB 2.0 with OTG
Non-removable battery of 3050 mAh
Fingerprint scanner
FM radio with broadcast

Main disadvantages

The battery is not user replaceable
Without IR connection
No improved resistance to liquids or dust
Without stereo speakers
Without NFC Samsung Pay does not work


Thin and lightweight, with a sturdy metal frame and sleek A-Series design, the design is one of the highlights of the A8.

The design is the strength of the Galaxy A series: The Galaxy A8 is a well-built phone with an incredibly slim body (just 5.9mm) and a sturdy metal frame that looks great. The phone is also surprisingly light for its size and weighs 5.33 ounces (151 g).

It is important to keep in mind that the Galaxy A8 is narrower than many 5.5 “phones (including the popular iPhone 6s Plus) despite a 5.7” display. The side frames are only 1.2mm and the phone is typically 76.8mm (3.02 “) wide.


The A8 is still tall, with a height of 158 mm (6.22 “), and that makes it difficult in tight jeans pockets, but even in normal jeans pockets, such a device would be an uncomfortable discomfort when climbing on stairs or moving Be more active, and we’ve realized that it’s incredibly easy for the big, slim device to get out of your pockets by sitting down, which we often did while we were in the car.

Going to the buttons, there is a big rectangular physical key on the front: it has a click and has a good answer. It is located between two capacitive buttons that turn bright white in the dark: the multitasking button is located on the left and the back on the right. The volume buttons are at the top left, while the lock / power button – at the top right corner, and both are built securely, with a good amount of movement and good comments.


The A8’s 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display is sharp enough for 1080 x 1920 pixels, but the most impressive thing is that it’s very well calibrated with beautiful colors.

The Samsung Galaxy A8 features a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The result is a pixel density of 386ppi: enough for most people, but keep in mind that this is Samsung’s Diamond Matrix Pixel Array, so there are fewer subpixels. This results in slightly jagged edges and a very slight pixelation, especially visible in monotone color areas.

These are however small problems. What makes an even bigger difference in the way we perceive a screen is a good color rendition. That’s exactly what you get with the Galaxy A8: It has one of the most colorful screens we’ve tried.

The color temperature at 6499K is around 6500K, and the colors are very close to the sRGB color space as long as you use the basic screen mode. The sRGB space is the color language of Web and Android: all content, photos and media are created based on it, and therefore it is important that phones meet this particular standard. You can only observe this in the following reference tables.


Like its predecessors, the Samsung Galaxy A8 features the TouchWiz user interface of the Android 5.1.1 operating system. The TouchWiz user interface has its own features, such as a redesigned configuration screen, the Flipboard application as part of the Home screen, its own set of widgets, and much more. The TouchWiz user interface is known to add unnecessary bloatwares to their phones, but since Galaxy Note 4, things have been reduced. Of course, the Android stock market experience can still be rated better than the TouchWiz.

The Galaxy A8 has a fingerprint scanner on the start button, which is functional. There has been no accidental freezing of the phone when trying to unlock it with the fingerprint sensor. This is not the fastest fingerprint scanner available that can be attributed to the fact that the button is wider than it is big. They have an app called Galaxy Apps that looks like Samsung’s proprietary App Store. The Camera app gives you access to a large number of camera-specific applications that you can download, such as: Eg the animated selfie, sports shots and much more. However, you need a Samsung ID for download. Among other things, the Smart Manager application lets you manage your phone’s memory and memory.


The phone is very sensitive and there was virtually no instance in which we played while waiting for applications or animations. The Exynos 5430 with 2 GB of RAM ensures smooth operation. The usual tasks such as surfing the Internet, calling, sending messages, playing games, transferring videos run smoothly.

However, the problem of heating occurs when heavy applications are used. Reading or browsing websites with large pictures or playing high-speed video over a long period of time warms the phone. If you are outside on a sunny day, the heat is especially visible. However, it’s not as hot as the Sony Xperia Z3 +, but the problem of heating is there.

In terms of benchmark results, the Galaxy A8 will certainly score higher than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC sports phones like Xiaomi Mi4i, Oppo R5, Canvas Knight 2 and others. In some cases, he also scored points with the Snapdragon 801 SoC OnePlus One Sport.

The games were easy and heavy games like Dead Trigger 2, Modern Combat 5 in medium setups were no problem. The maximum configuration slows down a little things in both games.


A 16-megapixel camera with a 1: 1/1 aperture gives the impression that the Galaxy A8 uses the same camera as the Note 5, although this is not the case. On the one hand, there is no OIS, and the sensor is different: it has a native aspect ratio of 4: 3 instead of 16: 9. However, the specifications look pretty impressive.

They even get the Pro mode, though not as flexible as the flagship S and Note series. You can only adjust ISO, exposure compensation and white balance. There are other modes, but you need to download them, there is a back camera selfie, animated GIF, sound and shot, shot and more and a few others.

One thing that the Galaxy A8 has taken from its iconic friends is the quick-start feature. Pressing the Start button twice activates the camera in less than a second and is ready to take the picture (even if the phone is locked).

Although it is clearly not the same sensor as the Note5, the Galaxy A8 camera gets very good results. The photos are sharp and rich in detail, the noise reduction finds a good balance. The colors are on the cooler side, but otherwise quite correct. The dynamic range does not always turn it off and the camera loses some detail in reflections and shadows.

video camera

Video recording is perhaps the biggest difference between the Samsung Galaxy A8 and the Note5. The A8 only reaches 1080p at 30 fps, a standard but unobtrusive resolution. Maybe many of you have not made the transition to a 4K TV yet, but it’s always good to have proof of the future. There is not even a 60 fps or 120 fps mode and it can be used right now.

Full HD videos are recorded at the usual 17 Mbps speed, and sound is recorded at a high speed of 256 kbps (stereo, 48 kHz). The A8 also has good microphones on board, so the recorded audio is of high quality.

Battery life

Fans were not happy that the Galaxy Note5 battery is shrinking and sealing. The Galaxy A8 is practically in the same boat, 3050mAh waterproof battery. So, is there any reason for concern?

No, accordingly. Our phone has passed battery tests that are more than 12 hours at a time in web browsing and video playback, as well as an amazing time in the test call.


Our phone, this is the Exynos 5430. This chipset is built in a 20nm process and does a good job on the Galaxy Alpha, even with its small battery.

The other version of the Galaxy A8 uses Snapdragon 615, a 28nm chip. It’s true that the fast and energy-consuming Cortex-A15 cores are missing, but we expect different results due to the old manufacturing process.

Our feature score also includes a battery fuse test that does not appear on our battery test dashboard, but is calculated on the total resistance score. Our battery test procedure will be described in detail if you would like more information.

Main results of the test:

Samsung’s thinnest smartphone and feels a lot better for him; Design still lives in the pre-2015 era and the plastic shell takes away the premium experience
Excellent screen: easy to read in the sun and with precise colors
Very good autonomy (for the Exynos version)
The microSD card slot is ideal for people with tons of media, but TouchWiz, which consumes nearly 7GB of storage space, is not large
The fingerprint sensor is excellent, but without NFC it means there is no Samsung Pay
Samsung’s TouchWiz UX has great experience for big screen devices, multitasking split screen is a special gift
Exynos 5430 has an excellent performance, but versions with Snapdragon 615 will have problems with high-end gaming
Excellent audio quality
The stereo speakers are systematically a blatant failure in the specifications until 2015
The 16MP camera is not on the Note5 level at all, but you need great photos. Videos are good, but no 2160p record was disappointing
There is no niche offer anywhere in the world


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