Putting style first isn’t always a bad thing. Samsung is introducing the stylish Galaxy A8 in China today, which Engadget points out is its slimmest phone yet, measuring only 5.9mm thick. It’s a continuation of what Samsung has been doing with its Galaxy A line, which has been putting out slim, all-metal phones (the last phone in the line, the Galaxy A7, came in it at 6.3mm thick). The A8 is by no means the slimmest smartphone around, but it stands out in comparison to today’s flagships: the iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thick, and the Galaxy S6 is 7.1mm thick.
Style really does take precedence over everything else here. While the Galaxy A8 is a good looking phone, it’s distinctly mid-range on the inside. The phone has a 5.7-inch, 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, and a 16-megapixel rear camera. It’s supposedly using a Snapdragon 615, which we first saw in some of last year’s mid-range devices. It’s selling for ¥3,199.00 (around $515 USD), which is a bit on the pricier side given some of its specs. The good news is that Samsung’s lesser-known lines are no longer the only way to get a Galaxy phone that looks and feels good. The Galaxy S6 is one of its best devices yet on both style and substance, and — given this phone’s size — it’s possible that we’ll see the Note line take a similar cue and start slimming down.