The Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ may be the hot upcoming Samsung smartphones grabbing all the headlines this morning, as multiple rumors converge on an August 12 launch date, but they’re hardly the only hardware the manufacturer’s been cooking up. Going back to April we’ve been following rumors of an exciting new member of Samsung’s Galaxy A family, the Galaxy A8. Right from the beginning those rumors were laser-focused on the idea of a solidly equipped upper-mid-ranger with a stunningly thin build, measuring a mere 5.9mm thick. In recent weeks it’s looked like we were closing in on a launch, and rumors suggested Samsung could make the phone official later this week, on July 17. Well, it turns out we won’t be waiting quite that long, and today Samsung formally unveils the Galaxy A8.
Just as those rumors claimed, the phone is only 5.9mm thick. And despite that slim construction, it still manages to pack a 3050mAh battery.
The Galaxy A8 has a 5.7-inch 1080p OLED display, runs a Snapdragon 615 SoC, comes equipped with 2GB of RAM, and options for 16GB or 32GB internal storage (with microSD expansion). There’s a 16MP main camera joined by an f/1.9 5MP front-facer. And baked into the home button you’ll find a fingerprint scanner.
We haven’t yet heard anything about pricing or release plans, so even with the Galaxy A8 now official, there are still important questions to be answered about the phone’s arrival. We’ll share those details with you as soon as we’re able to come by them.