The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) has recently been spotted in the wild through both Geekbench and GFXBench. Now, it's just been approved by the FCC, which can be taken as confirmation of the device's existence. The certification also clears up a few key details regarding the upper-mid-range handset, which will apparently succeed the Samsung Galaxy A8 released just over a year ago.
The aforementioned GFXBench listing referenced a 5.1-inch display for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016). However, since the current A8 is a phablet with a 5.7-inch display, it's expected that the refreshed model will offer an identical, 1080 x 1920 panel. The new version, which will carry the model number SM-A810S, looks set to opt for Samsung's powerful Exynos 7420 SoC — the same octa-core chipset found within recent high-enders like the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+.
Elsewhere, the device will likely be kitted out with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB of on-board storage. A 16-megapixel main camera may accompany a 5-megapixel effort for selfies, while Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow will be pre-installed. The FCC documents also mention the usual array of connectivity hardware, including Bluetooth, NFC and 4G LTE.
There's no word on the price as yet, though the current Galaxy A8 retails in India for the equivalent of $390. With the FCC approval now done and dusted, let's hope Samsung unveils the updated version very soon.