Even as Samsung fans are yet to make up their mind on whether the Galaxy A5 or the A7 would suit their needs, word is out that the Korean tech giant is ready to launch its next A-series model: the Galaxy A8.
Samsung's propensity of releasing new devices one after the other usually makes some of them obsolete within months of their release. Even as the A7, launched in February, is slowly penetrating the mid-range market, Sammobile has revealed that Samsung has filed for trademarks for new Galaxy A6, A8 and A9 devices.
Among these devices, the A8 stands out as the one closest to an official release in Europe ahead of the rest in the A-series fleet.
Barely two weeks ago, French tech website NoWhereElse came up with several leaked images of the Galaxy A8, revealing a gadget with strikingly similar looks as a A7, albeit slightly larger. Sammobile tips the A8 to feature a 5.7 inch display as against a 5.5 inch display sported by the A7.
However, the A8 is set to be much thinner at 5.9mm than A7's 6.3mm, thus keeping the overall weight of both devices roughly the same. The display will be the same Full HD Super AMOLED one in both phones.
In terms of internal specs, the Galaxy A8 will run the same factory as the A7 with a 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory and a Snapdragon 615 chipset to provide propulsion. The only significant difference is the on the battery front, where the A8 with a 3,050 mAh monster races ahead of the A7 with a comparatively meagre 2,600 mAh battery. However, we suspect that the larger display could negate whatever advantage the larger battery would pose.
One specific feature which has excited a few observers is the primary camera in the Galaxy A8. Featuring a 16MP behemoth, the A8 will be Samsung's first mid-range phone to boast such a high resolution, though we aren't sure if the camera will be packed with as many sensors and features as in the flagship Galaxy S6 phones. The primary camera at 5MP will be the same as in the A7.
Initially thought to be made available only in China, the Galaxy A8 has recently obtained certification from FCC, which suggests Samsung has removed whatever roadblacks could have hindered the A8's release in United States and eventually Europe.
With the A7 currently priced around £319 in the UK, we expect the A8 to sell at close to £350 in the UK once availability is confirmed. Since there's little left for Samsung to reveal as far as the A8 is concerned, we wouldn't be surprized if the launch takes place within the next two months.