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The original A8 mid-range phablet came with a plastic back and a metal frame, having nothing in common with the Note 5 flagship phablet. This time, the successor will be very similar to the Note 7, as according to the latest rumors and leaks, the 2016 variant will bring a glass and metal design.

First, let’s take a look at the full list of specs of the Galaxy A8. The phablet measures 158 x 76.8 x 5.9 mm, it weights 151 grams and it has a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with a Full HD resolution at 386 ppi, which is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The phablet came pre-installed with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, but it was upgraded to 6.0 Marshmallow, and its internal configuration consisted of a Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 chipset that houses an octa-core (4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.3 GHz Cortex-A53) processor backed by an Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB of RAM. This is one of the lucky Galaxy devices that support a microSD card slot, so you are allowed to expand its storage from 32GB to 256GB. On its rear side it has a 16MP camera with an aperture of f/1.9 and features such as autofocus and LED flash, while the front camera is 5MP and uses the same optics. The battery is non-removable and has a capacity of 3050 mAh, while the available colors for its back are Pearl White, Midnight Black and Champagne Gold.

Samsung hasn’t confirmed that it’s working on the Galaxy A8 (2016), but a credible source has unveiled some images that showed a glass-and-metal phone that looks like the Galaxy S7, and which is expected to measure 156.5 x 77.5 x 7.3mm. If the information is correct, then the A8 2016 will be thinner, taller and wider than the Galaxy Note 7, but it’s not sure if the device will also have a curved screen. As for its specs, rumors suggest that the screen will still support a Full HD resolution, but the hardware configuration will be upgraded and will consist of an Exynos 7420 chipset that will support 3GB of RAM, the internal memory will have the same capacity, and the pair of cameras will not suffer any changes.