SAMSUNG HAS CONFIRMED that its thinnest-ever smartphone, the Galaxy A8, won't see a release in the UK.
The Samsung Galaxy A8, a 5.9mm-thick smartphone that will offer an affordable alternative to the Galaxy S6, was announced this week in China.
Samsung has since confirmed that the handset won't see a release in the UK, telling The INQUIRER that it will currently only be available in Singapore and China.
Like its sibling, the mid-range Samsung Galaxy A8 features a metal and glass design, and earns the title of the firm's skinniest phone yet at just 5.9mm. It also comes with a fingerprint scanner in the physical home button.
The Galaxy A8 has a 5.7in HD Super AMOLED display, powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor despite Samsung having used its own Exynos chip in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
It runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, and Samsung's website touts a new user interface designed for the Chinese market complete with "China's user habits and a custom localisation page".
The Samsung Galaxy A8 also has 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage expandable to 128GB via microSD, 4G support and a 3,050mAh battery, larger than the 2,600mAh unit found in the Galaxy S6. There's a 16MP camera with f/1.9 lens on the rear, and a 5MP camera on the front.
The handset is available to pre-order in China now in black, white and gold versions.
The arrival of the Galaxy A8 comes amid talk that the Galaxy S6 hasn't been selling too well.
Samsung warned last week that its second-quarter profits won't be as bumper as it first thought, which is widely believed to be down to lacklustre sales of the S6 as the firm struggles to compete against the likes of Apple and Xiaomi.
By contrast, reports have also suggested that the curved-screened Galaxy S6 Edge has sold so well that Samsung can't keep up with demand.
This stock problem is also thought to have had a detrimental effect on the firm's second-quarter earnings. µ
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