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The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star is a much better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy A8 Star!

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Excellence Score
35.8
74.1
Value for Money Score
62.9
72.1
Price ₹ 19,969 onwards ₹ 31,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2018 Aug, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 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 6 inches 6.28 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2220 pixels (~ 411 pixels per inch) 1080x2220 pixels (~ 393 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes
Display Features Super AMOLED, Infinity Display, 2.5D Curved Glass Super AMOLED, Infinity Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 450Ranked #56 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #14 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 512
RAM 4 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 5MP 16MP + 24MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture, 5MP: F/1.9 Aperture 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture, 24MP: F/1.7 Aperture, PDAF, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 24.0MP 24.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture, LED Flash F/2.0 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
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.9 mm 7.55 mm
Weight 191 gm 188 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3500 mAh 3700 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; Samsung Pay Mini; Samsung Mall Samsung Pay; Bixby; NFC; ANT+ support; FM Recording; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Premium, elegant design, with a metal unibody - the phone feels very solid in the hand
  • The highlight of the phone is the modern 18.5:9 display ratio 'Infinity Display' - it has great viewing angles, punchy colours and deep blacks - the tall screen lends itself well to gaming and multimedia consumption and makes content look immersive - the screen also has an always-on mode that shows the time, date, battery level, and notifications for missed calls and alarms without waking the phone from sleep
  • Samsung's Experience UI on top of Android has some nifty features such as ultra data saving mode, an anti-virus app powered by McAfee, theme support, and a one-handed mode - there is also Samsung Pay Mini (enables mobile payments), and Samsung Mall (allows users to search for products across four e-commerce platforms using image recognition), and S Bike mode (promotes two-wheeler safety)
  • Pretty decent dual rear cameras - click good pictures in daylight with good dynamic range, accurate colours and a good amount of detail
  • Pretty decent front camera too, in daylight
  • Both the rear and front cameras are also capable of taking bokeh shots, and these generally come out well
  • Good battery life - the phone easily lasts the whole day with medium to intensive use, with some juice left in the tank
  • Solid build quality
  • The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star sports a tall, 6.28-inch FHD+ (1080×2220 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity display- the display is bright, the text looks sharp and sunlight legibility looks good too (viewing angles could be better though)
  • Additional options like a Blue light filter, and customisable font size and style, are good to have - you can also choose which apps you want to run in the 'full-screen' mode
  • Samsung Experience UI is one of the better Android UIs - it's not too heavy - and comes with useful software add-ons like 'Smart stay' (to keep the screen on while you are looking at it), Games Launcher, one-handed operation mode, Multi Window mode, 'Smart capture' (to capture the current screen and scrollable area), '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), 'Easy mute' (to mute incoming calls or alarms by using palm motions or facing the device’s screen downwards), 'Samsung Secure Folder' (that lets you save your personal data and information), and Bixby Assistant
  • Good, solid, snappy performance powered by Octa Core Snapdragon 660 - it never misses a beat, whatever you throw at it - having said that, it's still a notch below the Snapdragon 845 powered OnePlus 6
  • Decent dual rear camera setup - daylight shots are good and the camera captures a good amount of detail, creates really well-exposed photos with good dynamic range - the autofocus speeds are fast and accurate too - and macro shots are good as well - Dual-camera Live focus mode clearly blurs out the background - low light performance is ok too, though not exceptional
  • The 24MP front camera is decent too, and can also do software bokeh effects
  • Decent loudspeaker
  • Good call quality
  • Very good battery life - powered by a huge 3700mAh battery - in regular use, you can get approximately two days on a single charge
  • Fast charging support: it can charge from 0 to 50% in just 44 minutes and 0 to 100% takes 1 hour and 44 minutes using the bundled adaptive fast charger
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Quite heavy (191g) and wide, which makes one-handed use difficult - at 7.9mm, the phone is also not the slimmest out there, which exacerbates the issue
  • Thanks to the conspicuous antenna lines and prominent regulatory information, the back panel looks quite busy and cluttered
  • The fingerprint sensor is located right below the rear dual camera setup - not only is the sensor narrow and rather sluggish, but the location is also quite unergonomic - you might find your fingers constantly hitting the rear cameras instead of the sensor
  • The 'Infinity Display' looks nice, but is not exactly borderless - other phones in this price bracket generally have higher screen to body area ratios
  • Samsung's Experience UI with a host of Samsung applications competing with Google's own, as well a suite of Microsoft apps that cannot be uninstalled, is fast becoming as bloated as TouchWiz
  • Performance wise too, the A6+ falls significantly behind it's competition - push the phone, and slowdowns become noticeable - thanks to a budget Snapdragon 450 that is now more seen in under Rs. 10k phones - additionally Samsung Experience UI's drawn-out animations make the Galaxy A6+ feel even more sluggish
  • Facial recognition too is not the best - the feature only works well when you are facing the front camera head-on, and that too in favourable lighting
  • The rear and front cameras are decent in daylight, but not so good in low light
  • The single speaker is loud but shrill, and its location is quite awkward - it is easy to cover the speaker with your hand while watching videos or playing games in landscape
  • The quality of bundled accessories too is average - the earphones are very basic, and the Micro-USB cable is extremely short
  • The lack of NFC and the presence of the old-fashioned Micro-USB port for charging and data transfers are both disappointing too
  • Battery life is good, but charging speed is quite slow - the bundled charger takes more than three hours to charge the Galaxy A6+ fully, and takes 1.5 hours to get to 50 percent
  • On the whole, the A6+ has nothing much going for it except it's great screen and decent cameras, and might make more sense to hardcore Samsung loyalists - for most other users, phones like the Nokia 7 Plus, or the Honor 8 Pro, are going to be more well rounded options - at the cheaper end, you could also look at the Nokia 6.1 or the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which are going to be better value for money
  • A bit on the bulky side
  • In absolute terms, the Samsung Galaxy A8 Star is a good all-round device, but it may find it difficult to compete against the reigning champions of this price range - OnePlus 6, and Asus Zenfone 5Z - that offer even better performance (with the Snapdragon 845), and better software
Expert Reviews
  1. Awesome display, battery life to spare and a couple of neat cams...Reasonably affordable too
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you are looking for a reliable affordable phone with a good camera, the A6+ will not disappoint
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Samsung loyalists can consider the Galaxy A6+ but others should take a good look at the competition before parting with their hard-earned money
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Not the best smartphone in the price range
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A well-packaged phone for its price point
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. An easy-to-use everyday smartphone
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  1. Other smartphones including OnePlus 6, and Asus Zenfone 5Z seem like a better deal
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
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