The rumor mill has been claiming that the upcoming SM-A530 and SM-A730 smartphones may debut as Samsung Galaxy A5 (2018) and Galaxy A7 (2018). This sounds fine as 2017 Galaxy A5 and A7 have respective model numbers of SM-A520 and SM-A720. However, a Chinese leakster has been claiming since last week that SM-A530 and SM-A730 may be rebranded as Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8 Plus (2018).
Samsung China stopped testing GALAXY A5/7 2018 Chinese version.
— ????? (@MMDDJ_) November 13, 2017
The above tweet by MMDDJ states that Samsung which is performing very poorly in China has stopped testing 2018 models Galaxy A5 and A7. Judging by the following tweets by the tipster, it can be speculated that Samsung may have its cancelled to launch Galaxy A5 and A7 phones in China.
Samsung GALAXY A8/A8 Plus (SM-A530/730)
— ????? (@MMDDJ_) November 15, 2017
sorry Samsung cancel its sale plan in China,just in China. https://t.co/pM71mNndBt
— ????? (@MMDDJ_) November 18, 2017
A530 is GALAXY A8 A730 is GALAXY A8 Plus
— ????? (@MMDDJ_) November 23, 2017
MMDDJ is of the view that the SM-A530 and SM-A730 model numbers respectively belong to Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8 Plus (2018). He claims that the 2018 Galaxy A8, A8 Plus were supposed to launch with model numbers SM-A5300 and SM-A7300 have been canceled which could mean that these phones now have SM-A530 and SM-A730 model numbers.
It is interesting to note that the rumor mill is silent on the existence Galaxy A3 (2018), but has been consistently information on SM-A530 and SM-A730 phones. This could be because Samsung may not launch 2018 editions for A3, A5 and A7.
Since the alleged Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8 Plus (2018) (previously referred to as Galaxy A5 (2018) and Galaxy A7 (2018) in rumors) are expected to arrive with Infinity Display, Exynos 7885, Snapdragon 660 in select markets, and Bixby AI, it is speculated that these may arrive cheaper variants of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagship phones.
The new Galaxy A (2018) are slated to launch either in December or early 2018. Until then, we advise our readers to digest all rumors surrounding 2018 Galaxy A phones with a pinch of salt.