Which would you buy: the brand-new Galaxy A8 (2018) or the year-old Galaxy S8?


The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) is an upper-tier midranger, which was launched right at the end of 2017, so it's still a fairly new phone. It sports a homemade Samsung Exynos 7885 SoC with 8 cores and clock speed of up to 2.2 GHz, 4 GB to 6 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of storage. Not a bad phone by any means, and it looks pretty sweet as well.

But the price is a bit of a head-scratcher. The Galaxy A8 (2018) is currently available in Europe for the price of €500. “What's the problem?” you ask... Well, the Galaxy S8 is available for about €530-€540 right now.

So, Sammy's flagship is almost a year old by now, sure. But it's still arguably a bit more powerful, with either a 2.3 GHz Exynos 8895 or a 2.35 GHz Snapdragon 835 under its hood, still looks arguably better with its edge design, and has a camera, which we felt performs better. So, for a little bit of money, you get a noticeably better, albeit older, smartphone.

So, that said, we wonder — pretend both phones are available in your region, would you go for the brand-new, slightly cheaper Galaxy A8 (2018), or would you drop your cash on the year-old Galaxy S8?

Which would you buy: Galaxy A8 (2018) or Galaxy S8?

Galaxy A8 (2018)
9.06%
Galaxy S8
75.58%
I demand this poll have a "Neither" option!
15.36%

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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 S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)

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20 Comments

1. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

seriously?

2. kumailhdr

Posts: 3; Member since: May 29, 2012

If one has an enough budget for Galaxy A8 2018, then why not S8 !

7. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

But the Galaxy A8's price tag will drop quickly and end up being cheaper than the S8.

3. Pabliell

Posts: 179; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

S8 is a much better choice than A8, but I won't buy any of them glass toys.

4. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

s8. flagship usually on sale, on sale with trade in offers, or just cheaper on ebay from reputable resellers like NeverMSRP for arpund the same price as A8 and c'mon, A8 is wider, taller, and thicker, while the S8 still has a bjgger screen. And that fingerprint scanner may seem awkward, but really. Imagine hold your phone as you're supposed to squeeze it like a Pixel 2, your index finger rests on the bezel, you quickly move it straight across the back slightly and youll feel out the sensor. Got used to it in lkke an hr and I dont mk d if the Note or S9 has it in the sane location. Solid phone that can keep up with vanilla (stock) Android, but can do soooo much more

5. ahmadkun

Posts: 570; Member since: May 02, 2016

you find me always with the curved screen BABY..

6. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I chose neither. Not a fan of that curved screen.

8. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

@libra89 The A8 has a flat display. It is the S8 which has got a curved one.

13. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

True, my mistake. I guess I had rumors in mind about the A8 having one. I forgot to look at the device itself, ha.

9. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 275; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

used s8s are about $400

10. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Neither, I'm afraid. And here's why: The upcoming S9 isn't that far away and it'll have: 1. A variable aperture (Most likely not). 2. Android Oreo so it'll support Project Treble. 3. It'll have Snapdragon 845 which is built on ARM DynamIQ and hence I think it's going to be leaps and bounds ahead of the existing 835. 4. It'll have wireless charging which the all glorious A8 lacks! Zoinks! (I know I'm too old to say The 'Z' word! Can't help myself!) 5. Hmm... Err... Well, I'm sure I'd have managed to find a 5th point but unfortunately... Well, I'm just too darn old! I'm sure some young soul here with a 'fresh' mind would be willing to point this out for me! Oh well, Scooby Dooby D... Woah. I mean; G'Day!

15. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Neither. I actually went for the S7. Cheaper, no crappy tall aspect ratio, no curved display, no silly round corners.

17. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

The only good thing about A8 and A8 plus fingerprint replacement and more comfortable to hold than S8 other than nothing.

18. epdm2be

Posts: 819; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I don't spens over 500 euros on a phone anymore unless it's something really special like the Nokia 808pureview was.

19. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Sammy with their glut of phones again....further watering down the Android experience.

20. gamehead unregistered

With the S9 reveal in a month...

21. Fellwalker

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Both long and thin, therfore neither.

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