Samsung has expanded its Galaxy A range with a new phone which is the thinnest it's ever made. Here's what you need to know about the Galaxy A8 release date, price and specs. See also: Best new phones you should be excited about launching in 2015

We've already seen and reviewed the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 but now there's a new addition to the family. Samsung has announced the Galaxy A8 in China so we've got all the details but there's also some bad news.

Samsung Galaxy A8 release date and price

Although the Galaxy A8 is an exciting new smartphone, the sad fact is that it won't be making its way to the UK like the other A range devices have. A spokesperson for Samsung told PC Advisor: "The Galaxy A8 will not be coming to the UK. It will currently only be available in Singapore and China."

If you fancy popping to China to get one (or importing it) then it the Galaxy A8 is 3,199 yuan converted to sterling it's pretty cheap at £330 and it's available right now. However, when you compare it to the popular Xiaomi Mi Note it's a bit pricey – it's 1,100 yuan cheaper (£115).

Read: 20 best Chinese phones 2015.

Samsung Galaxy A8 specs and features

Samsung Galaxy A8 specs and features

As alluded to, the Galaxy A8 is Samsung's thinnest smartphone to date at a mere 5.9mm although the firm does point out that it's not that measurement along the entire frame. "This product uses a non-uniform thickness of the body design, 5.9mm thickness values for the lower fuselage," admits Samsung.

Despite the slenderness of the Galaxy A8, Samsung has managed to fit in a 3050mAh battery which is pretty impressive. It also got a 16Mp rear camera with an f/1.9 aperture and a fingerprint scanner built into the home button.

The Galaxy A8 is bigger than the Galaxy S6 models with a 5.7in Super AMOLED display and a Full HD resolution. Incidentally, that's the same size which has just been rumoured for the new Nexus 5 2015.

Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM and either 16- or 32GB of internal storage. Remaining specs include 4G support, a 5Mp front camera and Android 5.1 Lollipop.

See the full spec list below and let us know what you make of the Galaxy A8, would you like to see it get a UK release?

OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, octa-core, quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1GHz Cortex-A53
Screen: 5.7in Super AMOLED, Full HD (1080 x 1920)
Memory: 2GB RAM
Storage: 16/32GB, Micro-SD card slot (up to 128GB), uses second SIM slot
Cameras: 16Mp rear with f/1.9, 5Mp front
Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, NFC fingerprint scanner
Battery: 3050mAh
Dimensions: 77 x 158 x 5.9mm, 151g