The thinnest smartphone Samsung has become the flagship not. An honorary title was given to the model of the middle class Galaxy A8. 5.9 mm and the metal – it is a good idea, and a great 5.7-inch screen will remind top Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge +.
Unfortunately, the device is officially available in America: apparently the smartphone Samsung believes that the current course the price will be sky-high. So far, the Galaxy A8 can only be bought in the markets of China and South Korea.
From A8 models from smartphone Samsung released the thinnest – just 5.9 mm. Immediately suspect, if the device does not bend? Tried – does not bend. In terms of new materials is different from A7. Metal is used, which extends over the end faces. A rear surface of the tactile sensations reminiscent of plastic. Cheating? No, it’s done on purpose to better lay the paint. In any case, the producer is such a position.
Thin phablet sale is not so much. Xiaomi Mi Note, Samsung Galaxy A7, as well as the iPhone 6 Plus – that’s the whole list of alternatives.
Smartphone and even a little more in length than the smartphone Samsung Galaxy S6 edge +, where there is a screen of the same size. Design – typical for Samsung. On the one hand, it is featureless on the other – negative emotions it does not cause. Unlike the A7 form the body become more smooth and rounded. Here it is possible to draw an analogy between the previous models like the Galaxy S II and S III.
An innovation for the A-series was a fingerprint scanner. About the fact that it works well, we talked more than once, the function will be enjoyed by all those who worry about the safety of personal data. An interesting point: with the help of the sensor can log in and many web services. For example, the Web version of Facebook, where it may need to enter a username and password. The good news is that the sensor is not only helps to keep the personal data intact and unlock the device, but also serves to identify the owner when making payments. The bad news: the service, Samsung Pay, in Russia are not working.
Another Smartphone Samsung Galaxy A8
Samsung decided that the race is not over diagonals, so the A8 has received an impressive 5.7 inches like top Note 5 or S6 edge +. However, unlike these models had the resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. Complaints to the screen is not, unless you chase ultra-dense points. Here, 386 ppi, a good result, the grain is not visible, you can not survive.
Smartphone Samsung GALAXY A8 – another representative of a galaxy 5.7-inch display Super AMOLED (along with Note 5 and S6 edge +). A8 Screen resolution is 1920×1080 (Full HD), and pixel density – 386 ppi. This is somewhat lower than the older models, but no cause for concern: the clarity that’s all right.
The actual brightness of the OLED-display depends on the nature of the image. In the worst case – a white fill the entire screen – you can get a 340 cd / m2, which is significantly lower than the latest models of Samsung. But if smart auto the mode is on in full sunlight, the screen brightness will rise to 720 cd / m2 – this is more than enough. Anti-glare properties, viewing angles and contrast from the A8 are great, these parameters OLED-displays “ahead of the rest.”
The most accurate profile – “Basic”, it is very well set up from the factory. The average range of – 2.23, color temperature – 6500K. Average Delta E error on a scale of gray – 2.63. Picture quite smooth and neutral in shade. The color gamut is very precisely adjusted to the standard sRGB, despite the fact that OLED is capable of producing much more “colorful” picture. Average Delta E color error on ColorChecker – 1,58. Color reproduction is very good, but the staff in the menu “Basic” mode will look palely, and for photos and videos – at the time. Lovers of juicy colors suitable modes “Photo AMOLED” and «film AMOLED».
Screen smartphone Samsung GALAXY A8 deserves top marks, as it was with Note 5 and S6 edge +. Let the A8 at a “low” resolution, it did not affect the overall quality of the image: it is still excellent.
Smartphone Samsung Galaxy A8: And what’s inside?
To improve the filling did not, in the model is still the same Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset 615, the same standing in the model smartphone Samsung Galaxy A7. RAM – 2 GB, 32 GB of built-in, slot for microSD, in which instead of a memory card can be put second nanoSIM. In games like Modern Combat 5 at maximum settings does not play but at medium graphics settings the picture smooth. Performance in the test AnTuTu even slightly higher than is usual for models with Full HD screen, 615-m processors, such as Alcatel Idol 3 (5.5), Xiaomi Mi4i, Lenovo Vibe Shot and others. The reason – in excessive CPU frequency at the moment of performance benchmark.
In general, smartphone Samsung again “playing” with the benchmark to achieve more outstanding results.
The model lacks NFC, apparently in a slim body to add the module has failed. IR port also appeared. The smartphone supports Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, working USB-OTG, MHL but there is not.
It works long: Smartphone Samsung Galaxy A8
Despite the fact that the battery capacity is 3050 mAh, which is not much, in part-time work Galaxy A8 impressed. It employs about 1.5-2 days. In playback mode, the video came out almost 12 hours, the test PC Mark, we saw more than 9 hours of life. Significantly longer than most models we tested with similar characteristics.
Among thin smartphone is the best model for our tests.
Smartphone Samsung Galaxy A8: Camera
The module is borrowed from the series S6: the same 16 megapixels and f / 1.9. But the camera does not know how to write video to 4K, and a set of available options is slightly smaller. For example, it eliminated the automatic inclusion of HDR, you can run it only to perform the several actions. Sadly, the system of optical stabilization is not here. Therefore, when taking pictures indoors is easy to get a blurry photo. The screen is not very noticeable, but it is necessary to open the image on the computer, as it significantly evident. But given that it is a model of the middle class, will not demand from her the fact that capable counterparts, which are much more expensive. The self-megapixel camera on the 5 makes good self-portraits.
The camera smartphone Samsung is very good pictures of the day, but at night or indoors likely remove smeared images.
Learn about the presence of Android 5.1.1 is possible only on the properties of the system, the shell thoroughly redesigned in the spirit of the Korean foundations. The advantages of the Quick Start function otnesёm camera by double clicking the mechanical buttons below the screen. Also works INDEX mode, on the big screen, you can keep several things at once. If one hand with a major gadget comes out copy, then help function that “compresses” the image on the screen until a more convenient format.
You can change themes, customize font size, vary the balance of icons on the desktop. Branded utility will show the rest of the system memory, will help clear the RAM. Another section responsible for the security model of the virus.
Nice sound: smartphone Samsung Galaxy A8
The music player is designed perfectly, thus supports the format FLAC. There is a manual equalizer settings with a mass not like the sound of a default – you can magic and set the parameters on your own. In contrast to the flagship models of type Note 5 here has FM-radio. The recorder is able to recognize the voice recording immediately converting them into text. But the length of such records is limited to 5 minutes.
Verdict: smartphone Samsung Galaxy A8
The model came out balanced in almost all respects. High-quality materials, very thin body, large screen, good camera, and sound, there are no problems with the operating time, plus two SIM-cards and a compartment for the memory card.
While it is not known whether supply to Samsung Galaxy A8, given the rapid rise in prices. In China, the model costs about $ 500. Now for the money we can buy Galaxy Note 4. No comment.
What have we alternative smartphone Samsung Galaxy A8 with a slim body? Xiaomi Mi Note, which starts with a mark of 415$, or last year’s smartphone Samsung Galaxy A7 of 400$. If the thickness of the shell is not particularly critical, then you can look at the Huawei Honor 6 Plus or Sony Xperia C5 Ultra Dual. Of the more simple versions mention Meizu M2 Note, Lenovo K3 Note and ASUS ZenFone 2.
Smartphone Samsung Galaxy A8 pros:
- Great autonomy
- Memory Card Slot
- Good camera
- Easy fingerprint scanner
- A large and high-quality screen
Smartphone Samsung Galaxy A8 cons:
- No NSF
- The metal is hidden under the plastic
- The processor of the middle class
- Expected high price