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The 2018 it­er­a­tion of A8+ sees Sam­sung mak­ing some ma­jor changes to make its pres­ence known in the premium mid-end seg­ment. For starters it uses a 6-inch In­fin­ity Dis­play sim­i­lar to the one found in last year’s Galaxy S8 and

S8+ but misses out on the curved screen edges. The taller

18.5:9 as­pect ra­tio ac­counts for the nav­i­ga­tion bar es­pe­cially help­ful dur­ing por­trait mode and while watch­ing videos. The re­duc­tion in bezels has the ef­fect of mov­ing the fin­ger­print reader to the back just un­der the 16MP cam­era with f/1.7 aper­ture. In fact, it is the first Sam­sung de­vice to ship with dual front cam­eras com­pris­ing of a 16MP+8MP setup with

f/1.9 aper­ture. Video record­ing is bol­stered with Video Dig­i­tal image sta­bil­i­sa­tion (VDis) technology and self­ies with Live Fo­cus which blurs the back­ground and adds bokeh. Low light pho­tog­ra­phy ben­e­fits from the larger 1.12um pixel and 1/2.8” sen­sor cap­tur­ing more light. Al­ways On dis­play is present along with sup­port for Sam­sung Pay and Gear. While it has been con­structed us­ing a mix of glass and hy­brid, it has an im­pres­sive IP68 rat­ing for dust and wa­ter re­sis­tance. Sam­sung’s pro­pri­etary Exynos 7885 SoC han­dles pro­cess­ing du­ties along with Mali-G71 GPU and 6GB RAM. For stor­age 64GB is built-in, which can be ex­panded upto 256GB via mi­croSD. Tick­ing off the vir­tual as­sis­tant check­box is of course Bixby to help with set­ting re­minders and more. With a thick­ness of 8.3mm and 191 grams weight, we just wish it was lighter and slim­mer.

T3 SAYS: Sam­sung is blur­ring the lines be­tween top and higher mid end seg­ments with the A8+

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