Samsung announces Galaxy A8 Plus in India: Here's how it compares with OnePlus 5T, Nokia 8, Honor View 10 and Mi Mix 2

Samsung has launched the Galaxy A8 Plus in India for Rs 32,990 and as an Amazon exclusive. This is the only phone apart from the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 to feature Samsung's signature Infinity display and similar to last year’s Galaxy A7, the Galaxy A8 Plus comes with a sandwiched glass and metal design.

Read our first impressions of the device over here.

The Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus will be sold exclusively on Amazon.I mage: tech2/ Shomik Sen Bhattacharjee

The Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus will be sold exclusively on Amazon. Image: tech2/ Shomik Sen Bhattacharjee

The phone has 6-inch 18:9 aspect ratio display on which sits a layer of 2.5D glass while the back is adorned with a 3D curved glass pane. Under the hood, the phone has Samsung’s own Exynos 7885 SoC along with a Mali G71 GPU which is paired alongside 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. The storage can be expanded via a microSD card to 256 GB.

This would be the only variant launching in India. The Galaxy A8 Plus comes with Android Nougat 7.1.1 with Samsung’s Experience operating system.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus comes with a dual-front camera system and has a 16 MP + 8 MP configuration with an aperture of f/1.9. The 16 MP camera on the back has an aperture f/1.7 and PDAF.

The Galaxy A8 Plus features a whopping 6-inch Super AMOLED display. Image: tech2/ Shomik Sen Bhattacharjee

The Galaxy A8 Plus features a whopping 6-inch Super AMOLED display. Image: tech2/ Shomik Sen Bhattacharjee

The A8 Plus features face recognition software for unlocking the device like the OnePlus 5T and the Honor View 10. In terms of connectivity, the phone offers dual-SIM slots with 4G VoLTE capability, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, 3.5 mm jack and a USB Type-C port. The entire setup is powered by 3500mAh non-removable Li-ion battery and includes Samsung’s Adaptive fast charging.

The back has a 3D glass pane which sandwiches the metal frame in the middle. Image: tech2/ Shomik Sen Bhattacharjee

The back has a 3D glass pane which sandwiches the metal frame in the middle. Image: tech2/ Shomik Sen Bhattacharjee

With this device, Samsung has brought in some competition in the sub-Rs 35,000 category alongside the likes of OnePlus 5T, Honor View 10 and more. So we decided to put a comparison of all the major devices under Rs 35,000 and see how the A8 Plus fared against them.

The devices under consideration are the OnePlus 5T (64 GB), Honor View 10, Nokia 8 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2. All of the devices have top-level processors, great camera hardware, and amazing displays. With the exception of the Nokia 8, all the devices sport a thin-bezel display.

However, we should inform beforehand that these smartphones are being currently compared only based on their specification on paper. Real-world tests should follow soon.

Smartphone Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus Nokia 8 Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 OnePlus 5T Honor View 10
Prices in India Rs 32,990 Rs 35,999 Rs 32,999 Rs 32,999 Rs 29,999
Display Size (inch) 6 5.3 5.99 6.01 5.99
Resolution (pixels) 1080 x 2220 1,440 x 2,560 1,080 x 2,160 1,080 x 2,160 1080×1920
Pixel Density (PPI) 411 554 403 401 401
Display Type Super AMOLED IPS LCD IPS LCD Optic AMOLED LTPS IPS
Dimensions(mm) 159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 151.5x73.7x7.9 151.8 x 75.5 x 7.7 156.1 × 75 × 7.3 157 x 75 x 7
Weight (gm) 191 160 185 162 172
Dual SIM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
Connectivity Types GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE / VoLTE GSM / HSPA / LTE
Processor Exynos 7885 Octa Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Hisilicon Kirin 970
CPU Cores Octa-core Octa-core Octa-core Octa-core Octa-core
CPU Clock Speed (GHz) 2x2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6x1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 4x Kryo @ 2.45 GHz & 4x Kryo @ 1.9 GHz 4x Kryo @ 2.45 GHz & 4x Kryo @ 1.9 GHz 4x Kryo 280 @ 2.45 & 4x Kryo 280 @ 1.9 4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Mali-G71 Adreno 540 Adreno 540 Adreno 540 Mali-G72 MP12
RAM 6 GB 6 GB, 4 GB 6, 8 GB 6 GB, 8 GB 6 GB
Ruggedness IP54
On-Board Memory 64 GB 64 GB, 128 GB 64,128, 256 GB 64 GB or 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Yes, upto 256 GB Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Sensors Fingerprint Reader, Gravity Proximity, Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Magnetometer, Gyroscope, Sensor Hub Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Heart rate Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Barometer Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass Fingerprint Reader, Gravity Proximity, Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Magnetometer, Gyroscope, Sensor Hub
Primary Camera 16 MP, f/1.7 13 MP, f/2.0 and 13 MP, f/2.0 12 MP, f/1.8 16MP, f/1.7, 20MP, f/1.7 16 MP f/1.8, 20 MP
Optical Image Stabilization Yes Yes Yes, 4-Axis
Camera Array Single Camera Dual Camera Single Camera Dual Camera Dual Camera
Autofocus System Phase detection autofocus Phase detection, Laser Autofocus Phase detection Phase detection Phase Detection AutoFocus
Secondary Camera 16 MP + 8 MP, f/1.9 13 MP 5 MP 16MP, f/2.0 13 MP, f/2.0
Video Capture 1080p@30fps 4K 4K (30fps) 4K 4K (30fps)
Flash LED Dual-LED Dual-LED Dual-LED LED
OS Version Android Nougat 7.1.1 Android 7.1.1 MIUI Android 7.1.1 Nougat Android 8.0 (Oreo)
AI (Smart Assistant) Google Assistant, Samsung Bixby Google Assistant Google Assistant Yes, Google Assistant Google Assistant
GPS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz + 5GHz, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth v5.0, A2DP, LE v5, A2DP, LE v5.0, A2DP, LE v5, A2DP, LE, aptX HD v5.0 BR/EDR + BLE
NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Infrared
Fingerprint Scanner Yes, Rear button Yes, Home button Yes, Rear button Yes, rear button Yes, Home button
3.5mm jack Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radio Yes, FM Radio -
USB Type Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; Type-C Reversible connector Type-C Reversible connector Type-C Reversible connector Type-C reversible
USB Standard USB v2.0 USB v3.1 USB v2.0 USB 2.0 USB v2.0
Battery (mAh) 3500 3090 3,400 3,300 3,000
Fast charging Fast battery charging Yes Yes Yes, DASH Charge Yes
Colors Black, orchid grey, gold, blue Tempered Blue, Polished Blue, Steel, Polished Copper Black Midnight Black Navy Blue, Midnight Black, Beach Gold, Aurora Blue, Charm Red

Updated Date: Jan 11, 2018 13:38 PM