Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) goes official in Korea with all-metal build, large battery
We’re only one or two months away from the introduction of the 2017 Galaxy A lineup, but the 2016 A8 edition has literally just rolled out in Samsung’s homeland… with the general specifications of a 2015 flagship phone.
Pretty confusing stuff, though certainly not unusual for a company that seems to cope with scandal and drama by stress-releasing mid-ranger after mid-ranger. Of course, the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) is not just any mid-end Android soldier, taking design cues from its predecessor and the C family while borrowing Galaxy S6 or Note 5’s internals.
Under the 5.7-incher’s hood, you’ll find a powerful octa-core Exynos 7420 processor, paired with a respectable 3GB RAM, up from 2 on the 2015 A8, and backed by a large 3,300 mAh battery that even tops the 3,000 capacity of Note 5’s cell.
The Galaxy A8 (2016) probably trumps last year’s hero devices in the photography department as well, matching their 16MP rear cam prowess, but upping the selfie ante to 8 megapixels. Then again, the “Always On” display is hardly a standout this time around, capping off at Full HD resolution, and compared to the original A8, the second-gen feels a tad bulky, at 182 grams and a 7.2mm profile.
Obviously running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out the box, the new all-metal beast also supports Samsung Pay with a home button-baked fingerprint scanner, and reportedly costs north of $500 in Korea, which sure isn’t pretty. Let’s hope it doesn’t tend to blow up.