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Here's your first good look at Samsung's gigantic battery smartphone

It wouldn't have frills, but it might last for ages.

Published onNovember 16, 2020

  • Samsung’s Galaxy M12 appears to have surfaced in leaked images.
  • The budget phone wouldn’t have many frills, but it could include a giant 7,000mAh battery.
  • It’s reportedly due to launch in early 2021.

Samsung’s battery-centric Galaxy M12 phone might just exist as more than rumors and an empty case. OnLeaks and Voice have  posted what they say are accurate design renders for the M12, indicating just what will house that claimed 7,000mAh battery.

The leak appears to corroborate reports that it’s a no-frills design with a plastic unibody back, a flat 6.5-inch screen, a fingerprint sensor in the power button and a teardrop notch for the selfie camera. A two-tone finish helps distinguish the M12 from the Galaxy A42 5G. The standout is a quad rear camera array, although we wouldn’t expect it to rival better camera phones.

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In other words, Samsung would pitch the Galaxy M12 based on its longevity rather than its style. Not that buyers are likely to complain, if reports are accurate. A 7,000mAh battery would let Samsung’s phone run for days on a charge. That could be crucial in countries with unreliable power, not to mention anyone camping or otherwise expecting to unplug for long periods.

It’s not certain what kind of performance the device would offer. The Galaxy M series is aimed squarely at budget users, though, and the M11 was a modest phone with a Snapdragon 450, three cameras and a 5,000mAh battery.

Samsung is reportedly on track to launch the Galaxy M12 sometime in early 2021. It wouldn’t be your only option for a phone with a giant battery pack, including from Samsung — the Galaxy F41 already has a 6,000mAh battery. The added capacity could give the M12 an edge in a crowded field, though, and it may undercut the prices of some competitors in the process.

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