Today, Samsung introduced the new Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+, betting on the infinity screen in the middle range. Today we’ll see a comparison between the Samsung Galaxy A5 y A7 from last year to see how things have changed in a year, spoiler: the change in design has been quite big.
Last year, Samsung surprised the whole market with its new full screen designs, and six months later, we saw that the large majority of brands have taken a chance on including it into their high ranges. It has become a identifying mark for Samsung, and it seems that it will be included on the cheapest cellphones, like the A range, which will officially come out on the market in 2018. We compare the A5 and A7 of the last year with the A8 and A8+ of this year, by the making of which, according to rumors, the A5 disappeared, and those that would take its place would be these two terminals. The A8 of last year was a terminal that never arrived to Spain.
In the design we will find the biggest change between one generation and the another. While the terminals of last year have relied on a fairly similar design to the Galaxy S7, this year we are finding a fairly similar design to the S8. The infinite screen is in the two A8 from this year, that rely on some fairly similar sizes to the A5 and A7, but with a screen of 5, 6, and of 6 inches in 18:9 format. Which is to say, in the same size we find some smaller frames and more screen.
This new screen size has made it so the fingerprint reader disappears from the front part, and is moved to the back part. Now, in the A8, the fingerprint sensor is just below the camera, a position in which Samsung has never put it in. Already, in their high range of last year the sensor has been just to the right of the camera.
Lastly, we find in the front part a double camera that we do not see in the A5 and A7 of last year, and that we will comment on later, but which will serve mostly to get the famous portrait mode which is so in fashion now on the cellphone market like the iPhone X or the Galaxy Note 8.
Here we will find the lesser change of the year. We do not know exactly which processor is used by the new A8, given that Samsung only has said that it is a proprietary processor, with 8 cores and that works at a frequency of 2,2 GHz. In contrast, the Galaxy A5, which would have a worse processor, has as well 8 cores but with a lesser clock speed, at exactly 1,9 GHz.
As for RAM, we see that the use of 4 GB is standardized, given that the two new terminals of Samsung’s medium range have it – except the Galaxy A8+ which also has a version of 6 GB-. Last year, the Galaxy A5 and A7 had 3 GB of RAM for each of them. For storage, we see the four have 32 GB, but with the distinguished characteristic that the A8 of this year have another version with 64 GB.
Another detail to speak of is that everyone has Android 7, but they will surely update to Android 8 first, the new Galaxy A8 and A8+, before the Galaxy A7 and A5.
Arriving to the photographic section, we are unable to give many details, due to that we do not actually know how the new cameras will work, and for the features we are unable guide ourselves much. But if we look at it on paper, we see that the new A8 have a rear camera width the same megapixels as the rest, 16, but with an opening of f/1.7, which is to say, with a higher brightness. For the forward camera, we see that the new A8 have two cameras, of 16 and 8 megapixels, to make the portrait mode or Live Focus that the Note 8 have in the back camera.
The new Galaxy A8 of this year come with terminals that will rule the medium range, but already we see that their prices are growing a fair amount from last year. 499 and 599 euros for the new Galaxy A8 and A8+, already competing with the Galaxy S8 of last year and with terminals like the OnePlus 5T. The biggest change between the two generations is the design and the frontal camera, for which if you are truly a lover of the design or the portrait mode, the change would be justified, because the performance will be very even between the four terminals.