Samsung to launch India-first smartphones to counter Chinese rivals

Samsung set to launch India-first online-only Galaxy M series this month-end

The long-rumored Samsung Galaxy M-series smartphones are finally confirmed to be making their way to India. This could also mean that the company might also jump into the "specification war" in the budget segment to topple Xiaomi, which has been known to offer high-end specifications at a minimal price point.

Samsung has announced that it will be launching its new Galaxy M series of smartphones in India on January 28.

Samsung has been sharpening its focus on India, home to more than a billion wireless subscribers and where roughly 350 million users still do not use smartphones. The series will be targetted towards the country's millennials, hence the nomenclature, "M". "That's a significant jump in our online part", said Asim Warsi, senior vice-president, Samsung India.

The company said it'll launch these devices in India first, and then roll them out globally.

As per earlier reports, Samsung-M series can be priced as low as Rs 9500 for the base variant.

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The Galaxy M20 will be equipped with what appears to be an Infinity-V display which features a V-shaped notch.

Samsung M30 can be in the range of Rs 20,000, taking on Poco F1 from Xiaomi.

The current rumor mill suggests that we'll see three new phones released with the M series, including the Galaxy M10, M20, and M30 with prices ranging from around $140 to $280 Dollars. Hence, Samsung Galaxy M20 can become the first Samsung smartphone with 5,000mAh battery. Samsung is also promising fast-charging with 3X faster charging on the new Galaxy M phones.

According to Amazon listing, the Galaxy M20 is expected to come with a massive battery and a display with a waterdrop notch. The Galaxy M30 is also said to come with a 5,000mAh battery and may also be Samsung's cheapest phone with a triple camera system.

Here's hoping that means we get more affordable but compelling devices in Canada as a result.

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