Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy J8 is a slightly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy J8!

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)  Samsung Galaxy J8 
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Samsung Galaxy J8
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Excellence Score
37.8
42.8
Value for Money Score
52.9
72.3
Price ₹ 28,990 onwards ₹ 16,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2017 Jun, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.2 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch) 720x1480 pixels (~ 274 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features Super AMOLED, 2.5D + 3D Curved Glass, Always-on Display Super AMOLED, Infinity Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.9 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Exynos 7880 Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
GPU Mali-T830MP2 Adreno 506
RAM 3 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 16.0 MP 16.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture, 27mm Focal Lenght, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Panorama, HDR Dual Camera (16MP + 5MP), 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture, 5MP: F/1.9 Aperture
Secondary Camera 16.0 MP 16.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture, Full HD Video Recording LED Flash, F/1.9 Aperture
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.9 mm 8.2 mm
Weight 159 gm 191 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3500 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 16.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time (3G): upto 13 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): upto 16 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 18 hrs, Video Playback Time: upto 19 hrs, Audio Playback Time: upto 53 hrs, Audio Playback Time (Always On Display Off): upto 78 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging; NFC; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration WiFi Direct; ANT+ Support
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Classy design, flagship-grade build quality
  • Comfortable size, nice heft
  • Water-resistant/Dust-resistant with IP68 rating
  • Fast/accurate fingerprint reader embedded in the home button
  • Excellent 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display - bright, vivid, and visible in the sun
  • TouchWiz, Samsung's interface is functional and feature-rich, and now also sleeker
  • Also includes Samsung Pay, Samsung's new mobile payment interface, which is pretty useful and can remove the hassle of using physical debit/credit cards
  • Pretty good overall performance (though not flagship-class), backed by a pretty efficient chipset
  • Decent rear camera (same as Galaxy A7) - gives out good, balanced results especially in daylight
  • 1080p video quality is pretty decent too, so is the audio that accompanies it
  • The 16MP selfie camera (same as Galaxy A7) produces decent results too (but its focus is fixed way too close, so you're forced to choose between wide coverage or images that are simply not in focus)
  • Decent loudspeaker - it's nice and clear at maximum volume too
  • Superb battery life, posting excellent numbers in all battery life tests - should last you a full two days with moderate use
  • Quick charging support
  • Decent design and build quality (though it's plastic - would have been nice to see a metal or glass design)
  • The Samsung Experience UI skin on top of Android is a pretty decent skin and packs a lot of features - there’s Bixby, Face Recognition, which works fine and there are features like themes, game launcher, Samsung Pay mini, Samsung Cloud, games launcher, one handed mode and more
  • Decent dual camera setup on the rear - especially in proper lighting conditions, the camera takes good images, and low-light performance is not too bad either
  • Decent front camera too - captures generally good images with natural colors
  • Good call quality, with good noise cancellation
  • Good battery life - even with heavy use, you should end up with 30 percent battery by the end of the day
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • No LED notification light
  • The glass back is inevitably prone to fingerprints, and is slippery
  • The tall, 16:9 AMOLED display on the Samsung Galaxy J8 is pretty decent, but could have had better resolution
  • The display also has significant bezels, whereas a lot of modern phones with tall displays these days have very little bezels
  • Average performance considering the price bracket, thanks to the budget Snapdragon 450 at the core, which is these days more commonly seen in phones under Rs 10k - while day to day performance is alright, but push the phone a bit and it will start to stutter - moreover, the Samsung Experience 9.0 has a ton of unnecessary and sluggish animations, that don't help
  • The dual rear camera setup is decent, but the portrait mode is pretty mediocre, with very ordinary edge detection - the blurring feels mostly unnatural
  • Uses the old micro-USB standard instead of a modern USB Type-C port
  • No fast charging support
  • On the whole, the Samsung Galaxy J8 is hard to recommend - the likes of Redmi Note 5 Pro and ZenFone Max Pro bring faster processors, better displays and more premium designs
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