Our Opinion

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

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Excellence Score
63.7
71.9
Value for Money Score
67.9
72.3
Price ₹ 28,888 onwards ₹ 29,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jan, 2018 Aug, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update 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, Always-on Display, Infinity Display Super AMOLED, Infinity Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Exynos 7885Ranked #19 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #15 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G71 Adreno 512
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 16.0MP 16MP + 24MP
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 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture, 24MP: F/1.7 Aperture, PDAF, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 16MP + 8MP 24.0MP
Secondary Camera Features 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 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 Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.3 mm 7.55 mm
Weight 191 gm 188 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3500 mAh 3700 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; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration Samsung Pay; Bixby; NFC; ANT+ support; FM Recording; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
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
  • 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
  • 'True' dual SIM experience
  • 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]
  • 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
  • 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. 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
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. It's meant for those who want Samsung's brand value or care more about design than performance
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  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+
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  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
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
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  1. Other smartphones including OnePlus 6, and Asus Zenfone 5Z seem like a better deal
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