Samsung Galaxy M2 could be the first notched phone from the company

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).





Posts: 946; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Hardly a notch though.

7. DolmioMan

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

But with the chin too, what’s the point?

22. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

So whatbit has a chin. So when you drop it, the internals have some cushion. You're not buying it, so why does it even matter?!

29. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

then why would they curve the screen and reduce the thickness of their bezels? thicker bezels + flat screen is far better if you drop it.

2. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

A notch and a chin. Oh well! I guess they could still make use the family of notches in their next ads.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31614; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's a phonearena render dude, calm down lol. You're the new resident site troll for us to make a fool of, and no matter how much of one we make of you, you just keep coming back for more.

3. panrt321

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 23, 2018

Samsung say infinity U other water-drop notch

4. Ali888

Posts: 101; Member since: Apr 13, 2018

I like this type of notch over the water drop because it's literally only the camera, just like essential did, water drop notches have the annoying curves around it

5. kevin97

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

Excellent notch shape ! And also very slim bezels without weird inconsistencies on radiuses, like the Chinese abominations.

9. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Now Samsung is supporting notch in their display, then a notch is now excellent. A notch is still a notch. Remember they spend milllions in their stupid ads against notch. Why not bring display without any obstruction.

14. iushnt

Posts: 3155; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Now even you suddenly dislike notch because Samsung might do it. You are funny.

27. Rocket

Posts: 704; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I like the slide out cameras bcs the from looks nice and clean

6. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 390; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

I like the design, can hardly call it a notch. Have to bear in mind this design is for their budget line so there are bound to be some compromises

23. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

No matter what they call ir or how small it is, it is a notch and irs stupid. I dont care qho does ir. Less its less intrusive, but itbis still an inteusion nonerhelwas. Dont try to sugarcoat what it is. It is what it is.

8. irossdrummer

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

I don't mind the tiny water drop notch but it'd be dumb for Samsung considering they make fun of notch all the time lol

10. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Certainly. After spending millions in their ads, then this is what they will give to the consumers. This they try harder to differentiate their design and called it infinity u or v

24. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

First off, Apple made fun of big phones. Look at them now. But Apple actually said they wouldnt make big phone, because no one would buy them according to Steve Jobs. And no one wants a stylis either. But it looks like Apple has one. In fact Apple spent millions on keeping rhe iPhone small as long as they could. And then when the 5S didnt sell well, they had no choice. Samsung never said they wouldnt make a notched phone, seeing as they filed a patent before Apple did. They posked fun at it because its stupid. And foe them to do it now is stupid but loke Apple they dont have a choice as they are trying ro stay relevant They were trying to avoid it and still can. But rhe picture above is a render, not a real phone. No one has any idea what it will look like. But yet you got your panties in a bunch over a rumor?

28. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." - IBM President, 1943 "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." - DEC founder, 1977 "Apple is already dead." - Microsoft CTO, 1977 "Two years from now, spam will be solved." - Bill Gates, 2004 People often predict things, and obviously them predictions go wrong, you just can't predict future. Stop living in the past, Techie aka TechSceptic aka strategic_developer.

30. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Steve Jobs was talking about stylus on a Phone. not on their big ass iPad screen. and they still haven't released a phone with stylus. and come on man, when Apple released these big screened iPhones, Steve Jobs is long gone, hence the company is constantly changing since then. Samsung on the other hand only a year apart after mocking notch.

11. Yousefjaber206

Posts: 118; Member since: Jan 09, 2018

They made fun of huge* notches

18. VasiliS7

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

Actually, yes. They make fun of Huge Notches like Pixel 3.

20. Cicero

Posts: 1149; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

And iPhones extra notches.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31614; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This is a render by PA, and look at the comments lol.

16. Vogue1985 unregistered

That's a TEARDROP not a Bar aka Notch that everyone has. The TEARDROP Looks good. I like it

19. OneLove123

Posts: 1262; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Just like my essential notch and I love it!

21. mrochester

Posts: 1037; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Lacking Face ID I assume.

26. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Who needs face ID. It is a pointless alternative to FPS. The FPS is faster, harder to spoof and get around. Well accept on iPhone.

31. mrochester

Posts: 1037; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Face ID is definitely better than Touch ID in my experience.

32. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Notches. Notches for everyone. Apple leads, the market will follow.

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