Back in March we got a pretty good idea that Samsung was looking to expand the Galaxy A series when trademarks for the A6, A8, and A9 were divulged. Then in April, specs were leaked for the Galaxy A8. At that time, it was confirmed for China, but now we are hearing that it will be launched in certain markets in both Asia and Europe.
Also new to report is that the A8 will sport a fingerprint sensor, which isn’t surprising given the fact that the fingerprint sensor works so well on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
The specs aren’t confirmed, but from what we have heard, the A8 will feature a 5.7-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) Super AMOLED display, an octa-core Snapdragon 615, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, 16 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, and 3,050 mAh battery. It will also be pretty thin at 5.9 mm.
The Galaxy Alpha was the first phone of this series before they dropped the Alpha name and went with just the letter “A” for simplification. These are budget-friendly devices, but don’t be fooled because it was the Alpha that was the first Samsung phone to sport a metal frame. The Galaxy A8 will continue with that trend. The A series has become as important to Samsung as the S series because there is a huge market of consumers who cannot afford flagship phones. This is one area that could represent the biggest growth for Samsung, but they have a lot of fierce competition from Xiaomi, Huawei, and many other smaller manufacturers.
source: Sam Mobile