After the arrival of smartphones, there seemed to be a clear difference between average smartphones and top-notch smartphones. However, as time fleets by, the difference between the two seems to be getting narrower as average smartphones are now getting updated with better hardware and software as well as reduced prices. In this line, we are going to compare the Oppo R7 and the Samsung Galaxy A8 and let's see which of the two gives the consumer more value for their money.
When it comes to matters of design, it's crystal clear that both devices are attractive to the eye with their sleek metallic finish. However, they still have some differences that they share including size, with the Oppo R7 being the bigger and heavier of the two at 6.0 inches and 192 grams while the Samsung A8 stands at 5.7 inches and 151 grams. The Samsung Galaxy A8 still remains to be Samsung's thinnest phone, with a thickness of 5.9 mm.
The audio jack for Oppo R7 is at its top while that of Samsung Galaxy A8 is at its bottom. Unlike most current smartphones, both devices have their MicroUSB ports at the bottom.
For many people, the camera is an important aspect in a smartphone and both of these devices are not frugal in that aspect. Their user interfaces are simple and quite easy to operate and they come with great features.
The Oppo R7 comes with a 13MP rear camera and 8MP front camera as well as an LED flash and laser auto-focus. Its images come out pretty good and clear with smart shooting speed and accurate balance of color.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 comes with a 16MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. Its sensor adapts ISOCELL technology. Its images come out sharp, accurate and with good color accuracy and brightness.
It's worth noting that these two devices are pretty much similar on the inside with only very few differences. Both of them feature octa-core snapdragon processors from Qualcomm. However, the Oppo R7 comes with 3GB of RAM unlike the 2GB RAM in Samsung Galaxy A8.
The Oppo R7 also comes with a modified custom color operating system, which makes the device operate smoothly with very minimal lag and overheating issues. However, it has been noted that the Samsung Galaxy A8 has been having a bit of some software lags.
The 3050mAh non-removable battery of the Samsung Galaxy A8 is pretty good with a battery life of 4 hours when the screen is on as well as good standby time for the night, only losing 2-3% power.
The R7 4100mAh battery seems better with a battery life of 5 hours screen-on time even when the phone is on an activity. Its battery life has proven to be a hard nut to crack in one day.
Hardware and Display
The display fronts of the two devices come looking much similar with the R7 sporting a 6.0-inch Super Active Matrix OLED screen with a 367 pixel density and 1920 x 1080 resolution while the A8 comes with a smaller Super Active Matrix OLED panel of 5.7 inches and 386 pixel density as well as 1920 x 1080 resolution. The two devices do not pose a problem while in direct sunlight and viewing angles on both are satisfactory. With regards to the Super Active Matrix OLED panels on the two devices, their screens come with well-set and deep blacks as well as vibrant colours.
These two devices run the modified version of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The Oppo R7 features a tweaked version of the sleek Color OS from OPPO, though it lacks an application drawer, obliging you to rely much on folders to get your homescreen organized, which can be a bit cumbersome.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 operates the trim TouchWiz UI from Samsung as well as a new theming engine that was first introduced on the Samsung Galaxy S6. Samsung's popular features such as smart gestures and multi-windows are also popular in the A8.
With these and many other features to talk about, there is pretty much to consider about the two devices as they both bring most of the cool stuff you need in your hands.