Galaxy A8 and A8+ (2018) score real-time HDR processing for photos

The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) are shaping up to be quite the attractive mid-range offerings. Already packing some of the features, otherwise found on much more expensive handsets, the 2018 A8 models are also getting real-time HDR processing for photos, Samsung's official specs page for the models reveals.

HDR photo processing is nothing new on smartphones, however, due to the more demanding nature of the process, it hasn't always been nearly as immediate as we've come to expect from recent flagships, especially on lower-end devices. It's good to hear, then, that Samsung's Exynos 7885 chipset, which is powering both the A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018), is capable of rendering HDR images without any noticeable delay.

In fact, Samsung has opted to leave the HDR setting to "Auto" by default for both the front and rear cameras, SamMobile reports, although it can be switched on or off from the camera settings. Both models are equipped with 16MP shooters with brighter lenses than their predecessors (f/1.7 vs f/1.9), which should deliver sufficiently detailed results. Still no OIS unfortunately, but that's to be expected from A-series devices.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming review of the Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+ (2018) for the full scoop on Samsung's awesome mid-rangers.

source: Samsung via SamMobile

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Galaxy A8 (2018)
  • Display 5.6 inches
    2220 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    16 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
    Samsung One UI
Galaxy A8+ (2018)
  • Display 6.0 inches
    2220 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    16 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, 6GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
    Samsung One UI



7. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They say OIS isn't expected when the A5 & A7 in 2016 had OIS

4. dimas

Posts: 3461; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Hey PA writers, any chance you will do an article like this: CLASH OF THE TITANS! A8, S8, Note 8, G6, V30, XZ1 Stock camera apps against Google camera apk Full very deep analysis and comparison! And John V. will do the video.

5. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I do not like way sites compare phones cameras. Because only use auto mode. Auto is very limited compared to manual. It will adjust SS, ISO and turn on HDR if necessary. Just this. You can take 1000 pics, the WB and EV( always 0) will be same. In lower light conditions, no phone will ever use base ISO and SS slower than 0.5s. If a phone captures warm colors, it will do it no matter how many pics you take.

6. dimas

Posts: 3461; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

They always do auto mode because that's what most people do. 4 out of 5, my relatives don't even touch the extra settings like panorama and night mode that's why iphone's camera controls are very easy for most casual users.

3. mimicryXD

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

this is almost 500 euro phone right?? man, this is much pricier than xa2 and xa2 ultra.. I think xa2 or xa2 ultra will be better buy than this a8 or a8+... waiting for review of sony mid range this february and lets see if this "super mid range" dub by sony delivers.

2. umaru-chan

Posts: 378; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Over priced phone. 1+ 5T is better deal for specs obsessed Android junkie.

1. boucha26

Posts: 50; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

One+5T killer? no way....

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