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Samsung Galaxy A8+ 2018 Preview : An upper mid-ranger with Galaxy S8+ experience

12 January 2018 5

The South Korean giant Samsung recently announced their latest mid-rangers Galaxy A8 and A8+ for 2018. As expected the Galaxy A series brought the flagships design to mid-rangers in an improved way. The Galaxy A8 series share looks with the premium lineup, solid hardware under the hood and still it won't break the bank. You have to pay a reasonable amount to grab the latest Galaxy A8 series smartphone.

The Galaxy A8 is smaller sibling whereas the A8+ is the larger sibling with mid-to-high range specs sheet. The A8 series is the company's first offering for most of the regions in 2018. The Galaxy A8 and A8+ are bringing a number of new aspects which we haven't seen on earlier smartphones from the company. For instance, the Galaxy Note 8 is the first Samsung's smartphone with dual snappers on the rear and now the A8 series is the first to have dual camera sensors on the front. The Galaxy A series is Samsung's targetted series to attract young buyers that's why the selfie-centric A8 series will attract young buyers this year as well.

After a couple of weeks delay, finally, the Galaxy A8 series is released for most of the regions. As expected whenever a new smartphone is announced everyone is keen to know how well it will compete against its competitors. We already put the Galaxy A8 and A8+ in head to head comparison with a number of competitors. Now is the perfect time to preview the devices so that our keen readers can know which device is better in what aspects. Starting with the larger sibling Galaxy A8+ Preview. We are hopeful this preview will certainly help you to know the Galaxy A8+ 2018 all aspects in detail. Without any further delay, let's start with the design of the A8+.

75.7 x 159.9 x 8.3 mm
6 inches - 2220x1080 px
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Design

The Galaxy A8+ shares design aesthetics with the current-gen flagships including Galaxy S8 and Note 8. Like the flagship devices, the A8+ has a full front-facing display with the 2.5D curved display. What makes it different from the flagships is its flat display instead of dual curved and placement of fingerprint scanner. The front-facing glass is covered with minimal bezels on the edges and the only significant bezel is on the top edge to have the camera and other sensors.

The Galaxy A8+ thickest part is 8.3mm so it's not one of the slimmest bezel-less mid-ranger in the market. However, the edges are curved so that the device can be grabbed easily. Despite having a large display it sits comfortably in your hand. Samsung introduced flat Infinity display for the A8+ which looks quite similar to LG's Full View display. In terms of display it is still far away from the striking dual curved looks of Samsung's flagship still it looks great as opposed to most of the mid-rangers with the full front-facing display.

The reason behind the removal of physical buttons from the front is an increase of screen-to-body ratio. The on-screen buttons are pretty much similar Galaxy S8 but the home button isn't pressured sensitive. Samsung did a commendable job in maintaining build quality like their flagships. The device certainly gives premium feels considering its a mid-ranger.

The chassis is made up of aluminum with glass covering the front and rear side. Like all other glass featuring smartphones it is fingerprint magnet as well as fragile, So you will have to take extra care of it to make sure it remains shiny even after months of usage. What makes the A8+ special is being IP68 certified which means you can take risk of putting it under 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without worrying about damage.

The power button is on the right edge whereas the volume controllers are on the left edge. On the rear side, it is adorned with the single camera module. The fingerprint scanner is now below the camera module which is a lot more feasible and easily accessible.

The new placement of fingerprint scanner indicates that future flagships will also have a scanner in this position. Unlike most of the latest smartphones, it still has 3.5mm headphone jack and for connectivity, it has USB Type-C port. The Galaxy A8+ dimensions are 159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm and it weighs 191 grams.

Display

As far as display is a concern, Samsung brought the 18.5:9 aspect ratio display for upper mid-range Galaxy A8+. Its a super AMOLED display of 6.0-inches with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels. The Corning Gorilla Glass is protecting the display. The display pixels density is 411 pixel-per-inch. The device features Always-on Display which for sure will be liked by many users.

Thanks to Super AMOLED panel, the display has deep blacks. The panel is bright, the contrast ratio is pretty good, colors accuracy is also commendable. Overall the display is perfect for watching video content and playing games. You won't disappoint with the performance of the display even in the sunny day under direct sunlight. Undoubtedly the display on A8+ is significantly better than most of the mid-rangers available in the market with 2:1 display.

Hardware

Being a mid-range we can't expect it to be powered up by the latest powerful chipset instead the Samsung's own mid-range chipset is on board. The Exynos Octa-core 7885 SoC is powering the A8+. The first quad is six Cortex-A53 cores clocking at 1.6Ghz whereas for the power two Cortex-A73 cores are clocking at 2.2Ghz. The Mali-G71 is on board as Graphics processing unit.

The Octa-core SoC is accompanied with 6GB RAM. The built-in native storage is 64GB, however, the good thing is it is further expandable via MicroSD card up to 256GB. Despite having the 6GB RAM it isn't the snappiest performer. You can't expect it to perform top-notch in multi-tasking or playing HIFI games. The Galaxy A8+ is a solid performer in most of the scenarios, you won't regret if you grab it as your next daily driver option.

Specs Galaxy A8+ Plus
Display 6.0-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2220 pixels
Chipset Exynos 7885
RAM 6GB
Storage 64GB Expandable via MicroSD card
Rear camera 16MP with f/1.7 aperture
Front camera 8+16MP
Battery 3,500mAh
USB Type-C
IP68 Yes
OS Android Nougat 7.1.1

Cameras

The Galaxy A8+ is the Samsung 's second smartphone with three cameras on board after Galaxy Note 8. Unlike Galaxy Note 8, the A8+ has dual snappers on the front and single snapper on the rear. The primary rear snapper is a 16MP module with f/1.7 aperture. The rear snapper can record 4K videos. It features digital image stabilization, HDR, singles LED flashlight, auto and touches focus. The primary rear module works pretty well in well-lit conditions however its performance slightly suffers in low-light conditions.

Up front, the dual camera sensors are of 8MP+16MP. Like all dual cameras, the front-facing cameras on A8+ provides bokeh effect shots which allow the user to blur the background and focus solely on the subject. Samsung smartphones have Live Focus mode which provides bokeh effect. The front-facing snappers perform pretty great in a well-lit area but they struggle to focus in low-light conditions. The bokeh effect in low-lit condition has the blurred background. So both rear and front sensors work pretty great only in daylight conditions but the results are shakier in low-light scenes.

Software

As OS the Galaxy A8+ is pre-installed with Android Nougat 7.1.1. It's quite unfortunate to see Samsung still rolling out devices with older OS on board. Especially when the latest Android Oreo has been out for a reasonable long time. Its also shame when most of the Samsung rivals are unveiling latest smartphones with Android Oreo on board. Samsung didn't confirm any date for the rollout of Android Oreo but from the look of the things, the company will start rolling update later in Q1 2018.


Battery

The Galaxy A8+ is powered up by a 3,500mAh battery cell. It is slightly better than most of the mid-rangers but not fairly large like Mate 10 series. On a single charge the device last one day easily on normal usage, however, on heavy usage it ends the day around 8 PM. The good thing is the device supports fat charging which allows the user to recharge the battery in less than 100 minutes.

Price and release

The Galaxy A8+ 2018 announced on January 10 for the Indian buyers at a price tag of Rs 32,990. It will be available exclusively via Amazon India. For the European customers, the device is announced at €500 for Germany, Netherlands and other European countries which is roughly $600 at the current price tag. Surprisingly for the UK buyers, it is slightly expensive at £480, Samsung fans in the UK will have to pay $50 to grab the device.


Conclusion:

Undoubtedly the Galaxy A8+ is a solid performer overall. The device takes lead in design department from most of its competitors. The glass and metal body with Samsung's build quality makes it a luring option for those who are looking upper range smartphone but don't want to spend a hefty amount on flagships instead looking for a solid upper mid-range. Whether you like or not the trend of bringing giant display in a smaller body is well appreciated by most of the customers and the A8+ bringing a gigantic display in a small body. The Galaxy A8+ will also fascinate those who are selfie lovers. At the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts in the comments below regarding the Galaxy A8+ Preview. Stay tuned for more comparisons and previews.


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