Samsung firmware hints at the Galaxy S10 Lite, A01, A11, A21, and A51 smartphones coming to the U.S.
Samsung’s software always gives us some hints about the smartphones that they’re working on. Just last week we were able to find that two upcoming Samsung flagship phones, code-named “winner2” and “canvas,” will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. This week, we discovered code within the firmware of the latest Galaxy Z Flip update that lists several Samsung Galaxy smartphone models that we suspect will launch in the United States. Some of these phones may even launch within the next few weeks.
To keep things short, the model numbers of the Samsung devices that we believe will be launching in the U.S. include the following: SM-A015P, SM-A115U, SM-A115U1, SM-A215U, SM-A215U1, SM-A515U, SM-A515U1, and SM-G770U1. These model numbers probably don’t mean much to you, so let me decode these into actual devices. SM-A015P should be the Sprint-branded Samsung Galaxy A01. SM-A115U/1 should be the carrier and unlocked version of the recently announced Galaxy A11. SM-A215U/1 should be the carrier and unlocked versions of the unannounced Galaxy A21. SM-A515U/1 should be the carrier and unlocked versions of the Galaxy A51. Lastly, SM-G770U1 is expected to be the U.S. unlocked Galaxy S10 lite.
The Galaxy A01 was actually certified by the FCC in early January of this year. The AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon models received FCC certification a bit later. We found evidence that there will be a Sprint version, but that has yet to appear on the FCC. The Galaxy A01 was actually announced in December of 2019, but it has yet to launch anywhere. It is designed to be a very inexpensive device with very low-end specifications. It has a 5.7″ LCD, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 3,000 mAh battery, a 13MP main camera with 2MP depth camera, and a 5MP selfie camera. It comes in Blue, Black, and Red. While we expect it will launch in the United States, we do not know when this will happen.
Samsung Galaxy A01
The Samsung Galaxy A11 actually quietly launched last week. All that Samsung announced were the specifications of the device as well as some images of it. Nothing about pricing or availability of the device was announced, though. While we can’t comment on pricing, we can on availability. We have evidence that it will be launching in the United States on some U.S. carriers, and it should also be available unlocked. The device has a 6.4″ TFT LCD, 2/3GBs of RAM, 32GBs of internal storage, a 4,000 mAh battery with 15W fast charging, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and a 13MP main shooter with a 2MP depth sensor, and finally, an 8MP front-facing camera. The device will likely cost around $150.
Samsung Galaxy A11
The Samsung Galaxy A21 is in an interesting position. It has yet to be announced and there have been no major hardware leaks. We don’t know much about this device besides the fact that it will launch on U.S. carriers and in an unlocked model later this year. In comparison, the Galaxy A20 is a lower-end device that was priced at around $250. If I was a betting man, I would say the Galaxy A21 will launch around this price point.
The Samsung Galaxy A51 is in a slightly better position. It has already launched in a few countries. In the U.S., it will be available in model numbers SM-A515U and SM-A515U1. The carrier version, SM-A515U, may launch during the first or second week of April. This will likely change because of the COVID-19 situation, though. The U.S. unlocked version, SM-A515U1, is also in development but won’t launch until much later. Generally, U.S. phones have Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. The Galaxy A51 is, unfortunately, not going to have one. Samsung published the kernel source code for the U.S. Galaxy A51 ahead of launch, and we were able to determine that it will use the Exynos 9610 SoC like the global variant. It is very likely the rest of the hardware will remain the same, meaning the U.S. Galaxy A51 will retain the same camera setup with a 48MP main shooter and 32MP selfie, 4/6/8GB of RAM, 64/128GB of storage, a 4,000 mAh battery, an optical in-display fingerprint scanner, and a 6.5″ FHD AMOLED display. The device will likely cost around $350.
Samsung Galaxy A51
Lastly, but most interestingly, there’s the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite (our review). This device will launch in the U.S. as an unlocked device only. It has been on the market for a while outside of the U.S., but Samsung is finally bringing it to the U.S. It should launch in mid-April, global pandemic permitting. While we don’t know the official price in the U.S., we estimate it should be around $550. This would make it a good competitor to the upcoming Apple iPhone 9. The Galaxy S10 Lite has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, a 4,500 mAh battery, 25W fast charging, a 48MP main shooter with Super Steady OIS, and more.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite
All of these devices cost much less than the Samsung Galaxy S20’s $1000+ price tag, so it’s good to have some variety in the Samsung ecosystem in the United States. Phones are getting expensive, so having a lot of cheaper options on the market is really great. It means there is a phone for everyone!