Design & Build6.5
The Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) looks and feels extremely similar to the company’s flagship, the Galaxy Note 8, though there are a few big noticeable differences here and there. The device looks and feels extremely premium when held in hand, thanks to its metal and glass combo build. But due to this all metal and glass build, I was left cleaning the device more often than not. Small mercy, the bundled cover protected the device from getting muddled with fingerprints on the back.
I felt that the device is on the heavier side weighing in at 191 grams. It might also feel large for some due to its size, unless you have fairly large hands. Samsung does sell a smaller variant of Galaxy A8+ internationally, but not here in India. Maybe they should reconsider that strategy.
The device is available in two colour variants, Black and Gold. We got the black variant for review. If you ask me, I would highly recommend going for the Black variant as it looks way better than the other one but that is a personal choice.
The glass body on the front and the back encased within the metal frame makes the grip on the phone much better. The frame feels solid as there is not much flex to it, which leads us to believe that the materials used are of top quality. Leaving that aside, the fact that the device is made out of glass from the front and back means that you will have to be much more careful while handling it, or it might just break.
On the front we get the gorgeous 6-inch infinity display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 along with the earpiece and the dual camera setup for selfies. On the back, we get to see the single camera setup with LED flash and the fingerprint sensor embedded below, which is a much better placement than at the side of the camera where Samsung previously used to place the scanner. On the right edge, you will find the speaker grille along with the power button, whereas on the left you get to see the Volume rockers.
On the top edge, you will find the SIM card tray along with the secondary microphone, and on the bottom edge, you will find the USB Type-C port along with the primary microphone and the 3.5mm audio jack thankfully. The Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) also comes with IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, making the phone much more durable as one won’t have to worry about getting caught in the rain with this phone.