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Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)

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The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 16 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

As the smaller sibling to the Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus, the standard Galaxy A8 offers a nearly identical experience in a smaller, less expensive package.

Key differences between the phones include:

  • Slightly smaller screen: While running the same 1080-by-2220 resolution as the A8 Plus, the screen on the standard model is only 5.6 inches. However, this means increased pixels per inch and a slightly brighter screen. Also, as many reviwers had issues with one-handed use on the A8 Plus, it may provider better usability.
  • Less RAM: The top-end variant of the A8 Plus offers 6GB of RAM -- an option not available in the standard A8. However, reviewers had no issues with stuttering or multitasking that weren’t already preset in the 6GB A8 Plus variant.
  • Smaller battery: The standard A8 includes a 3000mAh battery. Reviews indicate it’s good for a full day of use just like the larger 3500mAh battery in the A8 Plus -- likely thanks to the smaller display.

Otherwise, the features are exactly the same as those you’ll find in the larger, pricer model. For more details on what to expect from this latest Samsung mid-tier release, be sure to check out our Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus summary.

Operating system
Operating system
1.6 GHz
1.6 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
16+ MP, f/1.7
16+ MP, f/1.7
3000 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


The Samsung Galaxy A8 is a great-looking handset, but unfortunately it comes up short compared to its main rivals in most other areas. It scored significantly worse than the OnePlus 6 and Honor 10 on CPU and graphics benchmarks, and its camera produced disappointing results when not being used in pe...

- Edward Munn, Alphr
Expert Reviews
Expert Reviews

Almost everything here is above board, but the burning question is whether there’s still room for a mid-range Samsung phone in 2018. With OnePlus and Honor dominating the charts, whatever Samsung manages to produce faces an uphill struggle – and I think the Galaxy A8 is no exception.

- Nathan Spendelow, Expert Reviews

The Samsung Galaxy A8 is a nice phone; it looks and feels good. The screen is as bold as any and the camera is fun to use. However, it’s a shame that in some respects the phone appears closer to the much cheaper Motorola Moto G6 Plus than the Honor 10 and OnePlus 6, which are closer in price. Proces...

- Max Parker, TrustedReviews

The Samsung Galaxy A8 is a head-turner, yet it is priced above its segment. The amazing display, powerful processor, and unique dual selfie cameras make up the A8 a desirable phone. However, one would have to overcome a few down-pullers before buying it : high price, slower GPU, single Rear Camera.

- Karan S, Geeknizer

The Samsung Galaxy A8 is a slight step down from the Galaxy S9 - or even the Galaxy S8 - in just about every way, but it still delivers many of the core features offered by the flagships. You can get more for your money elsewhere, but if you're set on Samsung there's little to complain about here.

- Andrew Williams, TechRadar

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Common Questions

Samsung backs up the Galaxy A8 (2018) with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Galaxy A8 (2018) has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)'s screen size is 5.6 inches with 1080 x 2220 pixels resolution.

1.6 GHz

There is a Samsung Exynos 7885 Octa core 1.6 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 7.1.1 Nougat (Update Available: 8.0 Oreo) operating system (OS).

16+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ MP, f/1.7 camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 16+ megapixels resolution.

32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 1140 minutes, 900 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy A8 (2018) Specs

Release Date January 6, 2018
Regions Available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Operating System Android 7.1.1 Nougat (Update Available: 8.0 Oreo)

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Processor Samsung Exynos 7885 Octa core 1.6 GHz
Internal Storage 32/64 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.78 W/kg
Body: 1.09 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
16+ Megapixels, f/1.7
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Stickers, HDR, Exposure, Voice activation
Video Recording Formats
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
16+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Dual front camera feature (8 MP 2nd camera, f/1.7)
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2220 pixels
Pixel Density 441 pixels
Size 5.6 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to 1020 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 900 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Up to 840 minutes
Talk Time Up to 1140 minutes
Standby Time Up to 4.29167 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, Orchid Gray, Gold, Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.92 x 7.06 x 0.84 cm (5.9 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 172 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Additional Information Other Names (AKA): Samsung A530F

Also available in dual-SIM variant.

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