Samsung Launches its Slimmest Phone, Samsung Galaxy A8

The South Korean giant has finally launched its new mid-range smartphone, dubbed the Samsung Galaxy A8. Earlier today in China, Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy A8 – _“an impressive smartphone with solid specifications that likely won’t break the bank.” _The device has only launched in China for now, where it’s now available for pre-order in Black, White and Gold color options. At this time, we’re not sure if Samsung plans to sell this phone outside of China, but we sure hope so.

The new mid-ranger boasts a 5.7 inch Full HD (1920x1080p) Super AMOLED display powered by a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor backed by 2GB of RAM. The smartphone is available in two storage variants – 16GB and 32GB inbuilt storage. Support for microSD card (up to 128GB) is also present. It runs the most recent version of Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay atop Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and also comes with a fingerprint scanner integrated into the physical home button. If those specs aren’t good enough for you, the device somehow manages to measure just 5.9mm thin and weigh only 151g, making this the thinnest smartphone to come from the manufacturer yet.

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The connectivity options include 4G FDD LTE, TDD LTE with Band 40 (2300MHz) support available in India, Bluetooth 4.1, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS, Glonass, Beidou, NFC, and USB 2.0. The latest offering by Samsung is backed by a 3050mAh battery, which as per the company gives a standby time (4G TDD LTE + 2G GSM) of up to 304 hours. The Galaxy A8 measures 158 x 76.8 x 5.9mm and weighs 10 grams more than its successor, 151 grams.

For the selfie lovers, the phone features a 5 MP front camera along with 16 MP rear camera. The Galaxy A8’s camera setup features a 16-megapixel autofocus rear camera with optical image stabilisation, f/1.9 aperture, a wide-angle lens (120 degrees) and LED flash. Like seen in Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, the Galaxy A8’s camera can also be activated quickly by pressing the home button twice.

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