Samsung's thinnest phone ever, the Galaxy A8, stars in a new hands-on video

Samsung's thinnest phone ever, the Galaxy A8, stars in a new hands-on video
The story of a new Samsung line of devices — the Galaxy A — started back in March, when the tech behemoth trademarked the Galaxy A6, A8, and A9 names. A month later, the first set of rumors started flowing in, telling the story of one of them — the A8 — and a further month down the line, we saw some tentative confirmation of these specs thanks to a GFXBench pass. It then took another month for the first few images of the device to leak out and reach us. And today? Today we've got ourselves our first hands-on video of the device.

The definitive highlight of the Galaxy A8 is its thinness — at 0.23 inches (5.9 mm), it's the slimmest Samsung device to date. Looking alike to the Galaxy S6, the A8 also seems to sport a metal frame, within which the company is said to have nestled a 5.7-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels, an octa-core, 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor coupled with 2 gigs of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, a 16-megapixel main camera, and a large, 3,050 mAh juicer. Since the Android 5.1 Lollipop-toting Galaxy A8 was previously certified by the FCC with support for LTE band 41 only, for now we can only argue that it'll probably sell in China, with international release remaining under question.

In all, we now seem to have all the proof we need to know that the Galaxy A8 is happening. The existence of the A8 also cements the notion that Samsung is quite serious about its new philosophy that puts aesthetics and design at the top of its list of priorities, or at least gives such concerns parity with more practical ones. It's still too early to tell if this bet will pay off, but we definitely have a good feeling — it's been ages since we've seen genuinely appealing devices come out from the South Korean powerhouse.



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