Earlier today, Samsung unveiled the entry-level Galaxy J2 Core smartphone in India, and now, it has launched the upper mid-range Galaxy A8 Star smartphone to take on the OnePlus 6. The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star comes as an upgraded version of Galaxy A8 Plus launched earlier this year. It’s priced at Rs 34,990 and is exclusive to Amazon. Hardware side of things, the Galaxy A8 Star packs the powerful Snapdragon 660 chipset, 6 gigs of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. In addition, the phone has dual rear cameras as well. The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star takes on the likes of OnePlus 6, Honor 10 and the Asus Zenfone 5Z in the Indian market, but sadly, all the three smartphones pack much powerful processors.
Samsung Galaxy A8 Star Features and Specifications
Starting things off with the display, the Galaxy A8 Star rocks a 6.28-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display on the front, carrying a resolution of 1080×2220 pixels. As expected, Samsung is calling the display on this device as Infinity Display. At the heart of the Galaxy A8 Star, we have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform, coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. Samsung has launched the device in only one variant. The storage can be further expandable up to 256GB with a microSD card. Dimensions wise, the phone measures 162.4×77.0×7.55mm and weighs 188 grams.
The Galaxy A8 Star comes laden with Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience UI on top. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC and a USB Type-C port. As for the cameras, there’s a 16MP primary sensor on the rear with f/1.7 lens, LED flash which is paired with a 24MP secondary sensor for adding depth effect to the images. On the front, the A8 Star rocks a 24MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture.
Samsung has added a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and the device also has Face Unlock functionality. This entire package comes armed with a 3700mAh battery with adaptive fast charging. The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star also has support for Samsung Pay for making payments.
Samsung Galaxy A8 Star Price and Availability
The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star will retail for Rs 34,990 in India and it’s an Amazon exclusive smartphone. The sale of the handset begins on August 27. The phone can be purchased in Black colour option.
Samsung Galaxy A8 Star Competitors in India
The Galaxy A8 Star’ price in India is set at Rs 34,990, and at that price, it goes against the popular OnePlus 6, which the company sold in millions since the launch. The A8 Star packs the upper mid-range Snapdragon 660 SoC, while the OnePlus 6 comes with Snapdragon 845 SoC. The Asus Zenfone 5Z is priced at Rs 29,999 which is even more affordable smartphone with the Snapdragon 845 chipset.
Samsung Galaxy A8 Star vs Xiaomi Poco F1
The Xiaomi Poco F1 undercuts the Galaxy A8 Star by a huge margin. The base variant of the Poco F1 with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage is priced at Rs 20,999, which is a good Rs 14,000 less than the A8 Star. And the best part is Poco F1 comes with Snapdragon 845 chipset on board.
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