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Samsung’s super-thin Galaxy A8 has one big advantage over the S6

Samsung has officially announced the sexily slender Galaxy A8 phone, one of the slimmest handsets around at just 5.9mm, which also packs a surprisingly big battery and fingerprint scanner – and one feature we’d have killed to see on the Galaxy S6

Samsung China has finally launched the new mid-range Galaxy A8 handset and it’s every bit as awesome as it sounded.

For a start, the design is truly impressive from the press images, with a 5.94mm frame that mimics the attractive, silver-rimmed finish of the Galaxy S6. Sadly we’re expecting a plastic front and back rather than the sleek glass panels of the flagship phone, but the Galaxy A8 is still an attractive and seriously slim mobile that should easily slip into your pocket or purse.

Despite that tiny frame, Samsung has somehow crammed in a 3050mAh battery that should hopefully keep you going all day long. And the Galaxy A8’s home button once again hides a fingerprint scanner, for added security.

The Galaxy A8’s 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen packs Full HD visuals, giving you an impressive viewing panel for your movies. And media fans rejoice, because the Galaxy A8 has one killer feature which was missing from the Galaxy S6 – namely, a microSD memory card slot to expand the 16/32GB of storage by a further 128GB.

Samsung hasn’t skimped on camera tech either. The rear camera is a 16-megapixel snapper with large f/1.9 aperture that can apparently take great low light shots. Meanwhile the front-facing 120-degree lens can easily capture group selfies, complete with an LG-style fist-pump activated shutter.

So far there’s no word on a UK release date but we’re really hoping the Samsung Galaxy A8 makes its way over here soon, for a reasonable price.

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