The latest mid-range smartphone from the South Korean giant is Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus. In fact, this is the first smartphone to feature a dual front camera. The Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus was launched in December 2017.
But Samsung took CES 2018 as the platform to show off the product for the first time. It is considered as a budget-friendly alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S8. Let us look into detailed specifications of this affordable mid-range smartphone.
Design and Display
The latest Galaxy A8 Plus gets the same design as Note 8. Built-off metal and glass, A8 Plus feels solid and is heavy at 190 gms. However, the 6-inches Super AMOLED display smartphone with an 18:9 aspect ratio easily fits into the hand.
The display screen covers almost entire display but at the top end, you can find space for dual camera setup. The rear end is of glass finish that makes it a bit slippery. There includes a rear camera that is nicely integrated into the glass back. There is a fingerprint scanner below the lens which is comfortable enough to reach in. The Galaxy A8 Plus is IP68 certified.
OS and Processor
As for the OS, it is the same old Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS even in the latest A8 Plus. Despite the availability of Android 8.0, it is surprising that Samsung did not prefer to include the latest OS in A8 Plus. The Octa-core Exynos 7885 processor with a 6GB of RAM performs pretty well. It is good at multi-tasking, loading apps simultaneously and is quite useful for general navigation.
Furthermore, it is available in two storage variants 32GB and 64GB which is expandable up to 256 GB via micro SD card. There is even Bluetooth 5.0 support, Gear VR and Wi-Fi connectivity onboard.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus is the first smartphone to feature two front camera sensors thus enhancing selfie mode. It sports two front cameras (16 MP and 8MP) and one rear 16MP camera sensor.
The two front camera sensors offer great bokeh images through its Live Focus mode. This mode in the front camera works well in bright light conditions. However, in low light, it struggles to capture background images and thus may not render the same background blur effect.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus features 3500 mAh battery which is, of course, lower than its predecessor Galaxy A7 Plus with 3600 mAh battery. However, it offers the same performance and is worth enough to provide a full day battery with a single charge.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus price in Dubai, UAE is AED 2200.
Overall, Samsung Galaxy A8 plus is a solid smartphone offering great features with a premium look. If you are not affordable enough to buy OnePlus 5T or such high-end smartphones then Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus would be the best premium option.