Samsung has already announced its intentions to launch notched phones in the future, drawing a lot of extreme reactions from fans. It’s also reportedly going to kill off its popular Galaxy J lineup in favor of a unified Galaxy A series. Not only that, it’s supposedly going to introduce a brand new entry-level Galaxy M series to replace the Galaxy On portfolio.
Turns out, all these developments are working in sync with each other. The Galaxy M may well become the first Samsung phone to sport a notch. PhoneArena has shared some renders of what this might look like, using the brand’s Infinity-U cutout as an example. The device could opt for the Infinity-V notch too.
Samsung Galaxy M2 Antutu, Geekbench Listing
It increasingly looks like the premium Galaxy S10 will get the “punch hole” type Infinity-O cutout, so we can rule that out for the Galaxy M. The handset got spotted recently on Antutu and Geekbench as the SM-M205F, revealing some specs along the way.
As per the Antutu listing, the Galaxy M2 comes with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 2340 × 1080p resolution. That ratio can’t be taken as definitive proof of a cutout, but it does make one more likely. In comparison, the Galaxy S9 has an 18.5:9 aspect ratio.
The Galaxy M2 may also be accompanied by 32GB of ROM, 3GB of RAM, a 2.2GHz Exynos 7885 processor, and Mali-G71 MP2 GPU. Sadly, it appears to be running on Android 8.1 Oreo and not the latest Android 9.0 Pie OS. Samsung doesn’t have a stellar track record when it comes to updates, especially when it comes to lower-end devices.
The Exynos 7885 SoC is interesting because it’s so far been stuffed into the mid-range Galaxy A series. For instance, the recently launched triple-camera Galaxy A7 (2018) runs on the CPU. This suggests that Samsung won’t be compromising on the processing power of the M lineup.