Samsung Galaxy A8 vs A7 vs A5 specs and size comparison

Samsung Galaxy A8 vs A7 vs A5 specs and size comparison
Now that the latest and probably last phone for the year in Samsung's novel metallic A-series has been announced, it's time to put the fresh Galaxy A8 against its slightly smaller Galaxy A7 sibling, and the little Galaxy A5 brother that was announced late last year.

Starting with size, we have to admit that Samsung did a great job with the compact chassis of every member in this trio. The Galaxy A7 used to be the most compact metal Android for its screen size, but the A8 takes it to the shed with its 5.9mm body, the thinnest that Samsung has ever produced. 

Granted, it is taller than the A7, allowing it to fit a 5.7-incher against the 5.5" panel of the A7, and a fingerprint scanner in the home key below the display, but that's about it when it comes to the size difference. The A8 is about as wide, and on top of that thinner than the middle child in the family, making it also one of the most compact Androids for its display diagonal, and just 10 grams heavier.

Samsung Galaxy A8

Samsung Galaxy A8

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.02 x 0.23 inches

158 x 76.8 x 5.9 mm

Weight

5.33 oz (151 g)

Samsung Galaxy A7

Samsung Galaxy A7

Dimensions

5.94 x 3 x 0.25 inches

151 x 76.2 x 6.3 mm

Weight

4.97 oz (141 g)

Samsung Galaxy A5

Samsung Galaxy A5

Dimensions

5.48 x 2.74 x 0.26 inches

139.3 x 69.7 x 6.7 mm

Weight

4.34 oz (123 g)

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches

143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm

Weight

4.87 oz (138 g)

Samsung Galaxy A8

Samsung Galaxy A8

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.02 x 0.23 inches

158 x 76.8 x 5.9 mm

Weight

5.33 oz (151 g)

Samsung Galaxy A7

Samsung Galaxy A7

Dimensions

5.94 x 3 x 0.25 inches

151 x 76.2 x 6.3 mm

Weight

4.97 oz (141 g)

Samsung Galaxy A5

Samsung Galaxy A5

Dimensions

5.48 x 2.74 x 0.26 inches

139.3 x 69.7 x 6.7 mm

Weight

4.34 oz (123 g)

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches

143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm

Weight

4.87 oz (138 g)

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


The little guy A5 is, naturally, the most manageable in the hand, and the cheapest, but then again, its siblings are spec'd way better, sporting 1080p displays, against the HD panel of the A5, and running on octa-core Snapdragon 615 chipsets with multiband LTE connectivity. When it comes to memory, though, the phones are identical, with 2 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB storage models, and microSD slots for expansion. Where the A8 shines, besides its bikini body, is the camera department, as it is equipped with a 16 MP ISOCELL shooter, against the 13 MP cams on the A7 and A5.

Last, but not least, the Galaxy A8 will run battery life circles against its siblings in the A-series, as Samsung managed to fit a large, 3050mAh battery in the sub-6mm chassis. No word of official pricing on the A8 yet, but the leaks so far indicate that the A8 will be pegged at around $500 off-contract, or a level below the $600 Galaxy S6, and above the $400 Galaxy A7. The $300 munchkin is the cheapest in this gang, so there is something for everyone in Samsung's excellent A-series portfolio.

Samsung Galaxy A8 vs Samsung Galaxy A7 vs Samsung Galaxy A5

Display

Display size

5.7 inches
5.5 inches
5.0 inches

Resolution

1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels
720 x 1280 pixels

Pixel density

386 ppi
401 ppi
294 ppi

Technology

Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body

73.91 %
72.54 %
71.14 %

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 5430
Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 8939
Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 8916

Processor

Octa-core, 1500 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Octa-core, 1500 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Quad-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit

GPU

Adreno 405
Adreno 405
Adreno 306

RAM

2 GB LPDDR3
2 GB LPDDR3
2 GB

Internal storage

32 GB
16 GB
16 GB

OS

Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop)
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4)

Battery

Capacity

3050 mAh
2600 mAh
2300 mAh

Stand-by time

12.7 days (304 hours)
the average is 20 days (489 h)
 
 

Talk time (3G)

 
17.00 hours
the average is 24 h (1418 min)
15.00 hours
the average is 24 h (1418 min)

Music playback

 
54.00 hours
68.00 hours

Video playback

 
11.00 hours
12.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

16 megapixels
13 megapixels
13 megapixels

Features

Autofocus
Autofocus, CMOS image sensor
Autofocus

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.9; Pixel size: 1 μm
 
Aperture size: F2.0

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (HD), 640x480 (VGA)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Features

Video calling
Video calling, Video sharing
Video calling

Front

5 megapixels
5 megapixels
5 megapixels

Video capture

 
1920x1080 (Full HD)
 

Design

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.02 x 0.23 inches (158 x 76.8 x 5.9 mm)
5.94 x 3.00 x 0.25 inches (151 x 76.2 x 6.3 mm)
5.48 x 2.74 x 0.26 inches (139.3 x 69.7 x 6.7 mm)

Weight

5.33 oz (151 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
4.97 oz (141 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
4.34 oz (123 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)

Materials

Back: Metal; Frame: Metal
Back: Plastic; Frame: Metal
Back: Plastic; Frame: Metal

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
 
 

Features

Touch sensitive control keys
Notification light
 

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16 Comments

1. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 456; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Freaking sick of sceens bigger than 5 inches!!! I want to be able to use my phone with 1 hand.

2. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Get an iPhone :) lol

9. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

No thanks happy with my M9/Sonim XP7 combo.

12. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Yea I was only jokin but I'm currently on an iphone6/note 4 combo. Just got a bb classic for cheap on EBay I hope I like it

3. Clars123

Posts: 1079; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

You know the A8 is a phablet..so why did you bother opening this post to make such a complaint?

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I don't have the biggest hands in the world and I can use my 6 Plus with one hand.

8. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Whitout using any special mode take your phone in your right hand and try with your inch and try to hit top left side of the phone.

7. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Agreed. The A5/S6 is the widest from side to side I'd ever want. NO REMOVABLE BATTERY = FAIL

15. gaming64 unregistered

Can you please wipe anything your idiotic brain told you from your arse?

10. ferretsama

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 27, 2014

Xperia Z3C?

14. dimas

Posts: 3420; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Just wait for Z5 compact. But if Z5 compact fails, start looking at Huawei, Lenovo, and Oppo models.

4. waddup121 unregistered

I like it.

6. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Every A5,A7 and A8 is awesome but A3 is seriously dissapointing

11. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

A8 is a midrange beast..like it already.

13. dimas

Posts: 3420; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I like those small curved edges of A7, A5, and A3 but since they're all part of the first gen metal samsungs, we'll be seeing more of those S6 and A8 corners.

16. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Hopefully the A8 will have an exynos version.

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