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01 Mar, 2017 ,
With the onslaught of competition from various Chinese manufacturers in the budget smartphone segment Samsung is trying to hold its ground by coming up with various budget android devices. After the launch of the Galaxy On 5 and Galaxy On 7 Samsung has come up with a successor baptized as Galaxy On 8. Priced at Rs 15,900 it is available at the e-commerce website Flipkart in Black and Gold colors. Does it have enough juice to pass with flying colors on our test? Let’s find out.
Samsung always comes with pleasing design language and this phone is no exception. The front is occupied by the vivid 5.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display.On the top of the screen there is the front 5 MP camera along with a LED flash. Proximity sensor and ambient sensor are present next to the ear piece. There is no notification light present on the device unlike many other phones which come with one. Below the screen lies the two backlit capacitive buttons along with a capsule shaped physical button in the middle.
At 7.8mm the Samsung On 8 has a sleek and edgy profile. The edges are round at the corners and has a shiny metallic rim that run across the side profile. The left edge of the phone has the volume rockers and power button placed on the right edge. Further, the USB port, 3.5mm audio jack, and primary microphones are placed on the bottom of the device with a slightly visible antenna bands.
Flip the phone and you will notice that the rear panel houses the 13MP camera with a single LED flash and speaker grill. The rear is made out of a polycarbonate material has a smooth matte finish which looks and feels great. Ergonomically the phone fits perfectly in hand and offer good grip. The phone weighs around 169 grams which is pretty light and easy to carry. The back panel is removable and it’s not a unibody design. Remove the rear panel and you come across the two dedicated SIM slot and a micro SD card slot. You can also find the battery which is removable.Overall the build quality is pretty solid and the design is one step ahead compared to its predecessor.
Samsung has paved way for the 5.5 inch(1920x1080p) Full HD Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy On 8 by ditching the TFT display which was present on the On7. Pixel density stands out at 401ppi. Color reproduction is punchy and viewing angles is crisp no matter what angle you are looking from. Sunlight visibility is also pretty decent if not exceptional unlike other Samsung display panels.
The display panel on the Galaxy On 8 has four screen modes (Adaptive display, AMOLED cinema, AMOLED photo, and Basic) for better color reproduction and optimizing the viewing experience on the device. The display attracts lots of smudges and fingerprints but won’t bother you much. At this price point Samsung has provided a pretty good display for the On 8.
The Samsung On 8 is powered by an Octa-Core Exynos 7580 processor rated at 1.6GHz. With 3GB of onboard RAM the performance was lag free and smooth. Shuffling between different applications was stutter free. The device has enough power to offer sufficient performance for day to day tasks.
The device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and comes with its own user interface. Press the lock screen and you can see the time, camera and a dialer icon. Unlock the screen and you will notice the usual samsung software display. Swipe down the notification bar and you will come across various toggle options, a brightness adjuster and an option to change the SIM card.The Smart Manager on the device lets you manage RAM usage, storage,security and battery life. You get 1.3GB free out of the 3GB RAM for those back to back heavy usage of applications. Another handy feature on the On 8 is the Ultra data saving mode where in it compresses the cellular data ranging from videos,photos,media to all applications and websites. The S Bike mode is another valuable feature where in if someone calls you on your number while you are riding your bike, the particular caller gets a voice message saying the caller is riding the bike. The device also gets many pre-installed apps like Google, Microsoft office etc.
Gaming experience was great with games like Asphalt 8 and Dead Trigger 2 running without any frame drops or stutter. In Antutu Benchmark 6 the Galaxy On8 scored around 42,751 but it is far behind than that of the Redmi Note 3.On the Multi-core Geekbench test the device scored 3699.
The Galaxy On 8 is powered by a 3300 mAh battery and doesn’t come equipped with a quick charger. You can juice out a day of battery life with calls, Wi-Fi and video calls.There is also an Ultra power saver mode to slow down battery consumption. The battery is also replaceable considering it is non-removable.
The Galaxy On8 comes with 13MP rear camera with f/1.9 aperture and a 5MP selfie camera with single LED flash allotted to both the cameras. The user interface isn’t cluttered with applications but instead is very simple like other Samsung smartphones. The camera has many modes like (Auto, Pro, Panorama, Continuous shot HDR (Rich tone), Night, Beauty face, sports and sound shots).
The camera app can be launched by just pressing the physical home button twice. You can use the volume rockers as a camera shutter. The daylight snaps and macro shots were pretty crisp and detailed. Selfies from the 5MP front camera also came out pretty well. Low light shots were usable and noticeable amount of noise was present. The LED flash was also not effective enough for detailed low light shots.
Video capability is decent with full HD recording supported at 1080p resolution and there is no 4K support on this camera.
The Samsung Galaxy On 8 comes with dedicated Dual SIM slots with both the cards supporting 4G LTE. It also has VoLTE support from Reliance Jio. Calling (incoming and outgoing) experience was great altogether. We faced no call cuts or creepy signal interferences when on a call. The sound quality was pretty clear from the ear-piece. Wifi reception was also damn good and the phone managed to latch on to the minutest of signal availability.
With the punchy 5.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display watching your favourite movies or videos is a splendid affair. Watching high intensity animated graphics on the screen of the device is a visual delight.
The audio output from the external speaker is poor. Headphone sound quality is pretty decent though. You can even a miss a call if you don’t choose the vibration mode. Yesthe output from the external speaker is that weak.The FM radio on the Galaxy On 8 is pretty good with a simple interface. You can also expand the microSD card up to 128GB if the onboard 16GB available on the device doesn’t suffice you.
Samsung has come up with a pretty decent device. Sure the Galaxy On 8 is better than the predecessor but there is no fingerprint sensor or a quick charging support. With many Chinese phones coming up with unique and advanced technologies with their budget smartphones Samsung Galaxy On 8 surely feels out of the competition. We would recommend you to look out for other choices in the market.
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