Samsung Galaxy M01s with MediaTek Helio P22 and Android 9.0 launched in India for ₹9,999 ($133)
Samsung’s Galaxy M-series attempts to capture the online sales segment in the entry-level for Samsung, clashing against the likes of Xiaomi and Realme on this end. Over the years, Samsung has launched many devices within the M-series lineup, including the Galaxy M01 and Galaxy M11 that were launched just last month in India. Samsung has now arrived with a new smartphone in the form of the Samsung Galaxy M01s, and it occupies a curious position within Samsung’s existing portfolio.
Samsung Galaxy M01s: Specifications
|Specification||Samsung Galaxy M01s|
|Dimensions & Weight||–|
|SoC||MediaTek Helio P22|
|RAM & Storage||3GB + 32GB|
Expandable up to 512GB
|Battery & Charging||4000mAh|
|Android Version||Android 9.0|
Considering Samsung just launched the Galaxy M01 last month, the Galaxy M01s may not be intending to phase out the Galaxy M01 just yet, and may instead co-exist alongside as an alternative option. Though, we’d argue that it does dilute what the “s” moniker stands for, and confuses users on the underlying specifications. There are a few upgrades on the Galaxy M01s compared to the Galaxy M01, but there are a fair few downgrades as well.
For one, the display on the Galaxy M01s is larger. Seeing that this is intended to be a budget device, we can’t fault the HD+ resolution, though obviously FHD+ would have been sweeter. Further, the front camera is also seeing an increase in MP count. There’s also a fingerprint sensor onboard. Unfortunately, the regression comes in the form of the MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, which is a mid-range SoC (at launch) that is two years old at this point. Also disappointing is the fact that the device comes with Android 9.0 Pie.
Pricing and Availability
The Samsung Galaxy M01 has also seen a price increase in recent days, so the Galaxy M01s slots in cheaper at ₹9,999 for the sole 3GB + 32GB variant. The device will be available in two colors — Light Blue and Gray — and will be available for sale across Samsung’s retail stores, Samsung.com, and other major e-commerce platforms.