Samsung officially drops the Galaxy J series, replaces it with Galaxy A8
Samsung Malaysia published a video early this month that clearly says the Galaxy J series becomes Galaxy A. The announcement doesn't really come as a surprise since Samsung has only launched Galaxy A and M series phones this year.
Although at first glance the new Galaxy A and M series phones overlap each other specs-wise, the former contains a wider range of devices which will be available worldwide, whereas the latter includes entry-level and mid-low tier phones that are only launched in India and a couple of other Asian countries.
The fact that the Galaxy J phones have taken a beating lately in most markets is probably the main reason Samsung has decided to the series needs a complete overhaul. And since the Galaxy A lineup was better viewed by customers, the South Korean company made the choice of integrating the Galaxy J series within one that's more appealing to consumers.
The road ahead
The video that announces the change ends with the tagline “Built for the Era of Live” and emphasizes on some of the most important features of the new Galaxy A series: long battery life, fast charging, multi-lens cameras, and on-screen fingerprint scanner.
Of course, not all of these features will be implemented in every new Galaxy A series phone, but many of them will have at least one of these specs. The complete removal of the Galaxy J family might also mean that Samsung won't be competing at the entry-level tier in developed markets like Europe and the United States, since the majority of its new Galaxy A phones have mid-end specs.
The M series phones on the other hand, which have been specifically built for the Indian market, are certainly some solid affordable devices meant to be sold in emerging markets. Currently, Samsung gains a lot more from selling its flagship smartphones than from cheap smartphones, but when it comes to mid-tier devices, things change a little bit.
Samsung has already launched five new Galaxy A series phones this year, but the lineup's main launch event has yet to happen. Besides the Galaxy A10, A20, A30, A50, and A70, Samsung has at least three other smartphone ready to be revealed on April 10 – the Galaxy A60, A80 and A90.
While both feature mid-range specs, they are meant to offer the same premium feel that you usually find in flagships. Hopefully, prices won't be as high as those of Samsung's top-tier phones. More importantly, Samsung's Galaxy A series of phones should be priced lower than some of the more affordable flagships that you can now find even in the United States, such as the Nokia 9 PureView.
What happens with the current Galaxy J phones
It looks like Samsung has no intention to drop support for any of the Galaxy J smartphones available on the market, which are eligible for major Android OS and security updates. The South Korean company has provided a steady wave of Android 9.0 Pie updates in the last couples of months, and some of the Galaxy J phones received the update as well.
Although some of the most recent Galaxy J phones might be eligible for another important software update like Android Q, only time will tell whether or not Samsung will provide users with the same level of support.