Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) review
Bigger display and battery
Our Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) review uncovers only minor differences compared to our Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) review. These are specifically a bigger display and a bigger battery, which for the most part extends usage times.
6” Infinity Display
The Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) has an expansive 6” Super AMOLED Infinity Display. This fills more of the front of the phone, giving a futuristic look that we have seen emerging on recent flagship phones.
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There is actually added function to this. The FHD+ resolution (1080 x 2220 pixels / 410 pixel per inch) gives extra rows of pixels. This means that you can see more of a webpage or social feed without scrolling down or see more of the action when gaming or watching videos.
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The Infinity Display incorporates Samsung’s Always On Display and this can show you crucial information such as the time, date, notifications and battery level. You can even add special Face Widgets to see other information, without waking up the phone.
The Samsung Galaxy A8+ has a Samsung made Exynos octa-core 2.2GHz processor. There is plenty of power here and the 4GB RAM means that the phone makes quick work of opening apps, multitasking and gaming.
Aluminium and glass
The Galaxy A8+ has an aluminium frame with smooth curves that make it a delight to hold. The front and back are both glass and we have seen this approach on other phones, such as on the Huawei P10 Lite.
The phone is thinner (8.3mm) but slightly heavier (191g) than the Galaxy A8. The same colour range is offered (Black, Orchid Grey, Blue and Gold) and there is still IP68 certification confirming its dust and water resistance.
Phone Set Up
The Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) gives you the choice of using either Face Recognition or Fingerprint Recognition. If you choose to secure the phone with a fingerprint, then the scanner is nicely located on the back and this feels very natural to use.
Your chosen biometric will also allow you to access the Secure Folder where sensitive apps, photos, movies and private files can be stored. There is plenty of memory for this with 32GB built in and a microSD card slot that accepts cards of up to 256GB.
When you go online, there is Knox real-time protection and virus/malware prevention powered by McAfee.
Bixby is Samsung’s own creation and the virtual assistant can do lots of things, understanding your voice, text, taps and whats happening through the camera lens. Bixby can:
- Set location and time-based reminders
- Give information on what’s seen through the camera with Bixby Vision
- Translate foreign text
- Launch apps with commands such as “launch the camera in pro mode”
Android with Samsung Experience 8.5
The Galaxy A8+ is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, upon which the Samsung Experience 8.5 custom interface has been applied. This is the same interface as used on Samsung’s premium Galaxy S8.
Along with Google and Samsung apps, you get to enjoy a Dual Messenger that lets you have two accounts open at the same time. Adaptive Wi-Fi remembers where you have connected before and automatically connects and shuts off Wi-Fi as you move in and out of range.
This Samsung phone also has Ultra High Quality Audio Playback. The speaker port is located on the side of the phone, so if you put the phone down, sound will not be muffled.
Camera & Video
Dual selfie camera
If you are looking for the ultimate selfie phone then the Galaxy A8+ (2018) fits the bill. Unlike other dual camera phones, Samsung has the dual camera on the front for selfies.
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The dual selfie camera consists of a 16MP lens and a 8MP lens. Features include:
- Live Focus mode - Through the viewfinder you can adjust the background blur with a simple slider. You can also adjust this post shot.
- Wide Selfie - Use this mode for group selfies.
- Beauty effect - Perfect your look before shooting or while shooting video.
- Live Stickers - Have fun with decorations applied with great accuracy due to the face-recognition technology.
You can also Quick Launch the camera or use HDR, Grid Lines, Voice Control, Location Tags and a floating camera button.
The rear camera hasn’t been forgotten and there is a high definition 16MP lens. This camera has improved low light performance and shooting modes such as Food mode, Pro, Panorama and Hyperlapse.
When searching for photos, the Gallery Search Bar analyses your photos and can sort them into categories.
The bigger battery on the Samsung Galaxy A8+ allows you to enjoy music for longer. You can enjoy up to 73 hours of music playback with the AOD off or up to 50 hours of music playback with the AOD on.
Alternatively, the battery can give up to 23 hours of talk time (one hour less than the Galaxy A8) or up to 19 hours of video playback or up to 15 hours of internet use. Fast charging is offered for convenience.
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Written by: Michael Brown