Samsung Galaxy M2 could be the first notched phone from the company
Samsung Galaxy M2 concept image based on the Infinity-U design
Samsung has quite the portfolio of smartphone lines in different price ranges. There's the flagship Galaxy S and Note series, the mid-range A series, and the budget J, C, and On lineup. This may soon change, however, with the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy M2, which could serve as the company's sole budget offering starting in 2019.
Galaxy J, C, and On phones are primarily aimed at budget and emerging smartphone markets — mainly Asia — and the differences between them haven't been as significant, as to justify three separate lineups. That seems to be Samsung's line of thinking with the Galaxy M2 at least, according to recent reports.
But the Galaxy M2 is also interesting because it could also make use of one of Samsung's new notched displays. The company earlier this month revealed four new displays with (and without) notches, which Samsung is expected to start using as early as next year in all of its smartphone lineups. While the so-called Infinity-O display, which has a camera 'punch hole', is likely reserved for the Samsung Galaxy S10, the Infinity-V and Infinity-U are likely contenders for the mid-range and budget offerings.
This is what the Samsung Galaxy M2 could look like with an Infinity-U display
Samsung may have made fun of both Apple and Google for their respective takes on the notched display design, but is apparently gearing to join the party next year. However, to be fair, if the images shown during the announcement of the new Infinity displays are anything to by, then Samsung's implementation of the notch is going to be more in line with the "waterdrop" trend that we've seen as of late, which many people agree is the lesser evil. Whether the company will choose the Infinity-V or U for the Galaxy M2, remains to be seen.
What we do know is that the Galaxy M2 will have a 2340×1080 display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, which does seem to indicate that Infinity displays are coming to Samsung's most affordable smartphone offerings. This detail was revealed in a recently leaked AnTuTu benchmark for a Samsung phone with a model number SM-M205F, behind which allegedly hides the Galaxy M2.
Other interesting details from the benchmark include 32GB of storage, Exynos 7885 processor, 3GB of RAM, 13MP main camera with an 8MP selfie shooter, and Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. Although these specs sound quite plausible, they should still be taken with a grain of salt, as we are a good couple months away from the release of the device. Still, they are in line with previous rumors about the Galaxy M2, so they could be fairly accurate.
But tell us what you think of notches coming to Samsung's mid-range and budget phones. Do you like the Infinity-U and the arguably weirder, more angular Infinity-V? Are they better than Apple's and Google's designs, or is a notch... still a notch? Tell us in the comments below!
Disclaimer: The images featured in this material are based on preliminary information available about the respective device(s). As such, they may not be fully representative of the final design and dimensions of the device(s).