Hey guys, what is up? So the Galaxy A8s is apparently the first phone by Samsung to have a hole in the screen. It has a look that can be compared to Honor View 20, you can check it if you haven’t yet.
In my opinion, I wouldn’t really say the Galaxy A8s has all the qualities of what a Samsung device should have, but for a mid-range phone, it is understandable.
I wouldn’t really want to conclude on the phone without properly giving you guys details about it (besides, that’s what I’m here for). So keep reading to get my findings.
This is Shaibu from Shu’s Techs and this is the Samsung Galaxy A8s review.
With that being said, let’s get to it.
Must have been the shortest intro I’ve had in a while.
- Android 8.1 (Oreo) (can be upgraded to Android 9.0 (Pie))
- 6.4 inch 1080 x 2340 IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
- Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz 360 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver) CPU
- Adreno 616
- 6GB / 8GB RAM
- 128GB Internal Storage
- 24 MP + 10 MP + 5 MP Rear Camera
- 24 MP Front Camera
- 3400mAh non-removable battery
- Dual SIM
Just looking at the phone, you’ll notice how much work has been put to ensure you get a full screen experience. The design is nice, but honestly, it has the look of a typical phone. Come on, Samsung, where’s that “wow” factor?
Well, on the A8s, you get a front and back glass build, it gives the phone that attractive and shiny look but at the same time, it makes the phone very slippery. You do get a case out of the box and it will be a good thing to put it on the phone to avoid sad stories.
On the top left of the screen is the selfie camera, which we’ll talking about soon. Not a lot is going on here on the front, but that’s the whole aim of it anyway. It’s just you and a screen, nothing else.
Turning over to the back of the phone. You get a triple camera setup, a single LED flash and a fingerprint sensor for all forms of security features.
On the right side is your typical volume rocker and power button, they are made of metal and they are very firm.
On the left is your sim card slot and the special Bixby button to start-up Samsung’s personal voice assistant.
Not a lot going on the top of the phone. No, the A8s doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack, sadly. But it does have a USB Type-C port, and a pair of headphones comes with the phone that has a Type-C connector.
Not having a headphone jack can be a deal breaker. And although, you do get headphones that work with the Type-C connector, you are limited, cause you can’t listen to music without thinking about charging the phone. Well, let’s keep going.
When you get to the bottom, you find the single speaker and the USB Type-C port in the middle.
The overall design is nice, the lack of a headphone jack is something to watch out for if you get concerned about phones that don’t have one. But when it’s held, it feels good and premium.
For a Samsung phone, you would expect to have a super nice AMOLED panel that gives you a really nice display but with the Galaxy A8s, that’s not the case.
That’s right, what you’re getting on this phone is an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen. I understand that this is a mid-range phone but it’s still missing the “wow” factor here, Samsung.
You do get some good displays, but this is a Samsung device, you’d expect more from it.
Coming at 6.4 inches, it is pretty large, you get a nice experience on this almost all screen phone when it comes to videos, gaming etc.
It has a screen to body ratio of 84.7%, that’s really nice, cause you almost feel like you’re holding a screen.
With a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, images come out sharp and clear, you get some decent viewing angles as well.
Colors come out accurate enough, brightness is good, both indoors and outdoors. Really, guys, it isn’t a bad screen, it’s even better than the View 20, in my opinion, but being a Samsung device… eh. Okay, I’ll stop now.
What you will notice though is that the black circle around the camera is thick, thicker than the one around the View 20. And on the edges of the screen, you may notice some color distortions.
It’s not that bad, I guess that’s what happens when screens get holes in them.
Overall, you will be getting a nice display on the phone, but I must point out that if you’re coming from a high-end phone, don’t expect to get blown away, but if you’re coming from low or mid-range phone, you might get impressed by it.
If you’re looking to get this phone because you want to have a phone with a great camera performance, well, don’t. The cameras on this phone are not that great.
The selfie camera is a 24 Megapixel camera. On paper that sounds amazing and you’d expect a lot from it. But you really don’t.
Pictures come out really soft on the selfie camera, even when “beauty mode” is off. You don’t get a lot of details but you do get some noise. I’m not going to try to be nice and say “it’s not that bad” cause really, it is.
Colors don’t really come out accurate or sharp, and sometimes you will lose focus on images.
Low light photos don’t come out that great either.
With videos though, you get an average to a good result. One of the only problems you may face while making videos with the selfie camera is that it doesn’t come with a stabilization feature. Moving the phone around will bring out shaky videos.
Besides that, videos come out okay.
The selfie camera is also used as an unlocking feature. You get your face scanned and the phone unlocks itself. It is not as fast as the fingerprint sensor, but it does work, it takes a second or two, but overall it depends on how bright or dark your environment may be.
The rear camera though is almost the same as the selfie camera. You do get nicer images on the 10 Megapixel lens, but the main camera is not really great.
With the rear camera, you’re getting a 24 Megapixel main lens, a 10 Megapixel x2 Zoom lens and a 5 Megapixel Depth Sensor.
Just like the Selfie camera, the 24 Megapixel main camera won’t give you really nice photos, they don’t have a lot of detail, they come out very soft, and not very accurate.
On the 10 Megapixel lens though, pictures come out sharper and clearer. You won’t be getting a lot of noise here, and the x2 zoom does really well too.
I don’t really feel like I’m talking about a Samsung device right now. But the S10 will be coming soon so maybe Samsung is just experimenting on us?
Videos come out okay with the rear camera as well, you still don’t get stabilization, and the focus is a bit slow. Overall, you will get some okay videos. Don’t expect much if you strive for perfection.
The Galaxy A8s does well in performance but you will notice some lags here and there. High end games don’t play really smooth on high settings, you may have to reduce frame rates from the game’s settings.
I sometimes forget that this is a mid-range phone, so some not so impressive things should be expected.
Call clarity is good though, it does what a phone should do. You will be getting some decent audio coming out from the speaker at the bottom, it isn’t very loud but it’s okay.
The fingerprint reader is fast, starting up apps is also fast enough.
The Galaxy A8s runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo) but it will be getting an Android 9.0 (Pie) update, if it hasn’t gotten it already.
You do get some bloatware apps coming with the phone, but really, you won’t need to uninstall them, at least not all of them because they are not a lot and you do use some.
For handling graphics and frame rates for gaming you get an Adreno 616 GPU.
Being a mid-range device, you get a Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 Chipset, not a really great chipset here, which is why you get lags on high-end games.
You get an Octa-core CPU with a clock speed of 2.2GHz. I guess this is impressive for a mid-range device.
Overall performance on the phone really is average, you won’t get a very smooth and fast experience. Especially if you’re really pushing the phone to its limits.
There’s two variants to this phone, the 6GB of RAM and the 8GB of RAM versions. Although you’re getting some good RAM deals here in today’s standards, I’d say you don’t really get a big boost in performance regardless of the version you go for.
RAM does help but really the phone has to be optimized to really use the RAM to its full potential. Maybe a software update will fix that, could be when the 9.0 (Pie) becomes available.
Well, coming to internal storage, you only get a 128GB of internal storage version on the Galaxy A8s.
It is large enough to store all your media files, games, apps etc. But you should note that you cannot expand using an SD card on the A8s.
The phone comes with a non-removable 3,400mAh Li-Ion battery.
You won’t be getting up to a full day of use if you are a heavy user, so you will find yourself needing to charge the phone a couple of times a day. Maybe twice or thrice.
Light to moderate users may have to connect the phone to a charger every night before bed.
The phone does support fast charging. Charging till it’s full takes a little over two hours. Not very fast but it’s quite good.
You do get 4G LTE, 3G and 2G on the phone, internet speeds have been reported to be fast.
You also get WiFi (which is also very fast), Bluetooth V5.0, FM radio and a USB 2.0 Type-C 1.0 reversible connector. All the basic stuff.
Not really certain about the price yet but it costs around $500.
I can’t say a lot for this device, I just feel like it is not a device that should run smooth after a long time of use.
Maybe a software update will fix that, maybe it won’t. But whatever it is, I would think really hard before going for this device.
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