Samsung Galaxy A8 was unveiled last year and it came with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box. With the company doing everything possible to see to it that all compatible devices are updated with the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow, recent developments have indicated that this mid-range phone is being lined up for this Marshmallow update too.
Not so many expected this to happen, however, given that the Galaxy A series is very close to the flagship devices in terms of power, the update will make this device a joy to use. One huge indicator that Samsung Galaxy A8 will soon be receiving the Marshmallow update is the recent Wi-Fi certification the device received where the listing is very clear that the device is being powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Of course, this is a mere leak and it doesn’t confirm anything regarding this phone’s update to Marshmallow. Nevertheless, it is not the first time we’ve seen a Wi-Fi certification come in before a device is updated with the latest software. In any case, any device going through Wi-Fi certification procedures is usually being lined up for an imminent software update.
As from our end, we are hopeful that this update will soon hit Samsung Galaxy A8 units. Still, Sam Mobile claims that this update seems to be on course. Once it is here, users of this phablet will be able to take advantage of new features such as Now on Tap, Doze, better apps permissions controls as well as more functions for the fingerprint sensor. There are also lots of other performance improvements as well as bug fixes that make the overall performance of the phone a lot better than before.
Samsung Galaxy A8, also known as Galaxy A8 Duos, was released in August 2015 and as mentioned earlier, it debuted with Android Lollipop on board. Featuring a huge 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display panel, the phone came in to give more options to the phablet-obsessed world that could not really afford getting the pricier Galaxy Note 5. However, it offers mid-tier specs such as a 1080p resolution with 386ppi pixel density, a Snapdragon 615 or Exynos 5430 depending on the model, a 2GB RAM and onboard storage of 32GB that can be expanded via a microSD card of up to 128GB.
As for the camera, you get a decent 16MP sensor on the rear with an aperture of f/1.9 and LED flash on board. The front panel has a 5MP selfie sensor with the same aperture. You will get the latest connectivity options that include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microUSB 2.0 as well as a fingerprint sensor. Unfortunately, there is no NFC, which means no Samsung Pay or Android Pay transactions.
Samsung Galaxy A8 also follows the company’s trend in the flagship niche by coming in with a non-removable battery unit of 3050mAh, which should be enough to take you through an entire day.