Samsung could go the Huawei way in 2019, and have three variants in the flagship Galaxy S10 series, of which one will come with a triple-camera setup, according to the latest reports. South Korean website ETNews has reported that next year’s flagship smartphone series from Samsung will feature three variants, up from the current trend of having two variants.
This strategy was adopted by Chinese smartphone maker Huawei this year, which launched three devices as part of its P20 series. The P20 Lite is the most affordable device in the series and is priced at Rs 19,999 in India, while the flagship P20 Pro sells at Rs 64,999. A third mid-range variant – the Huawei P20 – isn’t available officially in India, but offers most of the benefits of the P20 Pro at a lower price.
Currently, Samsung has a two-device strategy for its flagship devices in the ‘S’ range, with the S9 and S9+ variants. The S9 is the smaller device, sporting a smaller screen, smaller battery and single-camera setup at the rear. The larger S9+ is admittedly less easy to handle, but comes with the advantages of a larger screen, bigger battery and dual-camera setup. The S10 series could, apart from the same smaller and larger phone approach, have a third ultra-premium variant with a triple-camera setup. It will also likely sport a large screen and battery, similar to the current ‘plus’ variant.
It’s unclear right now what benefit the triple-camera setup will offer, but as we’ve already speculated, it could be a combination of lossless zoom, true monochrome and depth-effect features. However, this latest report now suggests that the triple-camera setup will be entirely optional on the range, and users could opt for another variant depending on their requirements of price and features.
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Also, as is the case with the Huawei P20 Pro, the price of the device could be higher than it’s even been for Samsung. There are both advantages and disadvantages to such a strategy. For one, users will have the option to choose a price that suits them, but on the other hand, the more affordable devices might be ignored entirely for being ‘sub-flagship’. Nonetheless, such an approach will be an interesting one if it does come to fruition.