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Early Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) renders allegedly surface

Rumor is that Samsung will remake last year's midrange Galaxy A8 for 2016, introducing stepped-up specs. These images may be our first look at what could be a new phone.

While Samsung's flagship S7 receives praise from critics and the Note 7 is riddled with controversy, it's important not to forget about the Korean company's midrange phones. Last year, Samsung released the Galaxy A8. It was the company's slimmest phone at the time and came at a lower price than the Galaxy S6.

This year, Samsung is rumored to make a follow-up to the A8, which could somewhat confusingly be called the A8 (2016). Thanks to frequent Twitter leaker @OnLeaks, we are getting a first look at renders that might belong to the phone (see gallery below).

The pictures show a sleek phone with a glass front and metal body. The phone in the image bears a resemblance to the Galaxy S7, and does not have a curved display, unlike the Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 7 and rumored curved-screen Galaxy S8.

According to @OnLeaks, the dimensions of the new A8 come in at 156.5 mm x 77.5 mm x 7.3 mm. This makes it larger than the Galaxy S7, while still being slightly thinner. While the phone's specs are still unannounced, Android Authority speculates that it has a large, 5.7-inch display with a 1080-pixel resolution, a 16-megapixel rear camera and 3GB of RAM.

These rumored specs are similar to last years A8, but a bit more updated -- for example, the phone would jump from 2GB of RAM to 3GB. Not bad for a midrange phone, but of course, it would all come down to price. We'll have to see if this rumor pans out.

Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for comment.