Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)

7.3/10 AVG.
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7.3/10
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The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) currently has an Informr score of 7.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 13 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

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
Android
Processor
1.6 GHz
Screen Size
5.6"
Camera
16+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Alphr

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

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
TrustedReviews

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
TechRadar

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
Mobile Syrup

The Galaxy A8 I definitely enjoyed my time with the smartphone. If your budget only allows for a $0 midrange phone on a contract and you want a reliable selfie shooter, then I'd definitely recommend the A8. Especially if you're not a fan of the S8, like I was.

- Dean Daley, Mobile Syrup


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Common Questions


Samsung released the Galaxy A8 (2018) on January 6, 2018.


The Galaxy A8 (2018) price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) prices from around the web here on The Informr.



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


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Screen Size
5.6"

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

Processor
1.6 GHz

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

OS

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

Camera
16+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera.

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

Storage
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.

Battery
3000mAh

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

Overview
Release date January 6, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
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 Flash Memory 32/64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.78 W/kg
Body: 1.09 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & 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 (Celluar) Up to: 840 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1140 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 4.29167 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
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
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2220 pixels
Pixel density 441 pixels
Size 5.6 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.7
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
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
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Dual front camera feature (8 MP 2nd camera, f/1.7)
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AMR, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung A530F

Also available in dual-SIM variant.

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Critic Reviews


Alphr

Great looking, but disappointing performance

from Alphr

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 perfectly lit scenarios.

Read full review

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 perfectly lit scenarios.

Read full review

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Expert Reviews

Samsung’s mid-range OnePlus 6 rival

from 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.

Read full review

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.

Read full review

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TrustedReviews

An affordable Galaxy S9 alternative

from TrustedReviews

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....More

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. Processor power is the biggest issue, particularly that of its graphics chipset.

Read full review

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TechRadar

Almost makes the A-list

from TechRadar

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.

Read full review

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.

Read full review

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Mobile Syrup

Flat, small and a mid-range selfie champ

from Mobile Syrup

The Galaxy A8 I definitely enjoyed my time with the smartphone. If your budget only allows for a $0 midrange phone on a contract and you want a reliable selfie shooter, then I'd definitely recommend the A8. Especially if you're not a fan of the S8, like I was.

Read full review

The Galaxy A8 I definitely enjoyed my time with the smartphone. If your budget only allows for a $0 midrange phone on a contract and you want a reliable selfie shooter, then I'd definitely recommend the A8. Especially if you're not a fan of the S8, like I was.

Read full review

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DxOMark

Bright light shooter

from DxOMark

Achieves a mid-range score for a mid-range smartphone. Under the right conditions, good results are possible, with nice exposures and pleasant color, as well as well-controlled artifacts and noise. Dynamic range is limited, however, and when HDR fails to kick in, there’s a significant loss of detail.

Read full review

Achieves a mid-range score for a mid-range smartphone. Under the right conditions, good results are possible, with nice exposures and pleasant color, as well as well-controlled artifacts and noise. Dynamic range is limited, however, and when HDR fails to kick in, there’s a significant loss of detail.

Read full review

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Tech Advisor

Offers a cheaper and slightly lower spec version of the flagship

from Tech Advisor

The Galaxy A8 is by far the best A-range device to date and effectively the Galaxy S8 mini we always wanted. The Galaxy S9 is here now but that's not too different so it's a similar situation. If you're looking for that Samsung style in a cheaper form then the A8 is the right choice for you.

Read full review

The Galaxy A8 is by far the best A-range device to date and effectively the Galaxy S8 mini we always wanted. The Galaxy S9 is here now but that's not too different so it's a similar situation. If you're looking for that Samsung style in a cheaper form then the A8 is the right choice for you.

Read full review

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Tom's Guide

Too much for too little

from Tom's Guide

Skip it. While other midrange phones offer premium designs, performance and special features, the Xperia XA2 Ultra's middling camera, dated looks and high price make it a tough sell.

Read full review

Skip it. While other midrange phones offer premium designs, performance and special features, the Xperia XA2 Ultra's middling camera, dated looks and high price make it a tough sell.

Read full review

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Notebookcheck

A well-equipped mid-range smartphone

from Notebookcheck

Good performance, but at a questionable price. The Galaxy A8 (2018) creates unnecessary competition for itself, with the faster and better equipped high-end Galaxy S8 costing only around €100 more.

Read full review

Good performance, but at a questionable price. The Galaxy A8 (2018) creates unnecessary competition for itself, with the faster and better equipped high-end Galaxy S8 costing only around €100 more.

Read full review

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Softpedia

Without a doubt one of the best mid-range models

from Softpedia

The Galaxy A8 is a phone that's worth the money, that's for sure. Despite the software blunder, which could make many reconsider their options, the A8 is a well-balanced phone that gets surprisingly close to the upper-premium market with some features.

Read full review

The Galaxy A8 is a phone that's worth the money, that's for sure. Despite the software blunder, which could make many reconsider their options, the A8 is a well-balanced phone that gets surprisingly close to the upper-premium market with some features.

Read full review

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User Reviews


GarySeed

Will never buy a Samsung again

Way too intrusive.  The camera/pics are very nice, the phone works well.  But far too many apps keep popping up without me asking for them, and many of them want access to my location, contacts or files.  Not something I'm keen on at all.  I've had to Uninstall or Force Stop more than 2 dozen apps but it never ends. If I want something, I'll go get it.  I don't want the phone assuming I want it and opening an app all the time. 

Way too intrusive.  The camera/pics are very nice, the phone works well.  But far too many apps keep popping up without me asking for them, and many of them want access to my location, contacts or files.  Not something I'm keen on at all.  I've had to Uninstall or Force Stop more than 2 dozen apps but it never ends. If I want something, I'll go get it.  I don't want the phone assuming I want it and opening an app all the time. 

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