There’s no doubt that Samsung is among the top handset makers. Though so, most people will agree that their design leaves a lot to be desired. However, last year, the company broke new ground (their ground, that is) by incorporating more premium materials into the Galaxy Alpha and continues to do the same for the current flagships, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, and more recently the Galaxy Tab S2. The good news is, the company isn’t stopping at flagships or premium devices, the same design language has been carried over to the Galaxy A8, which was launched in China a couple of weeks ago and more recently, made official in South Korea.
What makes the Galaxy A8 pretty up there is, it turns out to be the thinnest smartphone to hit the market, measuring a mere 5.9mm thin, and mind you, we are talking about a gigantic 5.7-inch device here. In addition, bezel haters will be delighted that it has a near-bezel-less design that makes the device all the more alluring. Other notables include a 1080p Super AMOLED touch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chip with 1.5GHz octacore processor, 2GB RAM, a choice of 16 or 32GB internal storage, microSD card slot, a 16MP main camera and a 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera, and a 3,050 mAh battery. There are a couple of ‘premium’ features too like fingerprint sensor, hand-wave detection for activating the photo timer, and ANT+ support – just to name a few.
We are not sure about the pricing in China, but residents of South Korea can acquire it online via SK Telecom for 649,000 Won (about US$560). At the moment, there are no words on its availability outside of those two countries but fret not, cos’ knowing Samsung, you can bet your ass that similar design will be making its way to other devices.