Just a few days after announcing the Galaxy A8 in China, Samsung has announced the smartphone in the Indian market. The company claims it as the flagship smartphone in the 'A' series of metal-clad smartphone.
The smartphone is priced at Rs. 32,500, which is about a few thousands less than the online price about Rs. 39,000 of Galaxy S6. However, the South Korean giant justifies the price of the smartphone by saying it combines a metal body design with higher specifications.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 sports a 5.7 inch Super AMOLED display at 1080x1920 pixels resolution. The phone is powered by Samsung's Exynos 5430 octa-core chipset (1.8GHz Quad Core + 1.3GHz Quad Core) paired with 2GB of RAM. It has 32GB of internal memory that can be expanded by up to 128GB using a microSD card.
We have jotted down the best and the worst features of Samsung's A series flagship smartphone. Take a closer look at the slider below.
The Best: Metal Body
Like all the Samsung's 'A' series smartphones, the Galaxy A8 also features the metal body design. The Galaxy A8 is the slimmest ever smartphone from Samsung and measures just 5.9mm.
The Best: Fingerprint Scanner
Fingerprint sensor is a trending feature for latest smartphones. Samsung has also came up with the fingerprint scanner for the Galaxy A8. The company placed the fingerprint scanner on the physical home button.
The Best: Display
The smartphone flaunts a 5.7 inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with 1920x1080 pixels resolution. The display is has 2.5mm of bezel on side. The 5.7 Super AMOLED display is a quite big screen, making it easier for reading, browsing internet and watching videos. While, the pixel density of 401ppi helps images, videos and text to look more sharp and clear.
The Best: Camera
The Galaxy A8 comes with a high resolution 16 megapixel rear camera with Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, f/1.9 aperture, autofocus and LED flash. It also comes with 5 megapixel front-facing camera.
The Best: Bigger Battery
With all the premium flagship-phone like specifications, Samsung is following the Galaxy S6 design format featuring the non-removable battery. Same way, the Galaxy A8 also features a bigger non-removable 3050mAh battery.
The Worst: No Quick Charging
The Galaxy A8 is packed with a bigger 3050mAh battery, and bigger batteries takes longer time to get fully charged. Unfortunately, the Galaxy A8 lacks a quick charging features as many popular smartphones with bigger battery capacity comes with turbo charging that charges the smartphone from 0 to 60 percent in just 30 minutes.
The Worst: SIM Slots Shared With MicroSD Card
The smartphone comes with dual-SIM support, but there is no slot for microSD card. However, Samsung has shared the SIM 2 slot with the MicroSD card. Meaning, you can either use two SIM cards or one SIM card along with microSD card.
The Worst: No Gyroscope
The smartphone doesn't come with the gyroscope sensor. The gyroscope sensor enables the smartphone to determine orientation and rotation of the phone and also provides more accurate 3D motion tracing than an accelerometer.
The Worst: No DLNA
The Galaxy A8 also lacks the DLAN. The DLAN standard enabled to share music, photos, videos and other contents over Wi-Fi.
The Worst: Non-Removable Battery
There are many smartphones in the market featuring a non-removable battery. While with the non-removable battery, users will not have the freedom to fix battery on their own.
However, the Galaxy A8 comes with a bigger 3050mAh battery, juicing the device for a whole day use.