Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus is a much better phone than the Samsung Galaxy J6 (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus!

Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus  Samsung Galaxy J6 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus Samsung Galaxy J6
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Excellence Score
70.5
34.5
Value for Money Score
78.4
70.3
Price ₹ 27,990 onwards ₹ 14,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jan, 2018 May, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Expected upgrade to 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6 inches 5.6 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2220 pixels (~ 411 pixels per inch) 720x1480 pixels (~ 294 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features Super AMOLED, Always-on Display, Infinity Display Super AMOLED, Infinity Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 1.6 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Exynos 7885 Exynos 7870
GPU Mali-G71 Mali T830
RAM 6 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 13.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/1.7 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Pro Mode, Panorama, Hyperlapse, 1.12µm Pixel size, 1/2.8” Sensor size, 78° Field-of-view, HDR, Video Digital Image Stabilisation, Live Stickers, Stamps, Beauty mode, Filters, Night mode, Quick Launch, Floating camera button, Grid Line, Location Tags, Voice Control, Continuous Autofocus video, Face detection, Tracking AF, Playback zoom, Video location tags F/1.9 Aperture
Secondary Camera 16.0 MP 8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features Dual Camera (16MP + 8MP), 16MP: F/1.9 Aperture; 1.0µm Pixel Size; 1/3.1” Sensor size; 76° Field-of-view, 8MP: F/1.9 Aperture; 1.12µm Pixel size; 1/4.0” Sensor size; 85° Field-of-view, Full HD Video Recording, Live Stickers, Stamps, Beauty mode, Filters, Night mode, Quick Launch, Floating camera button, Grid Line, Location Tags, Voice Control, Video Digital Image Stabilisation LED Flash, F/1.9 Aperture
Internal Memory 64 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 8.3 mm 8.2 mm
Weight 191 gm 154 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3500 mAh 3000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime 23.00 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters Audio Playback (AOD on): upto 50 hrs, Audio Playback (AOD OFF): upto 73 hrs, Video playback: upto 19 hrs, Internet use (WiFi): upto 15 hrs, Internet use (3G): upto 12 hrs, Internet use (4G): upto 14 hrs Video Playback Time: Upto 17 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration WiFi Direct
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Premium front and back glass design, with a metal frame sitting in between (similar to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8)
  • IP68 certification for water and dust resistance
  • Beautiful 6 inch edge-to-edge display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio - you’ll love playing games, watching videos or web browsing on the screen - the display is gorgeous, and the color reproduction is pretty good - sunlight legibility is good too
  • Samsung's UI over Android is pretty lean and includes useful stuff like Secure Folder, and Samsung Pay (which comes with UPI, Paytm and Mobikwik integration)
  • The Bixby AI functionality adds useful stuff like Bixby Vision in the camera app, which lets you point the camera at an object or place to offer relevant results - you can also use Bixby Vision to scan QR Codes and point at text to translate in any given language supported by the assistant
  • Good speed/performance in daily use, as well as in high-end games
  • Decent (though not exceptional) front facing dual camera setup - has a good bokeh effect, especially in daylight
  • 'True' dual SIM experience
  • Good battery life - lasts the whole day even with heavy use
  • Decent 'fast-charging' support - charging from empty to full takes about an hour and 45 minutes
  • Modern, fresh design with an almost bezel-less ‘Infinity Display’
  • Very good build quality
  • The rear is made of polycarbonate and feels premium
  • Despite housing a 5.6-inch screen, the device is compact and lightweight - you can easily use it with one hand
  • The 5.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED ‘Infinity Display’ is one of the best in this price range - makes for a good video watching experience - the AMOLED panel makes every thing look vivid and the viewing angles are decent too
  • Samsung's Touchwiz on top of Android is one of the more refined and neat Android skins, and has some useful add-ons like Samsung Pay Mini which makes digital payments easy and a Knox-powered ‘Secure Folder’ for you store to sensitive files
  • Smooth day-to-day performance, backed by a Exynos 7870 - should work well for most users, other than heavy gamers
  • Decent rear and front cameras, especially in daylight
  • Good battery life - the 3000mAh battery which will easily last a day for heavy users while average users can squeeze around 36 hours of battery life
  • Decent charging speed too - takes a little more than 90 minutes to fully-charge the device
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • A little bit on the thick and heavy side, compared to its main competitors - the OnePlus 5T, and the Honor View 10
  • As in case with all the smartphones with glass panels, it is slippery and a bit of a fingerprint magnet (luckily Samsung has bundled a clear case along with the smartphone)
  • Face unlock is iffy and not too accurate (you are better off using the fingerprint sensor)
  • Samsung's Experience UI, while decent, could do with less of bloat
  • Rear camera is decent but falls behind it's main competitors - the OnePlus 5T, and the Honor View 10 - handling of details and exposures is ordinary, video recording is average, and low light performance is not great either
  • On the whole, seen in absolute terms, the Galaxy A8+ is a pretty decent all-round phone, but compared to the likes of OnePlus 5T and the Honor View 10 (the prevailing leaders in this price segment), it falls behind - the OnePlus 5T has a distinct edge in terms of software & performance - and the View 10 in terms of camera
  • The display resolution could have been better
  • The performance is pretty decent, but is not the best in this price bracket (that prize would go to the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro)
Expert Reviews
  1. It's meant for those who want Samsung's brand value or care more about design than performance
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  2. The Samsung Galaxy A8+ looks good, delivers on battery life, has an excellent build quality and offers IP68 certification. If these aspects score higher over core performance and camera quality, you can consider the Samsung Galaxy A8+
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  4. If you can do away with some minor issues, and want a premium smartphone without spending much, the Galaxy A8+ (2018) could be a good option
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