Sam­sung Gal­axy A8

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT - By Peter Chu

If you've been com­plain­ing about Sam­sung's phones be­ing too pla­s­ticky, the com­pany is grad­u­ally be­gin­ning to usher in the use of me­tal into its smart­phone lineup – among them is the Sam­sung Gal­axy A8.

The Gal­axy A8 mea­sures only only 5.9mm thin, which is even thin­ner than its flag­ship sib­lings, the Gal­axy S6 edge+ (6.9mm), and the Sam­sung Gal­axy Note5 (7.6mm). Help­ing to fur­ther ac­cen­tu­ate the sheer chic­ness of the Gal­axy A8 is its sil­ver me­tal frame, which like­wise helps to vis­ually es­tab­lish it as a pre­mium de­vice.

There's more beauty to be found be­neath the lus­cious 5.7-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) Su­per AMOLED dis­play of the Gal­axy A8 as well, and it comes in the form a 1.8GHz Exynos 5430 octa-core SoC, which is home to four 1.3GHz Cor­tex-A7, and four 1.8GHz Cor­tex-A15 pro­ces­sors. The Gal­axy A8 also comes equipped with a Mali-T628 GPU, 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 32GB of in­ter­nal stor­age (ex­pand­able to 128GB via sec­ondary SIM card slot), a 16MP rear cam­era and a 5MP front-fac­ing cam­era – both sport­ing a low-light friendly (f/1.9) aper­ture -- and a whop­ping 3,050mAh Li-ion bat­tery.

With all that power ly­ing un­der­neath the hood, it's re­ally no won­der that our ex­pe­ri­ence with the Gal­axy A8 was a silky smooth one. We were able to quickly ma­neu­ver our way through its – no­tice­ably less clut­tered – TouchWiz user in­ter­face with­out ex­pe­ri­enc­ing any re­sis­tance, while games such as Fall­out Shel­ter and Pac­Man 256 ran ef­fort­lessly with­out a hitch.

But alas, no de­vice is with­out its flaws. There are a few fun­da­men­tal smart­phone fea­tures that are re­gret­tably miss­ing from the Gal­axy A8, with one of them be­ing a no­ti­fi­ca­tion LED. It's re­ally quite hard to swal­low the fact that a smart­phone – let alone one that costs RM1,888 – would come with­out a no­ti­fi­ca­tion LED in tow. Also ab­sent from the Gal­axy A8 is NFC con­nec­tiv­ity, which isn't that big a deal com­pared to the omis­sion of a no­ti­fi­ca­tion LED.

As far as syn­thetic bench­marks are con­cerned, the Gal­axy A8 man­aged to earn a re­spectable score of 3,847 for the PCMark 8 Work bench­mark, 44,940 for the AnTuTu bench­mark, and 4,297 for the Quad­rant bench­mark. The Gal­axy A8 also man­aged to power through 3DMark's Ice Storm Un­lim­ited and Ice Storm Ex­treme by chart­ing com­mend­able scores of 8,524 and 6,310, re­spec­tively. Last but not least, the Gal­axy A8 man­aged to com­plete the Epic Ci­tadel Bench­mark in 1080p at Ul­tra High Qual­ity with a healthy av­er­age frame rate of 40.8.

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