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The Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus!

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Excellence Score
65.4
48.8
Value for Money Score
67.8
51.4
Price ₹ 29,990 onwards ₹ 36,900 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jan, 2018 Jan, 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 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2220 pixels (~ 411 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 367 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features Super AMOLED, Always-on Display, Infinity Display Super AMOLED, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 1.95 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Exynos 7885Ranked #19 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 653Ranked #23 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G71 Adreno 510
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 16.0MP
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, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 16MP + 8MP 16.0MP
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/1.9 Aperture, Full HD Video Recording
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 6.9 mm
Weight 191 gm 189 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 4000 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 Fast Battery Charging; NFC; ANT+ Support; FM Recording; Stereo Speakers; 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
  • 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
  • Elegant, premium metal design
  • At 6.9 mm, it is really slim - doesn’t feel like a “big phone” when you first hold it - its slim profile and the slight curves near the edges make for a decent and comfortable grip
  • That's not the only ergonomic advantage this phone has - it is also considerably lighter than its peers at 189 grams
  • Very good display with punchy and pleasantly oversaturated colours - viewing angles, and brightness levels are excellent too
  • The huge size of the display makes it especially well suited for media consumption
  • Auto-brightness adjustments are smooth as well
  • Touchwiz UI over Android is light, and adds a nice bunch of features like the "Always On" display
  • Very good performance - has oodles of RAM and the Snapdragon 653 inside is slick and fast - in regular use, the phone is fluid and doesn't skip a beat in any way - things are largely flagship-like, and it's only in the most demanding games that you might notice a performance drop from the Snapdragon 820/821
  • Decent rear camera - daylight shot are good most of the times, macro shots are good, thanks to the f/1.9 aperture, HDR shots are good as well, low-light shots could have been better
  • Decent front camera, with good level of details
  • Decent battery life - for a regular user - there is a full work day’s worth of battery life and then some more
  • Supports fast charging, with 10-100% charge possible in just under an hour
  • Samsung has also made it much narrower than the Mi Max and Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra, making this the most ergonomic of all phablets in the market right now
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
  • Fingerprint sensor is on the slower side - and it's accuracy also could have been better
  • Has a tendency to heat up, when pushed in terms of performance
  • No support for 4K video capture, or slow motion video recording, that is generally expected at this price point
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
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