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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16 Comments

1. superkuiken

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

Please Samsung, now sell it for a decent price, and not something ridiculous like $550

2. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

I agree but they probably wouldn't price lower like Xaomi because they have expenditure on ads, R&D etc...

5. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Who dafuq cares about their R&D? I doubt this phone has any innovations.

10. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

5.9mm with 3050mah is pretty good for me

15. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Actually there phones does that's why their current super amolded uses lower power compared to previous generation, there SOC is fastest and energy efficient, UFS storage is fastest, there camera sensors work good too.

14. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

A serires is mid-range series mostly aimed at asian markets where unlocked phones are the best sellers , So this is gonna be the same 300-450$ range just like A5 and A7.

16. waddup121 unregistered

Samsung wow...

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

The A stands for anorexic

4. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

But will it bend?

6. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

3000 mAh battery? Impressive indeed. This phone looks almost like bezelless design.

7. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

Dear god it has no app drawer.

8. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Nice catch

9. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Lol .. I didn't notice that. WTF is that anyway? New UI?

11. gaming64 unregistered

It looks like something a clone makers make. Thefaq?

12. rj_78

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

5.7? Uhh i would really like to have a small screen device. Smartphones are getting bigger and bigger by day. I want power as well as a decent 4 to 4.5 inch screen. Atleast give an option. Every brand is rushing to increase screen size. Why cant they launch just one phone. iPhone 5s is good size for me but i want android:

13. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

wow. same as my note2.

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