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Rumor: Samsung could drop the Galaxy J line completely

The budget-focused Galaxy J line might not be long for this world.

Published onSeptember 17, 2018

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  • A new report from an anonymous source speaking with ET News suggests that Samsung could eliminate the Samsung Galaxy J Line.
  • The report also suggests that Samsung will revamp its mid-range Galaxy A line.
  • If true, this could be part of Samsung’s efforts to restructure itself to better compete with Chinese rivals.

We published an article earlier today about the upcoming launch of two devices: the Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus. The two budget devices will stand out with their side-mounted fingerprint sensors.

However, a new rumor from an anonymous source speaking with ET News suggests that Samsung could do away with the Samsung Galaxy J line entirely in the near future.

According to the report, the elimination of the Galaxy J line will be one part of a major restructuring of Samsung’s smartphone lines.

Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus and Galaxy J4 Plus will have side-mounted fingerprint sensor
Samsung Galaxy J6

As of right now, Samsung has four lines of smartphones (aside from a few anomaly lines here and there): the Galaxy J series for budget devices, the Galaxy A series for mid-range devices, that Galaxy S series for flagship devices, and the Galaxy Note series for premium devices.

But now this anonymous source suggests there will be some major changes coming:

  • The Samsung Galaxy J line could be completely eliminated.
  • The Samsung Galaxy A line might be expanded to include more products with more competitive features.
  • A new line — the Samsung Galaxy M series — will likely arrive to replace the online-only Galaxy On series.

If the report is to be believed, the elimination of the Galaxy J line will simply make room for the Galaxy M series, which will be made up of aggressively-priced budget devices geared specifically to markets like China, India, and South America.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy A line will get more products that can better fight with the mid-rangers offered by Huawei and Xiaomi, which right now are dominating the mid-range market with little competition from Samsung. Historically, Samsung overprices its phones in this market and doesn’t offer any special features to differentiate its products from rivals.

It should be noted that ET News is not the most reliable source of information. While this information certainly seems plausible and would make sense, it should still be taken as rumor only at this point.

With that in mind, what do you think? Would this be a good move for Samsung? Let us know your opinion in the comments!

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