Samsung Galaxy A8 Review: A-game: Performance

By 07:01 Mon, 16 Aug 2021 Comments


Performance

The Samsung Galaxy A8 is powered by either a Snapdragon 615 chipset or an Exynos 5430 chipset. Both have octa-core processors - two groups of four at 1.3Giga Hertz (GHz) and 1.8Giga Hertz (GHz) respectively. However, in the Snapdragon both groups are Cortex-A53 cores, while the Exynos uses their predecessor, Cortex-A7, for one group and a more powerful Cortex-A15 for the other.

The GPU differs a lot as well, with the Exynos packing a Mali-T628 MP6, which should handle itself well at the 1080p classy screen resolution. The Snapdragon 615 uses an Adreno 405, which is normally found in 720p phones.

Finally, the Galaxy A8 has only 2GB of RAM. That's enough for most phones, but half what the flagship Galaxy Note5 has.




Before we see at the results, it's vital to note that the review unit we have is the Exynos 5430 version of the Samsung Galaxy A8.

Starting off with the processor speed, single-core performance lags behind the LG G4, the Cortex-A57 core it has is the successor to the Cortex-A15, but it only has two of them and Galaxy A8's numerical advantage wins out.

.jrGraphContainer { background: none !important; border-bottom: 1px solid #eee !important;} ul.jrGraph { left: 146px !important; } ul.jrGraphControls { padding: 0; margin-left: -10px !important; }

GeekBench 3

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    5124

  • LG G4

    3509

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    3375

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    3204

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    1468

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • LG G4

    5871

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    4338

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    2707

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    1818

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    21753

  • LG G4

    17739

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    16784

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    7551

For overall performance, AnTuTu 5 places both on equal footing while Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II 2.0 showed a lead for the LG G4. Exynos 5430 is no slouch, but it's just no match for the 7-series found in Samsung's most recent flagships.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0

Higher is better

  • LG G4

    1584

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    1089

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    968

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    580

AnTuTu 5

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    69465

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    49554

  • LG G4

    49295

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    37750

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    21562

Mali-T628 is not the latest architecture but it has enough oomph for a 1080p screen. The Galaxy Note5 needs a newer Mali-T760MP8 (with more cores to boot) to achieve a similar performance at QHD resolution (haged in mind that's nearly 80% more resolution, so the raw performance incompatibility is fairly big).

GFX 2.7 T-Rex (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    56

  • LG G4

    34.5

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    31

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    15

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    5.3

GFX 2.7 T-Rex (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    30

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    29

  • LG G4

    24.7

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    15

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    9.6

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    21

  • LG G4

    14.9

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    13

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    6

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    1.8

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    15

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    14

  • LG G4

    9.4

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    6.3

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    3.9

Baseimprint X is less enthusiastic about the Mali, but it still puts the Samsung Galaxy A8 above the Oppo R7 Plus, which is powered by Snapdragon 615 and Adreno 405. Also, see at the Galaxy E7 - it uses Adreno 306 in a Snapdragon 410, the GPU is over four times slower than the Mali.

Baseimprint X

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    26281

  • LG G4

    15090

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    8838

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    5349

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    1915

We tested the browsing performance using Samsung's customized Internet browser. For JavaScript (mostly a single-threaded affair) the Galaxy A8 came respectably close to the LG G4.

In BrowserMark 2.1 it matched the LG G4 and came close to the Galaxy Note5. Again, they render at QHD instead of 1080p, but the chipset once again proves to have been the correct choice for the job.

Kraken 1.1

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    3702

  • LG G4

    4085

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    5094

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    11908

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    13462

BrowserMark 2.1

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    2324

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    1992

  • LG G4

    1990

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    1344

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    1224

We're quite excited with the performance of the Samsung Galaxy A8 with Exynos 5430. The chipset was flagship-level stuff a year ago and still holds its own. The Snapdragon 615 version of the A8, however, will struggle with 3D gaming performance as its GPU is only half as powerful as that in the Mali. Still, the processor speed should quite close for many workloads.


DOWNLOAD NOW

DOWNLOAD MUSIC





Related Article

Comment
Name




.....................

Please LOGIN or REGISTER To Gain Full Access To This Article