Samsung has launched another premium mid-range smartphone. The phone, known as the Samsung Galaxy A8 Star, is only exclusive to Amazon India for now. The Galaxy A8 Star is the global variant of the A9 Star, which was launched in China a few months back. With Samsung having so many mid-rangers out now, it’s getting quite difficult to keep track of their phones.
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The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star will directly go up against the OnePlus 6. For the price of Rs. 34990 (INR), which converts to $500, you get a tall 6.3″ Super AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The phone sports a 2.5D and 3D curved glass design on the back and front, respectively. A dual camera setup of 24 MP and 16 MP, both with f/1.7 aperture rest on the back, whereas, a 24 MP selfie shooter resides on the front.
Under the hood, the mid-range Snapdragon 660 chipset powers the phone, supported by 6 GB of RAM. There’s 64 GB of onboard storage that is expandable up to 400 GB via a microSD card. There’s a good 3,700 mAh battery on it with USB-C and Fast Charging support.
The phone does look good on paper. But like always, I think Samsung fails to deliver the X-factor in it. I mean, it costs as much as the OnePlus 6 in India, but it falls short from it with a good margin. For instance, the OnePlus 6 features the Snapdragon 845 while the A8 Star only has the SD 660!
Even the Huawei Nova 3 has a similar price tag with a much better processor. I don’t mean to demean the Galaxy A8 Star when it has just come out, but it’s already there for everyone to see. Maybe there are some aspects where this phone can outshine the competition. We’ll have to see later on.
Even though it’s a global variant, it’s exclusive to India for now. But it should soon make its way to other markets, and hopefully, to Nepal. And it might be priced close to Rs. 60,000 here. What do you think of the Samsung Galaxy A8 Star? Is it a hit or a miss?