Samsung Galaxy A8S 2019 Review & Unboxing (English)


This right here is Samsung’s Galaxy
A8S it’s a new phone that was released only about a week ago in China and it is
Samsung’s first phone to have a hole in the screen so it’s following that new
trend has a 24 megapixel front-facing camera with an F 2.0 aperture the screen
on it is not one of those really high-end ones from Samsung so it’s not
an AMOLED panel or Super AMOLED it’s just an IPS and overall it’s a
above-average screen when I compare it to the likes of say the u-20 that I just
reviewed this phone right here is powered by the Snapdragon 710 that’s a
mid-range chipset my version has 6 gigabytes of RAM in 128 gigabytes of
storage non expandable so let’s take a look at what you get in the box you get
a type C 2 USB cable in white you get some earphones say the budget kind of
cheaper ones but it does have a remote on it at least so you can control the
audio through that and then we get a Qualcomm quick charge to charges so it’s
9 volts max it’s not the 12 volts 1.5 amps that you normally get with Qualcomm
quick charge 3 which the chipset supports then we get a sim tool and also
a case that case has another TPU clear style one so it covers all the buttons
protects the camera and overall it will do the job as your first case straight
out of the box so the rear of the phone is made of glass it is very slippery
that’s probably why they included that case in the box there we’ve got a rear
fingerprint reader a dual tone single tone LED flash actually I thought it was
jewel but on closer inspection it seems to only have just the single flash in
there and a three camera set up on the rear so we have the main sensor which is
24 that’s the one with a blue around it and then the one at the top is the 10
megapixel sensor up the top of the phone you’ll find the dual antenna Lions the
frame the housing around it feels a lot and looks a lot like the Samsung Galaxy
S a the Samsung Galaxy S 9 it’s this the same kind of DNA they’re sharing they’re
the same style and there’s of course a secondary mic they’re used for noise
cancellation on the right hand side you will find the volume up and down and
power buttons they are made of metal and they have a good feel to them and they
also do not rattle around on the left side al Juhl nano SIM tray it does have
a rubber gasket around it and then a button that is
to Bixby and then along the bottom you can see the two antenna lines a single
loudspeakers so the earpiece does not house a secondary loudspeaker in it it
doesn’t have that function the type C port and then our main microphone so
this is why Samsung included the type C headphones because there is no 3.5
millimeter headphone jack on this sadly now with a keen eye you would have
noticed that the white isn’t quite uniform here around the top of the
bezels and most importantly around that camera too you’ll notice that it’s not
perfect it’s not a perfect white and when you have a solid color you will see
the difference there that it has this shadow around it so it’s slightly darker
around the edges and it’s just not uniformed but it’s not as bad as for
example the view Twenties screen as you can see here so on the right of the
screen that is the a8 s and now we have the honor of u-20 on the left you can
see it’s even worse and we get an added a little bit of light leakage right on
that corner just there you can see where it’s extra bright and you can clearly
see here the difference in the bezels so again on the left it’s the view 20 and
the samsung galaxy a8 s is on the right of the screen with a larger top bezel
and the border that is around that front facing camera is also quite a bit larger
there so to me overall this build quality is very good it’s in fact better
than the on up view 20 this one here just a little bit more refined the II
just feel a little bit better in hand yes it as a slippery phone and I’m
pretty sure it’s gonna be very fragile too with that glass on the rear so you
should use that case really when you get it straight away out of the box to save
yourself from any damage now the screen has larger bezels as I
pointed out versus the view 20 when you have a look at them side-by-side you can
clearly see that the view 20 there yes it does have slightly smaller bezels but
the better screen overall is actually the Samsung’s here and I’m probably not
a surprise to people but Venus ants on screen it would be a little bit better
slightly brighter it’s about a hundred Lux brighter at 530 versus the 430
approximately that you get on the honour view 20 the gamma is also much better
here it’s about 2.2 which is almost spot-on
maybe 2.1 but that is really good it’s an IPS panel so it doesn’t quite look as
good of course as the premium out there which will have deeper blacks
but the blacks on this as you can see what I’m looking at and even what has
been displayed on the video watching they are quite deep so this is good
there’s another positive of the screen so over I feel it’s not a bad screen
that have gone with yes it does have a little bit of that and uniformed color
distribution with the whites with solid colors just around you can see there and
then of course as I pointed out around the camera but besides that it’s really
not a bad screen at all and a good brightness of that 530 Lux under display
settings you will also find this which I particularly like this is the screen
zoom so you can change the scaling and the font size to your own personal
preference it’s good to see a lot of manufacturers are now including this
option because we have many phones you just never had this choice at the time
of my review here the phone is shipping with Android 8.1 I was really hoping
that this was going to have Android 9 I’m pretty sure it was advertised having
Android Pi it has a security patch level of December the first so it’s only a
month out or so so that’s not bad at all it also comes with very few bloatware
apps just this right here and a lot of people probably won’t even consider this
as bloat so that’s it which is really good considering most of the Chinese
phones I review they are crammed packed full of so many extras you have to
uninstall but not here so I’ve got a slightly different icon set here the way
they’ve got it looking the UI and I’m not to go into a lot of detail you’ve
got Samsung’s Galaxy sorry Samsung’s knocks on here Bixby their AI assistant
Samsung pay you’ve got all that sort of stuff on there if you like it that’s all
been covered by many other people in so much detail don’t really need to go into
that what matters to me and probably you to its performance does it perform well
well not really it’s very average that performance here
and this kind of surprised me because I’ve used other phones with the
Snapdragon 710 and I found them to be ok but this seems to just need a little bit
more tweaking optimization I’ve got the 60 gigabytes of RAM version so with 8
gigabytes that may perhaps be a little bit smoother but you’ll notice here even
recent apps it’s just not as smooth as it should be it’s running below at times
30 frames per second you just see a little bit of animation stutters here
and there when you’re going through your multitasking when you’re exiting outer
apps it’s not as fluid as it should be for this chipset I know
it’s not a high-end chipset we’re reaching its limits here when you do
push it really heavy you will see that and even sometimes when I was installing
an app at the same time and also using the keyboard I’m using Google’s G board
at the moment I even noticed some lag with that which was really disappointing
to see that should not be happening so your answer to a score that comes out as
expected for this chipset perfectly fine there and same goes for the internal
storage space these are very good actually almost 500 reads and 200 write
sequential and both the random reads and writes are also very good
now GPS works ok the reason why I say ok is I did notice so when I was moving
around that the accuracy would often jump up to 6 7 and even 9 meters and it
wouldn’t use all of the satellites that were around now most mobile phones will
not lock on to every single satellite but this one just compared to other
phones seems to use a lot less and doesn’t seem quite as accurate as it
could or should be Wireless speeds and the range no issues here it’s performing
as it should it’s quick the wireless and also the range is very good no problems
with that you might have just seen when I swiped
as well look at that animation stutter that is actually pretty slow when it was
doing that now it’s better but it is something that you’ll see often with
this phone is just that random sort of lag and stutter and these are the LTE
speeds there so 21 up and down it all depends of course on your carrier but no
issues using this phone here in Spain good reception this phone also has
Google’s Widevine level one so this means Netflix will run in resolutions
over standard definition so this is good now I’ve been using the phone and
plugging it in and that keeps resetting my battery stats of course but it is
looking very good and my testing I’ve been able to do for example one hour of
Netflix or Amazon Prime streaming or YouTube and you’re only losing about 8%
battery life so just looking very good that’s looking like you’d be able to get
at least over 10 hours of on-screen time with us which is great now to fully
charge this battery which is the 3400 milliamp hour battery you’re looking at
just over two and a half hours I mean it’s not the fastest but it’s still fine
the kind of speeds we are getting now to demonstrate the face unlocking which is
fast but not as fast as other phones I’ll
just quickly demonstrate see how long that took so that was about a second or
so it’s not bad sometimes it can be a little slow it all depends on I guess
the lighting conditions or things like that so overall the performance of it is
good that’s decent it’s just not gonna be the fastest out there the same goes
for the fingerprint reader so the fingerprint reader on the rear here you
need to just touch it and it’s always on then it unlocks that only takes about a
sick and so that is very quick which is great it’s a deal I just touched it and
it was one second or under one second so about half a second audio quality
so no 3.5 millimeter headphone jack so for some people that’s going to be a
deal-breaker but you can use bluetooth there’s a way around it they do have
that included headset in there now the voice call quality I find to be
excellent it’s good no problems with it whatsoever so that is fine now we’ve
only got that single loudspeaker sadly this does not double as a loudspeaker
which I feel is a bit of an error they could have made that a secondary
loudspeaker but they decided not to for whatever reason cost saving probably now
the speaker output from the downwards firing speaker here it’s fine I wish it
was a little louder but overall I think depending on the content you’re looking
at the loudness is gonna be okay but here’s that sample so gaming performance we know the
Snapdragon 710 is not a high-end flagship chipset it’s a mid-range er but
it’s not a bad one the GPU has got enough power to run all your latest
games with fluid frame rates and they’re all gonna be playable you can have no
issues there so this is pub key on the high frame rate setting the HD setting
let’s see how it runs motors to get a couple of kills without any issues and
the frame rate is keeping up that you see a few little stutters and some
occasional little lag as you expect but with the HD setting the high frame rate
you can see that it is quite fluid it’s smooth and well you can see a bit of lag
just then see that little bit of starter comes into play but overall this is very
playable you could of course lower the settings if you’re concerned about that
lag and of course how could I not mention this look at this big massive
border we get on the left-hand side because of the camera now this seems to
happen with just some games some games will fully stretch out but a lot of
content it will do this so this is something that Samsung is going to have
to address with software I’m sure they can just stretch it right out like
everyone else does or perhaps because this phone currently
is not supported by pub key looking now the stock camera app so this is pretty
straightforward it’s exactly like other Samsung phones it’s very similar to my
samsung galaxy s 9 plus that I have is my main phone but we’ve got this edit
option here so that’s similar to when you swap over to the two x lens on the
samsung galaxy s line plus but they’ve just done it differently with the icon
there so you’re showing you got like a wide shot then the one that goes in so
it’s a two time zoom it’s using that 10 megapixel lens and then I start off if
you’ve seen x 2 and then you are able to go and just zoom right up if you want to
now swiping up or down on the screen you’ve got all the different modes here
so you’ve got the beauty modes and you’ve got life focus with the blurred
backgrounds that you can change after you’ve already taken the shot pro mode
not a lot of settings in here at all so we just got white balance and then ISO
ISO goes only up to 800 now I find the cameras on this phone to be a little
disappointing the focus on the rear camera is very hit and miss of
reminds me of the old Xiaomi phones they should have gone with a sensor I feel
with dual-pixel phase detection and not just phase detection but anyway here are
some samples from the camera here’s a sample from the front-facing
camera so we get a fixed focus here there’s no autofocus on it a little bit
of a crop in fact no no crop really with this it can shoot in an odd resolution
with the screens 19 by 9 aspect ratio something like twenty thirty eight by
ten eighty eight max res and you can see that there is no electronic image
stabilization with the front-facing camera so it’s gonna be a little bit
rocky the audio quality I find to be good and the image quality as well as
good it’s fine I don’t really have too many complaints to find it it’s okay
it’s not too soft it’s not too sharp and having the fixed focus means we don’t
have that focus issue with it pulsing in and out like I do with my Galaxy S nine
plus there’s video now with the a8 s and you can see it does not have any
electronic or optical image stabilization in 4k if you turn on 1080p
then it is smoothed out quite nicely it does an okay job you will notice that
the focus I have been having issues with it that it hasn’t really been that good
it can be very slow so it’s not there we go it’s locked under my hand now and
sometimes it can be off like now and there we go it’s got it again and
overall pretty disappointing quality here if only they could really enable
that electronic image stabilization here with 4k would make it a lot more usable
they Mike’s the whatever the mic slave feel is acceptable it’s fine it’s not
bad and overall if you use a Steadicam or a gimbal or something like that then
you can get usable 4k quality from this it’s just that focus at times does annoy
me and this at the front-facing camera in low lights you can see it gets a lot
more grain and the frame rate seems to be okay the viewfinder that when you are
using the front-facing camera gets a huge amount of lag because it’s
constantly always trying to brighten things up low light not amazing quality
we’re seeing a lot more green as expected this is very challenging
conditions for any smartphone camera at least the frame rate is keeping up there
okay guys so we have a very decent build on this it feels premium in hand it’s
very similar to say the Samsung Galaxy s8 the build quality so good there the
screen is not perfect it’s an average screen it has IPs and they’ve made some
compromises really I feel with it and with the hole that they’ve put in there
hopefully when we have the flagships we’re going to have a much better screen
than this one but of course those ones from Samsung
we’ll be using their Super AMOLED panels so the front-facing camera can produce
in okay photo you get the portrait photos and things like that
and overall it as good the face unlocking is fast for the most part just
like the fingerprint unlocking very quick there it’s running Android 8.1
it’s not the latest version of Android and it doesn’t have the latest security
patch either so hopefully Samsung is going to up their game with that and
release some new patches bring us up to Android Pi but also effects and improve
the performance of this which I find truly to be super disappointing on this
because I have used snapdragon 17 mobile phones before this one is running choppy
you run into lag and I’ve even seen as far as lag with input when you’re typing
so I want to put something in and Google search and I was installing something at
the same time there was a noticeable lag everything sort of froze up for a second
and then the text all appeared again and that to me is completely unacceptable
considering the price of this here the camera quality is also a letdown and
will often over expose on the rears you sing with my photo of the camera what
the sorry the clock tower there from the cameras that it overexposed it a little
bit there the focus can be all over the place it has very poor focus Samsung in
my opinion should have gone with one of their 12 megapixel dual pixel phase
detection autofocus cameras this one has only phase detection autofocus and very
hit and miss and video it can be a real pain the video quality so we don’t have
in 4k any electronic image stabilisation the microphone quality is definitely
good it’s fine it’s a lot better than the likes of the honor view xx that I
have only just recently reviewed but I feel that if you’re going to be spinning
the same kind of amount of money that both of these phones cost that you
probably want to go for the view xx pro so make sure you check out my review of
that one which is right up here and let me know down in the comments what do you
prefer do you prefer a tear drop notch a wide notch normal not CH or do you think
that this is the way to go with the hole in the screen that we’re starting to see
now should we have more phones with holes in the screen is this the best
option or do you think pop-up cameras or sliders is the way to go let us know in
the comments and thank you so much for watching this review bye for now

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100 thoughts on “Samsung Galaxy A8S 2019 Review & Unboxing (English)

  1. Mine Samsung A7 need more then a few seconds to unlock my cell phone with a face recognition and will sometimes not even unlock it more often and not something special, especially battery.

  2. Vertically the teardrop notch might look better but sideways, like when watchig a video, the whole in the bottom corner would be less intrusive.

  3. pro tip go to settings type in build click build number when that opens tap on build number several times you will see a count down tap when it says developer mode is on go back to settings scroll all the way down to the bottom to developer options scroll down the options till you get to window animation scale transition animation scale animator duration scale and set them all to off that will make the device seem like its running much faster i hope this helps

  4. Great review as always, I would like alot to find your opinion on Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) with his 4 back cameras, and his behaviour ( Snapdragon 660) vs A8s. Thanks in advance, and keep this great good work!

  5. This smartphone was launched for the China market (that's why there is no headphone jack) AND if you're wondering why the hole is bigger than the one on the Honor, that's because there is a light notification around the camera!!!

  6. Video index: 00:42 – Unboxing 01:16 – Design & build 02:34 – Screen 05:11 – Android OS 05:43 – UI Performance 07:00 – Benchmarks 08:17 – Battery 08:50 – Face & finger unlock 09:30 – Audio & speaker sample 10:28 – Gaming performance 11:36 – Camera App 12:39 – Camera samples 14:14 – Video (Day & Night) 16:03 – Final thoughts 17:03 – Pros & Cons (Listed)

  7. FFs it looks worse than a Chinese phone … The photos suck and the gaming is BAD ! The focus and the stabilizer is a no no … If it-s too expensive it is NOT WORTH IT !

  8. If u play a video then Why there are black bars on the side screen of a8s and m20 ?
    I need specs comparison between both phones

  9. i think that the screen protection fools you that the camera is not centered… and I prefere the single camera notch it`s better integrated…

  10. Samsung can't optimise the retards..

    Ex Samsung user here. My last phone was the S9. I sold it months ago and now I own an Xperia XZ2 and the performance is incredible 🙂

  11. Isn't this a prototype that you're using. I looked it up on the web and even Samsung doesn't have it on their website or no carriers are carrying this right now. If it is a prototype, there is much room for improvement so all those things you have complaints for can be fixed.

  12. I hate this phone already like y did take off the audio jack and sd card u trying to be bad ass apple big disappointed now I'm gonna deal with annoying dongles about Samsung was making fun of apple bcuz of that in their commercials

  13. What the actual fuck did Samsung do with this phone. If they fuck the S10 up as much as this it'll be a huge disappointment

  14. I actually think the pinhole on the View20 looks way better and less intrusive. 🤷‍♂️ Wish they'd kept the headphone jack. The A50 is looking like the better overall deal to me. The A70 the better phone.

  15. I have a question well this can be a dumb one Ive been thinking to upgrade my phone for my birthday…..I don't know if this is smart enough but could this work on boost Mobile??????

  16. Hi, great video as always. I am not sure if you mentioned this but is the phone stock CN version or they installed Global ROM for you? You usually state this on your videos but I didn't hear if you did. Also I heard people on the CN version are getting updates including PIE update. Can anyone confirm this? Thank you all.

  17. Looks great. I have A8 2018 and its getting a bit laggy.
    What phone would be a descent successor for my A8?
    My budget is 350-400 max.

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