Review of everyday flagships - Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+ (SM-A530F/SM-A730F)

The A-series already had the A8 model, but this device was not sold in Russia, it was supplied only to Asian markets, it was distinguished by its larger memory capacity and screen size. For Samsung, the entire A-series has become successful in most markets where it is presented, the ideology of the devices is straightforward: to give the same case materials as in the flagships, but to give up some individual functions. For example, in Russia, the A-series is invariably in high demand, and a model such as the A5 is consistently among the top ten best-selling smartphones, as it is interesting in terms of price / quality ratio.

The popularity of the A-series played a cruel joke on this model range, Samsung could not abandon the devices of 2017, and therefore we see not an update of those smartphones that we are familiar with, but an expansion of the line with two new devices - A8 / A8 +. Based on the number, it is clear that these are the flagships of the line, but also, if we leave out the A-series, then they can be called everyday flagships, replacing the S8 / S8 +, that is, simplified versions of these models.

Each smartphone is created with an eye on the nearest devices, in the case of A8 / A8 + they looked not at all at A7 2017, but at S8 / S8 +, as they have high sales and good potential for a long life cycle. For some consumers, curved screens seem inconvenient, they want to get regular, flat displays. Inside Samsung, they considered the possibility of creating a simplified version of the S8 / S8 +, which appeared in the face of the A8 / A8 +. But these devices were ideologically very different from the 2018 A3/A5/A7 Aluminum Doors, which were also created in parallel. There was a need to either withdraw the old line from the market, or greatly change the cost, which was also impossible, since the line in the J-series began to crumble. By pulling the string, Samsung actually destroyed its own concept of the product line, violating the harmony of positioning. The solution was found in the cancellation of three new models of the A-series, the creation of an alternative for flagships, these devices clearly fit into the concept of everyday flagships and inherit the best features of the S8 / S8 +.

Compared to the company's flagships, the A-series has always offered an average quality of the main camera, it lost to the S-series, it was a conscious step to preserve the difference in the perception of the devices. In A8/A8+, the camera has been noticeably improved, but the dual main camera has been abandoned, placing it as a front one. The decision, at first glance, is controversial, but the same S9 + gets a dual camera by analogy with Note 8, positioning becomes clearer, as well as the price difference between S9 and S9 + increases (55 and 70 thousand rubles in March, approximate price). Based on these prices, it turns out that the A8 / A8 + fall exactly in the middle, they cost almost half the price of the 2018 flagships, which are released in March. Of course, a comparison with the S8 is necessary, because for many, especially at the beginning of sales, the choice will be between these devices, since the price is relatively close. But we will deal with this later, but for now let's get back to why Samsung needs the A8 / A8 +.

We can say that these two paired models with the same set of features are not just an extension of the model range, they are an extension of the ecosystem. So, they have already added support for Gear VR, which has never been in the A-series. The prototypes worked with DeX-station, but in commercial samples such support will most likely be removed so that corporate clients are guided by S8/S9/Note.

Summarizing all of the above, the A8/A8+ look like everyday flagships that provide a number of advantages over the S-line (FM radio, flat screen, longer battery life, dual SIM and memory card), and lose features that not everyone needs (DeX, wireless charging, dual main camera, AKG headphones included). In many ways, this is a reasonable economy for those who do not demand all the latest chips from the device, but approach the choice rationally, and by no means emotionally. Let's see what the 2018 A-series flagships offer to users.

Design, dimensions, controls

The fact that A8/A8+ is difficult to distinguish from the company's current flagships from afar, obviously, they are made in the same colors, look the same, and you have to look closely to understand which smartphone is in front of you. Perhaps this is bad for flagships, but good for the A-series, as it gives the impression that you have a smartphone that is more expensive than it actually is.

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Color options are as follows: black, gray, gold and navy.

Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+

All colors will be presented in Russia, but black and gold will appear first, and a little later - two other colors. From current models, we know that the cases have aluminum frames (7000 series), front and back surfaces made of glass, this is Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Despite the presence of an oleophobic coating, the surface is quickly covered with prints, this is especially noticeable outdoors or in bright office lighting . The disadvantage of any smartphone with a glass back, there's nothing to be done.

Unlike older models, the metal here does not have a gloss, it is matte. The surface is well processed, I wore devices with keys, I did not experience any problems. Scratches do not appear, nothing wears out.

Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+

At the top end there is a tray for a nanoSIM card and a memory card, on the left side there is another tray for a second SIM card. Flagships have one tray, and it is combined, you have to choose between a second SIM card and a memory card, but here everything is done more correctly.

Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+

The microphones are at the ends, there are two of them - there is a noise reduction system, it works quite well, cuts off external noise. At the bottom, you can see a USB Type C connector for charging and right there a 3.5 mm output for a headset or headphones. The paired volume rocker is located on the left side surface, the on/off button is on the right. Also on the right side there is a hole for a single speaker, the location is unusual for flagships (there is a speaker on the bottom), but this does not cause problems - the volume of the call is enough to hear the device in any conditions.

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The IP68 protection standard suggests that you can drown your smartphone, but you don’t need to do this on purpose, it’s best to dry it after water (not with a hairdryer, not on a battery). If you bathed it in sea water, then rinse it with fresh water to remove salt on the membranes, for example, the speaker and microphones.

Let me remind you that in all Samsung flagships with frameless screens there is an emulation of a physical key on the screen, when you press in standby mode when AlwaysOn Display is working, you feel a vibration, in A8 / A8 + they refused this, facilitated the design. You can simply press this softkey, but you won't feel any vibration or response. At the same time, pressing any other on-screen keys has a vibration response (can be disabled in the settings).

The difference between A8 and A8+ is only in size and weight - 149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4 mm, 172 g (A8), 159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm, 191 g (A8+ ). For their capabilities and screens, the devices are quite compact, the younger one is similar to the S8, the older one is comparable in size to the S8+/Note 8.

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Compared to Galaxy Note 8

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Compared to Galaxy S8

The fingerprint sensor is on the back, but below the camera, which is much more convenient. The platform is allocated, it is easier to find the sensor than in the S8 and other models, where it is on the side of the camera. An important point: both the main camera module and the fingerprint sensor are recessed into the body, they do not stick out. For many manufacturers, everything is exactly the opposite, and the camera module strongly protrudes from the body, they worked on it here. It is also worth noting that the heart rate sensor disappeared from the devices, it remained the prerogative of the flagships, it was abandoned here.

Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+

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The device has face recognition (there is no iris scanner), recognition occurs due to front cameras, it is quite fast and safe.

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Let's go back to the front panel, there is a small LED indicator to the left of the earpiece, it blinks if you have missed events. In the presence of AlwaysOn Display, this indicator is not so important, but perhaps someone will consider it necessary.

Smartphone ergonomics are not as good as in Samsung's flagships, where the case is rounded on both the back and the front. The bend makes it possible to make the devices lie in the hand like a glove, in A8/A8+ the presence of only a beveled back surface is felt instantly, in the hand the phone does not lie like that. And here we can say that the A8 / A8 + lie in the hand, like all other smartphones from third-party manufacturers, this is rather a nod to the flagships, in which they have achieved much better ergonomics.

No Samsung branding on the front, which has annoyed many people for so long. For example, the LG G6 still has this designation, albeit not very bright and annoying.

Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+

All devices with this kind of screens are similar to each other, as the screens form the appearance of a smartphone. It is impossible to consider this as copying, this is what is set at the component level, and each manufacturer tries to diversify the appearance so that it is recognizable. Samsung managed to do this, the devices are uniquely associated with the company and its flagships.

Display

The difference between the devices is only in the diagonal of the screen, in A8 it is 5.6 inches (441 ppi), in A8 + 6 inches (411 ppi). Resolution - 1080x2220 pixels (FullHD +), screen geometry - 18.5: 9, Samsung calls it Infinity Display. SuperAMOLED screen type, the difference from the flagships is not only in resolution, but also in maximum brightness. On the other hand, this is noticeable only in direct comparison, in everyday life the quality of these screens is enough for the eyes. For some, it will be a pleasant discovery that the screens are flat, there are no curves.

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Naturally, the SuperAMOLED mode is supported, just like in Note 8, a separate chip is responsible for its operation, which has a positive effect on energy consumption, it is quite small (12 hours of operation takes 300 mAh).

Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+

Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+ Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+

There are different modes of the screen, fine-tuning for yourself, everything is familiar with other devices of the company, there is an automatic adjustment of the screen brightness.

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I didn't have any complaints about how the screen works, it works great in all situations. A very high-quality matrix, which draws, including due to its quality, and the photos taken by the device look much better on the screen than on a computer.

The screen resolution is not so good for the Gear VR virtual reality glasses, the picture has noticeable pixels, but the older models are more interesting in this aspect. Also, unlike flagships, you do not have the ability to change the screen resolution, it is hard-coded in the settings. In theory, it was possible to set the resolution to HD + (1480x720 pixels, but they did not fool around with this).

Battery

The A8 has a 3000 mAh battery, the A8+ has a 3500 mAh battery. I want to make a reservation right away that I tried to work with two devices and, with the exception of the charging time, I got almost identical results, so everything that is said below applies to two models. The included quick charge charges the A8 in 1 hour and 10 minutes, while the A8+ takes 1 hour and 20 minutes to fully charge.

The time of continuous video playback at maximum brightness (HD movie, MX Player) is about 16.5 hours.

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Both devices under high load easily work for a full day, and this is about 600-700 MB of data in a 4G network, 6-7.5 hours of screen operation (50%, automatic brightness control). With less load, you will get two days of confident work.

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Of the minuses, I note that some applications, for example, Facebook, negatively affect the battery and begin to eat it before our eyes. With Facebook updates turned on, the battery melted instantly, it only lasted until 7 pm, although there was no other load. The solution was to forcibly turn off all notifications from Facebook, prohibiting work in the background - this fixed the situation.

Traditionally, there is a maximum power saving mode, in which background processes are turned off, the screen turns black.

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Surprisingly, compared to the S8/S8+, you will notice a clear increase in runtime, and the other chipset that is used in these models should be thanked for this.

Chipset, memory, performance

It uses Exynos 7885 chipset (2x2.2 GHz Cortex A73 + 6x1.6 GHz Cortex A53), Mali-G71 GPU, these are the first models to use it. This chipset is manufactured according to the technological standard of 14 nm (LPP FinFET). The fact that the chipset has only two high-performance cores and six ordinary ones does not affect the speed in any way either in games or in everyday tasks, everything is quite fast, you will not see any problems. Flagships are subjectively faster, which is also proved by synthetic tests, but here you just need to compare them head-on, which often no one does.

Models are supplied to Russia in 4/32 GB configuration, which is enough for ordinary users, but obviously it will not be enough for advanced buyers (there are flagships for them, this model is definitely not for them). In Asia, there is a 6/64 GB version of the older model, it looks more interesting with a small difference in cost.

Memory cards up to 256 GB are supported and there is a separate slot for them.

Look at the results of the synthetic tests, they are not maximum and are very different in synthetics compared to the flagships, but this is expected.

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Communications

USB 3.0 (Type C), OTG is supported, there is support for Bluetooth 5.0, there is aptX and other codecs for sound.

There is LTE cat. 11, frequency aggregation is supported. From the point of view of wireless interfaces, there are Wi-Fi improvements, new algorithms are used. The Wi-Fi repeater function has not disappeared anywhere, it is in this device. It's nice that Wi-Fi is dual-band.

Cameras

There is a craze for high-quality selfie cameras in the world, and these devices received a bunch of two modules, 16 and 8 megapixels (f / 1.9), they allow you to blur the background. The front camera shoots normally, there are various beautifiers that allow you to remove skin defects, lighting or add some kind of mask to your face. Everything is familiar, and the only difference is the blurring of the background, which is hardly necessary for most.

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Main camera 16 megapixels, LED flash, f/1.7, PDAF, various effects, OIS. The camera interface and settings are familiar from other models.

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On a smartphone screen, the resulting photos look plus or minus comparable to the S8 +, which for many people will be proof that the cameras are the same.

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Sorry, but the computer shows that the camera module in the A8/A8+ is very different from the S8. This is the level of Chinese flagships, but not the level of Samsung flagships at all, the difference is too great. However, look at the comparison shots.

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Video recording is supported only in FullHD resolution, this is also an artificial limitation, since it is considered that more is not needed for the average consumer.

Bixby camera - image analysis, useful and harmful properties

Despite the fact that there is no Bixby button on the device, a swipe to the left opens a screen with tips and reminders that you can use or not use. In the absence of a Russian voice assistant, this is not very interesting, but you can build your own tips in English.

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I want to dwell on the capabilities of the Bixby camera, as it allows you to take a picture and immediately recognize the text, and then even translate it into another language (using the translation service from Google). This is a very useful feature that comes from the Note line, where it has been around for a long time.

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One of the ideas of the Bixby camera is that you can take a picture of an item and immediately find out everything about it, for example, see its value. Here Yandex is the search provider, and it copes with visual search extremely poorly, for example, a photo of a Gear S3 watch from Samsung gives search results that have nothing to do with Samsung even remotely.

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Review of everyday flagships - Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+ (SM-A530F/SM-A730F)

The A-series already had the A8 model, but this device was not sold in Russia, it was supplied only to Asian markets, it was distinguished by its larger memory capacity and screen size.For Samsung, the entire A-series has become successful in most markets where it is presented, the ideology of the devices is straightforward: to give the same case materials as in the flagships, but to give up some individual functions. For example, in Russia, the A-series is invariably in high demand, and a model such as the A5 is consistently among the top ten best-selling smartphones, as it is interesting in terms of price / quality ratio.

The popularity of the A-series played a cruel joke on this model range, Samsung could not abandon the devices of 2017, and therefore we see not an update of those smartphones that we are familiar with, but an expansion of the line with two new devices - A8 / A8 +. Based on the number, it is clear that these are the flagships of the line, but also, if we leave out the A-series, then they can be called everyday flagships, replacing the S8 / S8 +, that is, simplified versions of these models.

Each smartphone is created with an eye on the nearest devices, in the case of A8 / A8 + they looked not at all at A7 2017, but at S8 / S8 +, as they have high sales and good potential for a long life cycle. For some consumers, curved screens seem inconvenient, they want to get regular, flat displays. Inside Samsung, they considered the possibility of creating a simplified version of the S8 / S8 +, which appeared in the face of the A8 / A8 +. But these devices were ideologically very different from the 2018 A3/A5/A7 Aluminum Doors, which were also created in parallel. There was a need to either withdraw the old line from the market, or greatly change the cost, which was also impossible, since the line in the J-series began to crumble. By pulling the string, Samsung actually destroyed its own concept of the product line, violating the harmony of positioning. The solution was found in the cancellation of three new models of the A-series, the creation of an alternative for flagships, these devices clearly fit into the concept of everyday flagships and inherit the best features of the S8 / S8 +.

Compared to the flagships of the company, the A-series has always offered an average quality of the main camera, it lost to the S-series, it was a conscious step to preserve the difference in the perception of the devices. In A8 / A8 +, the camera was noticeably improved, but they abandoned the dual main camera, placing it as a front one. The decision, at first glance, is controversial, but the same S9 + gets a dual camera by analogy with Note 8, positioning becomes clearer, as well as the price difference between S9 and S9 + increases (55 and 70 thousand rubles in March, approximate price). Based on these prices, it turns out that the A8 / A8 + fall exactly in the middle, they cost almost half the price of the 2018 flagships, which are released in March. Of course, a comparison with the S8 is necessary, because for many, especially at the beginning of sales, the choice will be between these devices, since the price is relatively close. But we'll get to that later, but for now let's get back to why Samsung needs the A8/A8+.

We can say that these two paired models with the same set of features are not just an extension of the model range, they are an extension of the ecosystem. So, they have already added support for Gear VR, which has never been in the A-series. The prototypes worked with DeX-station, but in commercial samples such support will most likely be removed so that corporate clients are guided by S8/S9/Note.

Summarizing all of the above, the A8/A8+ look like everyday flagships that provide a number of advantages over the S-line (FM radio, flat screen, longer battery life, dual SIM and memory card), and lose features that not everyone needs (DeX, wireless charging, dual main camera, AKG headphones included). In many ways, this is a reasonable economy for those who do not demand all the latest chips from the device, but approach the choice rationally, and by no means emotionally. Let's see what the 2018 A-series flagships offer users.

Design, dimensions, controls

The fact that A8/A8+ is difficult to distinguish from the company's current flagships from afar, obviously, they are made in the same colors, look the same, and you have to look closely to understand which smartphone is in front of you. Perhaps this is bad for flagships, but good for the A-series, as it gives the impression that you have a smartphone that is more expensive than it actually is.

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Color options are as follows: black, gray, gold and navy.

Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+

All colors will be presented in Russia, but black and gold will appear first, and a little later - two other colors. From current models, we know that the cases have aluminum frames (7000 series), front and back surfaces made of glass, this is Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Despite the presence of an oleophobic coating, the surface is quickly covered with prints, this is especially noticeable outdoors or in bright office lighting . The disadvantage of any smartphone with a glass back, there's nothing to be done.

Unlike older models, the metal here does not have a gloss, it is matte. The surface is well processed, I wore devices with keys, I did not experience any problems. Scratches do not appear, nothing wears out.

Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+

At the top end there is a tray for a nanoSIM card and a memory card, on the left side there is another tray for a second SIM card. Flagships have one tray, and it is combined, you have to choose between a second SIM card and a memory card, but here everything is done more correctly.

Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+

The microphones are at the ends, there are two of them - there is a noise reduction system, it works quite well, cuts off external noise. At the bottom you can see a USB Type C connector for charging and right there a 3.5 mm output for a headset or headphones. The paired volume rocker is on the left side surface, the on/off button is on the right. Also on the right side there is a hole for a single speaker, the location is unusual for flagships (there is a speaker on the bottom), but this does not cause problems - the volume of the call is enough to hear the device in any conditions.

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The IP68 protection standard suggests that you can drown your smartphone, but you don’t need to do this on purpose, it’s best to dry it after water (not with a hairdryer, not on a battery). If you bathed it in sea water, then rinse it with fresh water to remove salt on the membranes, for example, the speaker and microphones.

Let me remind you that in all Samsung flagships with frameless screens there is an emulation of a physical key on the screen, when you press in standby mode when AlwaysOn Display is working, you feel a vibration, in A8 / A8 + they refused this, facilitated the design. You can simply press this softkey, but you won't feel any vibration or response. At the same time, pressing any other on-screen keys has a vibration response (can be disabled in the settings).

The difference between A8 and A8+ is only in size and weight - 149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4 mm, 172 g (A8), 159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm, 191 g (A8+ ). For their capabilities and screens, the devices are quite compact, the younger one is similar to the S8, the older one is comparable in size to the S8+/Note 8.

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Compared to Galaxy Note 8

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Compared to Galaxy S8

The fingerprint sensor is on the back, but below the camera, which is much more convenient. The platform is allocated, it is easier to find the sensor than in the S8 and other models, where it is on the side of the camera. An important point: both the main camera module and the fingerprint sensor are recessed into the body, they do not stick out. For many manufacturers, everything is exactly the opposite, and the camera module strongly protrudes from the body, they worked on it here. It is also worth noting that the heart rate sensor disappeared from the devices, it remained the prerogative of the flagships, it was abandoned here.

Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+

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The device has face recognition (there is no iris scanner), recognition occurs due to front cameras, it is quite fast and safe.

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Let's go back to the front panel, there is a small LED indicator to the left of the earpiece, it blinks if you have missed events. In the presence of AlwaysOn Display, this indicator is not so important, but perhaps someone will consider it necessary.

Smartphone ergonomics are not as good as in Samsung's flagships, where the case is rounded on both the back and the front. The bend makes it possible to make the devices lie in the hand like a glove, in A8/A8+ the presence of only a beveled back surface is felt instantly, in the hand the phone does not lie like that. And here we can say that the A8 / A8 + lie in the hand, like all other smartphones from third-party manufacturers, this is rather a nod to the flagships, in which they have achieved much better ergonomics.

No Samsung branding on the front, which has annoyed many people for so long. For example, the LG G6 still has this designation, albeit not very bright and annoying.

Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+

All devices with this kind of screens are similar to each other, as the screens form the appearance of a smartphone. It is impossible to consider this as copying, this is what is set at the component level, and each manufacturer tries to diversify the appearance so that it is recognizable. Samsung managed to do this, the devices are uniquely associated with the company and its flagships.

Display

The difference between the devices is only in the diagonal of the screen, in A8 it is 5.6 inches (441 ppi), in A8 + 6 inches (411 ppi). Resolution - 1080x2220 pixels (FullHD +), screen geometry - 18.5: 9, Samsung calls it Infinity Display. SuperAMOLED screen type, the difference from the flagships is not only in resolution, but also in maximum brightness. On the other hand, this is noticeable only in direct comparison, in everyday life the quality of these screens is enough for the eyes. For some, it will be a pleasant discovery that the screens are flat, there are no curves.

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Naturally, the SuperAMOLED mode is supported, just like in Note 8, a separate chip is responsible for its operation, which has a positive effect on energy consumption, it is quite small (12 hours of operation takes 300 mAh).

Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+

Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+ Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+

There are different modes of the screen, fine-tuning for yourself, everything is familiar with other devices of the company, there is an automatic adjustment of the screen brightness.

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I didn't have any complaints about how the screen works, it works great in all situations. A very high-quality matrix, which draws, including due to its quality, and the photos taken by the device look much better on the screen than on a computer.

The screen resolution is not so good for the Gear VR virtual reality glasses, the picture has noticeable pixels, but the older models are more interesting in this aspect. Also, unlike flagships, you do not have the ability to change the screen resolution, it is hard-coded in the settings. In theory, it was possible to set the resolution to HD + (1480x720 pixels, but they did not fool around with this).

Battery

The A8 has a 3000 mAh battery, the A8+ has a 3500 mAh battery. I want to make a reservation right away that I tried to work with two devices and, with the exception of the charging time, I got almost identical results, so everything that is said below applies to two models. The included quick charge charges the A8 in 1 hour and 10 minutes, while the A8+ takes 1 hour and 20 minutes to fully charge.

The time of continuous video playback at maximum brightness (HD movie, MX Player) is about 16.5 hours.

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Both devices under high load easily work for a full day, and this is about 600-700 MB of data in a 4G network, 6-7.5 hours of screen operation (50%, automatic brightness control). With less load, you will get two days of confident work.

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Of the minuses, I note that some applications, for example, Facebook, negatively affect the battery and begin to eat it before our eyes. With Facebook updates turned on, the battery melted instantly, it only lasted until 7 pm, although there was no other load. The solution was to forcibly turn off all notifications from Facebook, prohibiting work in the background - this fixed the situation.

Traditionally, there is a maximum power saving mode, in which background processes are turned off, the screen turns black.

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Surprisingly, compared to the S8/S8+, you will notice a clear increase in runtime, and the other chipset that is used in these models should be thanked for this.

Chipset, memory, performance

It uses Exynos 7885 chipset (2x2.2 GHz Cortex A73 + 6x1.6 GHz Cortex A53), Mali-G71 GPU, these are the first models to use it. This chipset is manufactured according to the technological standard of 14 nm (LPP FinFET). The fact that the chipset has only two high-performance cores and six ordinary ones does not affect the speed in any way either in games or in everyday tasks, everything is quite fast, you will not see any problems. Flagships are subjectively faster, which is also proved by synthetic tests, but here you just need to compare them head-on, which often no one does.

Models are supplied to Russia in 4/32 GB configuration, which is enough for ordinary users, but obviously it will not be enough for advanced buyers (there are flagships for them, this model is definitely not for them). In Asia, there is a 6/64 GB version of the older model, it looks more interesting with a small difference in cost.

Memory cards up to 256 GB are supported and there is a separate slot for them.

Look at the results of the synthetic tests, they are not maximum and are very different in synthetics compared to the flagships, but this is expected.

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Communications

Supports USB 3.0 (Type C), OTG, Bluetooth 5.0, aptX and other audio codecs.

There is LTE cat. 11, frequency aggregation is supported. From the point of view of wireless interfaces, there are Wi-Fi improvements, new algorithms are used. The Wi-Fi repeater function has not disappeared anywhere, it is in this device. It's nice that Wi-Fi is dual-band.

Cameras

There is a craze for high-quality selfie cameras in the world, and these devices received a bunch of two modules, 16 and 8 megapixels (f / 1.9), they allow you to blur the background. The front camera shoots normally, there are various beautifiers that allow you to remove skin defects, lighting or add some kind of mask to your face. Everything is familiar, and the only difference is the blurring of the background, which most people hardly need.

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Main camera 16 megapixels, LED flash, f/1.7, PDAF, various effects, OIS. The camera interface and settings are familiar from other models.

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On a smartphone screen, the resulting photos look plus or minus comparable to the S8 +, which for many people will be proof that the cameras are the same.

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Sorry, but the computer shows that the camera module in the A8/A8+ is very different from the S8. This is the level of Chinese flagships, but not the level of Samsung flagships at all, the difference is too great. However, look at the comparison shots.

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Video recording is supported only in FullHD resolution, this is also an artificial limitation, since it is believed that more is not needed for the average consumer.

Bixby camera - image analysis, useful and harmful properties

Despite the fact that there is no Bixby button on the device, a swipe to the left opens a screen with hints and reminders that you can use or not use. In the absence of a Russian voice assistant, this is not very interesting, but you can build your own tips in English.

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I want to dwell on the capabilities of the Bixby camera, as it allows you to take a picture and immediately recognize the text, and then even translate it into another language (using the translation service from Google). This is a very useful feature that comes from the Note line, where it has been around for a long time.

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One of the ideas of the Bixby camera is that you can take a picture of an item and immediately find out everything about it, for example, see its value. Here Yandex is the search provider, and it copes with visual search extremely poorly, for example, a photo of a Gear S3 watch from Samsung gives search results that have nothing to do with Samsung even remotely.

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Review of everyday flagships - Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+ (SM-A530F/SM-A730F)

The A-series already had the A8 model, but this device was not sold in Russia, it was supplied only to Asian markets, it was distinguished by its larger memory capacity and screen size.For Samsung, the entire A-series has become successful in most markets where it is presented, the ideology of the devices is straightforward: to give the same case materials as in the flagships, but to give up some individual functions. For example, in Russia, the A-series is invariably in high demand, and a model such as the A5 is consistently among the top ten best-selling smartphones, as it is interesting in terms of price / quality ratio.

The popularity of the A-series played a cruel joke on this model range, Samsung could not abandon the devices of 2017, and therefore we see not an update of those smartphones that we are familiar with, but an expansion of the line with two new devices - A8 / A8 +. Based on the number, it is clear that these are the flagships of the line, but also, if we leave out the A-series, then they can be called everyday flagships, replacing the S8 / S8 +, that is, simplified versions of these models.

Each smartphone is created with an eye on the nearest devices, in the case of A8 / A8 + they looked not at all at A7 2017, but at S8 / S8 +, as they have high sales and good potential for a long life cycle. For some consumers, curved screens seem inconvenient, they want to get regular, flat displays. Inside Samsung, they considered the possibility of creating a simplified version of the S8 / S8 +, which appeared in the face of the A8 / A8 +. But these devices were ideologically very different from the 2018 A3/A5/A7 Aluminum Doors, which were also created in parallel. There was a need to either withdraw the old line from the market, or greatly change the cost, which was also impossible, since the line in the J-series began to crumble. By pulling the string, Samsung actually destroyed its own concept of the product line, violating the harmony of positioning. The solution was found in the cancellation of three new models of the A-series, the creation of an alternative for flagships, these devices clearly fit into the concept of everyday flagships and inherit the best features of the S8 / S8 +.

Compared to the company's flagships, the A-series has always offered an average quality of the main camera, it lost to the S-series, it was a conscious step to preserve the difference in the perception of the devices. In A8/A8+, the camera has been noticeably improved, but the dual main camera has been abandoned, placing it as a front one. The decision, at first glance, is controversial, but the same S9 + gets a dual camera by analogy with Note 8, positioning becomes clearer, as well as the price difference between S9 and S9 + increases (55 and 70 thousand rubles in March, approximate price). Based on these prices, it turns out that the A8 / A8 + fall exactly in the middle, they cost almost half the price of the 2018 flagships, which are released in March. Of course, a comparison with the S8 is necessary, because for many, especially at the beginning of sales, the choice will be between these devices, since the price is relatively close. But we will deal with this later, but for now let's get back to why Samsung needs the A8 / A8 +.

We can say that these two paired models with the same set of features are not just an extension of the model range, they are an extension of the ecosystem. So, they have already added support for Gear VR, which has never been in the A-series. The prototypes worked with DeX-station, but in commercial samples such support will most likely be removed so that corporate clients are guided by S8/S9/Note.

Summarizing all of the above, the A8/A8+ look like everyday flagships that provide a number of advantages over the S-line (FM radio, flat screen, longer battery life, dual SIM and memory card), and lose features that not everyone needs (DeX, wireless charging, dual main camera, AKG headphones included). In many ways, this is a reasonable economy for those who do not demand all the latest chips from the device, but approach the choice rationally, and by no means emotionally. Let's see what the 2018 A-series flagships offer to users.

Design, dimensions, controls

The fact that A8/A8+ is difficult to distinguish from the company's current flagships from afar, obviously, they are made in the same colors, look the same, and you have to look closely to understand which smartphone is in front of you. Perhaps this is bad for flagships, but good for the A-series, as it gives the impression that you have a smartphone that is more expensive than it actually is.

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Color options are as follows: black, gray, gold and navy.

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All colors will be presented in Russia, but black and gold will appear first, and a little later - two other colors. From current models, we know that the cases have aluminum frames (7000 series), front and back surfaces made of glass, this is Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Despite the presence of an oleophobic coating, the surface is quickly covered with prints, this is especially noticeable outdoors or in bright office lighting . The disadvantage of any smartphone with a glass back, there's nothing to be done.

Unlike older models, the metal here does not have a gloss, it is matte. The surface is well processed, I wore devices with keys, I did not experience any problems. Scratches do not appear, nothing wears out.

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At the top end there is a tray for a nanoSIM card and a memory card, on the left side there is another tray for a second SIM card. Flagships have one tray, and it is combined, you have to choose between a second SIM card and a memory card, but here everything is done more correctly.

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The microphones are at the ends, there are two of them - there is a noise reduction system, it works quite well, cuts off external noise. At the bottom you can see a USB Type C connector for charging and right there a 3.5 mm output for a headset or headphones. The paired volume rocker is on the left side surface, the on/off button is on the right. Also on the right side there is a hole for a single speaker, the location is unusual for flagships (there is a speaker on the bottom), but this does not cause problems - the volume of the call is enough to hear the device in any conditions.

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The IP68 protection standard suggests that you can drown your smartphone, but you don’t need to do this on purpose, it’s best to dry it after water (not with a hairdryer, not on a battery). If you bathed it in sea water, then rinse it with fresh water to remove salt on the membranes, for example, the speaker and microphones.

Let me remind you that in all Samsung flagships with frameless screens there is an emulation of a physical key on the screen, when you press in standby mode when AlwaysOn Display is working, you feel a vibration, in A8 / A8 + they refused this, facilitated the design. You can simply press this softkey, but you won't feel any vibration or response. At the same time, pressing any other on-screen keys has a vibration response (can be disabled in the settings).

The difference between A8 and A8+ is only in size and weight - 149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4 mm, 172 g (A8), 159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm, 191 g (A8+ ). For their capabilities and screens, the devices are quite compact, the younger one is similar to the S8, the older one is comparable in size to the S8+/Note 8.

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Compared to Galaxy Note 8

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Compared to Galaxy S8

The fingerprint sensor is on the back, but below the camera, which is much more convenient. The platform is allocated, it is easier to find the sensor than in the S8 and other models, where it is on the side of the camera. An important point: both the main camera module and the fingerprint sensor are recessed into the body, they do not stick out. For many manufacturers, everything is exactly the opposite, and the camera module strongly protrudes from the body, they worked on it here. It is also worth noting that the heart rate sensor disappeared from the devices, it remained the prerogative of the flagships, it was abandoned here.

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The device has face recognition (there is no iris scanner), recognition occurs due to front cameras, it is quite fast and safe.

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Let's go back to the front panel, there is a small LED indicator to the left of the earpiece, it blinks if you have missed events. In the presence of AlwaysOn Display, this indicator is not so important, but perhaps someone will consider it necessary.

Smartphone ergonomics are not as good as in Samsung's flagships, where the case is rounded on both the back and the front. The bend makes it possible to make the devices lie in the hand like a glove, in A8/A8+ the presence of only a beveled back surface is felt instantly, in the hand the phone does not lie like that. And here we can say that the A8 / A8 + lie in the hand, like all other smartphones from third-party manufacturers, this is rather a nod to the flagships, in which they have achieved much better ergonomics.

No Samsung branding on the front, which has annoyed many people for so long. For example, the LG G6 still has this designation, albeit not very bright and annoying.

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All devices with this kind of screens are similar to each other, as the screens shape the appearance of a smartphone. It is impossible to consider this as copying, this is what is set at the component level, and each manufacturer tries to diversify the appearance so that it is recognizable. Samsung managed to do this, the devices are uniquely associated with the company and its flagships.

Display

The difference between the devices is only in the diagonal of the screen, in A8 it is 5.6 inches (441 ppi), in A8 + 6 inches (411 ppi). Resolution - 1080x2220 pixels (FullHD +), screen geometry - 18.5: 9, Samsung calls it Infinity Display. SuperAMOLED screen type, the difference from the flagships is not only in resolution, but also in maximum brightness. On the other hand, this is noticeable only in direct comparison, in everyday life the quality of these screens is enough for the eyes. For some, it will be a pleasant discovery that the screens are flat, there are no curves.

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Naturally, the SuperAMOLED mode is supported, just like in Note 8, a separate chip is responsible for its operation, which has a positive effect on energy consumption, it is quite small (12 hours of operation takes 300 mAh).

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There are different modes of the screen, fine-tuning for yourself, everything is familiar with other devices of the company, there is an automatic adjustment of the screen brightness.

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I didn't have any complaints about how the screen works, it works great in all situations. A very high-quality matrix, which draws, including due to its quality, and the photos taken by the device look much better on the screen than on a computer.

The screen resolution is not so good for the Gear VR virtual reality glasses, the picture has noticeable pixels, but the older models are more interesting in this aspect. Also, unlike flagships, you do not have the ability to change the screen resolution, it is hard-coded in the settings. In theory, it was possible to set the resolution to HD + (1480x720 pixels, but they did not fool around with this).

Battery

The A8 has a 3000 mAh battery, the A8+ has a 3500 mAh battery. I want to make a reservation right away that I tried to work with two devices and, with the exception of the charging time, I got almost identical results, so everything that is said below applies to two models. The included quick charge charges the A8 in 1 hour and 10 minutes, while the A8+ takes 1 hour and 20 minutes to fully charge.

The time of continuous video playback at maximum brightness (HD movie, MX Player) is about 16.5 hours.

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Both devices under high load easily work for a full day, and this is about 600-700 MB of data in a 4G network, 6-7.5 hours of screen operation (50%, automatic brightness control). With less load, you will get two days of confident work.

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Of the minuses, I note that some applications, for example, Facebook, negatively affect the battery and begin to eat it before our eyes. With Facebook updates turned on, the battery melted instantly, it only lasted until 7 pm, although there was no other load. The solution was to forcibly turn off all notifications from Facebook, prohibiting work in the background - this fixed the situation.

Traditionally, there is a maximum power saving mode, in which background processes are turned off, the screen turns black.

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Surprisingly, compared to the S8/S8+, you will notice a clear increase in runtime, and the other chipset that is used in these models should be thanked for this.

Chipset, memory, performance

It uses Exynos 7885 chipset (2x2.2 GHz Cortex A73 + 6x1.6 GHz Cortex A53), Mali-G71 GPU, these are the first models to use it. This chipset is manufactured according to the technological standard of 14 nm (LPP FinFET). The fact that the chipset has only two high-performance cores and six ordinary ones does not affect the speed in any way either in games or in everyday tasks, everything is quite fast, you will not see any problems. Flagships are subjectively faster, which is also proved by synthetic tests, but here you just need to compare them head-on, which often no one does.

Models are supplied to Russia in 4/32 GB configuration, which is enough for ordinary users, but obviously it will not be enough for advanced buyers (there are flagships for them, this model is definitely not for them). In Asia, there is a 6/64 GB version of the older model, it looks more interesting with a small difference in cost.

Memory cards up to 256 GB are supported and there is a separate slot for them.

Look at the results of the synthetic tests, they are not maximum and are very different in synthetics compared to the flagships, but this is expected.

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Communications

USB 3.0 (Type C), OTG is supported, there is support for Bluetooth 5.0, there is aptX and other codecs for sound.

There is LTE cat. 11, frequency aggregation is supported. From the point of view of wireless interfaces, there are Wi-Fi improvements, new algorithms are used. The Wi-Fi repeater function has not disappeared anywhere, it is in this device. It's nice that Wi-Fi is dual-band.

Cameras

There is a craze for high-quality selfie cameras in the world, and these devices received a bunch of two modules, 16 and 8 megapixels (f / 1.9), they allow you to blur the background. The front camera shoots normally, there are various beautifiers that allow you to remove skin defects, lighting or add some kind of mask to your face. Everything is familiar, and the only difference is the blurring of the background, which is hardly necessary for most.

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Main camera 16 megapixels, LED flash, f/1.7, PDAF, various effects, OIS. The camera interface and settings are familiar from other models.

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On a smartphone screen, the resulting photos look plus or minus comparable to the S8 +, which for many people will be proof that the cameras are the same.

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Sorry, but the computer shows that the camera module in the A8/A8+ is very different from the S8. This is the level of Chinese flagships, but not the level of Samsung flagships at all, the difference is too great. However, look at the comparison shots.

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Video recording is supported only in FullHD resolution, this is also an artificial limitation, since it is believed that more is not needed for the average consumer.

Bixby camera - image analysis, useful and harmful properties

Despite the fact that there is no Bixby button on the device, a swipe to the left opens a screen with hints and reminders that you can use or not use. In the absence of a Russian voice assistant, this is not very interesting, but you can build your own tips in English.

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I want to dwell on the capabilities of the Bixby camera, as it allows you to take a picture and immediately recognize the text, and then even translate it into another language (using the translation service from Google). This is a very useful feature that comes from the Note line, where it has been around for a long time.

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One of the ideas of the Bixby camera is that you can take a picture of an item and immediately find out everything about it, for example, see its cost. Here Yandex is the search provider, and it copes with visual search extremely poorly, for example, a photo of a Gear S3 watch from Samsung gives search results that have nothing to do with Samsung even remotely.

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Review of everyday flagships - Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+ (SM-A530F/SM-A730F)

The A-series already had the A8 model, but this device was not sold in Russia, it was supplied only to Asian markets, it was distinguished by its larger memory capacity and screen size.For Samsung, the entire A-series has become successful in most markets where it is presented, the ideology of the devices is straightforward: to give the same case materials as in the flagships, but to give up some individual functions. For example, in Russia, the A-series is invariably in high demand, and a model such as the A5 is consistently among the top ten best-selling smartphones, as it is interesting in terms of price / quality ratio.

The popularity of the A-series played a cruel joke with this model range, Samsung could not abandon the devices of 2017, and therefore we see not an update of those smartphones that we are familiar with, but an expansion of the line with two new devices - A8 / A8 +. Based on the number, it is clear that these are the flagships of the line, but also, if we leave out the A-series, then they can be called everyday flagships, replacing the S8 / S8 +, that is, simplified versions of these models.

Each smartphone is created with an eye on the nearest devices, in the case of A8 / A8 + they looked not at all at A7 2017, but at S8 / S8 +, as they have high sales and good potential for a long life cycle. For some consumers, curved screens seem inconvenient, they want to get regular, flat displays. Inside Samsung, they considered the possibility of creating a simplified version of the S8 / S8 +, which appeared in the face of the A8 / A8 +. But these devices were ideologically very different from the 2018 A3/A5/A7 Aluminum Doors, which were also created in parallel. There was a need to either withdraw the old line from the market, or greatly change the cost, which was also impossible, since the line in the J-series began to crumble. By pulling the string, Samsung actually destroyed its own concept of the product line, violating the harmony of positioning. The solution was found in the cancellation of three new models of the A-series, the creation of an alternative for flagships, these devices clearly fit into the concept of everyday flagships and inherit the best features of the S8 / S8 +.

Each smartphone is created with an eye on the nearest devices, in the case of A8 / A8 + they looked not at all at A7 2017, but at S8 / S8 +, as they have high sales and good potential for a long life cycle. For some consumers, curved screens seem inconvenient, they want to get regular, flat displays. Inside Samsung, they considered the possibility of creating a simplified version of the S8 / S8 +, which appeared in the face of the A8 / A8 +. But these devices were ideologically very different from the A3 / A5 / A7 of 2018 Aluminum Doors Aluminum Doors , which were also created in parallel. There was a need to either withdraw the old line from the market, or greatly change the cost, which was also impossible, since the line in the J-series began to crumble. By pulling the string, Samsung actually destroyed its own concept of the product line, violating the harmony of positioning. The way out was found in the cancellation of three new models of the A-series, the creation of an alternative for flagships, these devices clearly fit into the concept of everyday flagships and inherit the best features of S8 / S8 +.

Compared to the company's flagships, the A-series has always offered an average quality of the main camera, it lost to the S-series, it was a conscious step to preserve the difference in the perception of the devices. In A8/A8+, the camera has been noticeably improved, but the dual main camera has been abandoned, placing it as a front one. The decision, at first glance, is controversial, but the same S9 + gets a dual camera by analogy with Note 8, positioning becomes clearer, as well as the price difference between S9 and S9 + increases (55 and 70 thousand rubles in March, approximate price). Based on these prices, it turns out that the A8 / A8 + fall exactly in the middle, they cost almost half the price of the 2018 flagships, which are released in March. Of course, a comparison with the S8 is necessary, because for many, especially at the beginning of sales, the choice will be between these devices, since the price is relatively close. But we will deal with this later, but for now let's get back to why Samsung needs the A8 / A8 +.

We can say that these two paired models with the same set of features are not just an extension of the model range, they are an extension of the ecosystem. So, they have already added support for Gear VR, which has never been in the A-series. The prototypes worked with DeX-station, but in commercial samples such support will most likely be removed so that corporate clients are guided by S8/S9/Note.

Summarizing all of the above, the A8/A8+ look like everyday flagships that provide a number of advantages over the S-line (FM radio, flat screen, longer battery life, dual SIM and memory card), and lose features that not everyone needs (DeX, wireless charging, dual main camera, AKG headphones included). In many ways, this is a reasonable economy for those who do not demand all the latest chips from the device, but approach the choice rationally, and by no means emotionally. Let's see what the 2018 A-series flagships offer users.

Design, dimensions, controls

The fact that A8/A8+ is difficult to distinguish from the company's current flagships from afar, obviously, they are made in the same colors, look the same, and you have to look closely to understand which smartphone is in front of you. Perhaps this is bad for flagships, but good for the A-series, as it gives the impression that you have a smartphone that is more expensive than it actually is.

Color options are as follows: black, gray, gold and navy.

All colors will be presented in Russia, but black and gold will appear first, and a little later - two other colors. From current models, we know that the cases have aluminum frames (7000 series), front and back surfaces made of glass, this is Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Despite the presence of an oleophobic coating, the surface is quickly covered with prints, this is especially noticeable outdoors or in bright office lighting . The disadvantage of any smartphone with a glass back, there's nothing to be done.

Unlike older models, the metal here does not have a gloss, it is matte. The surface is well processed, I wore devices with keys, I did not experience any problems. Scratches do not appear, nothing wears out.

At the top end there is a tray for a nanoSIM card and a memory card, on the left side there is another tray for a second SIM card. Flagships have one tray, and it is combined, you have to choose between a second SIM card and a memory card, but here everything is done more correctly.

The microphones are at the ends, there are two of them - there is a noise reduction system, it works quite well, cuts off external noise. At the bottom you can see a USB Type C connector for charging and right there a 3.5 mm output for a headset or headphones. The paired volume rocker is on the left side surface, the on/off button is on the right. Also on the right side there is a hole for a single speaker, the location is unusual for flagships (there is a speaker on the bottom), but this does not cause problems - the volume of the call is enough to hear the device in any conditions.

The IP68 protection standard suggests that you can drown your smartphone, but you don’t need to do this on purpose, it’s best to dry it after water (not with a hairdryer, not on a battery). If you bathed it in sea water, then rinse it with fresh water to remove salt on the membranes, for example, the speaker and microphones.

Let me remind you that in all Samsung flagships with frameless screens there is an emulation of a physical key on the screen, when you press in standby mode when AlwaysOn Display is working, you feel a vibration, in A8 / A8 + they refused this, facilitated the design. You can simply press this softkey, but you won't feel any vibration or response. At the same time, pressing any other on-screen keys has a vibration response (can be disabled in the settings).

The difference between A8 and A8+ is only in size and weight - 149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4 mm, 172 g (A8), 159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm, 191 g (A8+ ). For their capabilities and screens, the devices are quite compact, the younger one is similar to the S8, the older one is comparable in size to the S8+/Note 8.

Compared to Galaxy Note 8

Compared to Galaxy S8

The fingerprint sensor is on the back, but below the camera, which is much more convenient. The platform is allocated, it is easier to find the sensor than in the S8 and other models, where it is on the side of the camera. An important point: both the main camera module and the fingerprint sensor are recessed into the body, they do not stick out. For many manufacturers, everything is exactly the opposite, and the camera module strongly protrudes from the body, they worked on it here. It is also worth noting that the heart rate sensor disappeared from the devices, it remained the prerogative of the flagships, it was abandoned here.

The device has face recognition (there is no iris scanner), recognition occurs due to front cameras, it is quite fast and safe.

Let's go back to the front panel, there is a small LED indicator to the left of the earpiece, it blinks if you have missed events. In the presence of AlwaysOn Display, this indicator is not so important, but perhaps someone will consider it necessary.

Smartphone ergonomics are not as good as in Samsung's flagships, where the case is rounded on both the back and the front. The bend makes it possible to make the devices lie in the hand like a glove, in A8/A8+ the presence of only a beveled back surface is felt instantly, in the hand the phone does not lie like that. And here we can say that the A8 / A8 + lie in the hand, like all other smartphones from third-party manufacturers, this is rather a nod to the flagships, in which they have achieved much better ergonomics.

No Samsung branding on the front, which has annoyed many people for so long. For example, the LG G6 still has this designation, albeit not very bright and annoying.

All devices with this kind of screens are similar to each other, as the screens form the appearance of a smartphone. It is impossible to consider this as copying, this is what is set at the component level, and each manufacturer tries to diversify the appearance so that it is recognizable. Samsung managed to do this, the devices are uniquely associated with the company and its flagships.

Display

The difference between the devices is only in the diagonal of the screen, in A8 it is 5.6 inches (441 ppi), in A8 + 6 inches (411 ppi). Resolution - 1080x2220 pixels (FullHD +), screen geometry - 18.5: 9, Samsung calls it Infinity Display. SuperAMOLED screen type, the difference from the flagships is not only in resolution, but also in maximum brightness. On the other hand, this is noticeable only in direct comparison, in everyday life the quality of these screens is enough for the eyes. For some, it will be a pleasant discovery that the screens are flat, there are no curves.

Naturally, the SuperAMOLED mode is supported, just like in Note 8, a separate chip is responsible for its operation, which has a positive effect on energy consumption, it is quite small (12 hours of operation takes 300 mAh).

There are different modes of the screen, fine-tuning for yourself, everything is familiar with other devices of the company, there is an automatic adjustment of the screen brightness.

I didn't have any complaints about how the screen works, it works great in all situations. A very high-quality matrix, which draws, including due to its quality, and the photos taken by the device look much better on the screen than on a computer.

The screen resolution is not so good for the Gear VR virtual reality glasses, the picture has noticeable pixels, but the older models are more interesting in this aspect. Also, unlike flagships, you do not have the ability to change the screen resolution, it is hard-coded in the settings. In theory, it was possible to set the resolution to HD + (1480x720 pixels, but they did not fool around with this).

Battery

The A8 has a 3000 mAh battery, the A8+ has a 3500 mAh battery. I want to make a reservation right away that I tried to work with two devices and, with the exception of the charging time, I got almost identical results, so everything that is said below applies to two models. The included quick charge charges the A8 in 1 hour and 10 minutes, while the A8+ takes 1 hour and 20 minutes to fully charge.

The time of continuous video playback at maximum brightness (HD movie, MX Player) is about 16.5 hours.

Both devices under high load easily work for a full day, and this is about 600-700 MB of data in a 4G network, 6-7.5 hours of screen operation (50%, automatic brightness control). With less load, you will get two days of confident work.

Of the minuses, I note that some applications, for example, Facebook, negatively affect the battery and begin to eat it before our eyes. With Facebook updates turned on, the battery melted instantly, it only lasted until 7 pm, although there was no other load. The solution was to forcibly turn off all notifications from Facebook, prohibiting work in the background - this fixed the situation.

Traditionally, there is a maximum power saving mode, in which background processes are turned off, the screen turns black.

Surprisingly, compared to the S8/S8+, you will notice a clear increase in operating time, and for this you need to thank the other chipset that is used in these models.

Chipset, memory, performance

It uses Exynos 7885 chipset (2x2.2 GHz Cortex A73 + 6x1.6 GHz Cortex A53), Mali-G71 GPU, these are the first models to use it. This chipset is manufactured according to the technological standard of 14 nm (LPP FinFET). The fact that the chipset has only two high-performance cores and six ordinary ones does not affect the speed in any way either in games or in everyday tasks, everything is quite fast, you will not see any problems. Flagships are subjectively faster, which is also proved by synthetic tests, but here you just need to compare them head-on, which often no one does.

Models are supplied to Russia in 4/32 GB configuration, which is enough for ordinary users, but obviously it will not be enough for advanced buyers (there are flagships for them, this model is definitely not for them). In Asia, there is a 6/64 GB version of the older model, it looks more interesting with a small difference in cost.

Memory cards up to 256 GB are supported and there is a separate slot for them.

Look at the results of the synthetic tests, they are not maximum and are very different in synthetics compared to the flagships, but this is expected.

Communications

USB 3.0 (Type C), OTG is supported, there is support for Bluetooth 5.0, there is aptX and other codecs for sound.

There is LTE cat. 11, frequency aggregation is supported. From the point of view of wireless interfaces, there are Wi-Fi improvements, new algorithms are used. The Wi-Fi repeater function has not disappeared anywhere, it is in this device. It's nice that Wi-Fi is dual-band.

Cameras

There is a craze for high-quality selfie cameras in the world, and these devices received a bunch of two modules, 16 and 8 megapixels (f / 1.9), they allow you to blur the background. The front camera shoots normally, there are various beautifiers that allow you to remove skin defects, lighting or add some kind of mask to your face. Everything is familiar, and the only difference is the blurring of the background, which is hardly necessary for most.

Main camera 16 megapixels, LED flash, f/1.7, PDAF, various effects, OIS. The camera interface and settings are familiar from other models.

On a smartphone screen, the resulting photos look plus or minus comparable to the S8 +, which for many people will be proof that the cameras are the same.

Sorry, but the computer shows that the camera module in the A8/A8+ is very different from the S8. This is the level of Chinese flagships, but not the level of Samsung flagships at all, the difference is too great. However, look at the comparison shots.

Video recording is supported only in FullHD resolution, this is also an artificial limitation, since it is believed that more is not needed for the average consumer.

Bixby camera - image analysis, useful and harmful properties

Despite the fact that there is no Bixby button on the device, a swipe to the left opens a screen with hints and reminders that you can use or not use. In the absence of a Russian voice assistant, this is not very interesting, but you can build your own tips in English.

I want to dwell on the capabilities of the Bixby camera, as it allows you to take a picture and immediately recognize the text, and then even translate it into another language (using the translation service from Google). This is a very useful feature that comes from the Note line, where it has been around for a long time.

One of the ideas of the Bixby camera is that you can take a picture of an item and immediately find out everything about it, for example, see its cost. Here Yandex is the search provider, and it copes with visual search extremely poorly, for example, a photo of a Gear S3 watch from Samsung gives search results that have nothing to do with Samsung even remotely.