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Galaxy A8 Renders Show Design of Upcoming Phone

Official Samsung’s Galaxy A8 renders have recently been uncovered by Dutch technology website Galaxyclub.nl.

Galaxy A8 Renders
Galaxy A8 Renders / GalaxyClub.nl

Galaxy A8 Renders

Samsung makes the news most often with its flagships from the Note and S lines — and perhaps with the Galaxy X with a rumored flexible display — but they also offer a popular line of mid-range phones that offer a combination of impressive performance and affordability. The upcoming Galaxy A8 (2018) is one such phone, and Galaxy A8 renders have recently surfaced that show us what exactly we can expect from Samsung’s new handset.

Following the trend of its more premium phones, the phone will ditch the thick bezels in favor of a sleek design with a large display that takes up the majority of the phone’s front side. If these Galaxy A8 renders are real, which is looking pretty likely, the fingerprint sensor will be placed on the back underneath the camera. This is a notable upgrade from the Galaxy S8’s awkward offset scanner, but it’s still a little more inconvenient than a front scanner would be. As phones continue to shrink their bezels in order to pack in a bigger display, there’s much less real estate on the front of the phone for technology like a fingerprint scanner. It’s understandable that it be relocated to the back, but it’s still a little more difficult to access than with a more traditional scanner. There’s definitely something to be said for being able to unlock your phone without picking it up off the desk. A recently leaked manual for the Galaxy A8 also confirms that the phone will feature this rear sensor.

Galaxy A8 Features and Release Date

Considering that leaks like the Galaxy A8 renders continue to happen more frequently as time goes on, it’s likely we’ll see an announcement on the phone sooner rather than later. These renders are likely legitimate, and they give us our first real look at Samsung’s upcoming mid-range device.

As far as specifications of the phone go, Mobilissimo reported on a leaked video that shows a hands-on look at the Galaxy A8 — specifically, the A8 Plus model.

We’ll likely see a 6-inch Super AMOLED full HD Infinity Display with a 2220 x 1080 resolution. The phone will feature a single camera 16-megapixel lens on the rear of the phone with a f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilization. The front camera has a dual-lens setup, with 16MP and 8MP cameras.

Performance will likely be a non-issue for the Galaxy A8, with a 2.2GHz octa-core Exynos 7885 processor, 6GB RAM, and 64GB of expandable memory (up to 256GB). A 3500 mAh battery with fast charging and an IP68 certification for water and dust resistance round out what we know so far about the upcoming phone.

It’s currently unknown when Samsung will announce and release the Galaxy A8, but it will likely be sometime in early 2018. With 2018 in the name of the phone, it’s at least a sure thing that we’ll be seeing it this coming year. This phone should prove a more accessible, yet still extremely powerful, alternative to Samsung’s more premium phones.