When it comes to Samsung’s smartphones, there’s only really two that come to mind, the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note series. But Samsung not only makes flagship smartphones, they also make mid-range devices such as the Galaxy A8 for those who want a Samsung phone but don’t necessarily want or need the top-end specs.

Design & Hardware

The Galaxy A8 has a metal and glass design that is similar to the Galaxy S9 & S9+. The phone is powered by the Samsung Exynos 7885 Octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM. The Galaxy A8 has 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot.

The Galaxy A8 doesn’t feel cheap, it feels well-built and more solid. As compared to the Galaxy S9 which feels a bit fragile and slightly too thin. The back of the Galaxy A8 is a fingerprint magnet.

It has a 3,000 mAh battery and a USB-C port with Fast Charging. The battery on the Galaxy A8 is able to last all day. The phone is also IP68 water and dust resistant.

The screen on the Galaxy A8 is 5.6-inches and is an FHD+ Super AMOLED display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The screen looks good but not as bright as say the one on the Galaxy S9, which is to be expected because the Galaxy A8 isn’t a flagship device.

Just like the S9, the Galaxy A8 also has a fingerprint sensor on the rear, just below the camera. The camera on the Galaxy A8 is 16-megapixels while the front-has dual-camera, one 8-megapixel and one 16-megapixel.

The Galaxy A8 has Bluetooth 5.0, NFC (which allows it to be used for Samsung Pay) and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac.

The Galaxy A8 is available in Black and Orchid Grey and is available now in Canada for $650 CAD.

Software

The Galaxy A8 is running Android 7.1.1 with the Samsung Experience on top. If you don’t like Samsung’s skin, then you can easily install your launcher to make it look like stock Android.

It would have been nice if Samsung has included Android 8.0 Oreo on the Galaxy A8 but it could arrive later as a software update.

The software experience on the Galaxy A8 is just as you would expect on the higher-end Samsung devices like the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy Note8. You still have access to the usual suite of Samsung apps including some Microsoft apps.

The Galaxy A8 also gives to access to the Google Assistant just like other Android devices running Android 6.0 and later.

Camera

The Galaxy A8 has a 16-megapixel sensor on the back and dual camera setup on the front with one 16-megapixel and one 8-megapixel.

The camera on the Galaxy A8 is good but nothing too amazing. You won’t get the same kind of quality as an S9 or Pixel 2 but it’ll get the job done.

Some photos taken on the Galaxy A8 have a bit of noise to them and come out darker than expected.

The Galaxy A8 is capable of recording video at 1080p at 30 fps as well as 1080p video with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Galaxy A8 is a solid device, it offers a similar design to other Samsung phones, has a good camera and offers quick performance. The Galaxy A8 is a great choice for those looking for something like the Galaxy S9 or S9+ but don’t want to spend $900-1000 CAD on a phone.

Pros

  • Nice design & solid build quality
  • Good camera
  • Water and dust resistant
  • Great battery life
  • Smooth performance

Cons

  • No Android Oreo
  • Not that much cheaper than the S9

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