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Samsung is working on up to three budget phones that feature a notch

M is for notch, according to Samsung.

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Forget everything you thought you knew about M is for Murder or whatever words Sesame Street used to teach you as a kid. M is for notch, on the Galaxy M. Samsung has long resisted the notch trend started by the iPhone X, opting instead for its “Infinity” displays which use tiny bezels instead.

Back in November, three new screen types were shown off by Samsung: Infinity-O, Infinity-V, and Infinity-U. These took the existing Infinity design and added a “hole-punch,” a V-shaped notch, and a U-shaped notch to the top of the screens. We’ve already seen the Infinity-O model in the Galaxy A8s and the leaked Galaxy S10, and now the first Samsung phone with the V-shaped notch is coming.

The Galaxy M range

Samsung’s Galaxy M range will be aimed at the low-end market. Samsung has been struggling in this segment for a while now, so a good launch will go a long way towards keeping its top spot worldwide. According to AllAboutSamsung, there will be at least two M-series handsets at launch – the M20 and M30.

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Image: 91mobiles

PhoneArena noticed a Wi-Fi Alliance certification for a device that could be an M10, so maybe there’s going to be three handsets in the range.

All three will be for developing markets in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, according to Sammobiles sources. Dual-SIM functionality will feature in all three, according to the model naming conventions that Samsung uses for certifications.

More about the devices

Sammobile also reports that the M-series will come in Blue and Dark Grey only. Storage options were also mentioned, the M10 will come in 16/32 GB, the M20 in 32/64 GB and the M30 in 64 GB and 128 GB variants.

We only have a scattering of specifications for the three smartphones. We know the M20 will be the first Samsung to come with a 5,000 mAh battery, thanks to 91Mobiles. A leaked benchmark of the M10 revealed an Exynos 7870 processor with 3GB of RAM, which is the same configuration that Samsung uses in most of its budget offerings. 91Mobiles supposedly got a picture of the M20 out in the wild, which confirms the teardrop/V-shaped notch for the selfie camera.

It’s likely that all three handsets will have LCD screens, not the company’s famed OLED. This is a budget range, after all.

An official announcement on the handsets shouldn’t be that far away, as WiFi certification is usually done pretty close to release.

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