Samsung is the biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world, and their success comes from their top-of-the-line Galaxy S Series, born on the back of their extremely prolific Galaxy J Series. The often overlooked part of their portfolio is the Galaxy A Series, the mid-range devices which sit right between the entry-level J Series and the flagship S Series. Samsung looks to be reworking the A Series with a new device, the Galaxy A8+, and it looks quite impressive from the initial leaks.
A user on Weibo leaked a shot of the Galaxy A8+ in the wild, sporting the Infinity Display that made the Galaxy S8 so desirable. It's unclear what the exact specifications of the new phone are, but the image clearly shows a long vertical display with curved edges and minimal bezels on all sides. It's a huge revamp of the Galaxy A Series, but it's to be expected as Samsung tends to bring high-end features from the S Series into the next year's A Series.
The leaked images also show the phone information, confirming that the device is the Galaxy A8+ (2018) with model number SM-A730F/DS. The phone will likely have its fingerprint scanner on the back, as the Infinity Display precludes any physical buttons on the front. The device looks to be fully functional and might be a prototype, but it could also already be a production model.
The Galaxy A Series traditionally is announced in December or January, so the phone is likely well into production and we could be seeing a launch announcement within the new few weeks. According to the rumors, the Galaxy A8+ will also have a dual-camera setup on the back.
When Samsung does announce the A Series, we'll also see the Galaxy A5 (2018) and the Galaxy A7 (2018). There is little information on these devices so far, but it's said that the Galaxy A7 (2018) will have an Exynos 7885 octa-core processor and 6GB of RAM, along with a no-bezel display. Leaked case renders for the Galaxy A5 (2018) also suggest that it will have the same no-bezel Infinity Display.
It looks like Samsung will be bringing the S8's Infinity Display to the A Series next year, and given how beautiful the Galaxy S8 was, that's something to look forward to.
- Images from weibo.com