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The Galaxy A8 is official, Samsung's thinnest phone to date packs a punch

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The Galaxy A8 is official, Samsung's thinnest phone to date packs a punch
How do you announce a phone for which most everything has been leaked so far? Well, you just let the cat out of the bag, and that's exactly what Samsung did with the hotly anticipated Galaxy A8, it's thinnest phone to date, and one of the slimmest Androids ever built.

The Galaxy A8 is indeed sub-6mm thin (5.9mm at it thinnest, to be precise), with 158mm length and 77mm width, weighing 151 grams to assure you of its premium chassis materials. It sports a 5.7" 1080p Super AMOLED display, making it the largest phone in the metallic A-series. The handset runs on an octa-core Snapdragon 615, clocked at 1.5 GHz, and has 2 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB of internal memory, plus a microSD slot.

The Galaxy A8 is official, Samsung's thinnest phone to date packs a punch
The rear camera is a 16 MP ISOCELL endeavor, while the selfie-snapper is listed with 5 MP resolution, and a wide f/1.9 aperture, just like on the S6. All of this is backed up by a rather generous 3050 mAh battery, and runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop fumes, with the obligatory TouchWiz overlay on top. The phone is landing with a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home key, too.

Sounds great so far, given that the A-series offers one of the most compact and pretty Androids out there, and the Galaxy A7 even topped our list of the thinnest, lightest metal phones in the universe of the green robot. The Galaxy A8 is at least as compact for its largish screen size, which bodes well for its maneuverability with one hand. 

The fact that the phone appeared first on Samsung's China website, however, speaks volumes about the regions it is headed towards first, so as soon as we get more details on pricing and availability, those will be relayed in a timely manner. Any takers?


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posted on 14 Jul 2015, 08:06 5

1. tokuzumi (Posts: 946; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


Thin phones. Yay. I can't wait for the thin phone trend to die.

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 09:22 10

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


It has a 3050 mAh battery. In the case of GS6 you guys were correct but in this case it is just bitchin.

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 10:50

17. j2001m (Posts: 2840; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


The A8 uses Samsung new very very small all in one emm5.0/ddr3 all in one chip so more room for battery size

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 09:28 14

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Thin phone with a big battery. Please tell me why you're complaining again?

posted on 15 Jul 2015, 09:34

34. tokuzumi (Posts: 946; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


Thin phone, less to hold onto, easier to drop, easier to bend

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 10:56

22. QWERTYphone (Posts: 654; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


NO REMOVABLE BATTERY = FAIL

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 11:41 6

26. androidwindows (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2014)


Then go back to your qwerty phone.

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 20:41

31. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3271; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


dont they get it the world doesn't care about super thin phone if the battery is the sacrifice.

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 08:13 2

2. bangkoktomboy (Posts: 35; Member since: 29 Jun 2015)


I don't like a too thin phone neither too thick one. Just make a Note 5 with 3500mha, and 2K 5.7" screen of super AMOLED tech then you will win over my heart, Samsung the best tech company ever

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 08:16 3

3. Clars123 (Posts: 615; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


What if they make a Note 5 with a 4100 mAh battery, 2K 5.7'' display with the latest amoled tech..all in 7.9mm?
http://www.gsmarena.com/new_galaxy_note_5_and_s6_edge_plus_renders_reveal_controls_and_dimensions-news-13037.php

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 10:52

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


Excuse me, Could you please explain me what is mha?

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 15:12

30. Niva. (Posts: 420; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)


From Google:

A milliampere hour (mAh) is 1000th of an ampere hour ( Ah ). Both measures are commonly used to describe the energy charge that a battery will hold and how long a device will run before the battery needs recharging.

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 08:19 2

4. TBomb (Posts: 703; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


if they can add SD card to a phone this thing... makes you wonder why they left it out of the S6 series... hmmm

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 08:40 7

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


This has been arugued to death already.

UFS and SDcard doesn't share the same controller. Whereas the eMMC and SDcard can share the same controller.

So if you need to use SDcard with UFS, you will need another controller, which means more complexity in terms of actual writing of data, more cost and additional space.

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 10:54

20. j2001m (Posts: 2840; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Also Samsung are moving to all in one chips to make room for big battery's like the note 5 and A8(only ram and hd)

So there will soon be no way of adding them, but you get a big battery

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 08:20 2

5. realjjj (Posts: 363; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


So fake resolution, iffy SoC and roadkill design at 3-5 times more than it's competition...

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 08:34 5

7. Wolf_Blitza (Posts: 59; Member since: 30 May 2014)


That's a 73.8% screen-body ratio, better than the 6 Plus, but also worse than a Note 4. Not as wide as either though, so it should be easier to hold

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 09:20 7

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


I'm sure people will find something to bitch about. Its Premium, has an SD Slot, Has a full HD Super AMOLED Display, Both cameras are wide open at f/1.9. Base Model has 32GB Storage, has a fingerprint scanner, an even a 3050 mAh battery. What else do you guys want? SD 615 is pretty decent and 2GB is also decent.

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 10:55

21. j2001m (Posts: 2840; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


As its oled 1080p it will have a good screen on pixels
Oled is crap at 720p)

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 09:27 1

11. jesus_sheep (Posts: 246; Member since: 18 Apr 2015)


The only ugly thing about this phone is its speaker. Like what the hell was Samsung thinking?

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 10:31

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


Agreed. Down Firing Speakers would be much better.

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 09:35 1

13. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


I'm sure the price is going to be insanely high, considering how good the hardware is on paper (and pictures).

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 09:56 3

14. maherk (Posts: 3493; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I don't think so.
In Lebanon, A3 costs $210, A5 $270, and the A7 is priced at $345.
I would say the A8 will be priced at $425/440.

posted on 16 Jul 2015, 02:14

37. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_a8_prices_revealed-news-13073.php

Sorry, bro

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 10:45

16. Tondern (Posts: 105; Member since: 23 Feb 2015)


Protruding, lobotomized 16mp camera? Check.
Gasoven S615? Check.
Only 2gigs of ram? Check.
More expensive than OP2? Check.

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 10:54 1

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


The truth is there isn't anything for you to keep hating So you posted this.

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 10:58 1

23. j2001m (Posts: 2840; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Way bigger battery than the iPhone, at the same time being way thinner than the iPhone

That the all new all in one chips for you , tech made by Samsung,

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 11:33

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


He said OP 2 not iphone

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 11:25

24. Bm888 (Posts: 390; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


beast midrange phone..better than "flagship apple" lol

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 12:29

27. Dude2014 (Posts: 436; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


F1.9 and 16mp ISOCELL camera? Pls tell me this is not the same camera used in some variants of Galaxy S6!! -_-

posted on 15 Jul 2015, 01:05

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


Yes ISOCELL but not the one used in the GS6

posted on 14 Jul 2015, 12:39

28. ameran (Posts: 259; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


I can imagine that people who are looking for a new smart phone and don't care about the platform, they would go with this rater than any other phones even iPhones. Looks great.

posted on 15 Jul 2015, 19:37

35. jalebi2000 (Posts: 176; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)


this had a SD 808, than it would be worthy of one's money

posted on 15 Jul 2015, 23:35

36. deleon629 (Posts: 20; Member since: 04 Oct 2014)


Beautiful phone. Think it's gonna make a great impression on the audience who take pride in simply having a gorgeous phone that can double as a capable handset for occasional games and multitasking (ehem...Apple, anyone?). When I lived in South Korea, I found that, although the public had access to Samsung's latest and greatest (some models which were prototypes and/or too powerful for the wireless services provided in the US or Europe), a large following of mobile device users were not at all opposed to sporting A-series models. I personally have yet to meet an A-series handset owner who was at all disappointed, either.

posted on 16 Jul 2015, 03:29

38. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


Had a 6.2 mm phone once. Totally regretted it. It wasn't comfortable to hold so much that I never used it without a case. This one would be worse.

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