Another upcoming mid-range smartphone offering from Samsung Electronics, the Samsung Galaxy A60, recently passed the certification process of the Wi-Fi Alliance. This certification suggests that the device may soon become available to consumers. According to the interoperability certificate released by the Wi-Fi Alliance, the Galaxy A60, which has the model number SM-A6060, can connect to Wi-Fi networks running on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. Moreover, the smartphone supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi standards, and the device will ship with Android 9 Pie pre-installed, although consumers should expect that Samsung's proprietary skin, One UI, will run on top of Google's operating system.
Background: The Galaxy A60 is one of the mid-range smartphone offerings that Samsung will launch as part of its revamped Galaxy A lineup. Aside from the Galaxy A60, rumors suggest that Samsung will unveil at least four more mid-range smartphones, which include the Galaxy A90, the A40, the A20e, and the A70.
Recently, a leaked specification sheet provided extensive details about the Galaxy A60. According to the leak, the device will feature a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a full HD+ resolution. The rumor also suggests that like the Galaxy A30 and the Galaxy A50, the upcoming smartphone will sport Samsung's Infinity-U panel design. The notch located above the display houses the single front-facing selfie shooter equipped with a 32-megapixel sensor, and the handset will also reportedly feature three rear cameras. The main rear camera will ship with a 32-megapixel sensor, while the other rear shooters will also sport an 8-megapixel imaging module, likely used for taking wide-angle shots, and a 5-megapixel sensor, which is included to capture depth information. Furthermore, the Galaxy A60 will reportedly sport an under-display fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication, although it is not yet clear if the handset will utilize an optical sensor or an ultrasonic fingerprint reader module.
Also according to recent rumors, the Snapdragon 675 chipset will power the Galaxy A60. An octa-core Kryo 460 CPU running at a maximum clock speed of 2.0GHz and the Adreno 612 GPU comprise this SoC. The chipset also features an improved artificial intelligence engine, allowing the handset to offer decent performance for AI and machine learning tasks. Rumors indicate that the Galaxy A60 will sport either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and both variants will feature 128GB of internal flash storage. Powering the hardware of the device is a 4,500mAh battery, and the handset will have a glossy plastic build.
There is little information available about the pricing and availability of the Galaxy A60, although recent rumors indicate that Samsung will launch the device in April. It is possible that the South Korean tech giant will launch the handset alongside the Galaxy A70, which the tech firm will also reportedly unveil within the same month. In terms of pricing, the internal specifications and branding of the device suggest that the handset will be relatively more expensive than the Galaxy A50, although the handset's price tag should still appeal to consumers in price-sensitive markets. It is likely that Samsung will first bring this handset to India and select European countries, although the company may expand the availability of the device in the future.