Samsung’s spectacularly slim Galaxy A8 packs impressive specs

Samsung's new Galaxy A8 is a beauty. Photo: Samsung

Samsung’s new Galaxy A8 is a beauty. Photo: Samsung

After months of speculation, Samsung today announced its spectacularly slim Galaxy A8. The device measures just 5.9mm thin, and it packs some impressive specifications, including a 64-bit octa-core processor, and a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera.

The Galaxy A8 could well be Samsung’s prettiest smartphone yet, but unlike the new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, it has a plastic back cover in place of Gorilla Glass. That means, however, that its back cover is removable, giving users access to its battery and a microSD card slots that accepts 128GB cards.

Under its hood, the Galaxy A8 is packing a Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a 5.7-inch Full HD display. It also has a 16-megapixel camera on its back, a 5-megapixel camera on its front, a 3,050mAh battery, and a fingerprint scanner embedded in its home button.

Photo: Samsung

Photo: Samsung

The Galaxy A8 doesn’t just look good, then, it’s also one of Samsung’s most impressive midrange devices to date. The only downside is that it’s only available for pre-order in China right now, so those of us in international markets will have to wait for it to go global.