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October 18, 2018

Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 Review

Let’s admit that Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 isn’t really a successor to a specific A-Series smartphone. Instead, it’s more of a trimmed Galaxy S8 version in terms of design, screen and current number 8. Visually, Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 in Australia is indeed closer to Galaxy S8 – similar shaped and sized curved glass-sandwich design, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner as well as Super AMOLED screen.

The key highlights of Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 include 5.6-inches Super AMOLE screen, Android 7.1.1, 4GB of RAM, 32/64GB of ROM, video recording 1080p@30fps, 16MP rear and 16MP + 8MP FaceTime sensor and 3000mAh non-removable battery. Let’s find out more in our Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 review in Australia below.

Price and Alternatives

Interestingly, Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 is an upper mid-range smartphone which doesn’t break your bank. The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 Price in Australia is AU$812 which is dangerously close to last year’s Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone.

In this price range, you’ll have so many other options such as LG G6 and Huawei P10 alongside better specifications and quality-oriented cameras as compares to A8 2018.

Spend a little more and you’ll have a smartphone “HTC U11” with a much better camera and smooth performance. The last year’s OnePlus 5T is also a good option with a slightly bigger screen, beefier specifications, and exceptional performance.

Other devices you can keep in your consideration against A8 2018 are Honor 9, offering more features like 4K video recording.

Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 Specifications

The handset comes with 536-inches Super AMOLED screen with a maximum resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels, Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and 4GB of RAM. Other Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 specifications in Australia are listed below.

  • Dimensions: 149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4 mm
  • Weight: 172 grams
  • Build: Front/Back Glass, Aluminum Frame
  • Display Size: 5.6-inches Super AMOLED screen Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Display Resolution: 1080 x 2220 Pixels (18.5:9 ratio)
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Platform: Android 7.1.1 Nougat (Upgradable to Android 8.0 Oreo)
  • Chipset: Exynos 7885 Octa 14nm
  • CPU: Octa-core
  • GPU: Mali G71
  • RAM: 4GB
  • ROM: 32GB/64GB (Expandable Further Up to 256GB via microSD)
  • Rear Camera: 16MP Single
  • Front Camera: 16MP + 8MP
  • Video Recording: 1080p@30fps
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual Band
  • Bluetooth: 5.0 A2DP
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted0),Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass, and Barometer,
  • Battery: 3000mAh non-removable
  • Colours: Black, Orchid Grey, Gold and Blue


Taking a look at its design first, Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 has 5.6-inches notch-less edge-to-edge screen with an aspect ratio is 18.5:9. The front side looks a lot like Pixel 2 XL over one of Samsung’s glitzy flagships and the bezels are slightly chunkier as compared to other top-end Galaxy range. Our back, you’ll see a square camera sporting placed in a center, right above a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

The power button is placed on a right side whereas USB-C port with Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charging support sits comfortably at the bottom. The phone is IP68 certified (dust and water-resistant) and can be submerged up to a depth of 1.5m for around 30 minutes. It’s available in 4 sensational colours – Black, Orchid Grey, Blue, and Gold.


As expected, Galaxy A8 2018 benefits from Super AMOLED Technology which means you can expect successfully superb contrast levels and class-leading image quality out of the box. Based on several online tests, A8’s screen reached a perfect Infinity: 1 contrast ratio with a sRGB colour gamut coverage of 98% and an average Delta E of 2. Thus it produces vibrant and accurate colours across an entire palette.


The device is powered by an Exynos 7885 Octa-core Processor (2 x 2.2 GHz Cortex A73.6 x 1.6 GHz Cortex A53) which is coupled with a Mali G71 graphics Chip and an average amount of RAM – 4GB. The onboard memory is 32GB/64GB – depends on which variant you go for. However, one would be able to expand it further up to 256GB with a help of microSD card.

Performance-wise, it runs flawlessly and smoothly without having bugs – so performance ensures a more as compared to the satisfactory user experience. You wouldn’t be encountered with any problems with games even when a tried the more demanding ones. The device doesn’t make any concession with graphics and shows no signs of overheating. The Galaxy A8 2018 could have done a little more, isn’t it? The Honor View 10 is the same price and is a bit better in terms of performance.


Moving on a camera section, Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 is doing things backward to most other smartphones. Rather than having a rear dual camera and a single FaceTime sensor, it’s having a reverse. There are a single 16MP rear camera and a dual 16MP + 8MP FaceTime sensors alongside features such as Live Focus and Bokeh Effect (for blurring background). It works great and is unusual to find on a front camera.

The rear 16MP camera with an aperture of f/1.7, offering a Phase Detection Autofocus and a single LED flash. One can record videos higher than 1080p at 30fps as well. Captured images by a rear camera are detailed and colourful even in a low-light condition. In short, Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 stands out from a crowd with lots of features you won’t find elsewhere.


Perhaps you would be disappointed as Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 comes with 3000mAh non-removable battery as only a moderate user will easily go through an entire day with a light usage. Several online sources are indicating that, during Geekbench 4 battery test, Galaxy A8 2018 only managed a disappointing four hours and 30 minutes of on-screen time with an efficiency score of 2700. For background, Moto G6 was able to go twice as long and scored 3516.

Like performance benchmarks, it’s something on an incongruity as no one had any real issues with Galaxy A8 lasting via a day of normal usage. Talking about its charging, the supplied USB-C charger do offer Fast Charging. One can restore juice from Zero to 30 percent from a 30 minute of charge.


  • Exceptionally Bright Super AMOLED Screen
  • High-Quality Build
  • Perfectly Water Resistance
  • Bezel-less Design
  • Dual Front Cameras


  • Same Price as OnePlus 6
  • Low Light Images Could Be Better
  • Notch-less Design
  • Single Rear Camera
  • Lacks Bixby Voice

Final Words

Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 is a good-enough smartphone in its own right and with A8 2018, Samsung has brought A-Series a bit closer to S-Series, handling to nail most of the essential stamps of smartphone immensity. But 4 months old OnePlus 6 is just too strong for its reign to end it soon. And to be honest, its very being has rested a benchmark, making any mid-range smartphone launch from here on out very tricky undeniably, not only for Samsung but for everyone else.


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