Samsung and LG battle it out, in this review comparison, as Samsung’s A-series leader, the Galaxy A8 (priced at Php 24,990) takes on LG and Google’s budget Nexus phone, the Nexus 5X (Priced at Php 18K). Lets take a look at their specs, features and price as a we find out which of these two device pars well with your style.
Design and build
The Galaxy A8 core design is its metallic clad aluminum body, which didn’t exactly reach newer heights, while the LG Nexus 5X was just plainly built. However, their deficiencies are just a minor part of their design, since both the 5X and the A8 are really easy to handle devices. The rather thin A8, was a bit underwhelming at first, but later on, the metallic unibody seen on the A8 grew in eventually, while the very easy-on-the-hand design of the Nexus 5X is really all good. Both devices carry a fingerprint scanner, with the A8 packing its sensor on its menu button, while the 5X, on its back.
What would you prefer? The premium material made Galaxy A8 or the easy-to-handle Nexus 5X? Share us your thoughts.
Display and viewing experiences
The Galaxy A8 sports a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED FHD display, while the smaller 5.2-inch Nexus 5X has a 1080p FHD display. Brightness-wise, the Galaxy A8 showed a brighter display and punchier saturated colours, thanks to Samsung’s OLED technology. Colours were seen to be more clear on the A8. The larger display of the A8 actually brings out the full capacity of the OLED technology of Samsung, but necessarily, 5X was, as usually, delivered a balance display.
If you prefer a larger screen with punchier colours, then the A8 is a good choice, however, if balance and clear display is what you’re looking for, then the 5X is the phone for you.
Camera basic/quality/still image
The Samsung Galaxy A8 carries around a 16MP rear shooter and a 5MP selfie shooter, while the LG Nexus 5X has a 12MP rear shooter, with laser autofocus feature and a 5MP selfie shooter. Both devices had really good noise filtering or controlling, which they maximized in daylight shooting.
Colour on the A8 was way too aggressive, while the 5X was a bit cooler. The punchiness of the A8’s outputs can be clearly seen, while the sharp and balanced image of the 5X was all their is to it. On night shooting, the 5X’s superior low light shooting was seen again, with its clear and low level of noise outputs. The A8 showed brighter outputs on daylight, while the cooler more accurate outputs are seen on the 5X. For selfie shooting, the Nexus 5X was a tid bit more accurate than the A8’s outputs.
For video- the 4K UHD video recorder of the Nexus 5X delivered greater length of quality than the 1080p video recording capability of the A8.
What do you think of the A8 and 5X’s shooters? Share us your thoughts on the comments section
Performance and benchmarks
The Galaxy A8 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chip in its helm, while the Nexus 5X has a different Snapdragon chipset, Snapdragon 808 hexa-core chipset. Both devices have 2GB of RAM, wherein the 5X provided options for ROM, with its 16 or 32GB ROM capacity, while the A8 has a fixed 32GB internal storage capacity. For benchmark scores, there was a marginal split between the devices, with the Nexus 5X bettering the A8 on the last benchmark test.
- Galaxy A8: 48405
- Nexus 5X: 42426
Basemark OS II
- Galaxy A8: 976
- Nexus 5X: 173
- Galaxy A8: single core: 937, multi-core: 3236
- Nexus 5X: single core: 1022, multi-core: 3260
The Galaxy A8 has a 3050mAh battery capacity, while the Nexus 5X has a smaller 2700mAh battery capacity. On our standard battery test, the Galaxy A8 generated a longevity rate of 16 hours and 39 minutes, which is a very impressive performance overall, while the Nexus 5X was able to hang on for 9 hours and 20 minutes. However, the 5X does have a pretty decent charging period of 90 minutes, which is pretty good.
- Galaxy A8: 16 hours and 39 minutes
- Nexus 5X: 9 hours and 20 minutes
Speaker and audio
Speaker-wise, the Galaxy A8 and Nexus 5X’s speakers and speaker performance was almost at par, however, audio quality was seen to be better in the A8. This is actually a huge feat from the A8, since the 5X doesn’t exactly have a bad speaker, its just that the A8 was a bit better in quality.
What do you think of their speakers? Share us your thoughts on the comments section.
Price and verdict
Price-wise, the Nexus 5X, which is priced at around Php 18K, is a more affordable take, in comparison to the Galaxy A8, which is priced at Php 24,990. The Galaxy A8 and Nexus 5X are honestly awesome phones at their own right, with the Nexus 5X, being the affordable and latest Nexus device, while the A8 is the mid-ranger A-series leader, so having one of each of these devices are always gonna be a good thing.
What do you prefer? the A-series leader Galaxy A8 or the Budget Nexus 5X? Hit us up on the comments section and share your picks with us. And also, check out this video comparison, starring the Nexus 5X.
Samsung Galaxy A8 specs, PH price, features
LG Nexus 5X specs, PH price, features
|Display||5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, 386ppi||5.2-inch 1080p FHD display, 424ppi|
|Size||5.9mm thickness, 151g weight||7.9mm thickness, 136g weight|
|Color||Pearl white, midnight black, champagne gold||Carbon, Quartz, Ice|
|Protection||Cornings Gorilla Glass 4||Cornings Gorilla Glass 3, oleophobic coating|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core|
|Processor||Quad-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex-A53 processor||Dual-core 1.82GHz Cortex A57, Quad-core 1.44GHz Cortex 153|
|Graphics||Adreno 405 GPU||Adreno 418 GPU|
|Memory||2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD card up to 128GB||2GB Of RAM, 16/32GB internal storage, no microSD card slot|
|Main shooter||16MP rear shooter||12MP rear shooter, Laser Autofocus, dual-LED flash (dual tone)|
|Multimedia||1080p@30fps video||4K UHD video, HDR|
|Front facing shooter||5MP selfie shooter, 1080p||5MP front camera|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, WiFi ac, BT 4.1, GPS, GLONASS/Beidou, NFC, FM Radio with RDS recording||4G LTE cat 6,WiFi ac, Bt 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, NFC USB Type-C|
|OS||Android 5.1 Lollipop||Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
|Software feature||Ok Google, Android TV||Stock Android|
|Battery Capacity||3050mAh battery||2700mah (non-removable)|
|Ports and charging||microUSB v2.0||USB type-c|
|Official Price||Php 24,990 PH price in Lazada PH, as of October 16, 2015||$379 US on 16GB (no official price in the Philippines, est. P18k pesos)|
|Where to buy?||Online stores like Lazada, Hotgadgets and official retail stores, Samsung stores||Hotgadgets, LG Philippine stores|
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