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We love flagship phones, but there's a reason that shelling out for a Galaxy S8 or iPhone 8 can seem a bit of a folly. Why? Because mid-range phones are getting so good. Honor. Moto. Lenovo. Nokia. All produced very decent Android-based devices last year.
Samsung has long produced handsets for a variety of price points, of course, but over the last couple of years the Samsung A Series has become hard to beat thanks to excellent design and decent features.
This new A8 continues that trend and your friends and family won’t catch on to the fact you have a non-flagship. Now, it's worth pointing out that Samsung has made an A8 before (2016) so make sure you don't confuse it with that much older model.
Samsung Galaxy A8: Design and specs
The infinity display has made its way to the A8, here in a 5.6-inch, 1,080 x 2,220 pixel version (around 440ppi) - last year’s A7 (which didn't come to the UK unlike the A3 and A5) featured a 1,080 x 1,920 5.7-inch screen by comparison. There are still reasonably-sized bezels top and bottom, but the physical home button has gone.
As with the S8, the controls are now part of the display. That means the fingerprint reader has had to move and it's now directly underneath the camera. It could still do with being separated from the camera we think, but it seems marginally better placed than the S8 which has the reader beside the camera. As with last year’s Galaxy A7, the screen features Samsung's always-on display mode plus IP68 water and dust resistance.
The A8 can also be used with Gear VR. Once again there's 32GB of storage (expandable, of course) but slightly more RAM than last year, 4GB instead of 3GB. As with the A7, an octa-core processor is utilised. Here it's based around Samsung's own Exynos 7885 chipset which supports Bluetooth 5.0.