Samsung to launch many low-end 5G phones in the first half of next year


Galaxy A51

With the current travails of Huawei, Samsung has a huge ground to cover. If it can unveil some affordable 5G devices, it might just claim those grounds. According to reports, after the official release of the Galaxy S21 series, Samsung will unveil a series of low-end 5G phones. This year, the only mid-to-low end 5G phone from Samsung is the Galaxy A51 5G. However, the South Korean manufacturer is currently preparing the likes of Galaxy A32, Galaxy A52, and Galaxy A72. Unlike the latest high-end models, these mid-and low-end models will still retain the 3.5 mm headphone jack.

Samsung Galaxy A51

In addition, Samsung Galaxy A32 recently passed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) certification. According to reports, this device will officially arrive next year. There are speculations that the price of this device is about 400,000 won ($364). Although it will be Samsung’s cheapest 5G model, it is not entirely cheap. The likes of Realme V3 5G cost about $150. This is the target price of 5G smartphones for Chinese manufacturers next year. 

The Samsung Galaxy A32 will use a 6.5-inch display as well as a triple rear camera setup. This smartphone will also come with a side fingerprint sensor. The mid-range Samsung Galaxy A52 is expected to use a 6.5-inch display with four rear cameras and under-screen fingerprint recognition. The mid-to-high-end Samsung Galaxy A72 will use a 6.7-inch display with four or five rear cameras. There are speculations that the Galaxy A52 will have a 500,000 won ($455) price tag. However, the Samsung Galaxy A72 will sell for 600,000 won ($546).

Industry insiders predict that Samsung will launch a low- and medium-priced 5G phone with a multi-function camera when the Galaxy S21 arrive in January next year. The company will do this in order to seize the market gap left by the US sanctions on Huawei. If it succeeds, it will capture a larger share of the emerging market.

Nevertheless, it appears that the company is not preparing for a 5G phone under $350. This means that its devices are still pretty expensive, mid-range at best. If more $150 – $250 Chinese 5G phones hit the market in the first half of next year, Samsung may find itself struggling. The Korean manufacturer will have a better chance if the starting price of its upcoming 5G device is between $250 and $300. Do you think Samsung has the capacity to release $250 5G smartphones? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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