|Launch Date||June 28, 2018 (Official)|
|Model||Galaxy J8 2018|
|Also Known As||Samsung Galaxy J8|
|Operating System||Android v8.0 (Oreo)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM, Dual VoLTE|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Colours||Black, Blue, Gold|
|Screen Size||6.0 inches (15.24 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||720 x 1480 pixels|
|Pixel Density||274 ppi|
|Display Type||Super AMOLED|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||76.15 %|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 450|
|Processor||Octa core, 1.8 GHz, Cortex A53|
|Internal Memory||64 GB|
|User Available Storage||Up to 51 GB|
|USB OTG Support||yes|
|Resolution||16 MP Front Camera|
|Optical Image Stabilisation|
|Image Resolution||4616 x 3464 Pixels|
|Settings||Exposure compensation, ISO control|
|Shooting Modes||Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||Wide Angle Selfie|
|Video Recording||1920x1080 @ 30 fps|
|TalkTime||Up to 23 Hours(3G)|
|Network & Connectivity|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|SAR Value||Head: 0.697 W/kg|
|Wi-Fi Features||Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot|
|USB Connectivity||Mass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Fingerprint Sensor Position||Rear|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer|
The USP of Galaxy J8 (2018) is its dual rear and front camera with LED flash which is Samsung’s only mid-range smartphone. Both the lenses have an aperture of 1.9 which is great when you are trying to shoot in low light.
The camera application is fun to use with many enhancements. Samsung is tapping into the snapchat frenzy where adding stickers to your photos is the hippest thing everyone is interested in. After taking selfies or portraits, one can add stickers to images. There is option of adding live filters while taking shots. Instant Sharing is again an exciting option in an era of social media. After you take shots as you toggle right there appears you recent contacts and social media option with whom you can share you pictures with. There are options to add cool smileys and animations while taking shots. But there are no bokeh effects, which is a turn off because even budget phones offer the much-desired feature these days.
There are other features like Pro, Panorama, HDR, Night, and Food modes. You can even download more modes you can download Sports shot, beauty mode and Animated GIF from Galaxy App. The front camera gives you two modes to choose from Wide Selfie and Night Mode. The camera gives you amazing crisp and clear shots, especially in well-lit environment. The color saturation is good with enough details. In Auto mode though sometimes, the exposure is overblown. The autofocus has a lag time but it does its job well. In low light the noise creeps in around the boundary. There is lack of settings if the Pro mode which could put off some people. Particularly when shooting using Live Focus feature there is delay in post processing. The wide aperture in front camera lets you take better selfies in low light situations. The photos are well focused and well captured with good color detail and saturation. Both the cameras can shoot FHD videos up to 30 frames per second.
The video quality is decent with nothing extravagant to add. The camera gives you impressive results mostly and at this price does an okay job of producing moderately good pictures.
There are quite a few things working in favor of Samsung Galaxy J8(2018). The octa-core Snapdragon processor is a smooth performing one and is able enough to do basic tasks as well as handle graphics intense applications. The camera is good performing too. There is Redmi 5 launched in April which a Snapdragon 850 processor that clocks at 1.8 GHz. It has a 12MP camera, with 3,300 mAH battery available at Rs 8,999. So, you have better and other choices to look for. If you love Samsung phones and is looking for an upgrade Galaxy J8(2018) might impress you.
The Samsung Galaxy J8 (2018) is powered by a 3,500 mAh Li-ion battery. It is quite a powerful battery and lasts throughout the day with single charge and moderate use. Mostly you will be left with little to no charge if you are using social media extensively, and gaming and watching videos. There is no fast-charging option at this price.
The hardware can multi-task and give you enough satisfaction for its price. The basic apps function smooth as well as heavy apps like games and videos. When you play for long there is occasional lag time but there aren’t any heating issues. Samsung phones in this price range performs mostly in similar fashion. The 4GB RAM has the ability to give you the best outcome. Accepting and making calls is smooth and voice is clear and loud.
This summer Samsung has launched quite a bevy of phones to lure buyers. Samsung’s handsets in J and A series have been doing quite well in India and perhaps it is game to exploit the market more. The new Galaxy J8 (2018) does not promise anything outstanding but just another phone in the budget segment. J phones seem to pack quite a punch. Samsung J-phone handsets are known for their solid performance, decent battery life, latest Android software and good display in mid-range budget. These handsets also have dual-band WIFI and NFC which are a winner. After launching Samsung S9 earlier in April, the J8 (2018) priced at Rs 16,990 hits the sweet spot in budget phone market. It is available in black, blue and gold and is available from Samsung retail stores and online throughout India.
The Samsung J8 (2018) runs on Android Oreo 8. The present UI comes with Samsung applications like Samsung Health, Samsung Notes, Voice Recorder, Email, Internet and My Files. There are some pre-installed Google apps, Facebook and Opera Max and Microsoft apps. Samsung’s very own virtual assistant Bixby which has undergone many upliftment since its inception is pre-loaded in this phone. Bixby is nothing like Alexa or Siri. It packs some incredible features though but still needs to develop into a reliable and useful virtual assistant that does serious job. Bixby can be synced with your Google calendar and shows your daily schedule, tomorrow’s weather, most visited webpages, current news and more. You can set notifications for reminding you though you certainly do not need a virtual assistant for that. Overall, the user interface is snappy and seamless.
All Samsung J-phones run on Exynos Octa-core chipset but J8 is an exception. The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor which clocks at 1.6 GHz. The processor is coupled with Mali-T830 MP1 GPU, and 4GB RAM. The phone has an internal memory of 64GB which is expandable up to 256GB with a dedicated microSD card slot, housed on the right edge of the handset. The phone sports a unibody plastic design, contributing to the same monotonous design of Samsung’s budget phones. It has a dimension of 159.2 x 75.7 x 8.2 mm and weighs 191 grams. The 6-inch display feels sturdy and solid in hand and easily operable with one finger. The back of the phone has its 16MP + 5MP camera and the flash sitting on the right with the embossed Samsung logo below. The microUSB port and 3.5 mm audio jack is at the bottom edge. The volume rocker and sim-card tray sit on the left edge and the power and speaker grille in the right. The handset has a dual sim slot which is accessible through a pin provided in the package. Down below we have the non-lit capacitive navigation buttons, and the hardware home button.
The 6-inch phone has Super AMOLED 2.5D Corning Gorilla glass display with a resolution of 720 x 1440 at 274 pixels per inch. Though the resolution is far less compared to what you get in other phones priced lower or similar, the AMOLED display makes up for the lack. It is a PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen with considerable brightness and clarity. There are different display options from the Settings menu to play around and get what suits you best. The phone has excellent viewing angles and bright enough in dark and not reflective in direct sunlight, which sadly is a problem with mid-range even high-end phones. The screen is readable in all angles with good contrast to suit your eye. The TFT capacitive touchscreen has no lagging and you can navigate with a brisk.