Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) Summary

Launched on January 20, 2018, the Galaxy A8 Plus is a mid-range smartphone with premium materials, big screen, Samsung Experience interface, IP water protection, and SIM experience.

However, the phone is a bit bulky. Its bezels are noticeable and its software is outdated. The camera isn’t as great. It can’t record 4K video.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus price in India has now dropped quite a bit. So if you’re someone who doesn’t care about updates and wants to have a beautiful AMOLED display, then this phone is for you.


From afar, the design of the Galaxy A8+ 2018 is very similar to that of the Galaxy S9/S8 series with a metal frame, reflective glass back, camera setup, and so on.

But once you take a closer look, you will notice a few differences. First of all, the phone feels a bit bigger and bulkier as it doesn’t have the elegant curves of the flagships. Considering the phone’s 6-inch display, it isn’t a giant phone. But it just doesn’t look elegant like the S9 or S8.

The 6-inch Super AMOLED display looks gorgeous with deep blacks and lush colors. Samsung markets this as “Infinity Display.” This term is used for a taller and narrower display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 and an edge-to-edge design that is almost bezel-less. However, the screen of the Galaxy A8 Plus isn’t curved like the screens of the S9 and S8. So with a flat design, the A8 Plus’ bezels look much bigger than the flagships. The “bezel-look” is kind of ruined because of this.

For all else, the screen is the smartphone’s biggest advantage over its rivals. It is bright and has rich colors so you can easily see everything outdoors easily.

However, color balance isn’t quite as refined compared to the flagship phones. The whites are slightly colder, meaning the overall colors aren’t perfectly blended. With all Samsung AMOLED displays, you can change the color modes in the Settings. With the default Adaptive mode, the colors look lively, lush, and oversaturated. But if you prefer something else, you can change to other modes.

The A8 Plus also comes with the Always-on Display feature which will require some additional battery power. You can decide to use it or not. A good tip is that you can go to the Settings and set this feature to work at night.


The Galaxy A8 Plus 2018 comes with the Samsung Exynos 7885 chip, which is an upper mid-range chip. It is far behind the Snapdragon 835 regarding performance. But it is still better than the typical mid-range chip such as the Snapdragon 625.

The Exynos 7885 chip is built via the 13nm LPP FinFET manufacturing process, ensuring it doesn’t consume too much power. It has 2x efficient Cortex A73 CPU at 2.2GHz along with 6x powerful Cortex A52 cores at 1.6GHz.

The phone does great if you only perform everyday tasks. But it isn’t a phone for gamers and those pushing the performance’s limits.

RAM – Internal Storage

The phone comes with two variants. One with 4GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage while the other one has 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

Although the user interface of all Samsung phones looks good, it doesn’t perform well enough. In general, Samsung phones still work well but there’s a bit of stutter. It isn’t enough to ruin the whole experience but when you compare it to an OnePlus or a Google Pixel, it is definitely noticeable. Another disappointment is that the Galaxy A8 Plus 2018 comes with the dated Android 7 Nougat.

And with all that aside, Samsung Experience is familiar to all Samsung users with the colorful squircle icons, the well-designed settings menu, the swipe-up app drawer, the customization options, and the themes customization and selection.

The smartphone also has KNOX security, split-screen multitasking, and Secure Folder.


The phone has the same battery as the Galaxy S9+, a 3,500 mAh battery. Although the battery is good, it isn’t extraordinary. It can last around 9 hours and 24 minutes on one single full charge. Switching the Always On Display off will improve standby time significantly.

However, the battery does deplete quicker if you are playing games on the device. The A8 Plus doesn’t come with wireless charging. There’s only the USB-C port.


While A8 Plus might look similar to other expensive phones of Samsung, their cameras are different.

The camera on the back is a 17MP single camera with a lens of f/1.7. On the front, there is a dual-camera system with a 16MP cam and an 8MP cam to give your selfies a blurring effect.

The camera app is just like the one on other Samsung phones. You can double click the power button to quickly launch it. To switch between the front and back cameras, swipe up and down on the viewfinder. Swipe left for filters and swipe right for shooting modes. Dragging up and down the white shutter button for zooming in and out. The red button is for video recording. Holding that button to switch to the video aspect ratio.

During the day with plentiful of lights, the photos come out with pleasing, lively colors with great detail. However, some photos still look underexposed. For all else, everything looks fine and properly exposed. Color reproduction is okay wwhile sharpness and details are low. The camera does its best in bright sunlight.

At night, the photos aren’t that great. They look blurry and noisy.

The phone does well for selfies. The blurring effect looks cool and you can adjust the blurring level. The detail is sharp while the skin tone looks pleasant.

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Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) Full Specifications

  • Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • 2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
  • 3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66
  • Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat11 600/75 Mbps
  • Announced 2017, December
  • Status Available. Released 2018, January
  • Dimensions 159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm (6.30 x 2.98 x 0.33 in)
  • Weight 191 g (6.74 oz)
  • Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass 4), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
  • SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Samsung Pay IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
  • Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size 6.0 inches, 91.4 cm2 (~75.5% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution 1080 x 2220 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~411 ppi density)
  • Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • Always-on display
  • OS Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Chipset Exynos 7885 (14 nm)
  • CPU Octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6x1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU Mali-G71
  • Card slot microSDXC (dedicated slot)
  • Internal 32GB 4GB RAM, 64GB 6GB RAM
  • eMMC 5.1
main camera
  • Modules 16 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8”, 1.12µm, PDAF
  • Features LED flash, panorama, HDR
  • Video 1080p@30fps
selfie camera
  • Modules 16 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1/3.1", 1.0µm 8 MP, f/1.9, 1/4", 1.12µm
  • Video 1080p@30fps
  • Loudspeaker Yes
  • 3.5mm jack Yes
  • 24-bit/192kHz audio
  • WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE
  • GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • NFC Yes
  • Radio FM radio
  • USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
  • ANT+
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery
  • Charging Fast charging 18W
  • Talk time Up to 23 h (3G)
  • Music play Up to 73 h
  • Colors Black, orchid grey, gold, blue
  • Models SM-A730F
  • SAR EU 0.32 W/kg (head)     1.30 W/kg (body)