Samsung Gal­axy A8

Top­ping the Midtiers

HWM (Philippines) - - Test - By Nestor Domingo Jr.

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.

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