Samsung Galaxy A8 (Gear VR Compatible Smartphone)

Phone Weight: 172 g (6.07 oz)
Phone Height: 149.2 mm (5.87 Inches)
Phone Width: 70.6 mm (2.78 Inches)
Phone Thickness: 8.4 mm (0.33 Inches)

Info: The design sounds a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S8’s, with IP68 dust and water resistance, a metal frame and curved glass on the back, and there should be a decent amount of power, as the Galaxy A8 (2018) has an octa-core chipset with two cores clocked at 2.2GHz and six running at 1.6GHz, plus 4GB of RAM. There’s a 3,000mAh battery packed in, with support for fast charging, plus 32GB of storage as well as a microSD card slot. Rounding out the specs there’s a fingerprint scanner, NFC, support for Samsung Pay and even support for Gear VR – so you can get your virtual reality fix without having to buy a Samsung flagship. Disappointingly though, rather than Android Oreo the A8 (2018) runs Android 7.1.1.


“…good quality VR now isn’t limited to more expensive flagship devices…”

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Additional Information…

Price at Time of Press: £396 ($551)
Range Of Colours: Black, Orchid Grey, Gold, Blue
Memory Sizes: 32 GB, 64 GB
Headphone Jack: Yes
Central Processing Unit (CPU): Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU): Mali-G71
Battery: 3000 mAh
Main Display: 5.6 Inch
Pixel Resolution: 1080 x 2220 pixels
Rear camera: 16 Megapixel
Wi-Fi Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11
Bluetooth Connectivity: 5.0

Final Verdict: At long last the “A” range of Galaxy smartphones is getting a Gear VR approved version. What this means is good quality VR now isn’t limited to more expensive flagship devices making them cheaper and within just a few generations time very, very affordable. With its new Super AMOLED display running at 1080 x 2200 resolution it isn’t going to be the sharpest looking of the Gear VR compatible smartphones, but it’s going to be pretty good. Let’s just hope the active series of Samsung phones join in on this VR compatible trend.


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