Samsung Galaxy A8
Topping the Midtiers
Samsung kicked off the new year with a bang with its first smartphone offerings – the 2018 edition Galaxy A8 and A8+. The new handsets boast several features that are somehow unexpected among midrange phones. these phones can even withstand harsh elements with their Ip68-rated build, which means they can be submerged in water down to a depth of 1.5 meters in 30 minutes.
The subject of our review, the Galaxy A8, comes with 32GB internal storage that can be expanded to 128GB via a microsd card. The Galaxy A8 can also handle two networks at the same time, thanks to its two nano SIM card slots.
Within, the Galaxy A8 is equipped with a 3000mah battery that can last for a day or two when on totally idle mode, and barely more than a day under normal use. Coming with 4GB RAM, this smartphone is capable of running different mobile applications. That said, the apps are kept in check by the App Monitor program to make sure that everything is running smoothly.
In terms of imaging, we can say that the Galaxy A8 has stepped up the game for midtier phones. The rear camera provides good depth of field and produces detailed photos even in low lighting conditions. However, the dual front camera system can only do better when taking wide selfies. Somehow, its live focus feature enables users to capture selfies with bokeh, though the effect might appear quite artificial.
For security, the Galaxy A8 features a face recognition display which was fast and effective that I just took a quick bow-like look, and the screen got unlocked. Meanwhile, we noticed that the phones took a bit longer to unlock when we used its fingerprint scanner.
The built-in speaker of the Galaxy A8 is positioned quite odd. In addition, we suggest that its volume is limited to 80% to avoid sound distortion.
Utilizing a Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy A8 takes you to a satisfying viewing experience. Sure, the screen may still have edges by the looks, but it still lets you have an infinity display-like experience. The graphical user interface (GUI) is so fluid that when I tried playing the mobile game graphics movement was very nifty. But since such a game is considered casual, we assume that graphical-intensive games such as the NBA 2K18 might be too demanding for the Galaxy A8.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 could be one premium midrange smartphone that comes with a price tag relatively close to toptier models. In the Philippines, Samsung offers it for the price of PHP 26,990.