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

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?


source: Samsung

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Galaxy A8
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Octa-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3050 mAh

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35 Comments

1. tokuzumi

Posts: 1827; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

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

10. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

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

17. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 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

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

34. tokuzumi

Posts: 1827; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

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

22. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

NO REMOVABLE BATTERY = FAIL

26. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Then go back to your qwerty phone.

31. engineer-1701d unregistered

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

2. bangkoktomboy

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 29, 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

3. Clars123

Posts: 1075; Member since: Mar 16, 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

18. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

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

30. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 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.

4. TBomb

Posts: 1205; Member since: Dec 28, 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

8. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 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.

20. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 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

5. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

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

7. Wolf_Blitza

Posts: 64; Member since: May 30, 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

9. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

21. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

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

11. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

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

15. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Agreed. Down Firing Speakers would be much better.

13. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

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

14. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

37. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

16. Tondern

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

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

19. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

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

23. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 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,

25. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

He said OP 2 not iphone

24. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

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

27. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

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

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