Samsung Galaxy A8
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.