A real-life picture appeared on Saturday showing the boot screen of a Samsung-based Android smartphone called the Galaxy A9 Star Lite after surfacing on Weibo's Chinese social media network. The photo above shows the existence of a previously unreported device from the South Korean tech giants and another product of the company, which apparently has an infinity display. Samsung refers to its Super AMOLED panels with an elongated 18.5: 9 aspect ratio. The name of the handset indicates a budget-friendly offer to compete in the entry-level or lower-middle market segment. Samsung's first Android smartphone with star name debuted in the form of the Galaxy Star (GT-S5282), which was announced more than half a decade ago with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
The Seoul-based original equipment manufacturer is also currently being named working on the Galaxy A8 Star, as suggested by a number of rumors and product certificates recently, although the newly leaked handset could be exclusive to the Chinese market. Samsung has for many years been releasing exclusively China-based devices that have lately dropped to this strategy after being pushed to the limits of irrelevance in the world's largest smartphone market. The Galaxy A9 Lite has an edge-to-edge screen and relatively minimal top and bottom bezels, as well as a single front camera. While the vast majority of today's cell phones are shipping from the company's artificial intelligence support assistant Bixby, not all of them have an additional physical button for activating the digital companion, and the Galaxy A9 Lite seems to be a part of this group.
Samsung announces new mobile products almost every month. The Galaxy A9 Lite is expected to be released later this year, possibly as a cheaper alternative to a new program designed to replace the Galaxy A8 series launched in late 2017. The company's next Android flagship is expected to be released in early September or late August as Galaxy Note 9.