Samsung Galaxy A8 Star 

price₹ 29,990 onwards

launchAug, 2018

71.9

excellence score

72.3

value for money score

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2-Minute Review

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Design

  • Solid build quality
  • A bit on the bulky side

Display

  • 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

Software

  • 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

Performance

  • 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

Camera

  • 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

Audio

  • Decent loudspeaker
  • Good call quality

Battery

  • 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

More

  • 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

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Samsung Galaxy A8 Star Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.28 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2220 pixels (~ 393 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Display Features
  • Super AMOLED
  • Infinity Display
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.2 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #15 in Mobile Procesor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 512
RAM6 GB
Memory
Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity3700 mAh
Fast ChargingYes
Dimensions
Weight188 gm
Thickness7.55 mm
Camera
Primary Camera16MP + 24MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture
  • 24MP: F/1.7 Aperture
  • PDAF
  • Panorama
  • HDR
Secondary Camera24.0MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
CompassYes
NFCYes
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App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes
FM RecordingYes
More
  • Samsung Pay
  • Bixby
  • Dolby Atmos
  • ANT+ support

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