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Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520S) vs Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530W)

Side by side comparison, pros, cons, differences between Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) vs Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) phones with full specifications. What's the best?

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Compare Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) XSamsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520S)02Points
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520S)
5.2"
AMOLED

1080x1920

16
MP

16mp

3GB
RAM

64bit Octa

3000
mAh

(Non removable)

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13PointsSamsung Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530W)Compare Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) X
Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530W)
5.6"
AMOLED

1080x2220

16
MP

16mp

4GB
RAM

64bit Octa

3000
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530W)

The phonemore's choice is much more technical than personal. Therefore, you shouldn't only consider this. Our goal is to help you, but what's important to us may not be important to you. You decide which one is the best! Comment!

Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520S)2 Advantages Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520S)vsGalaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530W)13 Advantages Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530W)
+157 grams (5.5 ounces)10%
Lighter
vs172 grams (6.02 ounces)
+7.9 millimeters (0.31 inches)6%
Thinner
vs8.4 millimeters (0.33 inches)
3GB LPDDR4vs+4GB LPDDR433%
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking
Until 256GB microSD, microSDXCvs+Until 1TB microSD, microSDXC3 times
More external storage for files using memory cards
1080x1920 pixelsvs+1080x2220 pixels16%
Higher resolution screen
424 PPIvs+441 PPI4%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
5.2"vs+5.6"8%
Larger screen
Autofocusvs+PDAF: phase detection autofocusAdvantage
You with less worry when taking pictures with auto focus
HDR photo only main cameravs+HDR photo on both camerasAdvantage
The HDR technology produced photos with more detail in dark areas
f/1.9 (aperture)vs+f/1.7 (aperture)12%
Diaphragm opening (Aperture) of the camera which has the smallest F number takes photos with better light exposure
(front) 16MPvs+(dual front camera) 16MP + 8MP50%
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
Android 8.0 Oreovs+Android 9.0 PieAdvantage
Android 9.0 Pie is newer and safer
(4G+ LTE-A) 300 Mbpsvs+(4G+ LTE-A) 600 Mbps100%
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
Not supportedvs+Face unlockAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
4.2 version A2DPvs+5.0 version A2DP/LEAdvantage
Bluetooth 5.0 version A2DP/LE is newer and faster

38 Common items in both devices
1.9Ghz 64bit Octa-Core
32GB (22GB user free)
eMMC 5.1
Aluminum frame, glass front/back
Super AMOLED
16 million
(back) 16MP
+31 specs and more in the table below

Check the comparison table below for more items that are not evaluated in comparison score above.

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Physical featuresSamsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520S)Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530W)
ModelGalaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520S)Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530W)
Other model namesGalaxy A5 2017 (SK Telecom) SM-A520SGalaxy A8 SM-A530W Single-Sim
Country or region availableSouth Korea
South Korea
Canada
Canada
BrandSamsungSamsung
Release dateJanuary, 2017January, 2018
Depth7.9 millimeters (0.31 inches)8.4 millimeters (0.33 inches)
Size (width x height)71.4 x 146.1 millimeters (2.81 x 5.75 in)70.6 x 149.2 millimeters (2.78 x 5.87 in)
Weight157 grams (5.5 ounces)172 grams (6.02 ounces)
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Build, materialsAluminum frame, glass front/backAluminum frame, glass front/back
Protection against water and othersIP68 certified: dust proof and waterproof over 1.5 meter and 30minIP68 certified: dust proof and waterproof over 1.5 meter and 30min
System (OS)Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520S)Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530W)
Operating systemAndroid 6.0.1 MarshmallowAndroid 7.1.1 Nougat
Firmware updateAndroid 8.0 OreoAndroid 9.0 Pie
HardwareSamsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520S)Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530W)
Chipset64bit - Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7880 (14nm)64bit - Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7885 (14nm)
CPU processor1.9Ghz Octa-Core ARM Cortex-A53Octa-Core, 2 processors:
2.2Ghz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A73
1.6Ghz Hexa-Core ARM Cortex-A53
GPU graphical controllerARM Mali-T830 MP3ARM Mali-G71 MP2
RAM memory3GB LPDDR44GB LPDDR4
Internal storage32GB (22GB user free)
eMMC 5.1
32GB (22GB user free)
eMMC 5.1
External storageUntil 256GB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)
Until 1TB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)
DisplaySamsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520S)Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530W)
Display typeSuper AMOLEDSuper AMOLED
Screen size5.2" inches5.6" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~71.5% (screen-to-body ratio)~75.6% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1080x1920 pixels1080x2220 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive MultitouchCapacitive Multitouch
Pixel density (dot pitch)424 PPI441 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass 3Gorilla Glass 4
Display featuresfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Mobile networksSamsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520S)Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530W)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM card1 slot
nano-SIM (4FF)
1 slot
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum download/upload300/50 Mbps600/75 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G2G, 3G, 4G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM Mhz bandTri-Band 900/1800/1900Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkGSM 900/1800/1900GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkUMTS 850/1900/2100UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat6 (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20, 28)
TD-LTE (Bands 38, 40, 41)
LTE Cat11 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 66)
TD-LTE (38, 40, 41)
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-AGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported
CallingSamsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520S)Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530W)
MessagingSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
SpeakerphoneSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
Call controlVoice dialing, Voice recorderVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commands
CameraSamsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520S)Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530W)
Back camera (main camera)16 megapixels16 megapixels
Main camera resolution4608x3456 pixels4608x3456 pixels
Video recording (primary)Full HD (1920x1080) 30 fpsFull HD (1920x1080) 30 fps
FlashLED flashLED flash
Focal aperturef/1.9 (aperture)f/1.7 (aperture)
Focal length27mm lens26mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registered1/2.8" inches
Pixel sizefeature not registered1.12µm pixel
AutofocusAutofocusPDAF: phase detection autofocus
Touch focusSupportedSupported
Image stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilization
ZoomOnly digital zoomOnly digital zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorNot supportedNot supported
HDRHDR photo only main cameraHDR photo on both cameras
2ª cameraSamsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520S)Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530W)
Front camera (secondary)16 megapixels(dual front camera)
• 16 megapixels
• 8MP wide (f/1.9 1/4" 1.12µm 24mm)
Front camera resolution4608x3456 pixels4608x3456 pixels
Video recording (secondary)Full HD (1920x1080)Full HD (1920x1080)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/1.9 (aperture)f/1.9 (aperture)
Focal length26mm lens27mm lens
Sensor size1/3.1" inches1/3.1" inches
Pixel size1µm pixel1µm pixel
MultimediaSamsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520S)Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530W)
RadioFMFM
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, WMVMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, XviD, MKV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLACMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLAC
ConnectivitySamsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520S)Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530W)
USBUSB 2.0 Type-C reversible connectorUSB 2.0 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-Go
TV outputNot supportedNot supported
Audio output3.5mm jack3.5mm jack
Bluetooth4.2 version A2DP5.0 version A2DP/LE
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + MIMO (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + MIMO (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)
DLNANot supportedNot supported
NFCSupportedSupported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, BeiDouA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, BeiDou
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsSamsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520S)Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530W)
Active noise cancellationSupportedSupported
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
Java / Flash playerNot supportedNot supported
SensorsAccelerometer
Proximity
Compass
Ambient Light
Gyroscope
Barometer
Hall effect
Fingerprint (front-mounted)
ANT+
Accelerometer
Proximity
Compass
Ambient Light
Gyroscope
Barometer
Hall effect
Face unlock
Fingerprint (rear-mounted)
ANT+
Other features- Colors: Black, Gold, Blue, Pink
- Gorilla Glass on the back
- Samsung Grace UX
- WiFi direct, hotspot
- Colors: Black, Gray, Gold, Blue
- Samsung DeX (desktop experience)
- Samsung Pay
- Always-on display
- 24-bit/192kHz audio
- WiFi direct, hotspot
Power supplySamsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520S)Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530W)
BatteryLi-Ion (Non removable)
18W
Li-Ion (Non removable)
18W
Battery capacity3000 mAh3000 mAh
Charger, watts• Fast battery charging• Fast battery charging
Talk time autonomy960 minutes | 16 hours | 0.7 day1140 minutes | 19 hours | 0.8 day
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Radiation rateSamsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520S)Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530W)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)0.337W/kg (head) | 0.987W/kg (body)feature not registered
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
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