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The Galaxy M is Samsung’s answer to losing India’s top spot to Xiaomi

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The new mid-range Samsung Galaxy M series will be launched in India on January 28, the company announced on Amazon India, through India Today. The line is expected to consist of three phones in total (the M10, the M20 and the M30), all of them with the new teardrop-shaped screen “Infinity-V” from Samsung.

The announcement of the new Indian-focused phones occurs when Samsung is under intense pressure from its Chinese rivals in the country. According to Counterpoint data, Xiaomi outperformed Samsung’s Indian market share in the fourth quarter of 2017 and had a five-point lead from the third quarter of 2018.

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While the exact specifications of the phone are still hidden, Amazon’s list shows that they will have dual rear cameras, a fingerprint sensor mounted on the back, USB-C and a headphone jack. In an interview with Reuters, Samsung India’s senior vice president Asim Warsi said the phones would cost between 10,000 and 20,000 rupees ($ 140 to $ 280) and that they would have large batteries and a fast charge.

Last year, Samsung announced that it would try to counterattack its increasingly competitive Chinese rivals by using its mid-range phones to introduce new features before they reach their flagships. The Galaxy A9 was its first phone with four rear cameras, while the Galaxy A8 was the first to present its “Infinity-O” screen. Now, the Galaxy M will be the first of the company’s phones to present its new teardrop-shaped screen.

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