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By Jonathan Castillo

Samsung has launched their own fireworks called the Galaxy A8. The A lineup has always been an impressive lineup with a great specs sheet and sleek designs.

This year’s A8 looks like the Galaxy Note 8’s little cousin. The handling is great and comfortable. It feels like a premium phone that people use in their professional lives. Of course there is another variant of the A8 called the A8+, which has a bigger screen and bigger batter life. But that’s for anyone who are more interested in having large phones. The standard 2018 Galaxy A8’s size just feels right in the hand and easy to slip into pockets.

The Galaxy A8 is a powerful mid-range smartphone that boasts having two front cameras. The 8MP front camera is designed for wide selfies, so you can include yourself in family photos during this holiday. The 16MP front camera is built for Live Focus – a feature that allows you to blur backgrounds.

The 16MP rear camera captures impressive images with sharp detail and rich colors. Samsung has integrated Live Stickers just for a little fun in spicing up the photos you share in your social media.

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Samsung has included the video digital image stabilization to get rid of every shakiness while recording. The hyperlapse feature has also been integrated into the A8, letting you be more creative with your videos.

The 3000mAh battery life is astounding. With the 1080p and 440ppi screen, you’ll be able to watch videos in full clarity and impressive quality for a mid-range phone.

One of the more interesting features that I like is the Always-On display. This shows the time and notifications on the phone’s screen despite its locked. This helps you get information quicker without waking up the phone.

Samsung is gearing up for the future by using a type-C port for the A8. Type-C allows faster transfer speeds and fast charging.

Security has been enhanced with the rear fingerprint sensor and the facial recognition. From repeated use the facial recognition has been quite impressive even under dimly lit rooms. The fingerprint sensor has remained consistently reliable. You can use it for Samsung Pay, should it be available in the country.

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It also contains a virus and malware protection powered by McAfee. However, despite that, we continue to warn users to be careful what websites they visit and what data they download. And then using the fingerprint sensor you can access another UI that keeps apps and data private.

The Galaxy A8 uses 4GB of RAM, which gives it that speed that launches apps in a snap. Internal storage goes up to 64GB, which is, personally, plenty, but you can always upgrade your storage space with a microSD when you need more.

The Samsung Galaxy A8 shows that the path for smartphones this 2018 is going to be a good one as the gap between mid-range and flagships begin to narrow a little. Of course the A8 is not as powerful as the highly impressive Note 8, but the A8 is the best in its class yet.

Specs sheet:

Display: 5.6” FHD+ Super AMOLED 1080p, 440ppi

Processor: Exynos 7885 Octa-core (2.2GHz Dual + 1.6GHz Hexa)

RAM: 4GB

Storage: 32/64GB

Front cameras: 8MP+16MP

Rear camera: 16MP

Battery: 3000mAh

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