Perhaps stimulated by the rapidly rising profile of Chinese tech giant Xiaomi in the Indian market, Samsung is gradually bringing more innovativeness and less stereotype into its smartphone designs and configuration. The company has just launched a new model for the Indian market. The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star, as it is known, comes with a number of specs features which is different from the usual Exynos SOC, 16:9 aspect ratio screen design, single camera, small battery and RAM sizes which usually characterise the company’s mid-range models. The model was reportedly launched in China earlier on as Galaxy A9 Star.
The Galaxy A8 Star sports a massive 6.3-inch Super AMOLED screen with a full-screen, notch-less design and 2220 x 1080 pixels resolution. The screen has an 80% screen-to-body ratio and utilises the 18:9 aspect ratio. The device utilises a metal frame and has a 2.5D curved glass over the display screen. The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star is equipped with the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 premium midrange chipset. The processor sure brings AI feature to the camera. The SoC is backed by 6GB of RAM while the phone has 64GB of internal storage expandable up to 400GB.
On the camera end, the Galaxy A8 Star packs a dual camera setup at the rear which is arranged in the iPhone X style. That is the two sensors are arranged vertically at the upper left corner. The dual camera setup is comprised of a 16MP + 24MP sensors. Both sensors come with a f/1.7 aperture. For selfies, the A8 Star features a 24MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture. There is also a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor which unlocks the device in record time. The premium smartphone gets its juice from a 3,700mAh battery which ships with a 15W USB Type-C charger. Providing the interface is Android 8.0 Oreo-based Samsung Experience 9.0. The phone also has the Bixby smart assistant built in, NFC and facial recognition.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star will go on sale in India on August 27 and will be sold exclusively on Amazon India. It carries a price tag of Rs. 34,990 (around $501) which is a little bit expensive considering the Snapdragon 660 chipset is somehow old and there are cheaper mid-range models utilising the SoC.