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Samsung's Galaxy S10 to include "budget" options

Samsung keeps at it. With a behind-screen camera in development and talks of a new foldable phone, the S10 looks to be an interesting addition to their lineup.

Following the likes of Apple, Samsung is looking at expanding their specific model offering, something that hasn't been done in a while. We all remember the slightly cheaper "mini" models that were released in years past. They were smaller, less-specced versions of the bigger phone, at a more affordable price. Samsung has stopped this since the S5 Mini, after which the A series seems to have taken up this space.

However, this might be returning with the S10. Not the Mini naming convention, nor the physically smaller phones per se, but at least in specs the S10 will offer more choice. Codenamed "Beyond", it is clear that Samsung has big plans for this model series. They seem to be aiming at a wider market, with triple cameras on the rear of the phone and it may even have the under-screen camera on the front as mentioned earlier (no notch - YAY!). The OLED screen will be curved on both sides, with a very narrow bezel both top and bottom. The fingerprint sensor will be under the display as well.

Model lineup so far looks like it'll include a "Plus" version, which will be larger than the standard S9-sized model, as well as a cheaper model without the curved screen (actually something I'm looking forward to) and fingerprint sensor and there might also be a model without a headphone jack (for some stupid reason).

To top it off, they're aiming to include 5G capabilities. All seems good on paper, right? It would seem so, yes.

Now we're just looking forward to hear from them on the folding-phone front. According to Samsung's CEO DJ Koh, they're also working on a folding device, codenamed "Winner", that will be a tablet with multitasking capabilities, which will be "really meaningful to the customer".

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I, for one, am looking forward to these developments. It seems at least like Samsung is listening to their customers. I'm a bit of a Samsung fanboy, I'll admit, but of late I've been slightly disappointed to see the likes of Huawei do the same, if not better, for less money. Makes it hard to keep the fanboyism up, to be honest. Time will tell which way I'll swing in the next year or two.
 
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I dont get it,
They already have budget series,
The A and J series...
The idea here is premium budget. Something with power closer to the flagships with just a small cut back so they can offer it a 2-3 grand cheaper.

The S4 mini was much stronger than anything else Samsung had at the time that wasn't part of the bigger S4 line-up. It'll still be an expensive device, not budget by any means so it's not a A or J. It'll be a niche device which for some people will be as stupidly expensive as the flagships and therefore pointless but for others will prove to be the perfect compromise between having to really stretch to reach a flagship and getting something they consider more affordable.

Personally this is the class of phone I love.
 

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The A6+ and A8 are both
The idea here is premium budget. Something with power closer to the flagships with just a small cut back so they can offer it a 2-3 grand cheaper.

The S4 mini was much stronger than anything else Samsung had at the time that wasn't part of the bigger S4 line-up. It'll still be an expensive device, not budget by any means so it's not a A or J. It'll be a niche device which for some people will be as stupidly expensive as the flagships and therefore pointless but for others will prove to be the perfect compromise between having to really stretch to reach a flagship and getting something they consider more affordable.

Personally this is the class of phone I love.

Yes the S4 back then made sense because there was no proper A and J series.
Look at the spec on the A6+ and A8
Both octacore, both FHD+ samoled, both dual camera (front or back) both have great cameras, 3/4gb ram, sd card support,
3.5mm jack, big battery, both IP rated.

If those aren't good enough the A9 is Samsung first quad camera device and is very premium (a7 is tri camera)
All the bells and whistles, cheaper price



Whatever this tech journalist says, i do not think they will have a budget S range.
Its like Audi making a budget RS model, it is pointless when the S or standard versions of the car exist.
 

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PickleRick PickleRick it's not just a journalist who said it, it's apparently from Samsung's CEO himself. They're working on folding phones which will obviously be hella expensive, and I honestly don't see everyone affording their new flagship. If nobody buys the flagship, what's the other option? Making a cheaper model.

To take your Audi analogy, it's like saying the RS range is top of the range, and the S-Line is the more budget oriented models, before you get your normal A-series cars which is like the A-series Samsung phones.
 

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PickleRick PickleRick it's not just a journalist who said it, it's apparently from Samsung's CEO himself. They're working on folding phones which will obviously be hella expensive, and I honestly don't see everyone affording their new flagship. If nobody buys the flagship, what's the other option? Making a cheaper model.

To take your Audi analogy, it's like saying the RS range is top of the range, and the S-Line is the more budget oriented models, before you get your normal A-series cars which is like the A-series Samsung phones.
Perhaps the CEO should not have said budget ? Atleast to me budget will imply a lot more cost effective :/


If its in the S range its going to be expensive, perhaps it will only appear as a budget device as i am sure the folding option is going to be wildly expensive

The RS would have been the Note Range,
S = S and A =A as you mentioned.

So perhaps they are making like an RS+ model for folding, but keeping it in the S range instead of creating a new category ?
 

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Perhaps the CEO should not have said budget ? Atleast to me budget will imply a lot more cost effective :/


If its in the S range its going to be expensive, perhaps it will only appear as a budget device as i am sure the folding option is going to be wildly expensive

The RS would have been the Note Range,
S = S and A =A as you mentioned.

So perhaps they are making like an RS+ model for folding, but keeping it in the S range instead of creating a new category ?
Be careful there. Your analogy is crossing numerous device sizes. The Note series at no point fits into this discussion likewise the top A and J models which are both much larger devices.
 

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So they revealed the flip phone and it looks PIMP!

Phone screen on front, when flipped open full on Tablet! Boi!


 

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200k folds, that's a lot. That's ~250 folds per day for 2 years straight.
 

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Yup, I calculated using 20 folds per day, works out to 5+ years. No one keeps a phone for that long
 
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