Samsung beefs up Galaxy A8 with upgraded Exynos SoC

Changes are coming to Samsung’s lineup of Galaxy A smartphones, and one week ago we saw the manufacturer introduce the latest batch of phones to wear that label, the new 2016 editions of the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7. Those refreshes had been a long time coming, with the original A3 and A5 launching all the way back in October of last year, but it now looks like even some more recent Galaxy A-series phones are due for some fresh hardware. Five months ago, Samsung launched the super-thin Galaxy A8, and today we get word of an upgraded edition with a slightly higher-end SoC.

The Galaxy A8 initially debuted with either a Snapdragon 615 at its core, or an Exynos 5430. That latter chip is an Exynos 5 Octa component, and is also found in Samsung models like the first-gen Galaxy A7 and Galaxy Alpha.

Now Samsung’s got a tweaked version of the Galaxy A8 hitting the Japanese smartphone market, and it swaps out that Exynos 5430 for an Exynos 5433.

That may sound like a small change, but the move is actually pretty substantial: the 5433 is an Exynos 7 Octa, picking up 64-bit cores and a faster Mali T760 GPU. If it was good enough for the Galaxy Note 4, it should absolutely shine in a mid-ranger like this.

That SoC upgrade is just about the only hardware change we’re looking at for the new Japanese Galaxy A8, which keeps its slim 6mm-thick body.

Source: Samsung (Google Translate)
Via: GSM Arena

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