All You need to know About the New Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus 2018
The Samsung Galaxy A8+
looks good, delivers on battery life, has an excellent build quality and offers IP68 certification. If these aspects score higher over core performance and camera quality, you can consider the Samsung Galaxy A8+. However, if butter smooth performance and sharp camera performance is what you expect at its price point, the Samsung Galaxy A8+ falls short in comparison to the OnePlus 5T
and Honor View 10, both of which are well rounded and offer much better value of the Samsung Galaxy A8+.
The very first thing you notice about the Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus is the similarity in terms of design and overall build quality to the flagship smartphones from the Samsung stable. Namely the Galaxy S8+ and Note 8. Samsung’s Galaxy A series is about offering flagship class “feel” at lower price points and the Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus does do that very effectively. The phone looks pretty, even though it does not have the same curves we so admire on Samsung’s S-series. It is more grippy than some of its all metal clad counterparts, but the glass back, which gives it the premium feel, can also be a worry in terms of the fragile nature of glass back smartphones.
The 6-inch Super AMOLED panel on the device has an 18.5:9 aspect ratio which offers a resolution of 2220 x 1080 (FHD+). It is a vibrant display, offering good colour saturation, superb contrast ratios with decent sunlight legibility. Being a super AMOLED panel, you get deep blacks and that extra touch of vibrancy that makes colors “pop”. However, you can choose to tone down and tweak the intensity of color via the display settings. The touch response is quite good and the corning gorilla glass provides adequate protection. All-in-all, the display performance is one of the strengths of the device. Having said that, the rather thick side bezels does stick out like a sore thumb, especially when you compare it to the Samsung Galaxy S8
or Note 8. Not a deal breaker, but we just wish the bezels were a wee bit less prominent.
Regardless of the performance, we are happy with the battery life the phone provides. The 3500mAh battery goes on for a full day quite easily, even if you are a heavy user and like to stream video content for a couple of hours each day. The battery life, however, does deplete quicker when you are gaming on the machine, but that is a given with most phones. We have been using the phone for quite some time now and thus far we have juggled between light and heavy workloads at days, but the phone never died on us. It essentially has a better battery life than any of its primary competitors at the moment.
Talking about competition, THE prime differentiating factor between this phone and its competitors are the cameras. You get a 16MP primary snapper on this phone which is enabled by a f/1.7 aperture. The camera takes good images under ample lighting conditions, with tweaked contrast ratios and higher saturation levels (than normal) to make the image more pleasing. This is a signature trick we have seen on previous Samsung phones as well. At the same time, the camera software has a tendency of over sharpening the image. All of this comes in handy if you are taking a macro shot in bright conditions. The f/1.7 aperture further ensures that you will get a good ‘bokeh’ effect while taking those macro shots.