Samsung’s thinnest-ever Galaxy phone quietly hits China

There hasn’t been a lot of fuss made about Samsung’s Galaxy A8 phone thus far, which is a surprise since it actually sounds pretty good.

It’s reportedly the thinnest phone Samsung has ever made, at just 5.9mm thick. It’s also surrounded by an all-metal chassis and sports some snappy mid-range internals.

Other noteworthy features include a 5.7-inch 1080p OLED screen, a fingerprint reader, an eight-core Snapdragon 615 processor and a 3 050mAh battery that’s even larger than the Galaxy S6’s.

The phone was quietly launched in China today, according to Engadget, and while there’s no news of it making its way to either the US or Europe, Engadget guesses it won’t be long before it travels to Western markets.

This is good news for us down here in South Africa, because we quite liked the previous Galaxy A phone we got our hands on, the A3, as Adam succinctly stated in his review.

The only concern we have about the A8 is its rumoured price of $560, which at our current exchange rate puts it around the R7k mark even before local suppliers put their markup on it.

In the face of competition from the likes of InnJoo’s excellent One smartphone that retails for three times less, however, the A8’s price could be a bit of a deal-breaker for some.

Still, we’ll keep an eye out for it because it really looks like Samsung did a great job on the phone’s design, and we can’t wait to see and touch it for ourselves.

[Source & image – Engadget]


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