With all the fanfare and hype surrounding the Note 5, it is easy to forget that we still have another Samsung phone in our midst, the A8. The A8 is the latest edition to Samsung’s Alpha series of mid-range smartphones. And like the other Samsung smartphones as of late, the A8 has taken cues from the Samsung’s flagship class phones for this year.
Post Flagship Era
If memory serves me right, the design shift in Samsung’s phones began with the A series, which was then perfected by the S6. The A8 is a result of that, sporting the premium unibody look that is the norm for Samsung phones post-S6. Simply put, the A8 is a great looking phone.
Besides design, the A8 has also adopted the Exynos processors for use. Sporting an Exynos 5430 chipset and 2GB of RAM, the A8 is a phone that is capable of punching above its weight. Other features of the A8 that was borrowed from the S6 includes the fingerprint scanner. On the imaging side of things, the A8 comes with a 16MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera which while not as powerful as the S6, is impressive when compared to other offerings in the mid-range sector of the market. Couple that with Samsung’s oh-so-popular Super AMOLED display and you have a phone capable of outputting wonderfully crisp visuals.
User experience on the A8 is a pretty good as the phone is quick and responsive, while still having a battery life that could survive a day with fairly intense usage. On the other hand, the A8 has also inherited the S6’s tendency to heat up quickly so that isn’t fun.
Is The Price Right?
There is no denying that the Samsung GALAXY A8 is a great mid-range phone in terms of performance. That said, the price point on this device is also a tad bit higher than its contemporaries. If price is not an issue and you want a great looking phone that doesn’t breach the RM2,000 mark, then the A8 is worth considering.
Price : RM1,888
Weight : 151g
Dimensions : 158 x 76.8 x 6.9
Processor : Exynos 5430
Memory : 2GBStorage : 32GB (expandable to 128GB)
Operating System : Android 5.1 Lollipop
Camera : 16MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery : Non-removable Li-Ion 3050mAh battery
Connectivity : Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac,
Total Score 8.8
Verdict : Pricey though it may be, it is one of the best mid-rangers out there.
Byline: Sia Zhen Ning