Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016), Discrete Improvements and Price High for Half of Samsung Range

Samsung launched Galaxy A series in 2014 and since the first Galaxy A5 we have seen as the family grew with new models that are sorted by numbers, being the most advanced higher numbers, as in the case of the Samsung Galaxy A8 presented in the summer of 2015. It’s a phablet of range average taking borrowed some characteristics more comprehensive Terminal as the metallic design or fingerprint sensor.

Little more than one year ago since the arrival of the first model and, as the custom of the South Korean brand mark, its renewal has come in the form of the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016), a team that we were talking about several weeks ago. We see all the innovations that brings.

Screen size phablet in metal body

Samsung repeated the same formula that we already met the first Galaxy A8 with a Super AMOLED of 5.7 inches and FullHD resolution screen, configuration resulting in a density of 386 points per inch. However, in this case there is a novelty at the level of software that is related to the display: function Always On Display.

With Always On Display the panel always displays information of interest such as the time, date and if we have pending notifications. What it does is reduce the brightness and take advantage of the Super AMOLED system to consume the minimum of energy.

In relation to the design, Samsung maintains the metal construction It is usual the Galaxy series and also the thinness of the first A8, although in this case increases 0.1 millimeters thick, a barely perceptible change.

Also with the footprints in the Start button sensor with which it is possible to unlock the phone, avoid typing passwords and also use Samsung Pay, a function that was not in the previous model and is the most outstanding novelty of the new A8 (2016).

If we move to the rear, the main camera still has a resolution of 16 Megapixel camera with f/1.9 lens and LED flash, so there have been changes in this section. Where news is in the front Chamber, that goes from 5 to 8 Megapixels, while also maintaining the f/1.9 lens, which is not bad.

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016), technical specifications

Under the hood of the new Samsung Galaxy A8 we have a processor 7420 Exynos, the same eight nuclei that Samsung Samsung Galaxy S6 joined last year, while the A8 2015 was a Snapdragon 615.

As for the memory, the internal capacity of the base model is 32 GB and there is a variant with 64 GB. But where more improvement is in RAM, which passes the 2 GB of the first model to 3 GB. The battery is another section that grows slightly and is planted in 3300 mAh.

Finally, we highlight that the new model integrates the interface Grace UX we met by the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, as we had already anticipated recently. This visual layer is based on the structure of TouchWiz but perfected it with a more mature look and some new features. Then we leave a tab of both models to compare all differences.




DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 158 x 76.8 x 6 mm 158 x 76.8 x 5.9 and 151 g
SCREEN Super AMOLED 5.7 inch FullHD 1920 x 1080 pixels and 386 pppAlways On Display Super AMOLED 5.7 inch FullHD 1920 x 1080 pixels and 386 ppp
PROCESSOR Samsung 7420 Exynos octa – core 2.1/1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa – core 1.8/1.3 GHz
MEMORY 32/64 GB + MicroSD 256 GB 32 GB + MicroSD 256 GB
SOFTWARE Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow + Grace UX Android 5.1.1 Lollipop + TouchWiz (upgrade to Android 6.0)
CAMERAS Rear: 16 MP, f/1.9 LED flash, FullHD videos Front: 8 MP, f/1.9 Rear: 16 MP, f/1.9, flash LED, FullHD videos Front: 5 MP, f/1.9
CONNECTIVITY 4 g LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4.2 Bluetooth, GPS + Glonass, MicroUSB, fingerprint reader, FM radio 4 g LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4.1 Bluetooth, GPS + Glonass, MicroUSB, fingerprint reader, FM Radio
BATTERY 3300 mAh 3050 mAh

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016), price and availability

The newest member of the Galaxy A series has been announced in the South, homeland of Samsung Korea, so still We could take a time to see it by other regions. However, the Galaxy A range is a regular Spanish catalog brand and also in Mexico and Colombia, as well as other countries in Latin America.

With regard to price, Samsung has confirmed that the terminal It will cost the equivalent of 527 euros in South Korea, a figure that surely will change when the terminal trip to Europe and which is likely to increase further.