There has been a lot said and written about Samsung’s newest release, which is the slimmest yet from the company’s stables. It is the Galaxy A8 and at 5.9mm is definitely very slim, but not the slimmest. Products that have beaten the Galaxy A8 as far as this parameter is concerned are Gionee Elife S7, Oppo R5 and Vivo X5Max, which are 5.5mm, 4.85mm and 4.75mm in thickness respectively.
Samsung Galaxy A8 comes with a price tag of Rs. 32,500 and offers 3 color variants- black, white and gold. Apart from the ‘slim’ factor, other USP’s include the fingerprint sensor, which also doubles as the home button; and metal side bezels and a near bezel-less screen. From the front, it is similar to the flagship Galaxy S6 in appearance. It runs TouchWiz UI and comes with two Nano-SIM slots. One of these can also be used as a microSD card slot. The obvious conclusion is that users will have to choose between a single-SIM handset with microSD card expansion or a dual-SIM handset without a microSD card storage expansion.
Measuring 158×76.8×5.9mm and weighing 151 grams, both Band 3 and Band 4 are supported making it compatible with 4G networks. Compared to its predecessor, it has a larger display of 5.7-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution Super Amoled display. Also, instead of the 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor used in the China variant, this handset has an octa-core Samsung Exynos 5430 SoC (four cores clocked at 1.3GHz, and four at 1.8GHz).
Other specifications include 2GB RAM; 32GB internal storage (expandable up to 128GB); a 16-megapixel autofocus rear camera with optical image stabilisation, f/1.9 aperture, a wide-angle lens (120 degrees) and LED flash that can also be activated quickly by pressing the home button twice; a front-facing 5-megapixel camera; connectivity options Bluetooth 4.1, dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, Glonass, and LTE with Band 40 (2300MHz