From the front, the A8 looks like a thicker iPhone 4 with a very nice 3.2-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen and three additional buttons. In back, the collapsible zoom lens, xenon flash, and aluminum battery cover mimic a point-and-shoot camera. The phone runs Android 2.1 without any of the Google applications (such as Gmail, Google maps, or the Android Market), and feels like it's powered by a circa 600MHz processor. It packs the usual collection of radios including GSM (quadband), HSPA (likely triband), Bluetooth, WiFi, and GPS. We tested several SIMs, and in addition to being unlocked, the device successfully connected to AT&T over 3G and to T-Mobile over EDGE. Of course, the camera is the star of the show; we captured both stills and video with the phone, and the results were pretty good despite the harsh show floor conditions. The camera interface is reasonably intuitive, too. Overall, we were quite impressed with the A8, but it was clear that the hardware and software are still being worked on.
Sample video shot with the A8: