Xiaomi has made a killing by releasing lots of very cheap smartphones at a nearly relentless pace. Whether it’s releasing a genuine Xiaomi device or a device through its sub-brand Redmi, it seems every month we’re talking about one or more new Xiaomi devices.
Samsung seems to have finally noticed how this strategy has worked really well for Xiaomi in places like India and is starting to crib from its playbook.
Ranjiv Singh, Samsung India’s chief marketing officer, recently revealed to The Economic Times that Samsung will release a Galaxy A series device every month from now until June 2019. The Galaxy A series is Samsung’s entry-level line now that the Galaxy J series has been phased out.
It’s possible some of these upcoming Galaxy A devices could launch in countries outside of India, but that country is the primary focus.
Singh says that Samsung’s goal is to make $4 billion in revenue from the Galaxy A line this year.
Samsung’s other inexpensive line of smartphones is the Galaxy M line, which differs slightly from the Galaxy A line in that you can only buy M devices online. Galaxy A devices will be available in physical stores as well as from online outlets.
The Galaxy A devices on the way will range widely in prices, anywhere from 10,000 Indian rupees (~$140) to 50,000 Indian rupees (~$700). There will probably be at least one device powered by Android Go.