After countless rumors and leaks, Samsung’s newest Galaxy A8 smartphone has now become official, being listed on the manufacturer’s official Chinese website. This isn’t exactly an official launch, but we can have a thorough look at the device and all its specs and features.
The new Galaxy A8 is Samsung’s thinnest phone to date, having a thinness of 5.9 millimeters. This makes the device one of the slimmest currently on the market, but there are others who feature an even thinner profile, such as the Gionee Elife S7 (5.5mm), the Oppo R5 (4.85mm) and the Vivo X5Max (4.75mm).
The smartphone comes with a metal frame that has a curvature similar to the design of the Galaxy S6. The back of the device is made from aluminum, a trademark for the A-series. The handset has a pretty big 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, but despite having metal in its build, it’s pretty lightweight at 151 grams. The company has also managed to cram in a fingerprint sensor, which also doubles as the home button.
A mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor paired with 2GB of RAM is powering the Galaxy A8. It comes in two storage options -either 16GB or 32GB, which can be expanded with a microSD card slot (up to 128GB). What needs to be pointed out, however, is that while the device is dual-SIM, you must take out the microSD to use both SIMs as the memory expansion slot is shared with the second SIM slot.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 is a 4G LTE device, comes with dual-band Wi-Fi, USB 2.0., Bluetooth 4.1, GPS with Glonass and Beidou support, as well as NFC. BeiDou is a Chinese satellite navigation system, so this particular feature could be limited only to devices sold in China, but its coverage polygon also extends to other countries, such as India, so maybe the South Korean company will keep it in order to increase the accuracy of the device. Speaking of India, the device could be launching in the country on July 19th.
The handset’s camera comes with a 16MP main shooter, which comes with reduced pixel size of 1.0 µm in order to save up space, OIS and a bright f/1.9 aperture, a wide-angle lens (120 degrees), autofocus and LED flash. The camera can also be activated quickly by pressing the home button twice, a feature borrowed from the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. There’s also a front-facing 5-megapixel camera for selfies and video calling.
The device is powered by a 3,050 mAh battery which is said to provide 304 hours of standby time. The Samsung Galaxy A8 runs TouchWiz UI on top of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The slim phone is available in white, black and gold colors and at the moment we don’t know its official price nor when it will be rolling out to more countries.