Back in January, the Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018) was launched in India exclusively on Amazon. Keeping up the tradition of its mid-range A-series, the smartphone boasts a design and certain features that are reminiscent of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S8 and Note 8. The highlight of the Galaxy A8+ is its Infinity display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, dual front cameras, IP68 dust and water resistance, Bixby support, Always-On display, and Samsung Pay. The A8 Plus 2018 featuring premium metal and glass construction is also Samsung’s first smartphone to pack dual selfie cameras.
Priced at Rs. 32,990, the Samsung Galaxy A8+ directly competes with OnePlus’ hot-selling 2017 flagship, the OnePlus 5T. Barring the pricing, both the smartphones share a few common specifications such as a full view display and offer some distinctive features as well. A brief technical comparison below will give you an idea of what’s different and common between these two devices.
|Galaxy A8+ (2018)
|6-inch Super AMOLED FHD+ display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio, 1080 x 2220 pixels at 411ppi
|6-inch Optic AMOLED display with 18:9 aspect ratio, 1080 x 2160 pixels at 401ppi
|Aluminium frame with glass back
|Exynos 7885 Octa-Core processor with Mali-G71 GPU
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with Adreno 540 GPU
|64GB and 6GB RAM
Expandable up to 256GB via dedicated microSD card slot
|64GB and 6GB RAM
|Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Samsung Experience 8.5
|Oxygen OS 5.0.4 based on Android 8.0 Oreo
|3500 mAh, Fast charging
|3300 mAh, Dash charging
|16 MP with f/1.7 aperture, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
|16 MP primary (f/1.7 + gyro EIS) + 20 MP secondary (f/1.7), phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash
|16 MP + 8 MP with f/1.9 aperture, 1080p video
|16 MP with f/2.0, gyro EIS, Auto HDR, 1080p video
|USB Type-C port and NFC
|IP68 certified – dust and waterproof, Live Focus
|Corning Gorilla Glass 5, Portrait Mode, Face Unlock
|159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm
|156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm
Let’s now see how the Galaxy A8+ powered by Samsung’s Exynos 7885 processor fares against the OnePlus 5T running on Snapdragon 835. Below you can find a host of synthetic benchmark tests comparing the device’s performance.
GeekBench 4.2 Multi-Core
GeekBench 4.2 Single-Core
Antutu Benchmark 7.0
3D Mark Sling Shot Extreme – OpenGL
3D Mark Sling Shot Extreme – Vulkan
Basemark OS II
Note: The tests were performed while all the background apps were closed.
It’s worth noting that the above benchmark tests only evaluate the hardware performance of your device. They indicate how fast your device can perform in terms of CPU, graphics, and overall performance as compared to other devices. Benchmarks don’t always reflect real-life performance and don’t guarantee the best performance. However, in this case, it’s certain that the OnePlus 5T will heavily outperform the A8+ in most scenarios because it packs a powerful processor and runs on near-stock Android.
Having said that, it would be interesting to see how the OnePlus 5T scores against the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S9 that’s powered by the Exynos 9810 SoC in India and Snapdragon 845 in the US.