The Galaxy A8 (2018) was announced a few weeks ago by Samsung and we were able to take it in hand at the CES in Las Vegas. Whoever succeeds the Galaxy A5 (2017) just stick to the standards of thin-edged screens and promises beautiful things. His price could finally be his worst enemy.
The Galaxy A8 (2018) is a worthy representative of the Galaxy A family. It offers flawless finishes with its curved glass back on the edges and its metal surround. While not as elegant as the Galaxy S8 with more rounded curves, the A8 still makes a very good impression. There remains the inherent flaw in the glass: the back quickly turns into a nest with fingerprints. A particularly visible problem on the black model, less on the gray and gold models.
The novelty that is obvious for family A is the presence of a screen ratio 18.5: 9, as on the S8. The upper and lower edges were quite clearly planed. The screen thus occupies about 75% of the front of the smartphone, against a little less than 72% on the A5 (2017). This obviously makes it possible to use the 5.6 “diagonal (14.2 cm) screen more easily with one hand. However, we remain clearly in relation to the grip of the Galaxy S8. The latter is more compact than the A8, while offering a larger screen. The Galaxy A8 is finally approaching a Wiko View in terms of grip, with a small advantage for the A8.
The screen does not leave much room at the front of the smartphone, the fingerprint reader is found on the back. Samsung even thought of placing it under the photo module. A positioning more natural than what is found on the Galaxy S8, with its reader next to the module. On the A8 (2018), the sensor falls safely under the index.
The screen is obviously based on a Super Amoled slab. A technology perfectly mastered by Samsung, since it produces it itself. The Full HD + definition (2,220 x 1,080 px) achieves a resolution of 440 dpi, sufficient for all uses. No particularly troublesome drift is to be noted on this screen.
This year, the Galaxy A family focuses on photography. There is a 16 Mpx sensor on the back, supported by a phase detection focus. At first sight, our grip does not let us believe in a return to grace on this point. The difficult light conditions of our grip did not help the Galaxy A8 to convince us of its potential as a photographer. The image processing remains quite heavy and the optical stabilization is sorely lacking. Things should logically be much better in good light conditions. We will have to wait a bit to find out. We can be satisfied that the reactivity of the camera is excellent.
Samsung puts more on selfies with its Galaxy A8. At the front, there is a 16-megapixel sensor, helped by a second 8-megapixel sensor. With this duo, the A8 can offer a portrait mode on its front camera. Background blur is created behind the subject, as many devices now offer, but often on the rear camera. Here, the result is correct, the cutting of the face is relatively clean. It is more the performances in low light which are problematic, the electronic noise which appears quickly, in spite of the smoothing.
If the photo did not particularly convince us during our handling, hope that the Galaxy A8 (2018) will remain strong on one of the strengths of the family: autonomy. With a 3000 mAh battery, we can expect something interesting, especially when we see what Samsung has done in recent years.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 will arrive in market on January 19th. His big brother, the Galaxy A8 +, will not come out in France. Finally, the biggest defect of the Galaxy A8 may be its price. It will be launched at a higher price than the Galaxy A5 (2017) – it has not yet been released, but should be between 450 and 500 €. A price range in which we start to find serious competitors like the OnePlus 5T and soon perhaps the Galaxy S8, with the upcoming release of its successor the GS9.