A real-life image depicting the boot screen of a Samsung-made Android smartphone called the Galaxy A9 Star Lite appeared online on Saturday, having first emerged on Chinese social media network Weibo. The photograph that can be seen above suggests the existence of a previously unreported device from the South Korean tech giant and yet another product from the company that apparently features an Infinity Display, which is how Samsung refers to its Super AMOLED panels with an elongated 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The name of the handset is indicative of a budget-friendly offering meant to compete in the entry-level or lower mid-range segment of the market. Samsung's first Star-branded Android phone debuted in the form of the Galaxy Star (GT-S5282) announced over half a decade ago running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
The Seoul-based original equipment manufacturer is presently also said to be working on the Galaxy A8 Star, as suggested by a number of recent rumors and product certificates, though the newly leaked handset may be exclusive to the Chinese market. Samsung has been releasing China-only devices for many years now, having doubled down on that strategy in recent times after being pushed out to the verge of irrelevancy in the world's largest smartphone market. The Galaxy A9 Lite features an edge-to-edge screen and relatively minimal top and bottom bezels, as well as a single front-facing camera. While the vast majority of contemporary handsets from the company ship with support for artificial intelligence assistant Bixby, not all of them have an extra physical button for activating the digital companion, and the Galaxy A9 Lite appears to be part of that group.
Samsung traditionally announces new mobile products on an almost monthly basis, with the Galaxy A9 Lite being likely to debut by the end of the year, possibly as a more affordable alternative to a new lineup meant to succeed the Galaxy A8 series launched in late 2017. The company's next Android flagship is widely expected to be announced in early September or late August as the Galaxy Note 9.