Samsung Galaxy J8 Review and indian price ₹18,990


Samsung has been in the smartphone race longer than most of its competitors. Naturally, the brand has a lot of recognition in India, such that people eagerly wait for each of its new phone announcements. One such smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy J8, which was launched recently in the sub-Rs. 20,000 segment. 

                   Samsung Galaxy J8 Review and indian price ₹18,990

 With the Galaxy J8, the company is bringing the Infinity Display popularised by its S series of smartphones to the masses. The Samsung Galaxy J8 sports a big display with narrow borders, dual cameras at the back, and face recognition technology. But did Samsung cut any corners when designing the Galaxy J8? We find out.

Samsung Galaxy J8 design

The Samsung Galaxy J8 is a good-looking smartphone. It has a big 6-inch display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio which makes the body tall and narrow. The 16-megapixel selfie camera is positioned above the screen along with a metallic earpiece and a single-LED flash. The space below the screen is blank, as the phone makes use of onscreen navigation buttons instead. Though Samsung uses the Infinity Display trademark, the screen on this phone doesn’t have curved sides like the ones on the Galaxy S9 (Review) and S9 Plus (Review).

 The Galaxy J8 looks like a Galaxy A6+ (Review) with a few components changed, as the positions of the buttons, cameras, and SIM trays are all identical. The power button is on the right, with the loudspeaker above it. We found that the speaker is easy to muffle while playing games or watching videos in landscape mode. 

Samsung Galaxy J8

The left side has the volume buttons, a single tray for Nano-SIM 1, and a second tray for Nano-SIM 2 and a dedicated microSD card slot. Samsung has opted for a Micro-USB port for charging, and we would have preferred a USB Type-C port. The 3.5mm headphone socket is positioned next to the charging port and you do get headphones in the box. 

Samsung Galaxy J8 specifications, software, and featurer

The Korean smartphone maker has succeeded in making a good-looking device, but the hardware inside could've been better. This smartphone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor clocked at 1.8GHz. We have seen the same processor powering the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 (Review) which costs half as much as this phone. 

The Galaxy J8 has 4GB of RAM and a generous 64GB of storage, out of which around 51GB is available to the user. Samsung’s much-advertised Infinity Display is an AMOLED panel with an HD+ resolution, which is lower than what competitors offer at this price point. Even less expensive smartphones such as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Review) and RealMe 1(Review) sport FHD+ panels. The AMOLED panel has a vivid output but the lower resolution does cause you to notice jagged edges. Samsung doesn’t offer any always-on display functionality, which would have been useful.

This smartphone misses out on an ambient light sensor, which is a shocking omission and forces you to change the screen’s brightness level manually all the time. It also lacks a magnetometer and a gyroscope. Without the magnetometer, it is impossible to determine your orientation, for example when using Google Maps for navigation. These omissions in the sub-Rs.20,000 segment put the Galaxy J8 at a major disadvantage compared to its competitors. 

 Connectivity options on the Galaxy J8 include Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G, and VoLTE. The two Nano-SIM slots support 4G but only one can use it actively at a time, while the other is limited to 3G. There’s a call forwarding function that diverts calls to the active SIM automatically. Samsung has packed a 3500mAh battery into the Galaxy J8.

Samsung Galaxy J8 performance, cameras, and battery life

The Samsung Galaxy J8 has enough power to deliver a smooth experience while scrolling through its UI. We did not see any lag or stutter when launching multiple apps and multitasking, except when we slide from the home screen to access Bixby. Samsung’s face recognition is slow to unlock the phone, and the fingerprint scanner isn't much better.

 The Galaxy J8 features a 16-megapixel primary rear camera with an f/1.7 aperture, and a secondary 5-megapixel camera with an f/1.9 aperture. At the front, it has a 16-megapixel camera with an f/1.9 aperture. Both the front and rear have single-LED flashes

The Galaxy J8 takes advantage of its primary camera’s f/1.7

aperture in low light and keeps the ISO in check. However, it also drops the shutter speed so you need to keep your hand steady. Photos taken at night appear good when viewed as is, but zoom in and you will notice a lack of detail. Samsung uses aggressive noise reduction which leads to artefacts in the Samsung offers a lot of modes in its camera app such as Live Focus, Beauty, Night, Panorama, and Sports. It also offers a Pro mode that lets you control the ISO, white balance, exposure, and metering. Stickers mode lets you use AR stickers with both the front and the rear cameras. 
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