Quite quietly, Samsung recently launched its new Galaxy A8 device, which is definitely the thinnest smartphone the South Korean phone maker has ever produced so far. Officially announced in China, the Galaxy A8 comes with a frame that is only 5.9 millimeters thick, which makes it thinner than the Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A3 devices, two of Samsung’s previous slimmest smartphone offerings. Design wise, however, the Galaxy A8 takes after its predecessors.
The launch of Samsung’s Galaxy A8 smartphone was first reported by the folks from Engadget. The device appears to sport decent specifications but overall, the handset may be positioned by the South Korean tech giant as more of a midrange smartphone offering instead of a premium grade device to compete with the likes of Apple’s iPhones or Samsung’s own flagship devices.
Still, as far as specs go, the Galaxy A8 has a handful. With its 5.7 inch OLED display, with 1,080 pixel resolution, the device comfortably belongs in the phablet category, which by the way is becoming increasingly popular nowadays, even threatening to supplant today’s tablets. The super thin handset also comes with a 16 megapixel camera on the rear side and a 5 megapixel camera on the front side.
With regards to hardware components, Samsung’s Galaxy A8 smartphone is equipped with an eight core Snapdragon 615 chip set that is supported with 2 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM). Interestingly, the device features a 3,050 mAh battery, which is actually bigger than the battery used in Samsung’s flagship device, the Galaxy S6. This is pretty remarkable considering that the Galaxy A8’s mega-slim dimensions.
2015 has been a rather busy year for Samsung in terms of new smartphone launches. Back in April earlier this year, the company had released the Galaxy S6 and its curvy sibling the Galaxy S6 Edge. And before the year is over, the South Korean mobile manufacturer is expected to launch the Galaxy Note 5, its flagship phablet offering. Galaxy A8’s launch may have been done quietly, but the device is actually important to Samsung’s business, especially in the Chinese market where the handset will be hitting. Chinese phone makers such as Xiaomi and Huawei have been aggressively eating away at Samsung’s market share in China, and it is high time that Samsung do something to defend itself, or at least stop the bleeding a bit.
Maybe others are wondering -- will the Galaxy A8 be released in markets outside China, in the United States perhaps? It is too early to tell, of course, but considering that the device’s predecessors, the Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A3, did make it to American shores after all, there is a good possibility that the Galaxy A8 will be made available stateside eventually.
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