About two weeks ago, Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 and Galaxy A7 2016 started receiving the update to Android 7.0 Nougat over the air.
These two were actually the first non-flagship phones from Samsung to receive the Nougat treat and apparently, another non-flagship in the shape of Samsung Galaxy A8 2016 is about to follow suit. Looking at what has just appeared on GFXBench, it’s safe to believe that the Galaxy A8 2016 will soon be joining the Galaxy A5 2016 and A7 2016 on the Nougat ship.
The phone appears to be under testing; an indicator that the stable release is not so far away from now. A while back, Samsung Turkey published a list of Samsung devices that are to be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat and interestingly, there was no place for the Galaxy A8 2016. Instead, the list only took into account the original Samsung Galaxy A8, which was released in 2015. But the presence of the older model was enough to confirm that the 2016 variant will also be updated to Nougat.
From the GFXBench listing, we can see that Samsung Galaxy A8 2016 with model number SM-A810 is the variant in question here and not the one carrying model number SM-A800, which is actually the 2015 variant. The phone has been confirmed with Android 7.0 Nougat on board, but as usual, there’s no specific release date mentioned.
It was expected that the original Galaxy A8 will start receiving the Nougat treat as early as April 24, but so far, there’s still no sign of the OS on the handset. Now that the Galaxy A8 2016 has appeared with Nougat on board, it’s possible that the original model will be updated after its newer counterpart gets the update.
The time it takes for Android 7.0 Nougat to be released for the Galaxy A8 2016 will depend on how the testing phase progresses. If no hitches are encountered, we can expect to see the Nougat treat rolling out to the SM-A810 model in the coming weeks, otherwise, the wait could go deep into Q3 2017.
We’ll keep you updated on the latest developments. Stay tuned.