Graphics - 78%
Speed - 77%
Design - 93%
Sounds - 83%
Not bad !
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Smartphone supremo Samsung has built something of an empire in India, and is currently the leading smartphone seller in the country. The company proudly states that its products are made in India, and all Samsung smartphones sold here are completely manufactured at its plant in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. With an extensive service network and huge marketing budgets, the Korean company is staying competitive with new, lower-priced alternatives.
Samsung’s smartphone portfolio in India is organised into six broad tiers. The ‘Note’ and ‘S’ ranges sit at the top, with the ‘A’, ‘E’, and ‘J’ ranges lined up below them, and then all the low-priced Grand, Core and Star models grouped as ‘Others’ at the bottom. The ‘A’ range is right below the flagships, offering features and design that put them almost at par with the flagships. A-series models offer nearly as much as the top-of-the-line Galaxy S6 or Galaxy Note 4, saving the buyer a little bit of money.
The new champion of the range is the Samsung Galaxy A8, which comes as close to flagship-grade as it can without actually being one. It is priced significantly lower than the Galaxy S6. With a fingerprint reader and a slim 5.9mm frame, this phone looks and feels like it belongs up there with the best. Does it live up to our expectations? Let’s find out.
Look and feel
One of the biggest complaints that people have had about Samsung over the years is that all its phones look very similar. Samsung has stuck to the same look for a long time. The Samsung Galaxy S6 (Review| Pictures) and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge did a little to change that impression, looking fresh while still maintaining that signature Samsung styling. The Galaxy A8 borrows those cues, with just enough of an update to set it apart from the lower priced devices in the portfolio.
The front of the A8 retains that familiar Samsung look, but the metallic edges and frame give it the kind of sophistication that we’ve come to expect from flagship devices. The dull metallic finish of the edges and buttons looks fantastic, as does the slight slope and curvature along the edges. The thin bezel on the front helps as well, with an impressive 73.8 percent screen-to-body ratio. Our only complaint is that the edges along the front of the device are a bit sharp, making the phone feel slightly bothersome in the hand. The USB and 3.5mm ports are at the bottom, the SIM card slots and volume keys are along the left edge, and the power key is on the right edge. The top has only a microphone for the video camera and voice recorder.