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New Samsung Galaxy phone gets early debut online

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The original Galaxy A8 is Samsung's thinnest phone at just 5.9mm thick

The Galaxy A8 is a decent handset, so it’s not surprising to learn that Samsung is working on a sequel.

A 2016 version of the Samsung Galaxy A8 has partially leaked online thanks to a newly uncovered benchmark test readout. The test results were published on GFXBench, and uncovered by Phone Arena, giving us significant clues about what to expect from the revamped handset.

The specs were listed as follows:

  • 5.1-inch screen (with 5-finger gesture support)
  • 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution display
  • Samsung Exynos 7420 CPU 2.1GHz (octa-core)
  • ARM Mali-T760 MP8 GPU (octa-core)
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • 16-megapixel primary camera (autofocus, face detection, flash)
  • 5-megapixel secondary camera (Full HD video recording)
  • Bluetooth support
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, barometer, compass, GPS
  • OS: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

As is clear from these specs, this is a seriously powerful handset. It features the same processor that debuted in last year’s Samsung Galaxy S6, and runs on the latest version of Google’s Android (Nougat beta notwithstanding).

samsung galaxy a8Samsung's first-gen Galaxy A8 launched in July last year

The Samsung Galaxy A-series is an upper mid-range line of smartphones, which tend to sport premium designs and high-end components, but miss out on some of the bleeding edge components featured in flagships like the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy Note 7.

The original Samsung Galaxy A8 was announced on July 15, 2015, and was available in Asia and Africa only. It’s the company’s thinnest handset at 5.9mm, so we’d expect a similarly svelte chassis from its sequel.

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