The Samsung Galaxy A8 has been at the centre of many speculations ever since the smartphone’s listing on several benchmarking sites were spotted and leaked earlier this year. Today, Samsung has put all of that to rest by launching the Galaxy A8 in its home country, South Korea. The smartphone is priced at around KRW 649,000 ($580 approx.) and will go up for pre-order from tomorrow, October 1. It is not yet known when Samsung will make the Galaxy A8 available to other markets around the world.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) is not much unlike its predecessor, last year’s Galaxy A8, in terms of looks. It features a 5.7-inch full-HD Amoled display with a pixel resolution of 1080 by 1920, and sports a slim, fully metal body. While these features remain the same as last year’s device, the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) will also come with an Always on Display option which is found on the Galaxy S7 smartphones. The rear camera unit also remains more or less similar, though some details still remain unknown. Like last year’s model, the new Samsung Galaxy A8 features a 16 MP primary camera module. As for the secondary camera, the new smartphone has seen a boost from previous year’s 5 MP resolution to an 8 MP one.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 is powered by Samsung’s own octa-core Exynos 7420 with four Cortex-A57 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores, much like the Galaxy S6 smartphones. The powerful chipset is coupled with 3 GB of RAM, which is an upgrade from the earlier model’s 2 GB RAM. In terms of internal memory, the dual-SIM smartphone comes with 32 GB of on board storage which will be expandable up to 256 GB via a microSD card. The new Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box and features the new Grace UX which was introduced with the Galaxy Note 7.
The smartphone will also come with Samsung Pay, along with a fingerprint reader embedded into the device’s home button. Connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy A8 include Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi, Hotspot, NFC, GPS, A-GPS, FM along with micro USB 2.0. The smartphone will be backed by a slightly improved 3,300 mAh non-removable battery unit. It is only available in Blue at the moment.