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 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.