Samsung has a variety of smartphones, from low-end to high-end products, for all tastes and pockets. The A series smartphones fall into the mid-range category, having affordable prices and nice designs, and in this article we’ll present you the A8 model, which will compete against OnePlus’ second device, which received some small improvements.
Designs and Displays
In order to not make the device too expensive, Samsung kept a plastic back panel, but from a distance, it has metal effects, which makes the device look premium. But the front panel is similar to all of Samsung’s other phones, having the same solid home button, but likewise the Galaxy flaghips, this model offers a fingerprint scanner which is used for locking and unlocking the device. The A8 is one of the slimmest smartphones, having a thickness of only 5.9mm, while it’s 158mm tall and has a weight of 151 grams. The screen is very large, measuring 5.7-inch, and as usual, Samsung uses its own Super AMOLED technology, which produces oversaturated colors, but the resolution is Full HD, giving a pixel density of 386ppi.
The OnePlus 2 has also a fingerprint scanner integrated into the newly added home button, which sits between the two capacitive buttons. The back has the same Sandstone Black texture, but the shape of the body is now rectangular, not a floating arc and it’s 1mm thicker, measuring 9.9mm. The screen has a diagonal of 5.5-inch, being a LTPS LCD, but it has the same resolution as the predecessor – Full HD with 401 ppi.
Both devices are using Qualcomm chipsets, but the Galaxy A8 has a weaker model – the Snapdragon 615 with four cores clocked at 1.8GHz and eight cores clocked at 1.3GHz, while the OnePlus 2 uses the latest Snapdragon 810 chipset with a quad core processor clocked at 1.56GHz, while the other processor has its four cores clocked at 1.82GHz. Unfortunately, Snapdragon 810 processor has over heating issues, although on paper it performs better.
The Galaxy A8 supports only 2GB of RAM and houses an internal memory of 32GB, whose capacity can be increased up to 128GB. The OnePlus 2 has 3GB of RAM coupled with 16GB of storage, while the other variant uses 4GB of RAM and offers a more generous internal memory of 64GB, but none of the models is equipped with a microSD card slot, for extra storage.
Cameras and Batteries
The Galaxy A8 beats the OnePlus 2 in the war of megapixels, because the rear camera supports 16MP, but it lacks important features that are offered by OnePlus 2’s 13MP main camera: OIS and laser autofocus, featuring also a single LED flash, which is weaker when taking photos in low light conditions. The front cameras are identical and support 5MP.
The battery of the OnePlus 2 is larger, of 3300mAh and hypothetically, it should outperform the 3,050mAh battery of the A8, if the processor wouldn’t heat up badly.