Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus is a much better phone, but the Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Definitely the Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus, if your budget allows for it.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus  Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One) 
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus Xiaomi Mi A1
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Excellence Score
69.8
37.1
Value for Money Score
70.8
72.1
Price ₹ 29,990 onwards ₹ 15,490 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jan, 2018 Sep, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2220 pixels (~ 411 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features Super AMOLED, Always-on Display, Infinity Display LTPS IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Exynos 7885Ranked #16 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #30 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G71 Adreno 506
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 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
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 Dual Camera (12MP + 12MP), Wide-angle Cam.: 26mm Focal Length; F/2.2 Aperture; 1.25um Pixel Size, Telephoto Cam.: 50mm Focal Length; F/2.6 Aperture; 1.0um Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama, Slow Motion Video
Secondary Camera 16.0 MP 5.0 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 Beautify, Facial Recognition, Full HD Recording
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.3 mm 7.3 mm
Weight 191 gm 165 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3500 mAh 3080 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 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 N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging; Dedicated 10v Amplifier; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration
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
  • Very good, premium design, with top-notch metal construction
  • The overall form factor and weight remain quite ergonomic
  • Very good, balanced display - good responsiveness, brightness levels, and sunlight legibility
  • Runs clean, clutter-free and simple stock Android out of the box - and comes with the 'Android One series' update promise!
  • Strong, dependable performance, powered by a power-efficient Snapdragon 625 - running on stock Android eliminates some of the overheads on the processor and the phone presents a super smooth and lag free experience on general day-to-day things - it’s solid and will suffice for most except the most demanding of users
  • Good, solid dual-camera setup - Xiaomi’s stereo mode is its take on Apple’s “portrait mode”, and its task is to blur the background - the final effects are commendable most of the times - sometimes even better than much more expensive phones like the OnePlus 5 - making it easily the best dual camera system on a budget
  • Even in auto mode, the Mi A1 takes rich images with good levels of detail and colour saturation
  • There is also a very effective pro mode which even allows the user to individually choose between the wide angle camera and the telephoto lens - making for a very compelling camera package
  • Xiaomi also offers 2x optical zoom with this device - and the results are quite good
  • Video recording is decent too - it can shoot in 4k, and has time lapse and slow motion modes
  • The front 5-megapixel camera for selfies is decent too, though nothing exceptional
  • Good audio quality and volume via both headphones and the speaker
  • Good, dependable battery life - comfortably lasts a work day
  • Takes about 2 hours to charge fully - which is a decent charging speed
  • On the whole, if you are only concerned about performance and battery life, then the Redmi Note 4 may be a better choice, and if you care most about low light camera performance, then the Moto G5S Plus is at the top of the pack, but for an overall dependable phone with a dual camera setup, and stock Android experience, the Mi A1 is a brilliant choice
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 performance is solid and dependable but not the absolute best in this price bracket - that status belongs to the likes of the Redmi Note 4
  • The camera is quite good in daylight conditions, but falls behind in low light prowess compared to say the Moto G5 Plus or Samsung Galaxy J7 Max - low light photos can sometimes be blurry and they take considerable time to process
  • Battery life is again strong, but not the best in this price bracket - that is again a position that's held by Xiaomi's Redmi Note 4
Expert Reviews
  1. A solid mid-range Samsung Android phone...But if you are looking for performance, speed, and a bit more excitement, there seem to be quite a few other phones that fit those ideas better
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  2. It's meant for those who want Samsung's brand value or care more about design than performance
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  3. Isn't very convincing when seen next to the OnePlus 5T and Honor View 10
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. 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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  5. 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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