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Samsung will launch Galaxy M, first notched phone, in India on Jan. 28 (Updated)

The notched Samsung Galaxy M series is aimed squarely at India and taking on Xiaomi, vivo, and others.

Published onJanuary 14, 2019

Promotional imagery for the Samsung Galaxy M Series.

Update, January 14, 2019 (10:34 AM ET): We now have official images of the first Samsung Galaxy M smartphone, sourced from an official Samsung microsite. The most notable attribute of the newest entry in the Galaxy lineup is the introduction of a waterdrop notch, making this device the very first from Samsung with the controversial design feature.

The microsite doesn’t signify what the pictured device is called, other than referring to it as Samsung Galaxy M. It’s possible it will be the rumored Samsung Galaxy M10 or M20, as described in the original article below.

Check out the images below, and then continue on for the original article:

Original Article, January 14, 2019 (05:28 AM ET): Samsung today announced that it will be introducing three new budget smartphones under the M series to take on increasing competition from Chinese rivals. Intended to appeal to a millennial audience, the new series of phones have been designed in India.

According to a press note issued by the company, the phones are expected to be announced January 28. Since the company is targeting a younger audience, it comes as no surprise that the M series will be marketed as an online exclusive. Samsung says that the phones will be available both on, as well as its own online storefront.

After their debut in India, M series phones will roll out globally, Asim Warsi, Samsung’s Indian mobile head told Reuters.

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Two of the upcoming models, purported to be the Galaxy M10 and M20, are expected to be priced within the 10,000 rupees (~$140) to 20,000 rupees (~$280) price bracket, Warsi said. The former device was recently certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance. The pricing pits them squarely against Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series, as well as the very popular POCO F1. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy J series though, the South Korean company is expected to be more aggressive here with larger displays, bigger batteries, more powerful processors, and, of course, multiple cameras.

Samsung’s growth in India has slowed down to a trickle.

Samsung’s growth in India has slowed down to a trickle at a time when competitors are making double-digit growth. As Xiaomi, Realme, vivo, and others vie to offer the best bang-for-the-buck to customers, do you think Samsung might be able to take them head-on? Let us know in the comments section.

NEXT: Samsung to launch Galaxy S10 on February 20

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