Samsung Galaxy A8, Phablet-War for Territory!

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If medium sized smartphones just can’t satisfy your needs anymore nowadays, the phablet market knows how you feel and offers a good amount of devices to choose from for fitting your phone-related requirements. One of the most tempting would be the Samsung Galaxy A8, the biggest member from the A series, a device that has been launched just last month and brings a capable set of features packed inside a great looking body. Some of these features are a 5.7 inches Super AMOLED screen, an Exynos chipset with an octa-core processor, optional dual-SIM support, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, a fingerprint scanner, a 16 MP primary camera, a 3,050 mAh battery and more. The handset promises to offer a solid experience and is available for about $500, give or take, a price which is quite reasonable considering its traits. More details are coming next, keep reading if you’re feeling interested.

Inside its retail package, the Galaxy A8 comes along with its charger, a microUSB cable for charging and making data connections, a pair of headphones with in-ear buds and a tool for ejecting the SIM card.

When I was saying that the A8 looks great, I really meant it. The largest from the A-series is also Samsung’s thinnest smartphone, measuring 158 x 76.8 x 5.9 mm and weighing 151 grams. Thin, compact and quite lightweight considering its size, the A8 is extremely well put together and boasts a stylish appearance that comes close to its premium siblings. A metallic frame surrounds the body, which is made from a high quality plastic that rejects fingerprints, smudges and offers a good hand grip.

Now, let’s get to the selling point of the device: its screen. The Galaxy A8 brings a 5.7 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a pixel density of 386 ppi and is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4. Being an OLED display, you can expect a magnificent contrast and some really deep blacks; also, the screen will please your eyes with vibrant, punchy colors, very wide viewing angles and an excellent sunlight legibility.

When it comes to software, the Galaxy A8 comes loaded with the latest and greatest from Android, Lollipop 5.1.1 and also the latest TouchWiz version. The handset can be secured with a fingerprint and the scanner works like a charm. The lockscreen displays the time and date, weather info, your notifications – which can be hidden, if you want to – and shortcuts towards the camera and dialer.
Beyond the lockscreen is the homescreen, which offers support for widgets, folders and themes. The notification area holds your notifications, a row of quick toggles and a brightness slider.
The handset also offers S-Voice and Google Now as your personal assistants, Multi Window support, free 100 GB on cloud through One Drive, a Quick Settings option which displays the options used frequently and more.
The interface is a pleasure to browse through, being smooth and user friendly.

In terms of hardware, the Galaxy A8 comes in two flavors: one with an Exynos 5430 chipset, that has an octa-core processor with four cores of 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 and four 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 cores and Mali-T628 MP6 GPU. The other version is based on a Snapdragon 615 chipset, which has a quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 and a quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53 and Adreno 405 GPU.
Both versions have 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 128 GB.
I only have the Exynos powered device on my radar, which delivers an excellent performance and will provide you with a great user experience, free of any lag or other unpleasantries.

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Another great feature that comes aboard the Galaxy A8 is its camera. The handset is equipped with a 16 MP snapper with autofocus which takes stills with a maximum resolution of 5312 x 2988 pixels and is helped by a LED flash in low light conditions. The camera application reveals support for HDR, Panorama, manual settings for adjusting the ISO, white balance, exposure compensation and more.
The pictures delivered offer a great image quality, with pleasant and accurate colors, good contrast and a lot of resolved detail.
Although it might seem unimpressive due to the lack of 4K support, the video camera is very capable and will produce some smooth 1080p videos @30 fps.
For making video calls or taking selfies, there’s a 5 MP front-facing camera on board.

Some other apps and features from the Galaxy A8’s basket full of goodies are Google Chrome for offering a satisfying browsing experience, two very good media players for video and audio playback, a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps and Navigation for getting around, an FM Radio with RDS support and more.

The Samsung Galaxy A8 is kept alive by a 3,050 mAh non-replaceable battery and will last for almost three days under a moderate usage.

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