SAMSUNG GALAXY A8
Like its earlier companions – A3, A5 and A7 – the 5.9mm-thin phablet comes with a metal uni-body, which gives the device a premium look and feel. Samsung made the 5.9mm metal frame chamfered for extra style points. Despite its broad phablet dimensions, the A8 feels easy to grip with evenly distributed weight.
The A8 uses a 5.7-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) Super AMOLED display at 386ppi. Image is sufficiently sharp with vibrant colors; the screen is bright at 100 percent, but not glaring.
They did adopt a handful of features from the Galaxy S6, but some of them are quite unnecessary. An example would be Briefing: when not in use, Briefing does tend to take up precious time and processing power if you scroll to it accidentally. On the flip side, the A8 does come with features that are actually useful and practical.
The A8 has a unique two-tray design for its dualnano SIM slot. The primary SIM slot works with LTE Cat 6 networks, but the secondary slot is only compatible with 2G networks.
The Fingerprint Sensor on the A8 does exactly its purpose – providing an alternative to users for securing their phone. The phone also has a Micro- USB 2.0 port with OTG (On-The-Go) support. This means that you can connect a USB OTG drive to it, and it acts as additional storage for the phone.
Like most of its new devices, the A8 uses Samsung's own Exynos 5430 octa-core processor. Performance was satisfactory in benchmarks and real-world testing; certainly not as nimble as flagship models like the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, but the A8 performs speedily, with nary a jitter in its everyday use.
The A8 uses a 16MP camera for the rear, and a 5MP front camera, and we feel that the camera's quality is good for a mid-range smartphone. Sharpness is intact, and colors are generally acceptable save for the ones that are difficult to tell apart.
The 3,050mAh capacity on the A8 gives it decent battery life. With activity time north of 14 hours, the smartphone is able go unplugged for the greater part of the day. On its own, the Samsung Galaxy A8 is indeed a good alternative to the flagship Galaxy S series. Unfortunately, reality is a harsh mistress. Unless you're dead set on a Samsung, the A8 has to go up against the cheaper Chinese competition with similar or better hardware, performance and build quality.
The display looks large, thanks to the 2.5mm-thin bezel.