Here's what the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite might look like
Samsung might have announced the Galaxy S10 series over nine months ago but that isn't stopping it from developing a new model dubbed the Galaxy S10 Lite that'll be positioned below the existing lineup. Rumors suggest this phone will be a rebranded version of the upcoming Galaxy A91, which has today leaked out entirely in a set of renders courtesy of Steve Hemmerstoffer and 91Mobiles.
Despite the name, it looks more like the Galaxy S11
Further solidifying rumors about Samsung's plans to introduce a unified device lineup next year, the Galaxy A91/Galaxy S10 Lite follows in the footsteps of the Galaxy Note 10 series by adopting an Infinity-O display with a punch hole in the center. But in reference to its lower price tag and mid-range positioning, the smartphone features a flat version of Samsung's favorite 6.7-inch AMOLED screen.
Much like the recently leaked Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71, Samsung's revamped display is accompanied by a pretty small chin and even thinner side bezels. These are all paired with an aluminum frame which houses a USB-C port and speaker on the bottom, the typical volume rocker and power button combination on the right side, and a couple of microphones. Unfortunately, just like the Galaxy A90 5G, this new model skips the fan-favorite headphone jack.
Turning the upcoming smartphone over reveals an updated rear panel that ditches the Galaxy S10's horizontal camera layout in favor of a Galaxy S11-like rectangular module in the corner. In the renders provided, it houses four sensors but Steve Hemmerstoffer isn't too sure about this detail and warns that the final Galaxy A91/Galaxy S10 Lite might ship with just three cameras instead.
If the CAD-based images do prove accurate, the setup will likely incorporate an ultra-wide-angle camera, a dedicated depth sensor, the usual primary shooter, and a new periscope-like implementation that supports up to 5x optical zoom. The latter is also expected to make its way on to the Galaxy S11 and Galaxy S11+, although the sensor that's paired with it could be changed.
What about the Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy A91 specs?
Per leaked information, the Galaxy A91 and Galaxy S10 Lite will arrive powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset that Samsung already uses inside the Galaxy A90 5G and Galaxy S10. It's expected to be paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage as standard, although it's not yet clear if the latter will be expandable.
Keeping the lights on will likely be a massive 4,500mAh battery while the software side of things should be covered by Android 10 and One UI 2.0 straight out of the box. Other features are rumored to include an in-display optical fingerprint scanner, support for 25W fast charging, and compatibility with 4G LTE networks as standard. Whether a 5G variant is on the way or not remains a mystery.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy A91 announcement and release date
Samsung is holding a Galaxy A-focused event on December 12 in Vietnam and it's possible the Galaxy A91 will make an appearance. The smartphone's release is expected to be limited to Asian countries such as India initially before becoming more widely available on a global scale.
The Galaxy S10 Lite, on the other hand, will probably be announced at some point in early 2020. Despite being identical to the Galaxy A91, it'll probably be released in markets where the Galaxy A series isn't so popular. Examples include the United States and Europe, although availability in these markets is yet to be confirmed.