Samsung Galaxy A8 2018: unboxing and first look


The Galaxy A8 2018 is Samsung's new upper mid-range phone with a glass and metal design, and styling so similar that we'll forgive you if you mistake it for the flagship Galaxy S8.

Nonetheless, the A8 2018 has a slightly lower price than the S8, and offers two key distinctions: instead of the curved display of the S8, we have a flat screen on the A8 2018, and - most importantly - the fingerprint scanner is located in below the rear camera where it is far easier to reach.

We were eager to take it out of the box and here is what we found...

Inside the box:

  • Phone
  • User manual
  • Wall charger
  • USB-C to USB-A cable
  • In-ear headphones (with 3.5mm jack)
  • SIM card ejector tool


First impressions


Our first impressions with the phone are that it is very solidly put together. Adding to this feeling is the added weight: the Galaxy A8 2018 tips the scales at 6.07 ounces (172 g), noticeably heavier than the Galaxy S8 with its 5.36 oz (152 g). We don't mind this, but we ought to mention it as this is the first thing that you feel.

And here is the size of the new A8 compared with some popular phones:

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)

Dimensions

5.87 x 2.78 x 0.33 inches

149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8

Dimensions

5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 inches

148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

Dimensions

5.75 x 2.81 x 0.31 inches

146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.61 oz (159 g)

OnePlus 5T

OnePlus 5T

Dimensions

6.15 x 2.95 x 0.29 inches

156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.71 oz (162 g)

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)

Dimensions

5.87 x 2.78 x 0.33 inches

149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8

Dimensions

5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 inches

148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

Dimensions

5.75 x 2.81 x 0.31 inches

146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.61 oz (159 g)

OnePlus 5T

OnePlus 5T

Dimensions

6.15 x 2.95 x 0.29 inches

156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.71 oz (162 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


 

The Galaxy A8 2018 has a 5.6-inch Super AMOLED display with the familiar lush AMOLED colors and it looks very good at first sight. The aspect ratio is the new 18.5:9, meaning it's a taller and narrower screen than the 16:9 screens that were the norm just recently.


The loudspeaker is on the side and it's not too big, but sounds fairly loud. And thankfully there is a USB-C port for charging the phone, as well as a fast charger in the box.

The notable camera feature of the new Galaxy A8 is the dual front camera that can blur the background on your selfies for portrait-style shots.

With all this in mind, we are off to running our full suite of tests and measurements, and to actually using this phone to give your our full review soon. Stay tuned!

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)

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15 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2289; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It looks like a nice phone. I wish that it was smaller personally.

3. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

At 5.6" it is as low as it can get, since it is an 18:9 display, can't get any lower than that without the handset being ridiculously tall and narrow.

5. libra89

Posts: 2289; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That's a great point. For me, I wouldn't mind a smaller display in general which should also means that it would be shorter. I'm in the minority but as someone coming from the last generation A3, this phone is massive to me. It is much taller, noticeably wider and barely thicker.

12. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 376; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Let's. Hope samsung revives the s mini line. Deffo a market for small flagships

7. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

The XA2 I think is a cut above this phone. I think Sammy has a slight edge in the style department, but that's it.

10. libra89

Posts: 2289; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Agreed. Now that's a phone I would like to try.

2. kiko007

Posts: 7497; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I'll admit, I was a little hard on these A series phones a few weeks back. They seem really great overall , and at least decently comparable to the OnePlus 5T. My only concern is software longevity now, which while a major sticking point for me, isn't necessarily important to everyone. Looking forward to the full review.

4. libra89

Posts: 2289; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I have the last generation and it was still getting updates in December.

8. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

it recently got the January security update which added some features to the front camera

6. maherk

Posts: 6922; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You forgot to mention that it comes with a case inside the box.

15. Marcf

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 12, 2019

It must only come with the clear case in some countries...just got the A8 2018 4 days ago and no case, I was hoping for it to because im scared to use the phone without it lol I'm in canada to btw

9. BuffaloSouce unregistered

The new A series looks a lot better and probably provides more practicality when it comes to cases and screen protectors than the S8 and S9.

11. kotan24

Posts: 311; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

why would anyone pick this over the S8 or OP5T? overpriced!!!!

13. gamehead unregistered

Nice phone, but disappointing specs

14. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Samsung phone are getting thicker despite offer no bigger battery capacity than other.

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