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New hands-on photos of the Galaxy A8 show Samsung's thinnest smartphone again, fingerprint scanner confirmed

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New hands-on photos of the Galaxy A8 show Samsung's thinnest smartphone again, fingerprint scanner confirmed
While Samsung hasn't confirmed the existence of the Galaxy A8, the handset is almost certainly coming soon. Last month, the A8 was approved by China's telecom authorities, while also showing up in hands-on photos, and even in a hands-on video.

Today, we can see the Galaxy A8 once again, thanks to Chinese website PC Online, which had the chance to thoroughly check out the handset.

As previously reported, the Galaxy A8 measures 158 x 76.77 x 5.94 mm, being the thinnest Samsung smartphone to date. The A8 is built around a metal frame, and resembles the Galaxy S6 (at least when viewed from the front). However, this new Galaxy is not exactly a high-end device, though its features are pretty nice anyway.

Powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, the Galaxy A8 offers 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable internal memory, a slimmed-down 16 MP ISOCELL rear camera, a 5 MP front-facing camera, and a 3050 mAh battery. The screen of the A8 is a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED one with 1080 x 1920 pixels, while the phone's home button doubles as a fingerprint scanner - just like on the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.

It's said that the Galaxy A8 could cost around $500. Samsung will probably launch it in China first, but there's no word on exactly when this should happen. Also, we don't know if the A8 will be available in North America or Europe. But we'll let you know as soon as we find out.

Check out the Galaxy A8 in the hands-on photos below. Would you buy the smartphone for around $500 (unlocked, of course)?


source: PC Online

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posted on 07 Jul 2015, 13:00 6

1. neela_akaash (Posts: 1193; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Round and Ugly....

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 13:03 14

4. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Nah its anything but ugly....its a looker thats for sure

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 13:05 10

6. BoobyBuster (banned) (Posts: 62; Member since: 18 Jun 2015)


Thats how all shamedung phones are. Ugly.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 13:07 22

7. neela_akaash (Posts: 1193; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Not all Mr. PottyBuster...

S6 Edge is the most BeAuTiFuL...... smartphone on the planet right now....

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 13:13 7

11. erikngn (Posts: 33; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Hahaha!
NO.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 16:55 7

34. cheetah2k (Posts: 1578; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Hahaha!
YES!

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 13:19 1

15. waddup121 (unregistered)


not bad.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 13:27 2

16. Ruturaj (Posts: 1341; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


Beauty and ugly is about perception.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 19:00 1

37. medicci37 (Posts: 1278; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Should have used that battery on the S6

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 13:00

2. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Samsung is doint it again.
Pricing the A8 higher than it should be (like the S6 Edge) just because oi its looks. This may turn out to be a bad move but at $400 this phone would be so awesome!

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 13:02 4

3. drunkenjay (Posts: 897; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


for what it offers its a reasonable pricing.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 13:09 4

8. neela_akaash (Posts: 1193; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


The price is not at all justifiable...

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 16:13 1

28. rd_nest (Posts: 1593; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Looks like you are new to this Samsung pricing scheme.
By now everyone and their dog should know that Samsung launch prices are just for show. In 2/3 months, this phone will be selling for less than $400, guranteed.
This is not just this phone, but for any Samsung phone.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 16:52 1

33. ninja_master (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


Then the Oppo r7 is reasonably priced oh wait.....

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 13:13 14

12. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


The GS6 edge is priced how it should be. It cost Samsung good money and special factories. This isn't an Apple level scam.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 13:04 5

5. BoobyBuster (banned) (Posts: 62; Member since: 18 Jun 2015)


Another day another lagdroid shamedung. Destroying the beauty of world.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 13:29 12

17. Ruturaj (Posts: 1341; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


Another day, same troll. Destroying the sanity of world.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 15:00 2

24. shaineql (Posts: 357; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


If i have to read this on every article i might aswell stop visiting this website. There is many other sites offering the same news..

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 16:14 5

29. rd_nest (Posts: 1593; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Your birth certificate is an apology letter from the condom industry.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 13:10 9

9. nuldolor5x.com (unregistered)


This phone looks gorgeous. Anyone who says it ugly simply doesn't like Samsung and would probably not like anything from Samsung no matter good looking it is.
If the price is good, I my take one if it will have a good battery life.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 13:10

10. camera531 (Posts: 344; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


I'll never understand why OEM's make phones like this and then limit them to one or two Asian markets. There's a whole (very lucrative) world out there, Samsung!

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 16:34

31. medtxa (Posts: 1133; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


There is a lot thick phone with apparently similar or worse performance and battery life for people who dislike sams thin phone. If you have thick phone fetish thats it.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 13:13

13. erikngn (Posts: 33; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Obviously OPO2 will be better and cheaper

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 13:19

14. MisterQ (Posts: 33; Member since: 13 Feb 2015)


Why not get a Note 3 for cheaper than this and it will have better CPU/RAM plus S Pen?

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 13:30

19. Ruturaj (Posts: 1341; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


Absolutely yes, or get a alpha for half the price, S6 or note 4 for approx same price.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 15:14 3

26. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1431; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Cause 615 is more power efficient, its 64bit, its not all about the mhz. Also this phone seems to have a slightly worse S6 camera which still I am guessing will blow out of the water the two year old note 3 camera. Looks much batter than note 3. Ye the pen is missing but not many people care about it.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 13:30

18. ashrafalhujaili (Posts: 54; Member since: 03 Oct 2014)


the speaker is in the top of the phone ! nice

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 13:35

20. Guaire (Posts: 519; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


I don't understand why they would ship it to some markets with SD615 while others gets Exynos 5430. It has better odds with the latter.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 22:55

41. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


SD 615 is used in A7 also. I hope they would use something else preferrably Exynos 5433

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 14:03

21. Bm888 (Posts: 501; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


Looks ✅. .about CPU I think Exynos one 5430 is superior to sd 615 and so will be like superior like the Exynos note 4 to sd 805. pricing × .Sammy should price it in 300$ level if it wants to beat other OEMs midrange .

^Bm ™

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 14:08

22. 27satz (Posts: 134; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Still can't match up with S6's beauty.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 14:27 2

23. Cheezwiz (Posts: 430; Member since: 29 Dec 2014)


this is pretty close to my perfect handset. The only thing is that it needs to be $429.

posted on 08 Jul 2015, 09:19

42. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


If it is $429.99?

posted on 16 Jul 2015, 00:44

43. Cheezwiz (Posts: 430; Member since: 29 Dec 2014)


then i'd buy it. but it's not. it's $515, so I'm not buying it. Too bad. Maybe for the holidays if the price drops.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 15:09 2

25. HighOnAndroidFTW (Posts: 185; Member since: 26 Apr 2015)


This is actually an excellent deal/phone. Still better then the iPhone 6 plus and at half the price. And thinner and lighter too.. And at less then half the price, along with 2GB of RAM and a 16MP ISOCELL rear camera and 5mp front that'll shoot in hd. Sub $500 for a 5.7" 1080p phone 16GB plus 70$ for a 128GB Micro SD card is now at 144GB for less then half the cost of the 128GB iPhone 6 plus....

Lmao GG

SAMSUNG > apple ALL DAY LONG BABY

Good job Samsung

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 16:58

35. ninja_master (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


you're comparing midrange to flagship. And how is it better
Screen Res= same
RAM=1 gb ios is like 3gb on android
Processor= a8 is waay better
Camera=that remains to be seen

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 22:18 2

38. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Why iOS is smooth on 1GB? Because it is an App launcher OS. It doesn't require much power. I bet you as the OS advances it requires more power so Apple will equip them with 2GB RAM for another 5 years.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 15:41 1

27. Macready (Posts: 961; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


Pretty clear it's aimed to undercut the iPhone 6 Plus. It's a hair smaller with a larger (also 1080P) AMOLED display, slightly larger battery and similar feature set (+SD card!). Only a slower GPU which means it may not be the best choice for the hardcore high end smartphone gamer.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 16:29 1

30. phonehome (Posts: 571; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


Frivolously thinner and thinner. No thanks. Not until corresponding battery life is frivolously improved.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 16:42 2

32. medtxa (Posts: 1133; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


Talk that to other oem right now sony, lg, htc..with flagship that is alot bulkier have bigger battery but still behind samsung in battery life.. Shame on them

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 22:21 2

40. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


3050mAh isnt a small battery by any means.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 17:25 2

36. irossdrummer (Posts: 139; Member since: 17 Jan 2015)


A microsd card tray in the metal??? This could be good news that they could put this in the note 5 ☺

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 22:20 1

39. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


I am sure this phone doesn't use UFS 2.0

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