Just days after leaking online, the Samsung Galaxy A8 has been officially announced, coming in as the slimmest phone from the company to date.
Samsung didn’t go for a very extravagant launch, simply listing the device on its Korean website, giving us an opportunity to finally confirm the handset rather than hoping for the best.
Samsung has opted for a design which is very similar to that of the Galaxy S6, which was launched back in March, with a metallic trim running around the entire edge of the phone.
However, Samsung has slimmed it down to just 5.9mm, making it the thinnest smartphone on its books which was in the rumours.
It still manages to stay on the light side as well, coming in at just a fraction over 150g, but thanks to the aluminium construction, shouldn’t be facing too many problems with bending – something which the larger 6.9mm iPhone 6 struggled with.
There is one cast-off for being so slim, and that’s the camera lens, which doesn’t sit flush with the back of the handset, which does risk it getting scratched if you aren’t careful with it.
The button placement is as normal, with both the volume rockers and power button found on the sides of the handset, whilst a physical home button makes its way underneath the 5.7” display.
Finally, the phone looks set to come in white, black or gold, with the bezels proving extremely small as well – making the A8 one of the best looking smartphones yet.
Samsung isn’t quite stuffing S6-esque specs into the A8, but it does provide plenty of bang for its buck – especially if you’re after a mid-range handset.
It’s 5.7” screen rocks full HD quality, and behind this we also get a Snapdragon 615 chipset as well as an octa-core processor.
You’ll be offered a choice between 16GB or 32GB, whilst a MicroSD card slot is also included if you happen to need more.
In the RAM department the A8 offers up 2GB, whilst a surprisingly large 3050mAh battery somehow squeezes into the handset, promising well over two day’s charge with regular use.
Another surprising addition is that the physical home button also doubles as a fingerprint scanner, much like on the S6 and S6 Edge, opening up the possibility of the A8 being compatible with Android Pay in the future.
Topping things off is a 16 megapixel rear camera, which is helped out by a front facing 5 megapixel lens, both of which pack Samsung quality on the software front.
As always, it’s the Android operating system making the cut as well, with 4G compatibility included as well.