[Exclusive] Samsung Galaxy A8 Star Launching in India for Rs. 34,990

Samsung Galaxy A8 Star

The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star was recently spotted on a support page which went live on Samsung’s Indian website. This was followed by Amazon posting a teaser to announce the launch of this device in India. The same phone already released in China a few months ago under the moniker Galaxy A9 Star. We have now received word from a trusted source that the Galaxy A8 Star will be priced at Rs. 34,990 when it finally makes it way to this country.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Star: To Be Amazon Exclusive

A teaser page went live on Amazon India’s website recently, which confirms that the launch of the Galaxy A8 Star is imminent. The exact date of this release wasn’t provided, but there was the option to sign up so that you can be notified as soon as the official release date is announced. The teaser cheekily hinted at the phone being priced somewhere above Rs.30,000. We now know that the phone will be priced exactly at Rs. 34,990.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Star: Specifications, Features

Ever since Samsung renamed the Galaxy A9 Star and launched it in the Philippines under the Galaxy A8 Star designation, we knew pretty much everything about the smartphone. The A8 star is going to feature a 6.3-inch super AMOLED Infinity Display. This would bear a Full HD+ (1080 x 2220) resolution with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The screen to body ratio of this device is just 80%. Nevertheless, if Samsung uses a good quality AMOLED panel on this device, then the viewing experience could truly be impressive.

Powering this smartphone is a 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor clocked at 2.2 GHz paired with an Adreno 512 GPU. With the increasing competition from smartphones offering more powerful processors on cheaper handsets, it will be interesting to see if this phone can offer enough incentive to justify its price tag. Either way, you will get 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage assisted with the ability to use a microSD card for further expandability (up to 512GB). This will likely be a Hybrid Dual-SIM slot though, so you won’t be able to use two SIM cards if you want to expand the internal memory.

The imaging capabilities of this smartphone could be worth looking forward to. Samsung is offering a 16MP + 24MP dual-camera setup at the back, with both the sensors offering an f/1.7 aperture and phase-detection autofocus. The front camera on this device is a 24MP shooter with an f/2.0 aperture. In the connectivity department, the Galaxy A8 Star offers Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, NFC, FM radio, 4G VoLTE. It also supports ANT+ meaning the phone will be compatible with Bluetooth equipped health devices.

As for battery life, the phone is equipped with a 3700mAh capacity battery which charges over a USB Type-C port. You still get a 3.5mm jack here, thankfully. As for security, the fingerprint scanner is located at the back. And for software, the phone will come with Android 8.0 Oreo to boot with Samsung’s Experience 9.0 UX running over it. The phone measures 162.4 x 77 x 7.6mm and weighs in at 191 grams. You will be able to buy the A8 Star in one of two colour options – White or Black.

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