Here's the real proof that Samsung will move from Galaxy A5 or A7 (2018), to A8 and A8+ naming

Here's the real proof that Samsung will move from Galaxy A5 or A7 (2018), to A8 and A8+ naming
Samsung is heavily rumored to skip a step with its midrange Galaxy A line, going directly to an A8 and A8 Plus naming scheme, instead of sticking with A3, A5 or A7 (2018) model titles. 

Releasing an A8 and A8 Plus models would move Samsung's midrangers in lockstep with the flagship Galaxy S line, simplifying its roster, and leaving users only two choices of size and pricing to pick from in the categories. There is further evidence for this shift, as you can see in the Bluetooth SIG regulatory filing below, for one "Galaxy A8" handset, revealed today. The model number is denoted as SM-A530F.
Given that the Galaxy A5 (2017) is SM-A520F, it would be logical to deduce that its successor will be called Galaxy A8, instead of A5(2018). Where does that leave the already-released Galaxy A8 from back in 2015/2016, remains to be heard, but we doubt these oldies will be an obstacle for Samsung to change its naming scheme in the midrange. 

After all, if the company plans a move to the Infinity Display design for its more affordable portfolio, too, and fit an eventual A5 in the current A3 body, the A7 in an A5 one, and so on, this would negate the need for the smallest and weakest link in the A-line, so the move to the A8 and A8 Plus titles actually makes sense. Oh, we almost forgot, the new Samsung midrangers are apparently coming with the latest Bluetooth 5.0 standard, and there is even a "DS" or dual SIM version, as usual, neat.

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Galaxy A8 (2018)
  • Display 5.6" 1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(19h 3G talk time)



1. sgodsell

Posts: 7621; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I am glad these new 18:9 displays are becoming the norm.

2. Avieshek unregistered

I am glad that the midrangers are having the Bluetooth 5 as standard.

3. stijnvbml

Posts: 78; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Why would they do that? Here in Europe, the A3 and A5 name are familiar to a lot of customers, the a7 and certainly the a8 names are not. I live in the Netherlands, and last year, a lot of advertisments for the a3 and a5 were made and I did notice that in Germany the same applied as well. Why would you change a name that is familiar with customers?

4. haruken

Posts: 311; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Because A8 is way shorter than A5 (2018).

5. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Did you jump straight to the comments without reading? Your answer is in 2nd paragraph...

6. KingSam

Posts: 1525; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

because they want to streamline the names with release year. S8, Note 8 and A8.

7. skips

Posts: 490; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

I'm predicting that these two will have a high price tag. Like the original A8??? Otherwise Samsung could suffer from a backlash for the massive price increase for A5/A7 successors but what do I know these all are just speculations from my side xd


Posts: 134; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

As stupid as calling the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) as Galaxy Tab A2 S. It was already to be done since 2015 or since 2014 with the Galaxy Alpha (which should have been the Galaxy A2, since it already had a Galaxy A in 2010). Now, that's bulls**t, since we've had two generations of the Galaxy A8 before. And why Galaxy A8, not Galaxy A9? Not to match the generation number of the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series that year? Perhaps this is in line with the fact that the 2018 generation will still be running Android Nougat.

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