Samsung unveils the Galaxy A8, its thinnest smartphone ever

Next month, Samsung is expected to launch its new Galaxy Note 5 flagship, but today, the company quietly added another device to the upper end of its range. The new Galaxy A8 is technically a mid-range handset, but features some pretty decent specs - and it also happens to be the thinnest smartphone Samsung has ever released.

The Galaxy A8 is just 5.9mm thick, but still manages to squeeze in plenty of desirable features. Its key specs include:

  • 5.7-inch Super AMOLED with Full HD (1920x1080px) resolution
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB / 32GB storage options (plus microSD card support up to 128GB)
  • 16MP rear camera
  • 5MP front-facing camera
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • 3050mAh battery
  • Dual-SIM option
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 158 x 76.8 x 5.9mm; 151g

For now, the Galaxy A8 is launching only in China, and the company hasn't yet revealed plans to release it in other markets. It hasn't announced pricing information for the device either, but it's expected to cost around 3,499 CNY (roughly $565 USD) when it goes on sale.

Source: Samsung via Engadget

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