Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a slightly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy J8 is much better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But from a pure value perspective, the Samsung Galaxy J8 is ahead.

Samsung Galaxy J8  Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 
Samsung Galaxy J8 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
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Excellence Score
36.2
40.7
Value for Money Score
70.3
39.9
Price ₹ 15,999 onwards ₹ 49,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2018 Mar, 2016
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1480 pixels (~ 274 pixels per inch) 1440x2560 pixels (~ 534 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features Super AMOLED, Infinity Display, 2.5D Curved Glass Super AMOLED, Always-On display, Curved Edge Screen
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 450Ranked #57 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 8890Ranked #10 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Mali-T880 MP12
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 16MP + 5MP 12.0MP
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 1/2.6" Sensor Size, 1.4 um Pixel Size, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Auto HDR, Panorama, Optical Image/Video Stabilization, Phase Detection Auto-Focus, Motion Photo
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features LED Flash, F/1.9 Aperture F/1.7 Aperture, Dual Video Call, Auto HDR, Wide Selfie, Spotlight
Internal Memory 64 GB 32 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 8.2 mm 7.7 mm
Weight 177 gm 157 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 3600 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, Quick Charge 2.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features ANT+ Support Scratch resistant back panel (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Fast Charging (83% in 30 minutes); Wireless Charging; Samsung KNOX; NFC; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay; S-Voice; OneDrive (115 GB cloud storage)
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Decent design and build quality (though it's plastic - would have been nice to see a metal or glass design)
  • Has a new, modern 'infinity edge' 18:9 AMOLED display, that stretches from edge-to-edge, and makes the device easy to use with one hand
  • 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
  • Dolby Atmos surround sound
  • Very good battery life - the big 3500 mAh battery, combined with the low power Snapdragon 450 processor and a 720p HD+ display gives you a recipe for some very good battery life - the phone comfortably lasts a whole day and if you use it judiciously, you can even make it last for two days
  • Beautiful, polished-to-perfection, luxurious design - with a lot of attention to detail - and with its unique "edge" screen, the S7 Edge is a sight to behold
  • Compact for a 5.5 incher
  • Dust Proof and Water Resistant
  • Gorgeous, large, curved screen, with near-perfect color accuracy
  • The new "always-on" display feature is a nice touch, and takes the hassle out of checking out the time
  • Samsung's Touchwiz UI over Android is now even lighter, and has less bloat
  • Top-notch, chart-leading performance backed by the powerful hardware
  • Brilliant, awesome, fast camera, with OIS, that does well even in low-light conditions - easily one of the best around
  • Good call quality
  • Very good audio quality
  • Brilliant, beast of a battery life, that takes it a notch above the already excellent battery life of the Galaxy S7
  • Quick charging, and wireless charging support
  • The extra navigation tools on the "edge" are definitely useful when used judiciously
  • microSD storage slot
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • No ambient light sensor, which is a big miss at this price point
  • Fingerprint & face recognition is on the slow side
  • While the display is pretty decent, it 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
  • Also lacks a notification LED
  • 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
  • The speaker is both oddly placed (on the right side of the phone) and tiny and cracks at higher volume
  • No fast charging support
  • No compass
  • Uses the old micro-USB standard instead of a modern USB Type-C port
  • 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, and now with the Poco F1 around the block, the J8 is an even harder sell
  • The shiny metal-and-glass back is a smudge magnet
Expert Reviews
  1. Hard to justify the cost
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  2. Performance is its only serious drawback
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  3. A good performer beaten by the competition
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Skip this and look at Mi A2, Honor Play, or Poco F1
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