Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) vs OnePlus 5 vs Nokia 8: Price in India, Specifications and Features Compared

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Samsung yesterday officially took covers off its new high-end handset the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) and the Galaxy A8 +(2018). While Samsung is yet to announce the official prices for both these devices, our current expectation is that it the A8 will be priced just under the Rs.40,000 mark in India. The A8 Plus, on the other hand, could be more expensive. There are a bunch of other interesting handsets that will compete with the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) when it eventually makes it to India. In this article, let us compare two such handsets with this new kid on the block. The handsets in question are the OnePlus 5 and the Nokia 8. Since the A8+ will be more expensive, we will leave that model out of this comparison.

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) vs OnePlus 5 vs Nokia 8: Display

In usual fashion, we start things off by talking about the displays used on these devices. The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) being the newest of the lot is the only handset in this comparison to use an 18.5:9 aspect ratio for the display. The other two handsets use the standard 16:9 aspect ratio. The newer OnePlus 5T model does, however, support the recent 18:9 ratio. Due to the unusual aspect ratio, the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) has a display resolution of 1080×2220 pixels while the other two handsets feature full HD (1920×1080 pixels) displays. The Nokia 8 is the only handset in this group to use an IPS LCD display. The other two phones boast of AMOLED panels.

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) vs OnePlus 5 vs Nokia 8: Hardware, Software and Performance

The Nokia 8 and the OnePlus 5 being high-end handsets feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, currently the fastest option available for Android smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) on the other hand uses the Exynos 7880 chipset which is slightly down the rung and is positioned below the Exynos 8xxx series. The OnePlus 5 and the Nokia 8 come in two versions 128GB/8GB, 64/6GB and 128/6GB and 64/4GB respectively, The Galaxy A8 gets 4GB of RAM and 32/64GB versions. The OnePlus 5 is the only one in this list to not feature a dedicated microSD card for additional storage. As for battery capacity, all three devices feature identical batteries. The Galaxy A8 uses a 3000 mAh battery while the OnePlus 5 and the Nokia 8 manage with a 3300mAh and 3090 mAh batteries respectively. Moving on to the software, the only handset in this list to feature Android 8.0 Oreo is the Nokia 8. The other two phones still run Android 7.1.1 Nougat.  The Nokia 8 and the OnePlus 5 use a near-stock version of Android while the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) uses the latest version of Samsung’s own Touchwiz UI.

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) vs OnePlus 5 vs Nokia 8: Camera

Moving on to the camera section, both the OnePlus 5 and the Nokia 8 use a dual camera set up at the rear (16MP +20MP and 13MP +13MP respectively) while the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) gets a 16-megapixel single shooter at the rear.  The A8, however, does get a dual camera setup at the front (16MP+8MP). Both the OnePlus 5 and the Nokia 8 support 4K video recording. The Galaxy A8 on the other hand only gets support for full HD video recording.

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) vs OnePlus 5 vs Nokia 8: Price in India

Samsung is yet to officially announce the pricing details for the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018). The expectation, however, is that it will retail for around the Rs.35,000 to Rs.40,000 mark when it arrives here. The OnePlus 5, on the other hand, is currently out of stock in India and the OnePlus 5T is already available for the same price (Rs.32,999 and Rs.37,999) with a few upgraded features, The Nokia 8 will set you back by Rs. 34,999 in India. Looking at the spec sheet of the handsets, the OnePlus 5 seems to be the best among these. Since that phone doesn’t seem to be available anymore, you will have to opt for the OnePlus 5T which is an even sweeter deal. The Nokia 8 will also make for a decent handset in case you wish to stand out from the crowd.