Samsung might launch budget flagship that's cheaper than Galaxy S10e

Samsung might launch budget flagship that's cheaper than Galaxy S10e
The Samsung Galaxy S10e

The Galaxy Note 10 will bring Samsung’s number of Snapdragon 855-powered devices to six. But according to one source (via AndroidHeadlines), the South Korean giant has more flagship devices up its sleeves and not all are necessarily expensive. 

Although the exact number of devices wasn’t specified, it’s claimed that Samsung has one “cost-effective flagship phone” up its sleeves which will be released at some point later this year. This device will allegedly be priced “lower” than the Galaxy S10e, despite the presence of the same Snapdragon processor.

Unfortunately for us, no further details about the smartphone were provided. However, the smartphone’s positioning just below the Galaxy S series suggests it could be the rumored Galaxy A90.

The smartphone, for those of you that may not already know, will reportedly include just one set of cameras. The reason being that these will be contained within a unique pop-out camera module that can also rotate, thus allowing the sensor to be used for selfies. Details about the setup remain scarce at the moment but the primary camera is said to boast a resolution of 48-megapixels.

In order to cut costs, the Galaxy A90 may also ditch the AMOLED display found on the Galaxy S10 series in favor of a cheaper LCD alternative. Less RAM and storage are likely downgrades too, as is the presence of a glossy plastic rear panel rather than a glass alternative.

Because this is still a rumor at this point, it’s worth taking the information with a grain of salt. But if Samsung does have a budget flagship up its sleeves, the likes of Xiaomi and OnePlus might need to watch out, not to mention rival Huawei.

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23 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2037; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'll believe it when I see it.

2. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 577; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

The Note will make six 855 powered devices? S10e, S10, S10+, and the Fold. What's number 5? It doesn't sound like they're referring to the title device, so I'm confused.

6. AbhiD

Posts: 501; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

S10+ 5G

12. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 577; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Right. Forgot about that. Thanks.

17. Leo_MC

Posts: 5908; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

That's just another S10+ (it's not like 128 and 256 GB are 2 different phones...)

19. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 409; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

No it isnt another S10+ The 5G S10 model has obviously 5g, 4 camera's on the back instead of 3 basically a TOF sensor, a 4500mah battery instead of 4100, and a 6.7 inch display instead of 6.4. If thats the case a Iphone 8 and 8 Plus are 1 phone not 2 seperate ones.

20. Leo_MC

Posts: 5908; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

If you say so... But can you tell us what category S10+5G falls into?

3. mdorno

Posts: 25; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

And if there is a pop out camera why the hell would there be a notch? Do you guys read what you write?

4. Cheezwiz

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

Well, I'm planning to buy a OnePlus 7 when it launches. There's absolutely nothing that the S10e has that's worth the difference in price, for me. That's my opinion, at least.

5. AbhiD

Posts: 501; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

True. OnePlus 7 will be cheaper, with better cameras, better display (without cutout), bigger battery, better UI, faster charging and generally overall much smoother and faster performance with faster updates. Not to mention even the costliest version of OP7 will be cheaper than lowest version of S10e while still having much higher amounts of RAM and storage

8. ALMBO6

Posts: 188; Member since: May 28, 2018

Maybe The Oneplus 7 will not have a better display than the S10e, but everything else will be better for sure.

11. rouyal

Posts: 1536; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

How will it be better? Wireless and reverse wireless charging? An actual IP rating? SD card slot? Stereo speakers? A better vibration motor than the junk they've been using? S10e has all that and more (can't believe I'm defending a Samsung phone here) I like Oneplus and all, but they never do anything besides change the design, chipset, and cameras. Well, they added a display fp sensor, but that's not an added feature. I expect the 7 to be more of the same 'ol with a pop up camera.

21. AbhiD

Posts: 501; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

IP rating, wireless charging, sd slot, stereo speakers VS better UI, better performance, newer tech fingerprint, more ram, more storage, much faster charging, bigger battery, better battery life, bigger display, no notch, no cutout, more and better cameras, faster updates. I know what i am getting. - And btw, vibration motor in Samsung is pathetic as well. Only Apple, Google and Sony have good ones. - SD slot is useless as well with 128gb base storage. Similarly usefulness of stereo speakers is questionable as well. Music lovers listen on headphones or external speakers not phone speakers. - Btw, OnePlus devices also come with water resistance. They just don't get it certified because it adds to phone's cost. Officially stated by OP. So i don't know if the so called 3-4 advantages of S10e are even useful. While OnePlus has all the functional advantages. Everyone wants better battery, better performance, better UI, bigger screen, more ram, better cameras, crazy quick 40+ watts quick charging.

16. Vogue1985

Posts: 280; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Cheaper, ahahahahaha. The Oneplus 6T will be fine Past 2019. So price wise I would assume the the 7 will cost more, or about the same as the 10e,since Oppo well be coming to compete with Samsung an dthe others

10. rouyal

Posts: 1536; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I think waiting for a price drop on the s10e would be better than buying a OP7. I'm not biased against Oneplus phones, I've bought a few different models since the 3/3t and have a 6, but they don't really have the value-for-money they used to have. That's exaggerated by them not really providing new features, only changing the design and chipset. I think since the 3 they haven't added any new features, just changed design, chipset, and cameras.

13. iushnt

Posts: 3020; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I do agree that if price is an issue better wait for price drop for S10e than getting IP7.

7. ALMBO6

Posts: 188; Member since: May 28, 2018

Samsung might have a flagship killer up its sleeves, but they could never beat the value for money ratio and software update availability of a Oneplus or Xiaomi flagship killer.

9. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2209; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Honestly if Samsung produces this with a 48 MP camera it could be the camera phone midranger I’ve been waiting for years to happen. If you think about it there hasn’t been anything like the more camera centric phones they used to produce years ago. And to me, we’ve hit a peak wit processor performance. I want more camera performance and battery performance.

14. Cat97

Posts: 1613; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

48MP is useless without OIS, and it's only there to look good on paper. Image quality is average. It' a midrange sensor, that's why flagships still have the 12MP sensor which is vastly superior.

15. mahima

Posts: 697; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Looka at redmi note 7 pro with 48mp, not much difference with ipgone xs camera especially with gcam

18. Demo-jay

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 13, 2018

Yawn...samsung is trying too hard to fit in between competition

22. geordie8t1

Posts: 222; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

And the problem is? people like you will always find a reason to be negative about a company? so what if they are trying to compete? by offering competing products at a lower price point, that is business 101

23. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1412; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Are we talking about something like S10 mini or S10 Neo ?

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