Welcome to the Samsung Galaxy A8 hub page. Here you will find everything there is to know about Samsung's new Galaxy A8 which now headlines the Galaxy A Series. Feel free to use the table of contents menu to navigate to the sections that are most relevant to you. This page begins with a brief overview and review of the Galaxy A8 and includes videos and photos. The end section offers the latest news and updates for the A8.
Samsung revealed the new member of the Galaxy A Series, that was initially presented as an alternative to Galaxy devices designed with plastic materials, with a total of three devices under the A Series belt, all topped with metals.
The A series family broadens its reach and does so with the addition of the Samsung Galaxy A8. But what are the main features of the A8? Why is this smartphone interesting for fans of new technology? Well, first we have to talk about the design of the Galaxy A8 which is (last I checked) the thinnest phone on the market with a thickness of just 5.9 millimeters. (Find Samsung Galaxy A8 IMEI Number)
The Samsung Galaxy A8 is a device that stands out as one of the thinnest on the market. So much so that in the finest (right on the edges) part, it is just 5.9 millimeters thick. Although this is not all that we would like to highlight in this mid-range device. The phone has been completely manufactured with metallic materials. Specifically aluminum, a metal that covers the entire surface of the device, although much of the device is painted in different colors. The edges, however, have the shade of aluminum,which gives the device a touch of elegance and distinction very typical of this type of material. Either way, the colors that are available are: white, black and champagne.
Colors of the Galaxy A8
Here is the general look and feel of the Galaxy A8 device. Some argue that the actual color of "champagne" device is gold.
Another important element of the A8 is the screen. In this case, the Samsung Galaxy A8 is equipped with a large display screen, 5.7-inch (diagonal) that allow users to manage their favorite content in a very comfortable way.
This is a screen that is equipped with Super AMOLED technology, a staple in the most Samsung devices which has FullHD resolution, perfectly suited for multimedia playback of high quality.
This gives a density of 386 dots per inch. The main screen is coated with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 which will protect the device's screen from accidental bumps and scratches.
Samsung Galaxy A8 Unboxing Video
One of the defining factors of any smartphone. We have to talk about the camera. Rather, the cameras, because the Samsung Galaxy A8 is a phone equipped with two cameras: one front and one rear.
The camera located at the back, the main camera, has a 16-megapixel sensor and f/1.9 aperture. A very similar setup, if not identical, to that of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Samsung Galaxy Edge . The result? Photos of very good quality. The second camera located on the front, has a 5 megapixel sensor and wide angle lens that will help you get very good results when taking selfies and video calls.
Both cameras are capable of recording videos in FullHD quality.
With regard to the functions, which are very important to improve the quality of photos, we must mention that the Galaxy A8 carries LED flash available for the back camera, plus options like Quick Launch (a shortcut to the camera) or the Beauty Face feature (to achieve quality shots when photographing faces)
Galaxy A8 Camera Review (Video with Snapshots)
Please have a look at this short video to get an idea of how the Galaxy A8 camera works and see the quality of the photos and videos that are shot using the device.
In the multimedia section, there isn't much to mention. We know that the phone is compatible with most commonly used formats (both photos, music and videos). Moreover, the device comes standard with a media player, and the ability to record voice using the voice note feature. Most things that come standard with modern smartphones.
Power and Memory
And now let's look at the heart of this smartphone. For the occasion, Samsung has decided to integrate this smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with eight cores (four 1 GHz + four 1.5 GHz, respectively) and a 64 bit architecture.
The chip combines performance with a (GPU)Adreno 405 graphics card and a RAM of 2GB, which appears to provide a performance to match the needs of mid-range users. (Read: Fix: Samsung Galaxy A8 Battery Drain/Overheating)
Performance (Video testing the Galaxy A8 Performance/Memory)
Here is another video highlighting the performance overview of the Galaxy A8 in relation to its gaming capabilities.
Operating system and applications
With regard to the operating system, we can not help but talk about Android. It seems that the phone will come equipped with Android 5.1 Lollipop series, the latest version of this operating system that exists for phones and tablets from Google.
This means that users will enjoy all the advantages of Lollipop, but also further improvements in the system of notifications and quick settings menu which are now much more practical and accessible.
Logically, the release also brings various improvements and corrections that should provide users with an optimal experience. In addition to the functions of Android, Samsung has installed, as standard, some exclusive apps like Samsung Smart Manager and S Calendar. Read: Clear Browser Data on Samsung Galaxy A8)
The A8 is a Samsung Galaxy phone and as such it is perfectly prepared for connectivity. So much so that it is compatible with 4G / LTE networks, even if this is not possible, you can always connect to 3G networks.
The phone also includes support for WiFi, DLNA, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi Direct, ANT + GPS and GLONASS networks. Perfectly valid to offer the user any kind of connection. (read: Samsung Galaxy A8 Not Connecting to WI-Fi)
In the section of physical connections we have to talk about the usual players: one microUSB input, a 3.5 millimeter jack for headphones and speakers and a slot for microSD cards that will be very useful to expand the internal memory of the phone.
In the area of battery performance, the Samsung Galaxy A8 has good performance. And according to the technical specifications, the phone integrates an excellent (3,050 milliamps) lead battery, which should allow users to enjoy device standby times of up to 304 hours. (See: Fix: Samsung Galaxy A8 Not Charging)
Video: Samsung Galaxy A8 Battery Life Test
This short video shows how the battery on the Galaxy A8 functions. Take a look and see for yourself how the A8 stacks up against other devices on the market.
The Galaxy A8 proves to be a well rounded mid-range device that satisfies the needs of everyday users given its high end aesthetics and features. The device is a step forward when compared to other Samsung Smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy E7 and is keeping in line with other devices on the market.
Here is a Samsung Galaxy A8 specs review:
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|2G bands||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G bands||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100|
|4G bands||LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800)|
|Speed||HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps|
|Status||Available. Released 2015, August|
|BODY||Dimensions||158 x 76.8 x 5.9 mm (6.22 x 3.02 x 0.23 in)|
|Weight||151 g (5.33 oz)|
|- Fingerprint sensor|
|DISPLAY||Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||5.7 inches (~73.8% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels (~386 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 4 (To be confirmed)|
|PLATFORM||OS||Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615|
|CPU||Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 128 GB|
|Internal||32 GB, 2 GB RAM|
|CAMERA||Primary||16 MP, 5312 x 2988 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR|
|Video||1080p@30fps, check quality|
|Secondary||5 MP, 1080p|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.1, A2DP, EDR, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS/ Beidou (market dependant)|
|Radio||FM radio with RDS; recording|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Accelerometer, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|- ANT+ support|
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- MP4/WMV/H.264 player
- MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player
- Photo/video editor
- Document viewer
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Ion 3050 mAh battery|
|Talk time||Up to 17 h (3G)|
|Music play||Up to 51 h|
|MISC||Colors||Pearl White, Midnight Black, Champagne Gold|
|TESTS||Performance||Basemark OS II 2.0: 1089 / Basemark X: 8838|
|Display||Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 3.859 (sunlight)|
|Camera||Photo / Video|
|Loudspeaker||Voice 66dB / Noise 66dB / Ring 75dB|
|Audio quality||Noise -89.3dB / Crosstalk -53.8dB|