Samsung Malaysia has just released media invites for the launch of its latest smartphone, the Galaxy A8, the company’s slimmest smartphone ever.
While it isn’t surprising for Samsung to launch the Galaxy A8 in Malaysia, the timing is quite a pleasant surprise. The A8 was officially unveiled just last week in China, and is the highest-end model of the Galaxy A series so far.
In terms of hardware, the A8 is an upper mid-range device, powered by a first-generation 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chip with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage – its microSD card slot supports up to 128GB cards. It also packs a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED Full HD display, while in the imaging department there’s a 16MP rear and 5MP front camera.
The Galaxy A8 also features a touch-based fingerprint sensor, and runs on the latest Android 5.1.1 out of the box. Other hardware aspects include a 3,050mAh battery and LTE. And, at just 5.9mm thin, this is Samsung’s thinnest smartphone it has ever produced.
Of course, there’s no announcement of the retail price just yet, though this should fill the gap between the RM1,499 Galaxy A7 and the flagship Galaxy S6, which retails for RM2,599; local tech blog Mdroid received a tip that appears to peg the Galaxy A8’s retail price at RM1,888.