Samsung's line-up of smartphones

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I was trying to catch up with Samsung's line-up of mobile phones in 2019, and it was virtually impossible to do. Apple released a total of three smarthpones in the last 12 months (the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max), and it already represents an increase over what Apple was used to in the past (one or two smartphones models each year).

Well, I tryed to count how many models Samsung released or unveiled in the last twelve months, and I came accross no less than 40 different smartphones, with slight variations between them (and I am not counting the models released in 2018 and which are still on sale). I may have left one or two models out of the list, as there are so many. Samsung released only some of them (some of the highest-end models) in the U.S., but there are several other models released elsewhere in the world. This is the full list of all models I found, which is pretty impressive and confusing. I am not sure if there is a strategy to justify this, or if this is really some lack of planning.

Samsung Galaxy M10
Samsung Galaxy M10s
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Galaxy M20s
Samsung Galaxy M30
Samsung Galaxy M30s
Samsung Galaxy M40

Samsung Galaxy A10
Samsung Galaxy A10s
Samsung Galaxy A10e
Samsung Galaxy A20
Samsung Galaxy A20e
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Samsung Galaxy A2 Core
Samsung Galaxy A30
Samsung Galaxy A30s
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Galaxy A40s
Samsung Galaxy A50
Samsung Galaxy A50s
Samsung Galaxy A51
Samsung Galaxy A60
Samsung Galaxy A70
Samsung Galaxy A70s
Samsung Galaxy A71
Samsung Galaxy A80
Samsung Galaxy A90 5G

Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite

Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite

Samsung Galaxy Jean2
Samsung Galaxy XCover FieldPro
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro

Samsung Galaxy Fold
Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G

Edit: Just found more smartphones, so I updated the list which had 36 of them. Now they are 41 in total.
 
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Yes Apple only play in almost one market segment, although they do supply variants they do not change model numbers as easy as Samsung do

Like the US most countries only have a handful or so models to choose from so not really confusing at all

Great to see those with more modest budgets can eventually benefit from features handed down from the premium top tier models
 
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I bought a locked A30 pre xmas. First it felt bit slow but now after reshaping and tuning up the phone i am really falling in love with it. Being flat screen and lighter than the big guns its really nice phone for the price i paid.
 

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Good job but whats your question? Are you looking for one ?
Well, not really. I was just curious about the new S10 Lite model which has a larger battery and does not have the curved screen (I prefer the flat screen hands down). I was also wondering whether the M30s would be worth looking at, as it has the same processor as the A50 and a 6000 mAh battery. I think those two models are the most promising ones in the whole line-up.
 

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Yes Apple only play in almost one market segment, although they do supply variants they do not change model numbers as easy as Samsung do

Like the US most countries only have a handful or so models to choose from so not really confusing at all

Great to see those with more modest budgets can eventually benefit from features handed down from the premium top tier models
Well, more or less. Here in Brazil we have the S10, S10e, S10 Plus, A10, A20, A30, A50, A70, A80, M10, M20 and M30. Twelve different models. And the A and J series of the year before are still for sale. Phones for every budget, but some of the more interesting models are left out.
 
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Yeah it's pretty nuts how many models they have. At MediaMarkt in Germany this fall they were selling a bunch of them for 50% or less really trying to get rid of them. I'm kind of regretting that I didn't go for the A80 with that pristine 6.7" notch/hole-free AMOLED display to use as a media consumption device, when it was selling for €330 brand new. Now they're completely out of stock and since they were sold out at that price, I get the feeling that they weren't selling very well and Samsung might not bother with a notch free phone for this year :(
 

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Yeah it's pretty nuts how many models they have. At MediaMarkt in Germany this fall they were selling a bunch of them for 50% or less really trying to get rid of them. I'm kind of regretting that I didn't go for the A80 with that pristine 6.7" notch/hole-free AMOLED display to use as a media consumption device, when it was selling for €330 brand new. Now they're completely out of stock and since they were sold out at that price, I get the feeling that they weren't selling very well and Samsung might not bother with a notch free phone for this year :(
The Samsung Galaxy A80 is still selling in several stores here in Brazil, for some $475. I do not consider it such a bargain as the A70 is selling for about $380. Despite having the notch-free design (which is a plus), the A80 has a 3700 mAh battery, which is not really great. The A70 also has a 6.7-inch screen and a 4500 mAh battery, which provides additional juice. Not sure if this model is for sale in Germany, though.
 

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This is pretty simple and concise compared to what they do in the past. For me, M = low end, a replacement to the J series. A = midrange. S = high end, Note = pro. They spread these out based on the target market. A series is much more popular in India and I presume Brazil too. The Xcover are the rugged phones, they made those in the past which were called "Active". They also make the "W" flip phone series, but is only for Chinese businessmen because the T9 keyboard works well with Chinese characters I presume.
 
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I was trying to catch up with Samsung's line-up of mobile phones in 2019, and it was virtually impossible to do. Apple released a total of three smarthpones in the last 12 months (the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max), and it already represents an increase over what Apple was used to in the past (one or two smartphones models each year).

Well, I tryed to count how many models Samsung released or unveiled in the last twelve months, and I came accross no less than 40 different smartphones, with slight variations between them (and I am not counting the models released in 2018 and which are still on sale). I may have left one or two models out of the list, as there are so many. Samsung released only some of them (some of the highest-end models) in the U.S., but there are several other models released elsewhere in the world. This is the full list of all models I found, which is pretty impressive and confusing. I am not sure if there is a strategy to justify this, or if this is really some lack of planning.

Samsung Galaxy M10
Samsung Galaxy M10s
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Galaxy M20s
Samsung Galaxy M30
Samsung Galaxy M30s
Samsung Galaxy M40

Samsung Galaxy A10
Samsung Galaxy A10s
Samsung Galaxy A10e
Samsung Galaxy A20
Samsung Galaxy A20e
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Samsung Galaxy A2 Core
Samsung Galaxy A30
Samsung Galaxy A30s
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Galaxy A40s
Samsung Galaxy A50
Samsung Galaxy A50s
Samsung Galaxy A51
Samsung Galaxy A60
Samsung Galaxy A70
Samsung Galaxy A70s
Samsung Galaxy A71
Samsung Galaxy A80
Samsung Galaxy A90 5G

Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite

Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite

Samsung Galaxy Jean2
Samsung Galaxy XCover FieldPro
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro

Samsung Galaxy Fold
Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G

Edit: Just found more smartphones, so I updated the list which had 36 of them. Now they are 41 in total.
Hmmmm.... I mean this is a comprehensive list but it’s still not as big as I thought it would be, but that also goes with your point, their lineup is so confusing that I immediately think that there is a endless list of them.
 

skaertus

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This is pretty simple and concise compared to what they do in the past. For me, M = low end, a replacement to the J series. A = midrange. S = high end, Note = pro. They spread these out based on the target market. A series is much more popular in India and I presume Brazil too. The Xcover are the rugged phones, they made those in the past which were called "Active". They also make the "W" flip phone series, but is only for Chinese businessmen because the T9 keyboard works well with Chinese characters I presume.
Supposedly yes, but there is some serious overlap. The M-series is supposed to be low-end, but the models are virtually identical to the ones in the A-series. The M10, M20 and M30 are identical to the A10, A20 and A30, except for the case, for the cameras and for the battery. The A30s is basically an A50 with a huge battery. The M-series here in Brazil is usually sold at prices slightly higher than the comparable A-series models.

The Samsung phones are popular here in Brazil, but it is hard to tell which line is more popular. I would assume it is the A-line due to its more affordable prices and wider availability. The S-series is very popular as well, as the models cost about half of a comparable iPhone.
 

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We dont have M series in Australia. Great list though.
I think the M series is only available in a few countries. Here in Brazil, it is only sold online. It is low-end, but it has the advantage of coming with a huge battery.