Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus review

    Samsung Galaxy A8+ is the newest version to Samsung’s mid-to-high finish A-series lineup, which is also the primary huge launch from the South Korean agency in India. Additionally, the A8+ is the primary cellphone to sport a twin digital camera setup on the entrance, which ought to ideally enhance the selfies on this one. 

    We should additionally notice smaller Galaxy A8 was additionally launched simply earlier than CES 2018, however proven off for the primary time on the mega occasion. There’s not signal of the A8 making it to India anytime quickly, however we’ve the A8+ to cross our judgements on. 

    Since we’ve the cellphone with us proper after the discharge, and having spent couple of hours with the cellphone, we’re prepared with our first impressions. Let’s check out the cellphone proper and discover out extra about it.

    Samsung Galaxy A8+ value and launch date

    The Samsung A8+ is launched in India on 10 January and it goes on sale from 20 January onwards. 

    It’s priced at Rs 32,990, and the machine can be completely obtainable on for now.


    The brand new Galaxy A8+ borrows design cues from final yr’s flagship – the Note 8. Although you will not discover related implementation of the show as on the Notice eight, because it lacks these minimal curves on the edges, however A8+ has a 2.5D curved glass for easy corners. Nonetheless, the again seems very very similar to the Notice eight’s, apart from the digital camera and fingerprint sensor placement and design. 

    Because the display screen has 18:9 side ratio, the bezels have been stored comparatively skinny with the physique measuring 159.9 x 75.7 x eight.three mm. At eight.three mm thickness we can’t name it a glossy cellphone, however the curved edges on the again helps it to take a seat properly within the palm and does not really feel too overbearing. 

    The entrance of the cellphone seems extra like a mix of a Samsung’s infinity show and LG’s full view show as it’s completely flat and the bezels round are comparatively thicker than different Samsung telephones.

    There’s glass on the again, and clearly on the entrance, however the high quality is inferior to the flagships from Samsung. This doesn’t imply the cellphone seems unhealthy, in truth, it seems actually premium for its value. Furthermore, you get IP68 certification that makes it proof against mud and water. However the one downside with a glass sandwich design is the fragility and that it’s susceptible to fingerprints, so we advocate you spend money on a case with this one. 

    The perimeters are protected with body-colored steel rim, which holds the glass in place. This makes it really feel like a pebble while you maintain it and in addition seems like one while you maintain it on a tough floor.

    There is a energy/lock key on the precise, and a quantity rocker on the left, each of which fall properly below the thumb and finger. Even the loudspeaker has been moved to above the lock key to chorus blockage while you maintain it in panorama mode. However we’ve discovered entrance firing audio system to be the most effective placement for excellent outcomes. 

    You may discover a soda can pull tab like design on the again, which homes the digital camera lens and the fingerprint sensor. Though, Samsung has tried to repair the awkward fingerprint placement, it is nonetheless not one of the simplest ways to do it. We ended up smudging the digital camera lens a lot of the occasions because it sits proper beneath it. Additionally, the fingerprint sensor is barely debossed, which makes it even more durable to find with contact. 

    Samsung has retained the headphone jack although, and it sits alongside a USB-C port on the bottom of the handset.

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    The Samsung Galaxy A8+ packs a 6-inch full HD+ Tremendous AMOLED show with an 18:9 side ratio and 1080 x 2220 decision. It additionally retains the always-on Ambient Show characteristic, which is fairly cool.

    The blacks are deep however the whites have a slight blue tint, however it is not an excessive amount of of an issue. The show seems vivid, colourful and punchy, making it nice for film marathons and prolonged gaming periods. We used the cellphone outside and the daylight legibility is satisfying. 

    One factor we’d have preferred is – thinner bezels for a extra immersive visible expertise. 

    We can be testing the show extensively in our full evaluation, maintain an eye fixed out for extra particulars. 


    The Samsung Galaxy A8+ has three cameras – two within the entrance and one on the again. There is a 16MP, f.1.7 snapper on the again, whereas within the entrance you may discover each a 16MP digital camera alongside an 8MP sensor.

    First, the rear digital camera is an honest providing that is able to snapping detailed photographs in well-lit circumstances.

    Initially, we have been in a position to seize detailed, well-lit photographs in a wide range of lighting and scene eventualities, with the auto mode doing at good job at judging our environment and tweaking the mandatory settings.

    On the entrance, and the 2 cameras work collectively to supply the blurred background impact that Samsung’s calls Dwell Focus. It was first launched on the Galaxy S8, and it is good to see the know-how cascading down the value tiers.

    Dwell Give attention to the entrance dealing with twin cameras works nicely in good mild, however within the dimly lit areas, it struggled to select us out from the background and correctly render the background blur impact.

    Energy, OS and battery

    The Samsung Galaxy A8+ comes with an octa-core Exynos 7885 chipset and 6GB of RAM, supplying you with an honest slug of energy below the hood.

    Throughout our transient time with the handset, we discovered that it wasn’t the snappiest performer for basic navigation, multi-tasking and app opening speeds, however it will not be the ultimate software program. We hope it will get a lift earlier than it involves the market.

    The A8+ runs the Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which is not the newest model of Google’s working system, and that is an actual disgrace as Android eight Oreo has been out for a number of months now and rivals are launching telephones with it.

    The chances are the Galaxy A8+ can be upgraded to Oreo later this yr, however it’s disappointing it isn’t launching with it.

    In the meantime the battery is an inexpensive measurement at three,500mAh, which is one thing Samsung has improved on this handset. Whereas we count on it to final a day and not using a trouble, it’s nonetheless to be seen the way it performs up in long-term.

    Early verdict

    The Samsung Galaxy A8+ is a stable smartphone general. Whereas it does not deliver something pathbreaking to the desk in phrases phrases of know-how, it has a stable characteristic set and a premium look which can nicely tempt these searching for a high-end handset however cannot stretch their the value tags to the Galaxy Notice eight or Galaxy S8.

    Whether or not it does sufficient to compete with the cut-price flagships of the OnePlus 5T and Honor View 10 stays to be seen.

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