Before 2017 ended, Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy A8 (2018) and its beefier sibling the Galaxy A8+ (2018). Despite being categorized as a mid-range smartphone, the Galaxy A8 has some features which are commonly found in Samsung flagship smartphones.
In this specs comparison, we will put the Galaxy A8 (2018) and Nokia’s flagship smartphone, the Nokia 8, head-to-head and see which one looks better on paper. Let’s dive in!
|Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)||Nokia 8|
|5.6-inch Super AMOLED 18:9 display @ 2220×1080 pixels||5.3-inch QHD IPS display @ 2560 x 1440 resolution|
|No Gorilla Glass mentioned||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Exynos 7885 Octa-core (2.2GHz Dual + 1.6GHz Hexa) processor||2.5GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|Mali-G71 GPU||Adreno 540 GPU|
|4GB RAM||4GB/6GB RAM|
|32GB internal storage
expandable up to 256GB via microSD card
|64GB/128GB internal storage expandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM2 slot)|
|16MP PDAF camera f/1.7 rear camera w/ LED flash||13 MP (Color + OIS) + 13 MP (Mono) rear cameras: 1.12um f/2.0, 76.9-degree, PDAF, IR range finder, dual tone flash|
|16MP FF f/1.9 + 8MP f/1.9 front cameras||13 MP PDAF front cameraL 1.12um, f/2.0, 78.4-degree, display flash|
|Dual SIM, nano (dedicated microSD slot)||Dual-SIM (nano-hybrid), Dual Standby|
|4G LTE Cat. 11||4G LTE Cat. 9, 3CA, 450Mbps DL/50Mbps UL|
|WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||WiFI 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (MIMO)|
|Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0|
|GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|Fingerprint scanner||Fingerprint scanner|
|USB Type-C||USB Type-C|
|IP68 Water and Dust resistance rating||IP54 splash and dust resistance|
|Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Samsung Experience 8.5||Android 7.1.1 Nougat|
|3,000mAh battery w/ Fast Charging||3090mAh non-removable battery|
|149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4 mm||142 x 71.8 x 8.9mm|
Summary of advantages
Samsung A8 (2018)
- Slightly larger screen
- 18:9 display
- Dual front cameras
- Dedicated microSD slot
- 4G LTE Cat.11
- IP68 Water and Dust resistance
- Fast-charging technology
- Larger internal storage
- Flagship CPU and GPU
- Dual rear cameras
- Slightly bigger battery capacity
Based from the info above, the A8 (2018) takes the crown by having a slightly larger screen and an 18:9 display, which is a now trend for most smartphones released in the market today. This configuration will appeal to users who are into large screen size when viewing or watching contents.
Storage-wise, the Nokia 8 gets the upper hand since the A8 (2018) only comes with 32GB of internal storage out of the box. However, the latter has a dedicated microSD slot so users can use two SIM cards without sacrificing storage expansion. The former uses a hybrid setup.
As for the camera department, both phones sport a dual camera setup with the A8 (2018) having a 16MP FF f/1.9 + 8MP f/1.9 dual front cameras while the Nokia 8 a 13 MP (Color + OIS) + 13 MP (Mono) dual rear cameras.
When it comes to its batteries, the Nokia 8 has a slightly larger capacity with 3090mAh compared to the Galaxy A8 (2018)’s 3000mAh. The latter comes with fast charging technology while the former doesn’t. During our PCMark battery test, the A8 yielded 12 hours of playback. Unfortunately, we’ve yet to test the battery life of the Nokia 8.
For their special features, the A8 (2018) has IP68 Water and Dust resistance meaning, it can be submerged under 1.5m of water for 30 minutes while the Nokia 8 only has IP54 splash and dust resistance.