Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)

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Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) (A530)
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Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) product description

The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) looks to be a beautifully designed smartphone with dual selfie camera, Infinity display, waterproof body and fast charging. At least if we are to believe Samsung's own press release. We're a lot more critical and in this prevue, we'll go over every aspect of the device to see if Samsung can live up to those claims

Double camera with Live Focus

The Galaxy A8 (2018) models are characterised by the dual selfie camera. This is a premium feature that is usually only destined for the very expensive smartphones. Samsung uses a 16 and 8 megapixel camera, both equipped with a lens with maximum aperture of f/1.9. This is handy, as it means that you do not need to use a flash in the twilight. There is no flash in the front either, so maybe that is why Samsung uses such a bright lens. Every camera has its strong points; one is ideal for close-ups and the other for portrait photos. The Dual Front Camera is also ideal for blurring the background. This is especially handy for portrait photos where the person is in focus but the background is blurred. Thanks to the Live Focus function, you can change the focus from the front to the background yourself. This even works after you have shot the photo if you change your mind.

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Stable videos thanks to image stabilisation

On the back we find an equally 16 megapixel camera that has to do it alone this time. Fortunately, there is an even brighter f/1.7 lens to help it along. Nite photography should be possible with this. If it should become too dark, then the main camera does have its own flash. Samsung has added extra functions such as a Food mode that allows you to better highlight food and various filters without having to instal any apps. Videos benefit from digital image stabilisation. This VDis function should prevent shaky video images. All these premium features come in an equally premium body. Front and back, it's made of curved glass held together by a metal frame. It does this so well that it is water and dust resistant. Officially it is IP68 certified which means that the A8 survives one and a half metres in fresh water for 30 minutes. Another advantage is that if it gets dirty you can play it under a tap

Main Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) specifications

  • Waterproof and dust-resistant body (IP68 certified)
  • Powerful Exynos 7 processor at up to 2.2 GHz with 4GB of RAM memory
  • 16-megapixel rear camera with bright f/1.7 lens
  • Double selfie camera (16+8 megapixels) with focus setting
  • 5.6-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED screen with curved glass
  • Featured with fast 4G mobile internet
  • 32GB storage + memory card slot up to 400GB

Great display

Have we not discussed one other major plus point of the Galaxy A8 (2018) yet and that is its display. This so-called Infinity Display covers a large part of the front and has a modern elongated ratio, ideal for movies and video. The thin screen edges ensure that the 5.6-inch screen does not feel too big. Charging is done with a modern USB-C cable that due to the symmetrical connexion has no top or bottom. Never plug it in the wrong way again. You can also plug in normal headphones thanks to the presence of a 3.5 mm audio jack. Recharging is not required very often thanks to the 3000 mAh battery, but it is good to know that the device does fast charging. This means that if your battery does run out, you won't have to wait for hours to get back on the road. This Galaxy A8 2018 is the single SIM version which means that it can only hold one SIM card. There is also a Dual SIM version where there is room for two SIM cards, cheque out the Galaxy A8 (2018) Duos for that

Ageing software

A disadvantage is the lack of clarity regarding possible Android updates. You are fairly at the mercy of Samsung and its whims. For example, at the time of writing, you are on Android 7.1 Nougat while Android 9.0 Pie has already been announced. For a phone of this price, that's quite a downside. There is no telling when an update will follow. If you think fast Android updates are important, then it is advisable to look at a Android One phone in this price range.


Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) specification summary

Dimensions 149,2 x 70,6 x 8,4 mm
Weight 172 gr
Product code SM-A530
EAN code 8801643258009, 8801643218997, 8801643103521, 8801643061111, 8801643055004, 8801643052416, 8801643051631, 8033779043161, 5413729232099
Controls
Fingerprint recognition
Operating system
Android 7.1
Display
Colour display 5.6 inch, Full HD+ Super AMOLED
Hardware
Camera 16 MP
Front camera 16 MP, 8 MP
Processor 1.6 GHz, 2.2 GHz, Samsung Exynos 7885, octa core
Materials
Dirt and waterproof
Data network
4G (LTE)
Build-in memory
Internal memory 32 GB (Storage)
Power supply
Battery 3000 mAh
Fast charging

All Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 specifications


Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) alternatives

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Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) (A530)
Apple iPhone 8 Plus (A1905)
Google Pixel 4 (G020I)
Cat S62 Pro
Google Pixel 5

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 Current product    
Fingerprint recognition
Android7.1
101011
Colour display5.6 inch, Full HD+ Super AMOLED5.5 inch, IPS5.7 inch, Full HD+ Flexible OLED5.7 inch, IPS6.0 inch, OLED, hole-punch display
Camera16 MP12 MP, dual camera sensor12.2 MP, 16 MP, dual camera sensor12 MP12.2 MP, 16 MP, dual camera sensor
Front camera16 MP, 8 MP7 MP8 MP8 MP8 MP
Processor1.6 GHz, 2.2 GHz, Samsung Exynos 7885, octa coreApple A11 Bionic1.78 GHz, 2.84 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, octa core2.0 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, octa core1.8 GHz, 2.2 GHz, 2.4 GHz, octa core
Dirt and waterproof
4G (LTE)
Internal memory32 GB (Storage)128 GB (Storage), 256 GB (Storage), 64 GB (Storage)128 GB (Storage), 64 GB (Storage)128 GB (Storage)128 GB (Storage)
Battery3000 mAh2691 mAh2800 mAh4000 mAh4080 mAh
Fast charging

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