Samsung is in the middle of a number of projects – including an ambitious redesign of its upcoming flagship Galaxy S9 – and a new leak has found another. Apparently, the Galaxy A handsets planned to be released in 2018 will come with Samsung's iconic Infinity Displays as standard.
This information comes from a leak reported by SamMobile, a source that Forbes contributor Gordon Keely describes as “consistently reliable”. SamMobile found this information on Samsung's own HTML5 Test website, on which it discovered a listing for the international unlocked variant of the 2018 Galaxy A5.
This entry revealed a number of hitherto unknown details, including that the A5 – which will have the model number of SM-A530F – will come with the Infinity Display. First seen on the Galaxy S8, this innovative screen is designed to increase the size of a phone's display without making the device itself any bigger.
Samsung advertised the screen as the next big thing, advertising how it allows users the space on their display to multitask, fits comfortably in their hands and “sets a new standard for uninterrupted, immersive experiences”. The fact that it will soon be arriving on a Galaxy A – Samsung's mid-range line of devices – is therefore surprising.
The specs of the Galaxy A5, as revealed by SamMobile, include an Infinity Display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9, which is the same as the Galaxy S8. All the previous incarnations of the Galaxy A series have stuck to the standard 16:9 ratio.
SamMobile noted that the resolution of the Galaxy A5 that was listed seems to be inaccurate, as it is apparently 846 x 412 pixels. This would be incredibly low for even a mid-range smartphone, but it does fit with the 18.5:9 aspect ratio.
However, as the site the specs are hosted on is used for testing, this would make sense. Many smartphones are tested at a much lower resolution than they eventually ship with, so it seems extremely likely the resolution of the A5 will have increased significantly by the time it is released.
Despite the exciting news about the Infinity Display, the leak did reveal something a little disappointing: the Galaxy A5 will ship with the Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system, rather than with Android 8.0 Oreo. The latter OS is already three months old, so many consumers will have hoped to see it on the A5 in 2018.
This does fit with what is already known about Samsung, however. In fact, the Galaxy Note 8 – a much higher-end device than the A5 – is also shipping with Android Nougat rather than Oreo.
Nevertheless, the announcement that a bezel-less Infinity Display could well be coming to a mid-range phone is exciting. At the moment such a design is only usually seen on the most expensive devices, so this could be a real change in the market.