Samsung Galaxy A8 Star

Samsung Galaxy A8 Star

Pros

  • High screen-to-body ratio (80.77 %)
  • High-resolution camera (16 megapixels)
  • Lots of RAM (6 GB)

Cons

  • Low pixel density screen (392 ppi)

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Description

The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star looks much like a regular Samsung device from the front, with its Super AMOLED Infinity display and reduced bezels above and below. However, move on to the rear and it’s a completely different story. Starting off with the new vertical dual-camera module, that has been placed in the top corner of the device, with a LED flash positioned just below. Because of this, the fingerprint scanner is riding solo in the center of the panel. In regards to what Samsung offers on the inside, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 is the most prominent feature, coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Also, battery life is set to be pretty impressive thanks to a large 3,700mAh battery.

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Display

  • Display size:
    • 6.3 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 392 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • Super AMOLED
  • Screen-to-body ratio:

    Screen-to-body ratio - Shows what part of the frontal area of a phone its screen occupies.

    • 80.77 %
  • Features:
    • Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Camera

  • Rear:
      • Dual camera
  • Main camera:
      • 16 megapixels
      • Phase detection autofocus
    • Specifications:
      • Aperture size:

        Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

        F1.7
  • Second camera:
      • 24 megapixels
    • Specifications:
      • Aperture size: F1.7
  • Flash:
    • LED
  • Video recording:
      • 3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
    • Features:
      • Hyperlapse, Video calling, Video sharing
  • Front:
      • 24 megapixels

Design

  • Dimensions:
    • 6.39 x 3.03 x 0.30 inches (162.4 x 77 x 7.6 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 6.74 oz (191 g)
      the average is 5.9 oz (169 g)
  • Materials:
    • Main body: Glass; Accents: Metal
  • Biometrics:

    Biometrics - Features and sensors that replace a traditional PIN or password as means of identification when unlocking your device.

    • Facial recognition, Fingerprint (touch)
  • Colors:
    • Black, White

Hardware & Performance

  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SDM660
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Octa-core, 2200 MHz, Kryo 260, 64-bit, 14 nm
  • GPU:

    GPU - The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

      • Adreno 512
  • Memory:

    Memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

      • 6 GB
  • Internal storage:

    Internal storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

    • 64 GB
  • Maximum User Storage:
    • 49.6 GB
  • Storage expansion:

    Storage expansion - Some handsets allow you to expand their storage capacity by using a memory expansion card – most often microSD. Expansion memory is mostly suitable for media storage, such as photo, video or music content.

      • up to 400 GB
  • OS:
    • Android (8.0 Oreo); Samsung Experience UI

Battery

  • Capacity:

    Capacity - The bigger, the better! However, battery capacity is not the only factor that has an effect on battery life. Those include the chipset in use, the software running on the device, as well as the consumer's unique usage pattern.

    • 3700 mAh
  • Fast Charging:
    • Yes
  • Talk time (3G):
    • 23.00 hours
      the average is 22 h (1314 min)
  • Internet use:
    • 3G:
      • 13 hours
    • LTE:
      • 15 hours
    • Wi-Fi:
      • 15 hours
  • Music playback:
    • 59.00 hours
  • Video playback:
    • 19.00 hours

Cellular

  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • LTE (FDD):
    • Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28
  • LTE (TDD):
    • Bands 38, 40, 41
  • Data:
    • LTE-A Cat 9 (450/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s
  • Dual SIM:
    • Shared with microSD
  • SIM type:
    • Nano SIM

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 5.0
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, dual-band
    • Mobile hotspot:

      Mobile hotspot - Turns your phone into a Wi-Fi access point to which other Wi-Fi-capable devices can connect. These devices can then access the internet via your phone's data connectivity.

      • Yes
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • USB Type-C (reversible)
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device
  • Mobile Payment:
    • Samsung Pay
  • Location:

    Location - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. The most common types are GPS and A-GPS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization.

    • GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Galileo, BeiDou
  • Other:
    • NFC, ANT+, VoIP, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Phone features

  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Gyroscope
  • Notifications:
    • Service lights, Haptic feedback, Music ringtones, Vibration
  • Other features:
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording
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Multimedia

  • Screen mirroring:
    • Wireless screen share
  • Radio:
      • FM
  • Speakers:
    • Earpiece, Loudspeaker
  • Headphones connector:
    • 3.5mm
  • Additional microphone(s):
      • for Noise cancellation

Regulatory Approval

  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - Working closely with federal health and safety agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the FCC has adopted limits for safe exposure to radiofrequency (RF) energy. These limits are given in terms of a unit referred to as the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), which is a measure of the amount of radio frequency energy absorbed by the body when using a mobile phone. The FCC requires cell phone manufacturers to ensure that their phones comply with these objective limits for safe exposure. Any cell phone at or below these SAR levels (that is, any phone legally sold in the U.S.) is a "safe" phone, as measured by these standards. The FCC limit for public exposure from cellular telephones is an SAR level of 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6 W/kg).

    • Head:
      • 0.43 W/kg
    • Body:
      • 1.73 W/kg

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This device is also known as Samsung SM-G885F



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