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Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) With 16-Megapixel Camera, Fingerprint Scanner Launched

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Samsung has finally unveiled the long-rumoured Galaxy A8 (2016) in its home market, South Korea. The metal unibody Galaxy A8 (2016) is priced at KRW 649,000 (roughly Rs. 39,000). The smartphone in Blue colour will be available via SK Telecom, with pre-orders going live starting October 1. There is no information when Samsung is going to launch it in other markets.

The dual SIM (Nano+Nano) supporting Galaxy A8 (2016) runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box, and features the new Grace UX. It is powered by Samsung’s own octa-core Exynos 7420, with four Cortex-A57 cores clocked at 2.1GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz. The smartphone bears 3GB of RAM. It packs a 5.7-inch full-HD (1080×1920) Amoled display.

The Galaxy A8 (2016) is a successor to Galaxy A8 that was launched in 2015. The camera setup in the smartphone comprises a flash module accompanying 16-megapixel rear and an 8-megapixel front camera. Both the cameras can record high definition (1080p) videos.

For the inbuilt storage, Samsung offers 32GB and 64GB variant, both expandable via microSD card support (up to 256GB). The Galaxy A8 (2016) supports 4G LTE, with other connectivity options including Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), WiFi Direct, Hotspot, NFC, GPS, A-GPS, Glonass (or BDS according to different markets) FM radio and Micro-USB 2.0. It packs a 3300mAh battery, which is better than the 3050mAh seen on its predecessor, the Galaxy A8.

Other remarkable features of Galaxy A8 (2016) are an Always-On Display and a fingerprint sensor mounted on the home button, which comes with Samsung Pay compatibility.

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016)

General

Release date September 2016
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 156.60 x 76.80 x 7.20
Weight (g) 182.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3300
Removable battery No
Colours Pearl White, Midnight Black, Champagne Gold, Mint
SAR value NA

Display

Screen size (inches) 5.70
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080×1920 pixels

Hardware

Processor 1.5GHz  octa-core
Processor make Exynos 7420
RAM 3GB
Internal storage 32GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 256

Camera

Rear camera 16-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 8-megapixel

Software

Operating System Android 6.0.1

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n/ ac
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.20
NFC Yes
Infrared No
USB OTG Yes
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1  
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/ CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) No
SIM 2  
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/ CDMA GSM
3G No
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) No

Sensors

Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor No
Gyroscope No
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No