Samsung has finally released a phone with a notch years after sticking with its notch-less Infinity Display design. To be fair, the phone belongs only in its midrange line and probably won't be coming to the United States, anyway.
The Galaxy M series, as it's called, consists of three handsets of varying sizes and will be launching on India this Jan. 28.
High-resolution renders are up on Amazon India, as first reported by India Today. All the phones, called M10, M20, and M30, feature Samsung's new Infinity-V display, which has a teardrop-shaped notch up top.
Although audiences are divided on notches, the teardrop design is arguably the least worrisome out of all iterations because it has a smaller footprint and blends nicely with the bezels, unlike other notches — cough, Google cough — implemented far more atrociously.
The announcement of the Galaxy M comes as Samsung faces intense pressure to beat big smartphone players in the country, particularly Xiaomi. While Apple has had very little luck selling its uber-expensive phones there, the Chinese company has been quite successful at peddling its midrangers — data firm Counterpoint says Xiaomi overtook Samsung's Indian market share in the fourth financial quarter of 2017 and held as much as a five point lead as of the third financial quarter of 2018.
The Indian market is one of the most rapidly growing countries when it comes to smartphone adoption, so it should perhaps come as no surprise why so many manufacturers are bullish on this prime opportunity for growth. Apple, for instance, is expected to produce more units of the iPhone X directly in the country this year, even though it's not in production elsewhere anymore.
Samsung Galaxy M
Details about the Galaxy M series are thin at the moment, but the Amazon India listing reveals their dual cameras, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C port, and, thankfully, headphone jack. They'll also feature large-capacity batteries and quick charging.
As for the price, they should cost somewhere around 10,000 and 20,000 rupees, according to Samsung India's Senior Vice President Asim Warsi, which is roughly around $140 to $280.
It's very likely for the phones not to reach the U.S. market, though. But users who'll want to purchase it will probably be able to via various shipping options. In any case, make sure to check back with Tech Times as we learn more. Feel free to sound off in the comments section below if you have any thoughts!