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Samsung Galaxy A5 (2018) spotted online with an 18.5:9 display

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Android smartphone to get a successor with an 18.5:9 display
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
Although all Galaxy A handsets released so far use a touchscreen display with a conventional aspect ratio of 16:9, the screen of the upcoming Galaxy A5 (2018) will use the same 18.5:9 ratio as the Galaxy S8 flagship.

A few weeks ago, we heard for the first time that the next-gen Galaxy A handsets will feature an Infinity Display similar to that of the Galaxy S8 flagships. Although Samsung still has to confirm this, evidence that the Galaxy A5 (2018) features a display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 surfaced online via the HTML5test website.

In the past, we saw the Galaxy A5 (2018) surface online with the model number SM-A5300. This time, the device spotted on HTML5test goes as the Samsung SM-A530F and, considering the naming conventions used so far by Samsung, this should be the international unlocked variant of the Galaxy A5 (2018). 

The HTM5test listing reveals that the Samsung SM-A530F runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat, thus confirming the previous leaks claiming that the updated Galaxy A series will ship with this version out of the box instead of the brand-new Android 8.0 Oreo. While the 846 x 412 pixels resolution mentioned by HTML5test is definitely inaccurate, it confirms the 18.5:9 aspect ratio.

Since the Galaxy A5 (2018) apparently features an Infinity Display, it would be natural for it to drop the home button as well. The fingerprint reader would also need to be relocated, most likely below the camera, on the back. 

Back when we saw the Samsung SM-A5300 surface on Geekbench, we spotted two key specs, namely the processor and the amount of memory. These are both in line with the higher mid-range price of the Galaxy A5, since not many handsets in this area of the market come a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor next to no less than 6 GB RAM these days. 

The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) arrived on the market in January 2017, about a year after its predecessor, so the Galaxy A5 (2018) will probably hit the road in early 2018. Samsung has not confirmed anything about the launch of this handset yet, but we expect it to happen in the coming weeks.

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-11- 9 (Update: 2017-11-10)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.