Samsung India has a strong line-up of flagship smartphones – the Galaxy S-series and Note-series – besides budget devices like the J-series and On-series. But the company’s mid-range flagship segment, dominated by the C-series and A-series smartphones, continues to lag behind competition due to the absence of a premium tag and limited features. To address the gap, Samsung has launched the Galaxy A8+, a mid-tier flagship smartphone heavily inspired from the premium Galaxy S8 and carrying a price tag of Rs 32,990. The Galaxy A8+ sports infinity display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, a redesigned form factor with better placement of fingerprint scanner and dual-SIM, coupled with a dedicated memory card slot. On paper, the Galaxy A8+ looks like the ultimate mid-tier flagship. But, does it live up to the promise? Let’s find out: Design and display The Galaxy A8+ design takes a cue from the company’s premium smartphone Galaxy S8-series. However, there are some noticeable design changes incorporated in the smartphone to give a uniform but fresh look. The build quality is top-notch and the tall instance adds to the overall aesthetics. The front is dominated by a splendid 6-inch 18.5:9 aspect ratio screen that boasts fullHD+ resolution and always-on feature for ease of use. The side bezels are limited but are noticeably bigger on top and bottom. The curved glass on the front and back looks premium and seems to match the quality of flagship devices. Interestingly, the speaker and fingerprint scanner have been relocated for improved utility. The speaker is placed on the right side of the chassis, while the fingerprint scanner finds its spot below the rear camera which makes it easier to use. Hardware, software and performance The device computing is managed by an octa-core energy-efficient Exynos 7885 system on chip (SoC), which provides optimal performance with no sign of lag or stutters.