Samsung today launched its promising mid-range phablet in China. The Galaxy A8 comes with a bunch of mouth-watering specs built inside a beautiful-looking metal chassis. It’s available to pre-order in mainland China in the usual trinity of colors: Black, White and Gold…

The Galaxy A8 packs in a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display which is almost bezel-free with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. Keeping it running is a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor with 2GB RAM. There’s 16GB internal storage (expandable to 128GB via MicroSD card), a 16MP camera on the back, 5MP front facing snapper and 3,050mAh battery. All this is somehow squeezed into a frame that’s only 5.9mm thick and weighs just over 150g (5.3 ounces). On the software side we’re looking at Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

We’ve yet to find out if, and when, the device might launch in markets elsewhere across the globe. With build quality like this and those specs, it could easily give budget phablets like the Desire 820 a run for their money. With that said, when we have phones like the One Plus One, Idol 3 and upcoming OnePlus 2 on the market, it gets harder for the big manufacturers.

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