Samsung officially unveils the ultra slim 5.9 mm Galaxy A8

After a couple of leaks and multiple rumors, Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy A8 which has a very slim body at a mere 5.9 mm. This makes it the slimmest smartphone that Samsung has ever made beating out the 6.3 mm held by the device’s predecessor, the Galaxy A7.

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The exterior design shows that the A8 remains faithful to unibody approach like the rest of the Galaxy A series but it also inherits some design cues from Samsung’s current flagship. The metal frame has some chiseled design and the front even looks like a larger Galaxy S6. The home button also has a fingerprint sensor which unlocks the phone with a simple touch.

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As for its photography capabilities, the rear camera is a 16 MP camera with f/1.9 that’s similar to the one that’s on-board the flagship Galaxy S6. As for the front camera, it gets a wide angle 5 MP selfie snapper. Double tapping the home button will instantly launch the camera app anytime and it also supports  wide selfie functionality as well.

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Now as for the technical specs, the Galaxy A8 has a 5.7″ Full HD Super AMOLED display, which is  a slight 0.2″ larger than its predecessor, the Galaxy A7. The Galaxy A8 gets a similar Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor (4 x 1.5 GHz, 4 x 1.0 GHz) that’s mated to 2 GB of RAM under the hood to run this device. As for its storage options, the Galaxy A8 has 16 GB or 32 GB of on-board storage. The Chinese version of the Galaxy A8 supports 4G LTE connectivity and has dual SIM slots, but the 2nd slot is a hybrid  where it doubles up as serving as MicroSD slot which offers an additional 128 GB of storage.

Despite having a larger screen, the Galaxy A8 also gets a decently large 3,050 mAh capacity battery to compensate, being a 17% increase on the Galaxy A7. Physically, the Galaxy A8 weighs a slightly heavier 151 g.

For the Malaysian market, the Samsung Galaxy A8 was recently seen in SIRIM’s database and word on the street is that it would be released with a RM 1,888 price tag.

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