Samsung Galaxy A8 review: You’re paying for more than what’s “on paper”

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Oh yeah, the durian has dropped. We now know all we need to know about Samsung’s Galaxy A8 and A8+ smartphones. The final piece of the puzzle has been found so you know what that means: Judgement time.

If you’ve been following SoyaCincau.com, you may have seen the first impressions I posted about a month ago. If you haven’t, I suggest you go read it now because this review is kind of like a “Part 2”, where I fill in the blanks I couldn’t the last time.

But, to recap, here’s a quick TL;DR:

I was pretty impressed with Samsung’s refreshed take on their premium mid-range smartphone. It had a great build, great screen, pretty good performance and a sexy new look.

What’s more, the handset also gave you access to ecosystem-specific features like Samsung Pay and Samsung Gear VR, which are things you can’t get with any other non-Samsung mid-ranger. Then, there were other general perks that are just great to have like IP68 water resistance, a dedicated microSD card slot so you don’t have to deal with any of that hybrid SIM tray nonsense and smaller stuff like a 3.5mm headphone jack as well as fast-charging.

But, there were also uncertainties and things I didn’t like. I was super unsure about the smartphone’s camera, for example, face unlock, its battery life, and if the phone’s performance would hold up over time as more stuff populated my smartphone. I also didn’t like the single speaker that fired out of the side.

Then, of course there’s the most important thing for any smartphone: Its price. Is the Samsung Galaxy A8 ultimately worth your money?

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