Samsung to launch its budget Galaxy M line in India first before a global release

Samsung to launch its budget Galaxy M line in India first before a global release
Samsung's new Galaxy M budget line has already been outed, and we expect to see the Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M30 surface within weeks. The new models will launch first in India at the end of this month before they are rolled out globally, according to Reuters. Samsung has seen its Indian market share deteriorate thanks to strong sales by Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi. Samsung hopes to fight back with the Galaxy M line, which will replace the Galaxy J series (that's the 2018 Galaxy J8 pictured at the top of this article).

The new phones will be available in India only through Samsung's own website and via Amazon India. The handsets will be priced from 10,000 to 20,000 rupees ($142 to $284 USD) and will feature hefty batteries and quick charging. The entry-level Galaxy M10 is rumored to be equipped with a 5.6-inch LCD screen, and is expected to be powered by the Exynos 7870 chipset. The device will reportedly include 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and carry a 3000mAh battery. A 13MP camera is said to adorn the back of the phone, with a 5MP selfie snapper in front.

The Galaxy M20 is expected to feature a 6.1-inch LCD display. The Exynos 7885 SoC is rumored to be under the hood along with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage. A dual camera setup will reportedly adorn the back of the device (12MP + 5MP) with an 8MP front-facing selfie snapper. Keeping the lights on will be a 5000mAh battery.


India remains the second largest smartphone market in the world, with more than 1 billion wireless subscribers. Still, 350 million people in the country have yet to purchase a smartphone. Xiaomi has been able to capitalize on the country's developing economy with its value pricing model. Data from research firm Counterpart indicates that Samsung, the world's largest smartphone manufacture, had a lower market share in India than Xiaomi for two of the first three quarters of last year. Fourth quarter data has yet to be released.

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Galaxy M10
  • Display 6.2" 720 x 1520 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh(24h 3G talk time)
Galaxy M20
  • Display 6.3" 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 5000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)

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16 Comments

1. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1143; Member since: May 01, 2017

5000 mAh battery and watch it not even last through a full day

2. warcraft

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 03, 2017

Hard to compete with xiaomi specially with redmi note 7 and 7 pro incoming

3. DolmioMan

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Just what Samsung needs, another product line. Soon they’ll have the whole alphabet.

4. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

i m sure m series will be another flop series for samesuck. they can't beat realme, xiaomi, honor and asus. look at its specifications totally crap

5. kennybenny

Posts: 190; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

For the low end or as a backup or if I busted my flagship phone, my first choice would be a Xiaomi or a Nokia even though neither are available officially in Canada. Samsung's low end selection in Canada is crap though........

6. Subie

Posts: 2265; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I don't know about Xiaomi but Nokia does officially sell their low end phones in Canada. Just go to Nokia's Canadian website and they'll direct you to official sellers. Amazon(shipped from and sold by), Staples and others carry Nokia's low end line, up to the 6.1 model. Staples even advertises models like the 6.1 in their flyers in Canada.

11. kennybenny

Posts: 190; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Really? Nokia is actually officially available in Canada? Do they honour warranties in Canada? Just curious because my next phone may be a Nokia or Xiaomi. (next year as I am in a contract with the Galaxy S8.)

12. kennybenny

Posts: 190; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Found out Nokia honours warranties in the US and Canada. Looks like I found a new phone manufacturer! May wait until the Nokia 6.2 or the 6.3 as my S8 is good for now......

14. Subie

Posts: 2265; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Just don't buy from some unofficial importer on Ebay or Amazon and you should be good for warranty. If Nokia becomes popular enough HMD may try to start selling through carriers as well. This is slowly starting to happen in the States already. Eventually we might see higher end models up North too.

7. AbhiD

Posts: 531; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Lol, if those are the leaked specifications, they are Crap! No second opinion. Xiaomi, Realme, Honor, Asus, Nokia, Moto have so much better specs for the same prices. Samsung isn't even in the league. Good luck Samsung. Looks like you will also be tumbling down along with Apple.

10. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1143; Member since: May 01, 2017

Don't ever mention Moto as being better than anyone else...ever since Lenovo took over they've been nothing but s**t with the exception of the Z.

8. obedchuni

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Can’t Samsung use chips like 710 or 660 on this m series, it’s a fail, Xiaomi will come up with better design and chips as well.

9. Subie

Posts: 2265; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I'm sorry but no OEM in their right mind would put those SOC's you mentioned in an entry level device. And for pricing starting at $142 USD neither would Xiaomi...

15. AbhiD

Posts: 531; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

But the truth is, Xiaomi Just did! Redmi Note 7 comes with SD660 and starts approximately at $145. Full HD screen with waterdrop notch, glass body with GG5 both front and back, Type C port with Quick Charge 4, 4000mAh battery, Dual camera with 48 mpx sensor, amazing design with gradient colors, 3 - 6 GB ram, 32 - 64 GB internal + expandable memory, infrared sensor, 3.5 mm jack. Infact it also comes with basic water resistance as all ports are sealed inside the phone with rubber in it.

16. Subie

Posts: 2265; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

You're right. Though considering how much their stock has lost value - are they "in their right mind" ;)

13. dazed1

Posts: 776; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Why the **** no one is talking about the nokia x7, which literally destroy any budget phone currently on the market for the price? Redmi note 7, lmaoooo And also, pocophone is a joke compared to the mix 2s, stop parroting other opinions, and start using your heads

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