Samsung's 2020 Galaxy A Series Is All About The "Ones"

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Samsung has released its Galaxy A series models for the year, including the Galaxy A10, A10e, A20, A30, A50, A70, and even the A80 and A90. The Korean giant is wasting no time preparing for 2020, as it filed nine trademarks with the European Union this week for new Galaxy A series smartphones that will comprise its 2020 lineup.

Whereas this year's Galaxy A Series consisted of model numbers ending in "zero," next year's model numbers will be all about the "ones". Samsung's nine trademarks filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office, or EUIPO, all end in "1": Galaxy A11, A21, A31, A41, A51, A61, A71, A81, and A91. Whereas it would be normal to expect Samsung to continue its numbering trend ending in "zero" with Galaxy A100, A200, A300, etc., Samsung isn't doing the expected. It will instead use "ones" to end its numbers in the new Galaxy A additions.

It's probably best to go this route because after using "A100, A200," etc., there are only so many "zeros" one can add onto a model number before consumers forget which model number is old and which is new. Using "ones" for 2020, then "twos" for 2021 and "threes" for 2022 will allow the A series to have little numbering confusion for at least another nine or ten years. The Galaxy A series may expire long before then, but at least it gives Samsung some numbering room.


Samsung's Galaxy A series, once designed to be extremely mid-range for international users, has now become the budget-friendly line that replaced its Galaxy J smartphone lineup. After a few years of selling its A series outside the US, Samsung decided this year to bring its new Galaxy A10e, A20, and A50 to the US on all four top US carriers (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint).

In addition to the Galaxy A series' US debut, Samsung committed itself to bring high-end features to the mid-range series to encourage smartphone adoption for the A lineup — a trend Samsung hadn't started before. This is why the Galaxy A50 has the in-display fingerprint scanner and the Ultra Wide Angle Lens found on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S1o+, for example.

Other features found in the Galaxy A series that pertain to the high-end Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series include dual rear cameras in the Galaxy A20 along with its 4,000mAh battery and fast charging; 4GB of RAM in the Galaxy A30, 25-megapixel selfie camera and Face Unlock (Galaxy A40); triple rear cameras and in-display fingerprint sensor (Galaxy A50); 6GB/8GB RAM configurations, 4,500mAh battery, 32-megapixel selfie camera, and in-display fingerprint sensor in the Galaxy A70; a rotating pop-up camera alongside an Ultra-Wide Angle Lens and a 3D Time-of-Flight (ToF) camera in the Galaxy A80, and Corning Gorilla Glass, Qualcomm's high-end, octa-core Snapdragon 855 SoC, 6GB of RAM, triple rear cameras, in-display fingerprint sensor, and Face Unlock in the Galaxy A90.

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While Samsung prepares for the 2020 Galaxy A Series, the South Korean juggernaut is also preparing to launch its 2019 Galaxy Note series on August 7th, the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ (Galaxy Note 10 Plus).