The yet-to-be-announced Samsung Galaxy M10 is up for a new round of leaks pertaining to its hardware specifications, especially to the unit’s dual camera setup and capabilities. According to new details passed along by Dutch tech blog MobielKopen, the upcoming Galaxy M10 will feature a 13-megapixel sensor with an f/1.9 aperture, 1.12-micron pixels, and autofocus capabilities, as well as a secondary 5-megapixel shooter with an f/2.2 aperture, the same pixel size as the main unit, but lacking autofocus. Additionally, the camera setup is rumored to offer ISO values including 100, 200, 400, and 800, alongside a handful of modes such as Wide Selfie, Panorama, Continuous Shot, and Beauty. No details surrounding the front-facing camera have been shared, but the unit should reside in a V-shaped display notch at the top, as the Samsung Galaxy M10 is expected to be one of the OEM’s first smartphone models to adopt the Infinity-V display design language which was originally unveiled late last year during Samsung Display Conference.
Background: The Samsung Galaxy M10 is only one member of a new smartphone series developed by the Korean OEM, and according to previous leaks and rumors, the device should be accompanied by at least two other models at launch, including the Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M30. The series will reportedly replace Samsung’s existing Galaxy On smartphone lineup and is rumored to debut in India. But unlike the Galaxy On models, the device might become available for purchase through multiple retail channels and might not be limited only to Samsung’s online stores. While it has yet to be officially announced, numerous leaks have already painted a clear image of what hardware the device will offer. It’s expected to feature a 6.2-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1,520 by 720 pixels, an Exynos 7870 chipset coupled with 3GB of RAM, and launch in two main storage configurations including 16GB and 64GB. Preliminary device sketches suggest that the Galaxy M10 will offer a standard 3.5-millimeter headphone jack but as yet it’s unclear whether the device will connect and recharge through a standard USB jack or a USB Type-C connector. The front-facing speaker will double as a loudspeaker and together with a secondary rear-facing speaker, the device should offer Dolby Atmos support. NFC will be missing and the unit will rely on facial recognition as opposed to offering a fingerprint scanner. Finally, the device should be powered by a 3,400mAh battery and run Android 8.1 Oreo under Samsung’s proprietary Android skin.
Impact: The industry expects the Samsung Galaxy M10 to be officially unveiled near the end of January. While earlier reports suggested that its more powerful sibling, i.e., the Samsung Galaxy M20 will be the OEM’s first device to adopt an Infinity-V display, it now appears that Samsung might unveil the entire Galaxy M lineup on the same day. So far, at least two models will employ the Infinity-V design, whereas the Galaxy M30 could make use of the similarly-shaped Infinity-U panel. Regardless, as a new series meant to replace the Galaxy On lineup in countries including India, the upcoming Galaxy M models should offer good value for money and would theoretically revitalize the OEM’s budget-friendly segment. The Galaxy On is known by the Galaxy J moniker internationally, and the upcoming Galaxy M series is also expected to launch in more countries in the coming months, likely without having to go through a renaming process but this remains to be seen.