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Samsung Just Unveiled Its Thinnest Phone Ever

Hot damn! This thing is thin!

On Wednesday, Samsung revealed the Galaxy A8, which measures just 5.9 millimeters (0.23 inches) thick -- making it the phone manufacturer's thinnest phone yet.

It's slimmer than its predecessor, the wispy Galaxy A7 (6.3 mm), as well as the S6 Edge (7.1 mm). Its display measures 5.7 inches, larger than the A7 (5.5 inches) and the S6 Edge (5.1 inches). The A8 also comes with a 3,050 mAh battery, larger than that of the A7 and S6, both of which had 2,600 mAh batteries. Weighing 151 grams, the A8 is actually a little heavier than the A7 (141 grams).

Samsung this week launched the Galaxy A8 in China, where it will sell for about $515. (For reference, the Samsung S6 Edge costs over $700 without a wireless service contract.) There's no exact release date for the A8 just yet, and no firm word on whether it's coming to the U.S.

The Verge noted that the Galaxy A8 is not the thinnest phone on the market today -- phones like the Vivo X5 Max in China and the Oppo R5 are 4.75 and 4.85 mm thick respectively.

Still, the A8 is slimmer when compared to the iPhone 6 (6.9 mm) -- and rumor has it that Apple isn't desperate to make thinner phones any time soon.

Super-slim handsets usually come with a trade-off. As The Wall Street Journal reported in February, the larger the phone, the better the battery. With more space,  manufacturers can "cram" more battery inside. The A8's big battery might actually save it here, though. 

Representatives from Samsung did not respond immediately when The Huffington Post reached out for further comment. 

Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that the A8 is thinner than a stack of six sheets of paper. It would be closer to 60 sheets. 

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