Samsung isn't afraid to experiment with different types of notches in its mid-range offerings — having tried it all, from a hole-punch in the Galaxy A8S, to a OnePlus 6T-esque sloping teardrop in the M20, to more traditional bezels in the A9. Two new devices were announced today, the Galaxy A30 and A50, featuring teardrop notches of the Infinity-U design Samsung revealed last fall. These phones are likely headed to the Indian market in the coming week.

Galaxy A50

The Galaxy A50 is the first phone to run on Samsung's Exynos 9610 chip, which was announced last year. The device seems photography-focused, with three rear cameras — a regular, a wide-angle, and a depth-of-field camera, somewhat of a rarity in a mid-range smartphone. Samsung has switched to an in-screen fingerprint sensor — there's no mention of ultrasonic here, so it's likely optical. Samsung's built both the A50 and A30 using something it calls Glasstic — and while we don't know for sure exactly what that is, we're guessing it's more plastic than glass.

Specs

OS Android 9.0 Pie
Display 6.4-inch 1080p AMOLED (19.5:9, 1080 x 2340, 403ppi, teardrop notch)
CPU/GPU Exynos 9610: quad 2.3GHz A73 + quad 1.7GHz A53 x 2 / Mali G72 MP3
Memory 4GB/6GB
Storage 64GB/128GB
Rear Camera Primary: 25MP f/1.7. Ultra-wide: 8MP f/2.2 with a 123-degree field-of-view. Depth lens: 5MP f/2.2
Front Camera 25MP f/2.0
Battery 4000mAh with 15W fast charging
Unlock mechanism In-screen fingerprint sensor
Ports USB Type-C, dual nano-SIM slot, microSD card slot, 3.5mm audio jack
Dimensions 158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7 mm
Colors Black, White, Blue, and Coral

Galaxy A30

The presumably cheaper of the two devices, the A30 has many specs in common with its sibling, including the exact dimensions. The fingerprint sensor is rear-facing though, an advantage if you ask me, and the camera and internals are decidedly lower-end.

Specs

OS Android 9.0 Pie
Display 6.4-inch 1080p AMOLED (19.5:9, 1080 x 2340, 403ppi, teardrop notch)
CPU/GPU Exynos 7904: dual 1.8GHz A73 + hexa 1.6GHz A53 / Mali G71 MP2
Memory 3GB/4GB
Storage 32GB/64GB
Rear Camera Primary: 16MP f/1.7. Ultra-wide: 5MP f/2.2
Front Camera 16MP f/2.0
Battery 4000mAh with 15W fast charging
Unlock mechanism Rear fingerprint sensor, face unlock
Ports USB Type-C, dual nano-SIM slot, microSD card slot, 3.5mm audio jack
Dimensions 158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7 mm
Colors Black, White, and Blue

While there's no formal word on pricing or availability yet, the phones will likely be launched in India on February 28th. With above-average camera specs, large batteries, a headphone jack, and expandable storage, these seem like the type of devices media-hungry teenagers would lap up. The Indian mid-range smartphone segment is one of the hottest in the world, with the likes of Xiaomi and Honor having snatched a lot of market share from Samsung. If priced right, these devices may be attractive value-propositions.

The phones launched in India today, along with a new budget offering: the Galaxy A10.

Galaxy A10

Specs

OS Android 9.0 Pie
Display 6.2-inch 7200p LCD (19.5:9, 1520 x 720, 277ppi, infinity-V teardrop notch)
CPU/GPU Exynos 7884 (we couldn't find detailed specs yet)
Memory 2GB
Storage 32GB
Rear Camera Primary: 13MP f/1.9
Front Camera 5MP
Battery 3400mAh
Unlock mechanism PIN/Code (no fingerprint or face unlock)
Ports microUSB, dual nano-SIM slot, microSD card slot, 3.5mm audio jack
Dimensions 155.6 x 75.6 x 7.94 mm
Colors Black, Red, and Blue

Pricing:

Galaxy A50 — 4GB/64GB: ₹19,990 ($282), 6GB/128GB: ₹22,990 ($325)

Galaxy A30 — 4GB/64GB: ₹16,990 ($240)
The cheaper 3GB/32GB variant won't be sold in India.

Galaxy A10 — ₹8,490 ($120)

Availability:

Samsung will start selling the Galaxy A50 and A30 from March 2nd, and the Galaxy A10 from March 20th.