Samsung Nepal has finally launched its latest premier midrange A8 Plus in Nepal. If you are not aware, the Samsung Galaxy Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus 2018 were announced just a month ago. Out of the two devices, however, only the Galaxy A8+ 2018 will be launching in the Nepali market. On the plus side, the device will be of the higher variant offering 6GB of RAM.
“At Samsung customer-centric innovations are at the heart of our business. With Galaxy A8+ we are bringing our customers’ favorite features from our flagship smartphones, such as the Infinity display and our first Dual Front Camera with Live Focus, to our Galaxy A series. Galaxy A8+ comes with flagship features, never before seen on a smartphone in this price segment. It defies the ordinary and challenges the status quo. It is the phone with attitude, in all aspects,” said Mr. Pranaya Ratna Sthapit, Head IM Biz, Samsung Nepal.
The A-series of Samsung smartphones is known for having premium build quality and aesthetics. The Samsung A8 Plus 2018 also features a premium aluminum body along with glass back and front makes the phone no less than the flagship from Samsung. Moreover, the phone sports the tall 18.5:9 aspect ratio with a Super AMOLED display.
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The Galaxy A8+ comes with a 6-inch Super AMOLED display which is one of the best selling points of the device. The richness of this display will be no different than that of the flagships like Samsung Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus. It also incorporates the Samsung’s signature, Always on Display. Also, it’s 2018, and the smartphone wouldn’t be complete without the tall aspect ratio.
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Upon trying to make it like the Galaxy S8’s, the slightly thick side bezels make it look like the LG G6. Although, I must admit the phone has better fingerprint sensor placement compared to the Samsung flagships. The Galaxy A8+ 2018 also comes with IP68 water and dust resistance.
Powering the device is the new mid-range chipset from Samsung based on 14nm architecture, namely, Exynos 7885. It is an octa-core chipset clocked at 2.2GHz. The variant that’s launched in Nepal has 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage.
The camera setup on the A8+ looks promising. On the back, there’s a 16MP camera with f/1.7 aperture. No dual camera though. But surprisingly on the front, it sports dual camera setup of 16MP + 8MP with f/1.9 aperture. The dual camera allows the phone to take Bokeh selfie images. In terms of video recording, still no 4K here. The phone records full HD videos at 30fps.
On the bright side, when it comes to connectivity, the phone offers the best in class hardware. It offers the latest Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band ac WiFi, and USB Type C connector. Backing up this device is a decent 3500mAh battery and has fast charging support. And the most noteworthy feature of all is that the device supports Samsung’s Gear VR, which made it the first smartphone in the A-series to inherit this awesome feature.
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus 2018 Specifications
- Display: 6.0 inches Super AMOLED (1080 x 2220) @411ppi, Always ON Display
- OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
- Chipset: Exynos 7885 Octa
- CPU: Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
- GPU: Mali-G71
- RAM: 6GB
- ROM: 64GB extendable up to 256 GB (Dedicated Slot)
- Rear camera: 16 MP, f/1.7, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
- Selfie- camera: Dual: 16 MP + 8 MP, f/1.9, 1080p
- Connectivity: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by), WIFI b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type C
- Sensors: Fingerprint sensor (rear- mounted), Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Ambient light.
- Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh with fast charging support
- Additional Features: IP68 Certified (Water and dust resistant), supports Samsung’s Gear VR
- Colors: Black and Gold
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus 2018 Price in Nepal
In terms of pricing, Galaxy A8+ 2018 comes with a price tag of Rs. 59,990. At such high pricing, the phone lands somewhere around the flagship zone even though it doesn’t carry an absolute flagship character. At this price segment, OnePlus 5T would be its biggest rival. OnePlus 5T is obviously a sweet option but there is another important question that nudges along “Why not add 10K more and get the Galaxy S8 instead?”