Galaxy A8 specs comparison vs A5 and S8

Samsung just lifted the veil over its midrange warriors for next year, the Galaxy A8 and A8+, and the fact that on the exterior they resemble much more the Galaxy S8 and S8+ than their A5 and A7 predecessors made us include the flagship in this specs comparison as well

For starters, the phones sport Samsung's Infinity Design, as they are taller and narrower than their predecessors, yet sport larger display diagonals. The screens are with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, though, so that's something to consider - even though the 5.6" display sounds larger than the 5.2" one on the A5 (2017), in terms of area they are pretty similar. What the Inifnity display design does is improve the screen-to-body ratio with trimmed top and bottom bezels, but even then it gives way to the execution on the Galaxy S8, which shaves off its bezels much more than the A8, for instance.

Surprisingly enough, the new midrangers ship with as much RAM as this year's flagships, so Samsung better step up its random access memory game for the S9 and S9+. When it comes to horsepower, though, the unnamed octa-core Exynos that is in the A8 and A8+ seems to be a newer model compared to the 7880 in the A5 and A7, with two fast 2.2GHz cores and six frugal 1.6 GHz ones. Last year the A5 and A7 had the most impressing battery lives not only among their peers, but among all popular phones, and he fact that Samsung stuffed a 3000mAh and outfitting the A8 and A8+ with the same capacities, but an eventually more frugal processor, should at least repeat the achievement, so we can't wait to run those two through our battery test.

Last but not least, the camera situation is improved compared to the A5 and A7, as the A8 duo sports the same 16MP camera resolution, but with wider f/1.7 aperture which should help in low-light that was the Achilles heel of their predecessors. Moreover, the A8 and A8+ come with dual selfie cameras, where they beat both last year's midrangers, and this year's flagships from Samsung, at least in theory, we'll see how they perform in practice.

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) vs Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) vs Samsung Galaxy S8



5.6 inches
5.2 inches
5.8 inches


1080 x 2220 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels
1440 x 2960 pixels

Aspect Ratio


Pixel density

441 PPI
424 PPI
570 PPI




75.60 %
71.51 %
84.26 %

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 7885
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7880
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998


Octa-core, 2200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A73 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nm
Octa-core, 1900 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nm
Octa-core, 2350 MHz, Kryo 280, 64-bit, 10 nm


Mali-T830 MP3
Adreno 540



Internal storage



Android (9.0 Pie, 8.0 Oreo, 7.1 Nougat), Samsung One UI
Android (8.0 Oreo, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow)
Android (9.0 Pie, 8.0 Oreo, 7.0 Nougat), Samsung One UI



3000 mAh
3000 mAh
3000 mAh


Fast charging
Fast charging
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0

Talk time

30.00 hours
the average is 18 h (1103 min)

Stand-by time

13.4 days (321 hours)
the average is 21 days (515 h)

Talk time (3G)

19.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1399 min)
16.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1399 min)

Internet use

3G: 12 hours; LTE: 14 hours; Wi-Fi: 15 hours
3G: 13 hours; LTE: 16 hours; Wi-Fi: 18 hours
3G: 12 hours; LTE: 14 hours; Wi-Fi: 14 hours

Music playback

43.00 hours
53.00 hours
88.00 hours

Video playback

17.00 hours
19.00 hours
17.00 hours



Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

16 megapixels
16 megapixels
12 megapixels


Phase-detection autofocus
Autofocus, CMOS image sensor
Optical image stabilization, Phase-detection autofocus


Aperture size: F1.7
Aperture size: F1.9; Focal length: 27 mm
Aperture size: F1.7; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 2560x1440 (QHD), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)


Hyperlapse, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
Video calling, Video sharing
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, Continuous autofocus, Object tracking, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing


16 megapixels
16 megapixels
8 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
2560x1440 (QHD)



5.87 x 2.78 x 0.33 inches (149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4 mm)
5.75 x 2.81 x 0.31 inches (146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm)
5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 inches (148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm)


6.07 oz (172 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (177 g)
5.61 oz (159 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (177 g)
5.47 oz (155 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (177 g)


Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Frame: Aluminum
Back: Glass; Frame: Metal
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Frame: Aluminum


Water, Dust; IP 68
Water, Dust; IP 68
Water, Dust; IP 68


Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Iris scanner, 2D Face unlock, Fingerprint (touch)


Notification light
Touch sensitive control keys

Related phones

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 64GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(23h 3G talk time)
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 64GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(19h 3G talk time)



1. master-mkk

Posts: 214; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

I will wait couple of months before buying the new A8+ because as always the prices will fall drastically over the first the first 2 months and then satel down

2. gamehead unregistered

Getting the S8 on sale would be wiser.

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