It’s not long since Samsung started unifying its smartphone model names. It all started with the high-profile skipping from Samsung Galaxy Note 5 to Galaxy Note 7, which unified the 2016’s series in line with the previously released Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
Apparently, the company has similar plans for the midrange Samsung Galaxy A family, which has for sure been some kind of a mess since its launch a couple years ago. While there have been talks of looming Samsung Galaxy A5 2018 and Galaxy A7 2018 handsets, it appears that these phones will be getting new names this coming year. Where the former will be the new Samsung Galaxy A8, the latter will be baptized Samsung Galaxy A8+.
This follows speculations that have now been confirmed by a listing on Bluetooth SIG, where a previously leaked model number of the Galaxy A5 2018 has popped on the platform, but under the name Samsung Galaxy A8. The model number in question is SM-A530F, which is not different from the multiple variants that recently stopped by the Wi-Fi Alliance, which included the alleged Galaxy A8+. However, the latter has not been cleared by the Bluetooth SIG.
In terms of specs, the Samsung Galaxy A8 is expected to adopt the new Infinity Display design that offers an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, an Exynos 7785 SoC, 4GB RAM and 32GB of expandable ROM. Due to the drastic changes upfront, the Galaxy A8 will get a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner just below the main camera, but the exact details of the latter remain unknown.
Like this year, Samsung Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ should be unveiled in early 2018, which will be a full year since the launch of the Galaxy A 2017. One concern, though, is that all throughout the rumors and speculations, we haven’t heard a lot about the fate of the Galaxy A3 2016. Whether this device will be refreshed alongside the A8 and A8+ is still unknown, but for now, all we can do is wait and see what Sammy has in store.