In addition to its first Android Go phone, Samsung has today also announced a new premium handset under its A-series in India. Called the Galaxy A8 Star, the phone comes with a tall screen, large battery, a two-generation old software, and a mid-range chipset from last year. Priced at Rs 34,990, the Galaxy A8 Star will clearly have difficulties selling especially considering the fact that it’s an online-exclusive variant. The phone will be available on Amazon from August 27th.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star features an all-glass exterior and a 6.28-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 1080p. Underneath, you’ll find Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of onboard storage which can be expanded, and a 3,700mAh with support for quick charging.
The camera arrangement on the Galaxy A8 Star houses two sensors on the rear — a primary 16-megapixel f/1.7 lens and another 24-megapixel snapper for depth-sensing. There’s a 24-megapixel f/2.0 camera on the front as well for selfies. The camera app can even tweak several settings automatically based on the scene you’re trying to click. The Galaxy A8 Star also has a fingerprint sensor in a rather odd position at the top of the back panel.
Out of the box, you get Android 8.0 with Samsung’s own skin on top which includes a software-based face unlock feature. In addition, the phone has an NFC chip for enabling the company’s digital payments service, Samsung Pay. Dual-SIM compatibility is available as well along with 4G VoLTE. There are two color options — White and Black.
Samsung Galaxy A8 Star Specifications
- Dimensions: 162.4×77.0×7.55mm; Weight: 188g
- 6.28-inch FHD+ (1080×2220 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 14nm octa-core Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs), Adreno 512 GPU
- 6GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB with microSD card
- Android 8.0 (Oreo)
- Dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz), Bluetooth 5 LE, NFC, USB Type-C
- Rear Cameras: 16-megapixel primary f/1.7 lens, LED Flash, 24-megapixel secondary camera
- Front Camera: 24-megapixel, f/2.0 aperture
- Fingerprint sensor, Face unlock
- Samsung Pay
- 3700mAh battery, adaptive fast charging