Sony Xperia, the Inspiration for Entry-Level Samsung Galaxy S10

Galaxy S10’s features will be seen and confirmed at the Mobile World Congress, and until then we need to settle for the leaks and rumors.

The good news is that credible industry insiders with reliable sources of information are often offering insight into future models or even teasers.

What shook the public was the leak of the Galaxy S10 coming in three variants. The group of phones will also feature a budget model, an entry-level unit which instead of an in-display fingerprint scanner will have a side mounted one as a solution to decrease costs.

Even though it is no significant similarity, the location of the entry-level Samsung Galaxy S10’s fingerprint scanner is similar to Sony’s Xperia phones.

What we know about the new Sony Xperia

After XA2 and XA2 Ultra’s release from earlier this year, a new model, XA2 Plus comes in the family. It is a larger handset that it is going to reach out of the low-end market and into the mid-range.

Ben Schoon reports:

“Like Sony’s earlier releases, the Xperia XA2 Plus is a pretty simple mid-range device. At its core, the device is powered by a Snapdragon 630 chipset paired with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM, and 32GB or 64GB of storage backed up by a microSD slot. Other familiar specifications include a 23MP rear camera, 8MP wide-angle front-facing camera, and rear fingerprint sensor. There’s also a sizeable 3,580 mAh battery with USB-C for charging.”

What we know about entry-level Galaxy S10

Putting aside the leaks and news about Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10, We now have more information about the Galaxy S10 budget model, a lower priced and lower specced phone from Samsung. As a matter of costs, the Korean company will not have the fingerprint scanner mounted in a display.

“Of course, the obvious question to ask is: Why would Samsung take such a risk with such an important phone?

The answer lies in a change of strategy. Samsung is expected to release three Galaxy S10 models, rather than the usual two with the third an ‘entry-level’ device. The problem at this stage is ‘entry-level’ is undefined: it may be a significantly cheaper option like Apple’s upcoming budget iPhone X or the standard model with the in-display reader saved for two new high-end options much as Apple did last year when releasing the iPhone X above the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.”

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