There have been quite a few rumors over the past couple of months that Samsung has the Galaxy A8 (2016) in the pipeline. Benchmark results have brought us the expected specifications of this handset multiple times and it has recently received the relevant certifications. The Galaxy A8 (2016) user manual we spotted about a week ago revealed that the handset will feature the new Grace UX introduced with the Galaxy Note 7 as well as support for Samsung Pay. Samsung has finally unveiled the Galaxy A8 (2016) officially in South Korea.
Samsung doesn't appear to have made any major changes to the design of the handset itself, it looks quite similar to its predecessor which also had a full-metal body. The Galaxy A8 (2016) does come with Always On Display which Samsung introduced earlier this year with the Galaxy S7 series.
The Galaxy A8 (2016) is powered by Samsung's Exynos 7420 processor hooked up to 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. It also features a 5.7-inch Full HD display, a 16-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front camera as well as a 3,500mAh battery. It comes with Android 6.0.1. The Galaxy A8 (2016) also has a fingerprint scanner and support for Samsung Pay.
Samsung's carrier partners will soon start taking pre-orders for the Galaxy A8 (2016) in South Korea. It will be exclusively available for pre-order in blue color with a price tag of 649,000 won ($580) from SK Telecom starting October 1. Samsung is yet to confirm when the Galaxy A8 (2016) is going to be launched in other markets.