- Operating System: Android 7.1.1
- System on Chip: Samsung Exynos 7885 Octa-Core Processor
- Memory: 6GB
- Storage: 64GB
- Display: 6-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display
- Camera: 16-megapixel (Rear), 16-megapixel + 8-megapixel (Front)
- Battery: 3,500 mAh
- Dimensions: 159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm
- Weight: 191g
- IP68 rated
- No wireless charging
- Slightly pricey
Samsung Galaxy A8+
The A series is made with similar specifications to the S series, on a cheaper budget affordability. However, instead of having a refresh every year, Samsung has decided to forgo their usual naming convention of the A series (A8 and A8+) with their S series (S8 and S8+).
First up, one of the most important point to talk about is with its pricing. Sitting snugly at RM2,499, it is on the pricier side when its comes to mid-range devices. It is by no means a bad device, but for its price, you could potentially get a better device.
The A8+ sports a design similar to current gen Samsung smartphones: a glass back and rounded corners. It also comes with a 6-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display. Unlike other devices, the resolution of this device is locked to FHD+ with no option to change it. The phone is zippy and can handle most of your daily and multi-app tasks without issue. There’s also a few ways for you to unlock the device, either using your face via Facial Recognition, or the rear fingerprint sensor that is now placed in a much more natural location – right under the rear camera and closer to the middle of the device. For those who loathe the Bixby button, rejoice for the manual button that triggers Bixby is missing from this device.
The camera performance on this device is admirable, and it only takes roughly a second to snap a picture from screen off. The pictures are vivid and bright, but brighter areas are sometimes overexposed, especially in Auto mode, so you will have to manually adjust the brightness. But this does help when taking pictures in night mode. The A8+ also comes with a dual front camera setup that allows you to take wide-angle wefies with just a push of a button.
USB Type-C is used to charge the hefty 3,500 mAh battery on this device. Unfortunately, wireless charging is not enabled on this device. In our testing, the device managed to stay powered through a day with normal usage, but your mileage will vary depending on how you use it.
Overall for a mid-range device, it is powerful, fast and able to stand on its own. Capable of taking decent pictures and be used as a daily driver, it comes close to edging flagship devices on other brands. The benefit of using this device over others would be with its features such as, a better display and Samsung Pay. Plus, omitting the dedicated Bixby Key and wireless charging does not hamper or reduce the phone’s capabilities, but instead helps maintain a more favourable price point.
CHIP CONCLUDE: For a device that is aimed towards the mid-range market, it works amazingly well, fast and powerful in both its camera and performance. But there are devices out there that perform better and are similarly priced.
(previously published in issue April