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Samsung may have a new, particularly budget Galaxy M phone in the works

The Galaxy M series may be getting 1 or 2 new additions soon. (Source: Samsung)
The Galaxy M series may be getting 1 or 2 new additions soon. (Source: Samsung)
Recent leaks have pointed to the existence of the Samsung Galaxy M01, which, based on this name, may be the cheapest of its line available in 2020. Now, it may have a second variant, thought to be called the M01s on its launch. It may have a MediaTek Helio P22 SoC and run outdated software.
Deirdre O'Donnell,

A recent Federal Commissions Communications (FCC) document indicates that Samsung will launch a new phone called the SM-M015, or possibly Galaxy M01, this year. Now, a device with a model number that is a variation on this one has been detected on Geekbench 4.

It is listed as the samsung SM-M017F, a difference from the above that is often associated with product names along the lines of Galaxy MXXs. Therefore, (presuming its new benchmarking scores are real) it may turn out to be a lot like the M01, but with a couple of critical differences.

One of them may be the processor: the "SM-M017F" has the ARM MT6762V/WB, or MediaTek Helio P22, whereas the M01 is probably destined for the Snapdragon 439. This is because it has been officially certified as a clone of the Galaxy A01, just with a larger 4000mAh battery. Accordingly, the potential M01s may also be able to look forward to longer stretches between charges itself.

However, on this note, the A01, like many Samsung phones in 2020 regardless of how cheap, has a build of One UI based on Android 10. This "M01s", however, is listed as running Android 9.0 (Pie) in every one of its new Geekbench searches.

This suggests a rather unnecessary level of apparent penny-pinching by Samsung, thus rendering the new leak less valid. Furthermore, neither rumored new budget model has been acknowledged by the OEM, or graced with a launch date (correct at time of writing).

The "Galaxy M01s" on Geekbench 4. (Source: Geekbench via IndiaShopps)
The "Galaxy M01s" on Geekbench 4. (Source: Geekbench via IndiaShopps)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-05-20 (Update: 2020-05-20)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.