It’s not clear when Samsung will announce the Galaxy A8, or where it will put the device on sale when it is made official. The images show a localized version of Android and Samsung’s UI, suggesting it may not be ready for an international release just yet and Samsung has made the Galaxy A8 smartphone official, following rumors of its existence spreading for several months. The device’s standout feature is the massive screen mated to a super thin chassis, which is the slimmest Samsung has produced yet. Here’s everything you need to know about the phone.
The Super AMOLED touchscreen has a 1080p resolution and measures a whopping 5.7-inches, and Samsung has wrapped it in a metal body that’s only 5.9mm thick. It looks stunning in the images, particularly thanks to a set of equally thin bezels around the display, and that sleek body should help the big-screen phone feel quite compact in the hand. It also weighs just 151 grams. The A8 is slimmer than the 6.3mm A7, and the 6.7mm thick Galaxy Alpha. It also beats some of the competition, including the 6.3mm thick Huawei P8.
Samsung has opted for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor to power the Galaxy A8, and added 2GB of RAM, plus 16GB of internal storage memory. The rear camera has 16-megapixels and an f/1.9 aperture, while there is a 5-megapixel wide-angle camera above the screen for selfies. It also has an LG-style hand gesture control — a wave instead of a clenched fist — and a comprehensive beautification mode.
Here’s a fingerprint sensor in the home button beneath the screen, 4G LTE connectivity, a MicroSD card slot, and a big 3050mAh battery. The Galaxy A8 runs Android, and has a variety of China-only software features, plus a reworked localized user interface. This suggests that in its current form, the Galaxy A8 is going to be a Chinese exclusive, and it’s available to order online there through Samsung’s store right now. Samsung hasn’t made any announcements regarding an international launch, but we’ll update you if the situation changes.
Approaching the end of June, a phone with the model number SM-A8000 showed up on the website of China’s TENAA telecoms regulatory board, giving another look at the phone’s possible features. It’s in agreement with the earlier leak, showing a 5.7-inch 1080p screen, a Snapdragon 615, 2GB of RAM, and a 16-megapixel camera on the rear. Additionally, 16GB of internal memory with a MicroSD card slot are listed.