Cutting corners: Galaxy A8 and A8+ (2018)'s home button isn’t pressure sensitive

Cutting corners: Galaxy A8 and A8+ (2018)'s home button isn’t pressure sensitive
Samsung's latest design achievements are slowly trickling down to its mid-range lineup of devices, namely the fresh new Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) which got official  just yesterday.

Aside from closely following suit to the overall design language of the Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8 to some extent: with rear-positioned fingerprint scanner, tall 2:1 displays, and bezel-less front, the new mid-rangers are mostly deadringers for the higher-tier flagship devices.

Yet, while the two new phones are getting closely modeled after the S8 and S8+, it seems that they aren't getting the pressure-sensitive display area at the bottom of the screen that doubles as a physical home button. 

Unlike S8 users, adopters of the new A series will have to unlock their devices the old-fashioned way: either by pressing the power button or by double tapping the screen to wake up the device and then accessing the software navigation bar at the bottom. 

While that's no big deal, it's clear why Samsung hasn't thrown in this useful feature on the A8 and A8+ (2018). Aside from keeping it a flagship-exclusive, the South Korean giant is also certainly trying to keep costs down by cutting the unnecessary corners. It's not logical to expect such a high-end feature in mid-rangers like the A series.


Related phones

Galaxy A8 (2018)
  • Display 5.6" 1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(19h 3G talk time)
Galaxy A8+ (2018)
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(23h 3G talk time)

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20 Comments

1. notfair

Posts: 711; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

I don't think you can call it "cutting corners", it's a mid range phone... it's normal

4. haruken

Posts: 306; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

It's been sold for 499 and 599 euro, the latter being awfully close to the S8's price.

8. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

How are they supposed to start a hot debate in the comments section if they don't use such words?

2. redmd

Posts: 1917; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Is there a double tap to wake on the S8/S8+?

11. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Yes, but only where the home button is placed.

3. wando77

Posts: 1167; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

The final sentence of this article explains why this article was a complete waste of time.

5. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

When did 499/599 euros phone become mid-rangers?

6. KidAndroid

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 04, 2014

When their flagship's cost at release is 900-1000 euros

7. KidAndroid

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 04, 2014

Are the displays curved or just 2.5 D glass over a flat display?

9. SaRPeR

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

It's like LG G6's display.

12. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Just the glass. It is not dual edge like S / N series..

10. samgsam

Posts: 144; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

"Unlike S8 users, adopters of the new A series will have to unlock their devices the old-fashioned way: either by pressing the power button or by double tapping the screen to wake up the device and then accessing the software navigation bar at the bottom." It even has a fingerprint scanner. No need to press the home button or double tap to wake the screen up. This is Samsung and not an iPhone X.

13. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

For that price, I'd much rather pick up a OnePlus 5T.

15. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

It seriously baffles me why people pick Samsung midrange phones ( which are severely over priced imho) over any OnePlus modern flagship. Like you get the same software support which is around one year of android update release, but you get a much better device for you money!

14. A_A_A

Posts: 221; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

In my opinion both of these phones are very overpriced. It's impossible to call them "midrange device". In fact A3, A5 and A7 2017 are still true midrange devices with excellent battery life.

17. MuddyCow

Posts: 90; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

True, I really liked the A7 2017 but I am not a fan of A53 octacores nor DDR3 memory. The price of these A8s makes no sense at all.

16. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Well it should be under £300 really. You will get a better phone in OP 5T,the new Honor or even the Nokia 8 sells for £369.These two waaaay overpriced.

18. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

They should be priced at about $399 and $499. They offer just as much as other mid range phones at that price.

19. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Great device for a "non flagship", however, an actual flagship like the OP5t is a much better buy at that price. This is excellent for those wanting the a good looking Samsung phone because of the brand name and the "Samsung experience" but don't want to pay over $800...for everyone else, it's not the smartest buy.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Kind of a cheap move, but they're mid rangers. No big deal.

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