- Analysis by KJ David
Even though its 3000mAh battery capacity and FHD+ (2220 x 1080) screen resolution (More on its screen later) are not quite on par with 2017 premium smartphone standards -- that would be along the lines of a 4000mAh raw power capacity and a QHD/QHD+ 1440p definition, this 2018 edition of the Galaxy A8 apparently still packs enough pros to shine bright in Samsung's vast Android galaxy.
For starters, it is one of Samsung's earliest smartphones to boast the brand's Dual Front Camera solution , comprising of a 16-megapixel primary cam and an 8-megapixel deputy cam. Both lenses have f/1.9 apertures, with Live Focus (for adjusting Bokeh effects before or after snapping photos) at the helm of its imaging features. Regrettably, however, its forenamed front cam does not come with an inbuilt autofocus feature , tainting its flagship-caliber selfie capabilities with a slight con, though it still likely makes our list of the top selfie smartphones on the market. At the back, it rocks a respectable 16-megapixel camera with phase-detection autofocus and an f/1.7 aperture .
Under the hood, the Galaxy A8 2018 houses an Exynos 7885 processor, which operates on a dual-cluster setup that we rarely see among octa-core Androids, at least as of this write-up. In particular, it has a heavy-duty two-core cluster clocked at 2.2GHz accompanied by a six-core 1.6GHz cluster for less-demanding tasks. Its 2.2GHz clock speed may not land it a seat among the fastest smartphones out there , but having dedicated CPU partitions for heavy multimedia as well as day-to-day usage is definitely a good way to go for a phone with its kind of pros and cons, especially with 4GB of RAM tagging along. The A8 2018 hits just the right mark in terms of storage as well, coming with a 64GB/32GB memory expandable by a maximum of 256GB .
Greeting users up front is the A8 2018's 5.6-inch Infinity Super AMOLED display, which, even though misses the ultra-high-end bulls-eye resolution-wise, offers an expansive 18.5:9 aspect ratio -- this is why it has slightly more pixels than standard FHD-1080p screens. Furthermore, our review of its pros and cons also revealed specs like Samsung Pay , which uses both MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) and NFC (Near Field Communication), Samsung Gear VR support (A first for the Galaxy A series), and IP68-grade dust- and waterproofing .
When it's all said and done, the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 is not spotless specs-wise, but things like a front-facing dual camera and an efficiency-driven processor should make it hold its own ground versus other high-tier contenders.
** This phone is also known as: Samsung 2018 A8
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