In this article, we will check out some of the new Samsung mobiles in the price range of 20K to 30 India (2018). Some latest phones like the Samsung A7 (2018) which is launched today in the Indian market and other top phones from Samsung in the A Series.
Samsung has also recently launched the Galaxy A9 2018 which comes with insane 4 rear cameras but costs over 30k, so I have added that in a separate article.
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
Intro, Availability, and Price
Samsung has today launched their first triple rear camera mobile in India – the Galaxy A7 (2018). Similar to the Huawei P20 Pro that comes with 3 cameras at the back Samsung is trying to lure the mid-range buyers with something refreshing.
Notably, Samsung has not launched any Flagship mobiles with the triple rear camera setup but the addition of this new feature is unique to the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018). The new Samsung mobile will go on sale starting 27th September on the Samsung Official website and also on Flipkart. You can also avail Rs. 2000 discount if you buy the device using the HDFC bank credit card.
The Phone is available in 2 versions – 4 GB Ram and 64 GB internal Storage for Rs. 23,999 and 6GB Ram and 128 GB storage for Rs. 28,990.
Display and Design
The latest A7 looks impressive with a glass back design and a no notch nonsense front side. The bezels at the front are not as thin as we have seen on the S9+ or the Note 9 but still, the front side looks good.
The fingerprint scanner is present on the side, like some of the older Sony mobiles. The back side also looks incredible with triple rear cameras aligned vertically. Overall the design looks great for the price range.
The phone comes with a large 6.0 Inch display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio and has FHD+ (2220*1080) pixels resolution. Moreover, Samsung is using the Super AMOLED Panel in this phone and that is one thing that makes it superior compared to the rival phones coming with the IPS LCD display.
Further, there is Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protecting the display and the rear glass.
Three cameras at the back, wait, but Why do we need so many cameras? Is it a marketing gimmick? The Galaxy A7 (2018) comes with a 24 Megapixel main camera with a f/1.7 aperture for taking images.
The Second camera is an 8 Megapixel Wide Angle camera with f/2.4 aperture, to click wider shots, similar to what we have seen on many phones like the Asus Zenfone 5Z.
The third camera is a 5 Megapixel depth sensor with a f/2.2 aperture for shooting images along with the main camera in portrait mode. All the three cameras have their own functions but most phones can do the depth sensing with the secondary camera and there is rarely a need for a third camera.
Furthermore, there is a 24 Megapixel front selfie camera that comes with a f/2.0 aperture and has portrait mode and Pro Lighting modes.
Powering the Samsung Galaxy A7(2018) is the Exynos 7885 Octa-Core Processor that comes with 2.2 GHz clock speed. In terms of real-world performance, the processor is slower in comparison to the Snapdragon 660 or even the Snapdragon 636 slightly.
Samsung has used the Exynos 7885 in the Samsung A8 and A8 Plus, we have done a comparison and shared the Antutu and Greek benchmark Scores for the Exynos 7885 and other processors below, you can check that out.
The performance for the Exynos 7885 is somewhere between the Snapdragon 630 and the Snapdragon 636.
The Geekbench scores suggest that the processor is not far behind the SD 660 and SD 636 but on Antutu it is slower probably due to the weaker GPU.
Other Features and Specs
The Samsung Galaxy A7(2018) runs on the latest Android Oreo 8 OS and has the Experience 9 software from Samsung. There is a decent 3300 mAH capacity battery that is sufficient to last all day.
Inside the box, we get a 1.5 A / 5 V charger which is fast but not as fast as some other devices in this price range. Also, the phone lacks the USB type C port and comes with the Micro-USB Port instead.
However, it comes with the 3.5mm headphone jack and has NFC, Bluetooth 5.0 support. Additionally, Samsung is touting Dolby Audio for superior music experience on the A7 2018 and also has all the necessary sensors.
Should You Buy the A7 2018?
The Smartphone market is really hyper-competitive and there are several other options to consider such as the Honor Play, POCO F1, Asus Zenfone 5Z, Nokia 7 Plus and many more like the Vivo V11 Pro and Oppo F9 Pro.
The new Samsung A7 looks good and has done the basics right but does it fit in your day to day usage, that only you can decide. Overall it is not a bad option according to me if you are looking for a Samsung mobile in the sub 25K price range.
Samsung Galaxy A8 Star (2018)
August 2018 – The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star was launched in August 2018 and is more premium when we compare it the Samsung A7. The Samsung A8 Star is available on Amazon and retail stores for Rs. 34,990.
You can watch the detailed Video about the Samsung A8 Star below for more details and my opinion about this Samsung premium mid-range mobile.
Samsung Launches Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus on Amazon India
Update – 10-Jan-2018 – After many leaks and rumors since the past few weeks, Samsung has unveiled its all-new A-series. The new A-series boasts two new phones Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018) and A8 that are indeed going to fill in the space of A5 and A7.
Samsung’s proprietary Infinity display that is exclusive to the flagships isn’t so anymore. The South Korean electronics company is now sticking the Infinity display to the premium mid-range phones (A8 and A8 Plus) as well.
What’s even more interesting is the new dual front camera setup that comes with Live Focus. Last week I was interacting with one of my ex-colleagues, who now works for Samsung India, as a product manager. He shared that the company is mulling to get the new A series to India, possibly in Jan’18. As usual, they require cutting through the red tape for launch.
Update 10/Jan/2018 – Samsung has launched the A8+ in the Indian market for Rs. 32,999. The phone comes with 64 GB internal storage and 6 GB Ram. Besides, Samsung is yet to share launch details for the Galaxy A8 (2018). It is available on Amazon India and pre-orders will start shortly.
The Previous Samsung A8 Phones
It is always fascinating to know a little background. The original Samsung A8 was launched, back in August 2015. The A8 was sleek and came with 5.99 mm thickness, a 5.5 Inch Super AMOLED Display, and Android Lollipop 5.1. Also, it was powered by the Samsung Exynos 5430 processor and 2 GB RAM.
Fast forward a year, Samsung unveiled the A8 (2016) in November 2016 looks identical to Samsung S7 (my beloved companion). The A8 2016 came with 5.7 Inch display with FHD resolution and 7.2 mm thickness. It was a powerhouse with Exynos 7420 Octa-Core processor (also used in Samsung S6), and 3 GB RAM. Running Android Marshmallow 6.0 and a large battery -3300 mAH, it did well in the market.
Let’s move ahead and see what has changed in the latest Samsung A8 and A8 Plus.
Design and Display
Because of the Infinity Display, there isn’t enough screen real estate to pack a physical home button. Nevertheless, the fingerprint sensor is now positioned at the back right below the rear camera.
It looks like Samsung has finally kept its ears open for the customer opinion; unlike Samsung’ other flagships, the fingerprint sensor is now placed correctly so you can access it comfortably.
A metal frame is sandwiched between the front and back glass panels; the curved glass on both front and back brings the phone a more premium look and feel.
Further, the Galaxy A8(2018) features a 5.6-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display while the Plus variant sports a 6-inch Super AMOLED.
Both the displays boast 18.5:9 aspect ratio cramming in 1080 x 2220 pixels. Furthermore, the Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8 Plus are the first devices to support the Gear VR headset in the A-series.
Also, the A8 measures 8.4 mm in thickness and weighs 172 grams. The A8 plus is slightly thin, measures 8.3 mm in thickness and weighs 192 grams.
Coming to the biggest selling point of these devices, the dual front camera setup consists of a 16-megapixel standard lens at f/1.9 aperture and a secondary 8-megapixel camera with a f/1.9 aperture.
The dual-camera setup allows background blur that is otherwise called as bokeh effect. And has the Live Focus feature, enables users to adjust the blur before and even after snapping the pictures.
Also, the rear camera hasn’t got any gimmicks: a single 16-megapixel sensor with a f/1.7 aperture. However, there is digital stabilization that helps in shooting steady videos and even has a Hyperlapse mode(for time-lapse videos).
The heart of the mobile is its processor, and the A8/A8 Plus comes with a powerful Samsung Exynos 7885. It is an Octa-core processor with 2 cores clocked at 2.2 GHz and 6 cores clocked at 1.6 GHz. An unusual cluster arrangement, generally Octa-Core processors comes with 4+4 Cores instead of 2+6 Cores arrangement.
Geek Benchmark Scores (Multi-Core, Single Core)
- Samsung A8 (Exynos 7885) – 4420, 1535
- Oppo F3 Plus (Snapdragon 653) – 4701, 1440
- Moto X4 (Snapdragon 630) – 4140, 869
- Samsung S8 (Snapdragon 835) – 6325, 1830.
- Samsung A8 (Exynos 7885) – 85,390
- Oppo F3 Plus (Snapdragon 653) – 91,450
- Moto X4 (Snapdragon 630) – 71,225
- Samsung S8 (Snapdragon 835) – 168,130.
Also, On the Antutu benchmark, the processor is a close match to the SD 653.
Other Important Specifications
The Galaxy A8 packs 4 GB RAM and 32/64 GB internal storage while the Galaxy A8 Plus comes with 4/6 GB RAM and 32/64 GB onboard storage.
The regular variant is backed by a 3,000mAh battery, on the other hand, the plus variant is powered by an enormous 3,500mAh battery.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. Notably, the company shared both the smartphones come with ultra high-quality playback support (UHQ 24-bit).
Another highlight feature is the IP68 rating, makes these dust and waterproof similar to other high-end Samsung phones.
The software is similar to the Samsung Note 8 and these run on the Android 7.1.1 Nougat, Samsung Experience 8.5 out of the box.
Lastly, the Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8 Plus will be available in four colors: Blue, Orchid Grey, Black, and Gold.
Furthermore, the Oneplus 5T is available in the market for Rs. 32,999 and competes Samsung A8.
Key Specs Comparison Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus Vs. Oneplus 5T
|Key Specs||Oneplus 5T||Samsung A8 Plus|
|Display||6.01 Inch FHD+ Super AMOLED||6.0 Inch FHD+ Super AMOLED|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835||Samsung Exynos 7885|
|RAM||6 GB RAM||6 GB RAM|
|Storage||64 GB Internal Storage (non-expandable)||64 GB Internal Storage expandable upto 256 GB|
|OS||Android 7.1.1 Nougat (upgradable)||Android 7.1.1 Nougat (upgradable)|
|Rear Camera||16 MP + 20 MP Dual Rear Camera (Telephoto lens)||16 MP Camera f/1.7 aperture|
|Front Camera||16 MP Front Camera||16MP+ 8 MP Dual Front Camera|
|Battery Capacity||3300 mAH||3500 mAH|
|Fast Charging Support||Yes||Yes|
|Water and dustproof||No||Yes|
|IR Blaster||No||Yes – IP-68 rating|
|USB Type C Port||Yes||Yes|
|Bluetooth||version 5.0||version 5.0|
|Fingerprint Scanner||Rear Mounted||Rear Mounted|
|Thickness||7.3 mm||8.3 mm|
|Weight||162 grams||192 grams|
|Price||Rs. 32,999||Rs. 32,999|
Positives – Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus
- The A8 Plus offers dual front selfie cameras to click better selfies with bokeh mode. The Oneplus 5T has a single front selfie camera.
- The IP-68 Water and dustproof design ensure your phone is always the same, missing on the 5T.
- Slightly larger (200 mAH) battery capacity, offers prolonged usage.
Positives – Oneplus 5T
- The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (5T) obliterates the Exynos 7885 (A8 Plus). The 5T offers insane speed and performance and is unambiguously faster.
- Dual Rear Camera on the Oneplus 5T is unparalleled and can click stunning portrait shots.
- It is sleek and much lighter in comparison to the Galaxy A8 Plus.
Also, you can read a more thorough comparison of the Oneplus 5T and recently released Huawei Honor View 10 (the AI Phone) here.