The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) popped up in a number of rumors in the past months, but the device finally has made an official appearance.
Fans of the midranger got treats in the form of the complete set of early benchmarks from reputed sites such as AnTuTu and GFXBench, which were followed by a number of realistic renders of the device. One thing that mobile enthusiasts were curious about, which finally has been revealed, was A8's screen size.
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A8 (2016) in South Korea today and just by looking at the design it is hard to tell the difference from the previous model. This is rather a plus for the device, as the slim and sleek metal unibody design was commended by last year's A8 fans.
The phone sports a 5.7-inch AMOLED screen can display 1080p resolutions, and borrows the SoC from the Galaxy S6 smartphone of 2015. Processing power comes from the Exynos 7420, which is backed by 3 GB of RAM. The smartphone comes with a standard 32 GB of storage.
Keep in mind that Samsung's proprietary Exynos 7420 contains eight cores, four Cortex-A53 and four Cortex-A57 cores, respectively, and they all tap into the mighty 14nm manufacturing process for extra speed. Just like last year's design language, the CPU is still able to carry its own in the competitive midranger market.
When looking at the camera combo, the Galaxy A8 (2016) holsters a mighty 16-megapixel main sensor paired with a LED flash and a powerful 8-megapixel selfie snapper. Without any more details, we are going to assume that the Galaxy S6 camera found its place under the chassis of this year's A8 phone.
Software-wise, the Galaxy A8 (2016) comes with Android 6.0.1 out of the box, with the new Grace UX wrapped on top. Security features are also in place, in form of a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button. Samsung Pay support is a neat feature on the midranger, which also sports the Always On Display feature. The Galaxy A8 (2016) offers multiple connectivity options, such as 4G LTE, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS.
Juice keeps flowing through the device thanks to a 3,300 mAh power source.
As previously noted, the latest Galaxy A8 entered its home market, with no details about a global availability scheme. Users in South Korea will be able to get it on preorder in blue color from SK Telecom, debuting on Oct. 1.
The phone comes with a price tag of KRW 649,000 (about $590).