Samsung Announces Galaxy A8, Its Thinnest Phone Yet

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World has perhaps grown a relatable likeness towards ultra sim smartphones. And Samsung knows that. Acknowledging that, the Korean company today jumped into the “thinnest smartphone” bandwagon by quietly launching the Galaxy A8 in China.

Welcoming a new entrant to its A series smartphones, Samsung today introduced its slimmest smartphone in China, Galaxy A8 which is just 5.9 mm thick. Since it falls into Galaxy A series, the Samsung Galaxy A8 features a metal frame with a curvature very similar to that of the Galaxy S6.

The handset has a profile of just 5.9mm and packs a 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, yet just weighs 151 grams. Apart from these frills, it features Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC, with one cluster of Cortex-A53 cores working at 1.0 GHz and another ticking at 1.5 GHz coupled with 2GB RAM.

The center of attraction for this device is the finger print scanner that Samsung has fabricated for the first time to a Galaxy A series smartphone.

On connectivity front, the Samsung Galaxy offers 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS with Glonass and Beidou support, as well as NFC.  The unit is powered by a 3,050 mAh battery and Samsung promises 304 hours of standby time.

For now the A8 has been announced only in China and is selling at $515. It is likely that in the coming weeks the company may bring it to other markets, including India.

Galaxy A8 is Samsung’s yet another attempt to counterattack Xiaomi in China who has been making troubles for Samsung ever since it joined the play. Although A3 and A5 did not make much noise in matket, Samsung believes that Galaxy A8 would not fall prey to the same fate.


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