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Samsung makes Galaxy A8 officially official with 16 MP cam, fingerprint sensor

There’s not much of anything that the upper mid-range metallic Android could have done to surprise us anymore, so it simply and quietly came out in China.

Galaxy A8

If you found yourselves seduced by the all-aluminum $400 or so Galaxy A7, but lusted for slightly higher-caliber hardware, yet felt the S6 and S6 Edge were rich for your blood, we have just the phone for you. It’s technically not a flagship, though at least on the outside, it looks as good as some of its rival spearheads (cough, Sony Xperia Z3+, cough).

A truly phenomenal engineering feat, the Samsung Galaxy A8 shaves a further 0.4 mm off A7’s already svelte 6.3 mm constitution while stretching the battery from a mediocre 2,600 mAh capacity to a far heftier 3,050.

Samsung Galaxy A8

Once again, this 5.7-inch bad boy measures 5.9 mm in depth, which is a new slimness record for the Korean manufacturer. Another impressive design accomplishment: razor-thin bezels, making the A8 a hair wider and 7 mm taller than the 5.5-inch A7. And despite the juicer size increase, the new guy tips the scales at 151 vs 141 grams.

But of course, the A8 upgrades aren’t strictly of a visual nature, with fingerprint recognition added to A7’s bag of tricks, as well as a healthy rear camera sensor enlargement to 16 megapixels. What else? Oh, yeah, a version endowed with 32 GB internal storage space will be made available in case 16 gigs feel skimpy. Fret not, microSD expansion capabilities aren’t going anywhere.

Galaxy A8 battery

Ditto for the octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, FHD screen pixel count, 2 GB RAM, 5 MP selfie shooter and full range of advanced connectivity options, including 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and Wi-Fi a/b/g/n. Obviously, Android 5.1 Lollipop runs the software show off the bat… only in China, at the moment, as the rest of the world waits for a formal invitation to the launch party.

Source: Phone Arena

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