Leaked Galaxy A8 could be Samsung’s slimmest smartphone yet

The Galaxy A8 is big -- but surprisingly thin. Photo: NowhereElse

The Galaxy A8 is big — but surprisingly thin. Photo: NowhereElse

Samsung’s next phablet has leaked out ahead of its official debut, and it’s the South Korean company’s slimmest smartphone to date. At just 5.9mm, the Galaxy A8 is almost a millimeter thinner that the new Galaxy S6, and a full 2.6mm thinner than the Galaxy Note 4.

Despite its super slim form factor, the Galaxy A8 is a pretty sizable phablet. It’s rocking a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 1080p resolution, which is the same size as the Note 4’s. However, the Galaxy A8 is both narrower and taller, and has slightly larger bezels, so it has a larger footprint than the Note.

The metal frame that holds the Galaxy A8 together is very similar to that on the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, but rather than a Gorilla Glass back, the Galaxy A8 has a plastic panel, which means its battery is removable, and it carries a microSD card slot.

Other internals include a Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 3,050mAh battery. The Galaxy A8 measures 157.7mm tall, 76.7mm wide, and 5.9mm thick, and it weighs just 140 grams.

The Galaxy A8 is certainly a midrange handset, then, but its large display and slender form factor will surely make it popular among phablet fans in Asia, where the handset will be available first, according to NowhereElse.

It’s still unclear when the handset will go on sale, however, or how much it will cost. More images, including one that shows the Galaxy A8 alongside a Galaxy Note 4, can be found below.