Samsung launched the affordable Galaxy S8 doppelganger phone, aka the Galaxy A8+, in India on Wednesday at a price of Rs 32,990. The Galaxy A8+, which is successor to last year's Galaxy A7 2017, brings the flagship Galaxy S8's hallmark feature aka edge-to-edge Infinity display -- and unusual 18.5:9 aspect ratio -- to the masses. The Galaxy A8+ in fact borrows a lot from the Galaxy S8 -- IP68-certification, micro-SD card slot, always-on functionality to name a few -- but at the same time crams in a couple of features -- dual front cameras and a bigger battery -- that are not even there in Samsung's top-tier phone. And the Galaxy A8+ does all of this at a considerably lower price.

The Galaxy A8+, it seems, has been designed from grounds up to offer a flagship Galaxy S8-kind of experience at a not so flagship Galaxy S8-kind of pricing. This begins with the design. Much like Samsung's flagship phone, the Galaxy A8+, is also carved out of glass (unspecified Corning Gorilla Glass) and metal. Much like Samsung's flagship phone, the Galaxy A8+, also comes with a bezelless screen. It is longer and narrower giving users more real estate to work upon, much like the flagship Galaxy S8. It's a 6-inch phone but because Samsung has shaved off much of the bezels, the Galaxy A8+ feels smaller in the hands. Also, it offers a screen-to-body ratio of close to 75 per cent.

The A8+ is as mentioned earlier, is IP68-certified, which makes it dust and water-resistant and also it comes with Samsung's characteristic always-on display. The Galaxy A8+ supports Samsung Pay out-of-the-box, has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner that's way more convenient than it is on the Galaxy S8, a micro-SD card slot that supports storage expansion of up to 256GB, and a USB Type-C for charging and data-syncing. It supports fast charging and crams in Samsung's proprietary Bixby virtual assistant. It supports facial recognition as well although it's not as high-profile as the technology on-board the Galaxy S8. – India Today 


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