Samsung Galaxy A8  Sony Xperia XA Dual  
Samsung Galaxy A8Sony Xperia XA Dual
magic score<5060.8
PriceRs. 27,297 onwardsRs. 16,599 onwards
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Launch Date (India)Aug, 2015Jun, 2016
Smartphone OSAndroid 5.1, Upgradeable to 6.0, Expected upgrade to 7.0Android 6.0, Expected upgrade to 7.0
Screen Size5.7 inches5 inches
Screen Resolution1080x1920 pixels (~ 386 pixels per inch)720x1280 pixels (~ 294 pixels per inch)
Display FeaturesSuper AMOLED, Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 4)IPS LCD, Scratch Resistant Glass, BRAVIA Engine 2, Super Vivid Mode
Processor1.8 GHz2 GHz
Processor NameExynos 5430 (1.8GHz Quad Core + 1.3GHz Quad core)Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10
Camera16.0 MP13.0 MP
Secondary Camera5.0 MP8.0 MP
Internal Memory32 GB16 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 128 GBup to 200 GB
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)GSM+GSM
Thickness5.9 mm7.9 mm
Weight151 gm137 gm
Battery Capacity3050 mAh2300 mAh
Battery Standby304 hrs466 hrs
Battery Standby (3G)N/A466 hrs
Battery TalktimeN/A11.33 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G)17.00 hrs10.00 hrs
Other Battery ParametersInternet Usage Time (3G): Up to 10 hrs, Internet Usage Time (LTE): Up to 11 hrs, Internet Usage Time (Wi-Fi): Up to 13 hrs, Video Playback Time: Up to 13 hrs, Audio Playback Time: Up to 51 hrsN/A
Fingerprint sensorYes
Editor's Note [Positives]
  • Very good build quality
  • Samsung's thinnest smartphone to date
  • Very good design - the metallic edges and frame, along with the thin bezels, give it the kind of sophistication that you would expect from flagship devices
  • The phone's back is grippy and has a nice finish
  • Very good display - bright, sharp, detailed, and has vibrant color reproduction
  • New improved TouchWiz UI over Android is running lean and functional
  • Very good speed/performance
  • Fingerprint scanner works flawlessly
  • Good camera - images are sharp, and detailed and have good color reproduction
  • Very good loudspeaker
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Very good call quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • High quality build
  • Beautiful, elegant design, with an excellent metal frame and polycarbonate sides
  • The slimmest 5-inch phone to date
  • Excellent overall ergonomics - all its proportions (width, thickness, weight) are just right, with the front and back neatly curving into the sides
  • Decent screen with good colors, and contrast
  • Sony's UI is clean and elegant and the themes are a fun way to spruce it up
  • Sony's bespoke media apps are a welcome addition to the package
  • Solid, all-round performance from the chipset in daily tasks
  • Good audio quality
  • Both the front and back cameras deliver decent quality and produce sharp images with plenty of dynamic range
  • Video recording quality is decent too
  • Fast charging support on the battery
Editor's Note [Negatives]
  • No major negatives
  • The phone is a grease magnet
  • Display could have had better resolution
  • Average battery life
  • Average loudspeaker
  • The camera is a bit slow, especially in the HDR mode
  • Although day-to-day performance is decent, but heavier tasks/games make the phone stutter
  • No fingerprint sensor
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