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

Display

Display size

5.6 inches
5.2 inches
5.8 inches

Resolution

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

Aspect Ratio

18.5:9
 
18.5:9

Pixel density

441 ppi
424 ppi
570 ppi

Technology

Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body ratio

75.60 %
71.51 %
84.26 %

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

16 megapixels
16 megapixels
12 megapixels

Hardware Features

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

Specifications

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)

Features

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

Front

16 megapixels
16 megapixels
8 megapixels

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

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)

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
5.61 oz (159 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
5.47 oz (155 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)

Materials

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

Resistance

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

Biometrics

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

Features

Notification light
Touch sensitive control keys
 

Hardware & Performance

System chip

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

Processor

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

GPU

Mali-G71
Mali-T830 MP3
Adreno 540

RAM

4 GB LPDDR4
3 GB LPDDR3
4 GB LPDDR4

OS

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

Battery

Capacity

3000 mAh
3000 mAh
3000 mAh

Charging

Yes
Yes
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0

Talk time

 
 
30.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1288 min)

Stand-by time

 
 
13.4 days (321 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)

Talk time (3G)

19.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)
16.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 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

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

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2 Comments

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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