Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy J8 is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy J8!

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Excellence Score
32.7
42.8
Value for Money Score
68.5
72.3
Price ₹ 14,900 onwards ₹ 16,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2017 Jun, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 NougatExpected update to 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.7 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 386 pixels per inch) 720x1480 pixels (~ 274 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display
Display Features TFT IPS, 2.5D Curved Glass Super AMOLED, Infinity Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.69 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P20 Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
GPU Mali-T880MP2 Adreno 506
RAM 4 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 13.0 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/1.7 Aperture Dual Camera (16MP + 5MP), 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture, 5MP: F/1.9 Aperture
Secondary Camera 13.0 MP 16.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features Flash, F/1.9 Aperture 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 8.1 mm 8.2 mm
Weight 179 gm 191 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3300 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) 20.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time (3G): upto 11 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): upto 15 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 15 hrs, Video Playback Time: upto 13 hrs, Audio Playback Time: upto 72 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features WiFi Direct; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay Mini WiFi Direct; ANT+ Support
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Well built - the phone looks and feels quite premium
  • Good, bright, large display - decent colour reproduction, good viewing angles - good videos and movie watching experience
  • Good, accurate fingerprint sensor
  • On the top of Android, is Samsung's new UI - Samsung Experience - it is more refined compared to TouchWiz UX - and continues to have a number of added software features like Games Launcher, one-handed operation mode, Multi-window mode, Direct call (to make a voice call by picking up and holding the device near your ear while viewing call, message, or contact details)
  • Smart alert (to set the device to alert you if you have missed calls or new messages when you pick up the device), Gesture support, Dual Messenger (lets you use two separate accounts for the same app such as Facebook, WhatsApp and more), Secure Folder, Samsung Pay Mini, and others
  • Decent performance - 4GB of RAM is more than enough to run several applications in the background
  • Excellent rear camera in all lighting conditions, comparable to the Moto G5 Plus, which has otherwise been the top camera phone in this price bracket
  • White balance and dynamic range remains impressive in all situations
  • Good selfie camera too, with a front facing flash for low light selfies
  • Video recording quality is decent too (but the phone doesn’t have a secondary microphone so recorded audio is not crisp)
  • Audio through the bundled or third-party earphones is decent
  • Good call quality
  • Good Dual SIM management with Samsung's Smart Dual SIM feature (automatically forwards calls from the phone number on SIM 2, even if a user is on the phone with SIM 1’s number)
  • Good battery life - lasts for more than a day with average use - and power-saving modes can extend it even further
  • 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]
  • Pretty big for single-handed use - also a bit heavy at 179 grams - might not suit people with small hands
  • Lacks a notification LED light - even though there is the Smart Glow feature around the rear camera, it doesn’t compensate fully for the lack of notification LED
  • Performance is decent, but not the best in this price bracket - it's a notch below the likes of the Moto G5 Plus, the Redmi Note 4, the Coolpad Cool 1 and Honor 6X
  • Lacks fast charging, which is present in some of its competitors - takes about 2 and half hours to charge the phone
  • 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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