Bezel-less smartphones are all the rage this year. While a lot of smartphone manufacturers have been launching relatively affordable bezel-less smartphones as of late, Samsung only offered edge-to-edge screens in their flagships. The company has now finally brought the Galaxy S8’s hallmark feature — the Infinity display — to the masses with the Galaxy A8+.
The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is basically a watered down version of the Galaxy S8 and comes with an edge-to-edge display, dual front cameras, IP68 water certification and more. Currently, the Honor View 10 and OnePlus 5T are the kings of the value flagship segment and come with bezel-less designs to boot.
The Samsung Galaxy A8+ is set to be launched on January 20 for Rs 32,999 which puts it in direct competition with the OnePlus 5T and Honor View 10 which retail for Rs 32,999 and Rs 29,999 respectively. While we will compare the A8+ to the OnePlus 5T as well, this articles focuses on how the A8+ fares up against the recently launched artificial intelligence infused Honor View 10.
Let’s compare the Galaxy A8+ to the Honor View 10
Just like the Galaxy S8, the Samsung Galaxy A8+ is carved out of glass and metal and looks quite premium and sleek. With its all-metal construction, matte back and cleverly integrated antenna lines, the View 10 also looks classy and premium. While the A8+ has a centrally mounted rear fingerprint sensor, the V10 is one of the rare bezel-less smartphones with a front facing fingerprint scanner.
Both the Honor View 10 and Samsung Galaxy A8+ come with edge-to-edge displays with 18:9 aspect ratios. While the View 10 has a 5.99-inch FullHD IPS LCD display, the A8+ comes with a 6-inch FullHD Super AMOLED screen with always-on functionality. While AMOLED panels offer punchier colours and deeper blacks, IPS displays are generally more colour accurate and neutral. The A8+’s display is protected by Gorilla Glass – a feature missing in the View 10.
The Honor View 10 is powered by the Kirin 970 processor which has a dedicated Neural Processing Unit that powers complex artificial intelligence tasks such as advanced scene recognition and natural voice processing. The Galaxy A8+ on the other hand is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 7885 processor clocked at 2.2GHz. While both smartphones come with 6GB of RAM and microSD card support, the View 10 ups the A8+ in terms of internal storage – 128GB vs 64GB.
Both the Samsung A8+ and Honor View 10 have a bunch of tricks up their sleeve. The A8+ offers an always-on display and IP68 dust and water resistance – both of which are missing in the Honor View 10. The View 10 strikes back with a myriad of artificial intelligence features – the camera can detect objects and scenes and change image settings accordingly, the software uses machine learning to allocates resources to those apps you use the most and so on. While both smartphones support facial recognition, the technology can only be used to hide sensitive notifications on the lock screen on the View 10 currently. Honor claims facial unlock is coming to the smartphone soon via a software update.
On the software front, both smartphones are far removed from stock Android. While the View 10 runs on Honor’s EMUI 8.0 custom skin, the A8+ has Samsung’s new Experience UI overlaid on top of Android. While the pros and cons of both software skins are subjective, what is not is the fact that the A8+ runs on the old Android 7.1.1 Nougat and the Honor View 10 comes with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
On the connectivity front, both the Honor View 10 and Galaxy A8+ come with a 3.5mm headphone jack (which is fast going the way of the dodo) and a USB-Type C port for charging and data transfer. While both support 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, GP/A-GPS and NFC, the A8+ outdoes the View 10 with Bluetooth 5.0 as compared to Bluetooth 4.2 on Honor’s smartphone.
On the imaging front, both the Galaxy A8+ and Honor V10 come with dual cameras – just at different locations. The A8+ is the first Samsung phone to ship with dual front cameras – a 16MP primary sensor and a 8MP secondary sensor which aids in potrait selfies. Both sensors have an aperture of f/1.9. At the rear, the A8+ has a solitary 16MP sensor with an aperture of f/1.7. The Honor View 10 on the other hand has a dual camera setup at the back – a 16MP primary RGB (colour) sensor paired with a 20MP monochrome (black and white) sensor. This setup allows for the capture of bokeh shots as well as artistic monochrome images. On the front, the View 10 has a 13MP camera with an aperture of f/2.0.