Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) or Motorola Moto X4?

Diane Jacinto asks, “Which is better: Samsung A8 2018 or Moto X4?

Two upper tier mid-range smartphones that were recently released are put side-by-side. Looking at their specs alone, which do you think has the upper hand in this matchup? Let’s go!

The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) is one of the company’s newest smartphone along with the A8+ (2018). It has a 5.6″ Super AMOLED 18.5:9 display with 2220 x 1080 resolution, an Exynos 7885 processor, 32GB internal storage, 4GB RAM, 16MP Phase-Detection Auto-Focus (PDAF) rear camera w/ LED flash, 16MP + 8MP front cameras, and 3,000mAh battery w/ Fast Charging.

The Motorola Moto X4 is the newest additon to the company’s 2017 smartphone lineup. It has a 5.2″ LTPS IPS display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, Snapdragon 630 processor, 64GB internal storage, 4GB RAM, 12MP + 8MP rear cameras w/ dual-tone, dual-LED flash, 16MP front camera w/ LED flash, and 3,000mAh battery w/ Turbo Power Charging.

Here are their detailed specs:

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) Motorola Moto X4
Display 5.6-inch Super AMOLED 18.5:9 display @ 2220×1080 pixels 5.2-inch LTPS IPS full HD display @ 1920×1080 pixels
CPU Exynos 7885 Octa-core (2.2GHz Dual + 1.6GHz Hexa) processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 2.2GHz octa-core processor
GPU Mali-G71 Adreno 508
Memory -32GB internal storage
-4GB RAM
-64GB internal storage
-4GB RAM
Camera -16MP PDAF camera f/1.7 rear camera w/ LED flash
-16MP FF f/1.9 + 8MP f/1.9 front cameras
-12MP f/2.0 + 8MP f/2.2 (120°) rear camera with dual-tone, dual-LED flash
-16MP f/2.0 front-facing camera w/ LED flash
Battery 3,000mAh battery w/ Fast Charging 3,000mAh Li-Po battery w/ Turbo Power Charging
OS Android 7.1.1 Nougat Android 7.1.2 Nougat

Here are their benchmark scores:

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) Motorola Moto X4
Antutu 78,256 69,549
Geekbench 1,528 (Single-Core), 4,307 (Multi-Core), 3,634 (RenderScript) 846 (Single-Core), 4,041 (Multi-Core), 3,856 (RenderScript)
3DMark 725 (Sling Shot Extreme – OpenGL ES 3.1) 830 (Sling Shot Extreme – OpenGL ES 3.1)
PC Mark 5,179 (Work 2.0) 4,626 (Work 2.0)
AndroBench 299.55 MB/s (Read), 103.99 MB/s (Write) 280.45 MB/s (Read), 214.48 MB/s (Write)
Battery Life 18 hours and 30 minutes 13 hours

Here are the advantages of each smartphone:

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)

+ Larger screen size

+ Larger screen aspect ratio

+ Larger vertical screen resolution

+ Better performing CPU

+ Higher main camera resolution

+ Pressure sensor

+ Dedicated microSD card slot

+ Longer battery life

Motorola Moto X4

+ Better Performing GPU

+ Larger internal storage

+ Wide angle rear camera lens

+ Dual-tone, Dual-LED rear flash

+ Front LED flash

DISPLAY

The A8 (2018) has an 18.5:9 screen aspect ratio which is larger compared to the usual 16:9 aspect ratio of most smartphones. Aside from that, it has a larger screen size compared to the Moto X4. As for their display types, the former has a Super AMOLED display while the latter has an LTPS IPS one. In terms of viewing experience, it is apparent that the A8 (2018) is the better choice because of its screen size and aspect ratio.

CPU AND GPU

The Exynos 7885 processor of the A8 (2018) is quite new while the Snapdragon 630 of the Moto X4 is the same with the Zenfone 4 SD630 variant. Upon checking out their benchmark scores, we found out that there is a significant difference with the performance of their CPUs. Both are fast in performing daily tasks, but the A8 (2018) is evidently faster than the Moto X4. As for their gaming capabilities, based on the 3D Mark benchmarking test, the latter’s Adreno 508 is performing better than the Mali-G71 GPU of the former.

To put it simply, if the user wants to have a smartphone with faster-performing speeds, the A8 (2018) is their guy. If they want to have a more pleasant gaming experience, however, then the Moto X4 is the better choice.

CAMERA

Looking at their specs alone, the smartphones have different focuses for their cameras. The A8 (2018) seems to be focusing more on selfie capabilities while the Moto X4 is on rear camera shooting. However, it is not enough to say that the other is better in the rear/front camera aspect. We have taken sample shots from both smartphones which you can check here: (Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) and Motorola Moto X4)

BATTERY

Both smartphones have 3,000mAh batteries with fast charging, however, during our video loop test, we found out that there is a significant difference between them. The A8 (2018) lasted for 18 hours and 30 minutes while the Moto X4 lasted only 13 hours. It is apparent that the former is the better pick if battery life is the reader’s main priority.

OTHER FEATURES

The A8 (2018) possesses a pressure sensor, ANT+, VHT80, 256 QAM, and MST.

PRICE

The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) is priced at Php 26,990 while the Motorola Moto X4 is priced at Php23,999.

In this matchup, we will go with the A8 (2018) since its specs-to-price ratio is a better choice compared to the Moto X4. Viewing Experience, CPU Performance, and Battery Life are the main factors why we chose the former over the latter.

Do you agree with our pick? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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