Samsung Galaxy J8 is following a very strict design structure for their 2018 mid-range smartphones lately. The Galaxy J8 sports the same design philosophy as its A-series and J-series cousins. A simple unibody frame with no noticeable linings or flair. This makes the device look pretty basic and bland but it does feel solid and premium in the hands. It’s by no means ugly & it also stands out.
Samsung Galaxy J8 sports a 6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED display at 1480 x 720 pixels. The AMOLED panel adds a lot more saturation and contrast to icons and colours do pop out, however, we did notice the pixelation of some texts and the icons don’t look as crisp. The change in resolution was also very noticeable since we’re already accustomed to higher quality displays. Still, the 18.5:9 screen provided enough screen-to-body ratio for an enjoyable viewing experience. Brightness is also high enough for outdoor use and low enough for night time operations.
This is where Samsung boasts the capabilities of the J8. It comes with a 16MP f/1.7 aperture primary rear camera paired with a 5MP f/1.9 aperture secondary. The front, on the other hand, is a 16MP f/1.9 aperture shooter. For features, we have Night, Panorama, Pro, Beauty, Live Focus, Auto, Stickers, and Continuous Shot on the rear while the front has Selfie Focus, Selfie, Stickers, and Wide Selfie. The modes are easily accessible and changed at the top (portrait orientation) or side (landscape orientation) of the screen during operation.
OS, UI, Apps, and Storage
Running the software department is Samsung’s Experience UI 9.0 on top of Android 8.0 Oreo. It’s a pretty familiar UI now as it’s also found on other Galaxy A and J-series devices. It’s a pretty clean, neat and simple UI with easy gestures. The app drawer is accessed by swiping up and Bixby is accessed by swiping right. Samsung’s been busy including Bixby to a majority of their devices now, even at the mid-range segment. There are a few sets of pre-installed apps which include Samsung’s own homebrew, Google’s standard set, and a few Microsoft applications. The Samsung J8 comes with a 64GB internal Memory.
Running the show for the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset, it’s already a year old but is still a pretty capable performer. Mundane tasks like texting, social media consumption, and navigation are a breeze. Multitasking isn’t a problem either thanks to the ample 3GB RAM.
The device comes with a respectable 3,500mAh battery. It lasted as about a day or two on light to moderate usage with or without WiFi on. During heavier usage, it lasts about a day or a day and a half with WiFi on.
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