The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530F) Smartphone Review

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 Review - Specifications, Price & Availability

Samsung just announced the Galaxy A8 2018 and Galaxy A8+ 2018 smartphones, bringing the key features of their award-winning Galaxy S8 series to the masses. We had the opportunity to review the new Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530F) smartphone before its official launch. Let’s check it out in depth!

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 Smartphone Review

 

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 & A8+ 2018 Compared

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 and Galaxy A8+ 2018 may look like they differ only in size, but that’s not quite accurate. Let’s take a look at their specifications :

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy A8Samsung Galaxy A8+
Display5.6" Super AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2220 pixels (440 ppi)
6.0" Super AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2220 pixels (410 ppi)
Operating SystemAndroid 7.1.1Android 7.1.1
PlatformSamsung Exynos 7885Samsung Exynos 7885
Processor2 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.2 GHz)
6 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.6 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.2 GHz)
6 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.6 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G71ARM Mali-G71
Memory4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM6 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage32 GB internal flash storage
microSD card (up to 256 GB)
64 GB internal flash storage
microSD card (up to 256 GB)
Front CameraMain Camera
- 16 MP Samsung ISOCELL S5K2P6SX sensor with f/1.9 lens

Wide-Angle 85° Camera
- 8 MP Samsung ISOCELL S5K3P8SP sensor with f/1.9 lens
Main Camera
- 16 MP Samsung ISOCELL S5K2P6SX sensor with f/1.9 lens

Wide-Angle 85° Camera
- 8 MP Samsung ISOCELL S5K3P8SP sensor with f/1.9 lens
Rear Camera16 MP camera with f/1.7 lens and single LED flash
- Samsung ISOCELL S5K2P6SX sensor with PDAF technology
16 MP camera with f/1.7 lens and single LED flash
- Samsung ISOCELL S5K2P6SX sensor with PDAF technology
Connectivity4G : LTE Cat11
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth v5.0
USB Type C
4G : LTE Cat11
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth v5.0
USB Type C
SIM CapabilitySingle SIM Model : Single SIM
Dual SIM Model : Dual SIM, Dual Standby
Single SIM Model : Single SIM
Dual SIM Model : Dual SIM, Dual Standby
NFCYesYes
GPSGPS, GLONASS, BeiDouGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-MountedYes, Rear-Mounted
Audio24-bit Ultra High Quality (UHQ) support
- PCM support up to 32-bits
Water ResistanceIP68 ratedIP68 rated
Battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capable
3,500 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capable
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Barometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall, Proximity and RGB light sensorsAccelerometer, Barometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall, Proximity and RGB light sensors
Dimensions70.6 mm wide
149.2 mm tall
8.4 mm thick
75.7 mm wide
159.9 mm tall
8.3 mm thick
Weight172 g191 g
Available ColoursBlack, Orchid Gray, Gold, BlueBlack, Orchid Gray, Gold, Blue

As you can see, the Samsung Galaxy A8+ 2018 is only a little larger than the Galaxy A8 2018. But it not only comes with a larger 3,500 mAh battery, it also has 50% more memory (6 GB) and twice as much storage (64 GB).

 

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 Up Close

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 is very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8 in design. They both boast the same glass and metal design, with an Infinity Display and IP68-rated dust- and water-resistance.

Of course, there are some differences. The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 has two front cameras, instead of one. It also comes with a dedicated microSD card slot, instead of a hybrid SIM slot; and features a centrally-aligned fingerprint sensor.

 

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 Price & Availability

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 is only available in January 2018. At launch, there will be four colour options – Black, Orchid Gray, Gold and Blue. However, not all colours are available in every country. Here in Malaysia, only the Black, Gold and Orchid Gray colours will be available.

Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 coloursSamsung has only announced the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 price for select countries. Let’s take a look at what’s announced, and what we project will be the launch prices in other countries.

Countries Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 Samsung Galaxy A8+ 2018
Russia 34,990 Rubles 37,990 Rubles
Vietnam VND 10,990,000 VND 13,490,000
Malaysia RM 2,399 (Estimated) RM 2,599 (Estimated)
United States US$ 599 (Estimated) US$ 649 (Estimated)
United Kingdom £ 449 (Estimated) £ 479 (Estimated)
India Rs 30,980 (Estimated) Rs 38,040 (Estimated)

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