An artist’s rendition of the Galaxy S11, primarily based on the rumors and leaks.
Concept Creator/Screenshot by Jessica Dolcourt/CNET
January is across the nook, which signifies that the Galaxy S11 rumors and leaks are going to start mounting at a dizzying tempo. We’ve already seen loads of supposed leaks and theories, from the Galaxy S11’s official lineup and value to the digital camera setup and battery (trace: it may very well be large). I’m throwing in my very own educated guesses too, as a result of Samsung usually follows historic patterns and topical tendencies. So, sure options make sense.Unlike the $2,000 Galaxy Fold or $1,100 Galaxy Note 10 Plus, Samsung’s subsequent premium gadget can be designed to enchantment to plenty of people, not simply fans searching for probably the most cutting-edge or highly effective handset. The Galaxy S11 household of telephones is Samsung’s first mainstream handset that would assist carry 5G’s sooner information speeds to the plenty. Samsung obtained a begin with 5G this 12 months, with the S10 5G, Note 10 Plus 5G, Galaxy A90 5G and Fold (within the UK and South Korea). But these telephones both aren’t focusing on on a regular basis customers, and plenty of are variants of 4G gadgets that exist already.Headed into the Galaxy S11 launch, Samsung is in a a lot stronger place than it was a 12 months in the past. It made waves in 2019, nabbing a CNET Editors’ Choice award for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus and releasing the unforgettable Galaxy Fold. 2020 is simply destined to get higher — and that goes for Samsung’s subsequent foldable cellphone, too.There are a whole lot of specs to soak up, so right here they’re — the Galaxy S11’s most vital rumored options to this point, plus what we do not know and what we expect we’d get.
Now taking part in:
Galaxy S11 is seemingly going to be large. Very large
Three fashions, three sizes: Galaxy S11, S11 Plus, S11 ProFirst issues first. The Galaxy S11 line is not going to be one cellphone, that we all know. It’s rumored to be three, identical to final 12 months’s S10 household of 4G fashions. Some rumors identify the telephones because the S11E, S11 and S11 Plus, however newer whispers, together with that from frequent Twitter leaker Evan Blass, recommend S11, S11 Plus and S11 Pro, which is loads nearer to Apple’s technique with the iPhone 11, the bottom mannequin for that line.
Screenshot by ZDNet
Here are the rumored display screen sizes:Galaxy S11: 6.2- or 6.4-inchGalaxy S11 Plus: 6.7-inchGalaxy S11 Pro: 6.9-inchBlass additionally said that each one the Galaxy S11 telephones might have curved sides, not like 2019’s Galaxy S10E, which had a flat show that I typically most well-liked.A peek on the Galaxy S11? We’ll know quickly sufficient.
Feb. 11 or 18 launch, later launch datesThe all-important query: When will we get to see this factor for the primary time? February is a given. Samsung has unveiled its Galaxy S sequence in late February or early March for years, typically on the Mobile World Congress tech present, typically earlier than, and a few occasions, even after.
This is the true Galaxy S11+ digital camera. On the left is the ultra-wide-angle, primary digital camera, and periscope zoom lens. I do not know the precise distribution on the fitting. It is anticipated to incorporate flash and ToF. pic.twitter.com/98exPMSqgf— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) December 16, 2019
If Samsung follows final 12 months’s mannequin, we’ll see the Galaxy S11 and its kin seem shortly earlier than MWC. If we let the rumors information us, Samsung will present its hand on both Tuesday, Feb. 11 (that is in Greek) or Tuesday, Feb. 18. So yeah, February appears strong.Look for the cellphone to go on preorder shortly after, with models delivery per week or two after the reveal. I’ll proceed to replace this story with contemporary rumors, so come again for extra.Could seem like a cross between the Note 10 and Galaxy S10The Galaxy S11 renders are out, and so are the idea designs, which I really like as a result of they will carry the rumors to life.
So what would possibly we get with Samsung’s S11 cellphone? Rounded shoulders, which have turn out to be the Galaxy S trademark, however with a extra squared-off look harking back to the Galaxy Note 10. A slim physique. Curved sides for all fashions, not like the Galaxy S10E’s flat display screen, which I truly actually favored.The digital camera array might turn out to be sq., off to the left, and stand out from the floor, loads just like the iPhone 11 and Google Pixel 4. I actually hope that is not the case. Cameras that stick out are extra weak to breaking once you drop your cellphone. A case is an absolute should.5G assured, however there is a catchI talked about 5G earlier. This is a rumored function, but additionally a given. The Galaxy S11 is 99.9% probably to make use of the highly effective Snapdragon 865 processor in it, which chipmaker Qualcomm will not make obtainable to cellphone manufacturers with out the 5G modem it pairs with. Ipso facto, you get a cellphone with the Snapdragon 865, you get a 5G-ready cellphone.The similar goes for any areas that can package deal the Galaxy S11 with Samsung’s in-house Exynos 990 5G processor, which regularly occurs in Asia, particularly Samsung’s residence nation of South Korea. (Ice Universe says Samsung is “determined” to make use of Snapdragon 865 for South Korean fashions.)I promised a catch and right here it’s. While the Galaxy S11 can be 5G-ready, not each cellphone might be able to entry 5G. Cities and international locations which can be 4G-only will solely be capable of use 4G networks, so the 5G Galaxy S11 might very nicely act like a 4G cellphone. We’ll see the way it all shakes out, however I’d be shocked if Samsung used any chip apart from Snapdragon 865. The Galaxy S sequence is its mainstream flagship and Samsung is the world’s largest phone-maker. It will wish to put its finest foot ahead by delivering the cellphone with the “best” chip.Another inventive rendition of the Galaxy S11.
108-megapixel digital camera, periscope lens, 5x optical zoomNow for the enjoyable stuff, the digital camera. We already talked about how rumors, leaks and renders predict a sq. digital camera array overflowing with cameras. It will get wilder.Samsung is alleged to be outfitting the Galaxy S11 (or at the very least one variant) with a 108-megapixel primary digital camera sensor. Is that insanity? It seems like insanity. But Chinese model Xiaomi already beat Samsung to it with the Mi CC9 Pro, which already makes use of a 108-megapixel digital camera.In addition, the Snapdragon 865 chip we talked about above can assist a 200-megapixel digital camera. You is probably not utilizing all 108 pixels on a regular basis, however having that further decision might be useful for zooming in and cropping. If you just like the sound of all that, thank the chipmaker for making it occur.Here’s what else you might get with the S11 digital camera (at the very least on some fashions), in keeping with Ice Universe and 91Mobiles:Suggested renders for the Galaxy S11 and S11E.
Screen: 120Hz AMOLED showWe talked about cellphone screens earlier, however this is what else we’re more likely to get: the power to activate a 120Hz display screen refresh charge. That will make animations and scrolling an entire lot smoother than the usual 60Hz refresh charge wwe have now. While a 120Hz refresh charge is nice for gaming and different fast transitions (even 90Hz like on the OnePlus 7T), it is a battery hog. The Galaxy S11 might put the facility in your arms with settings to change between 60Hz to protect battery life and 120Hz if you wish to rev up animations.This is just about a accomplished deal since each the Snapdragon 865 and Exynos 990 5G assist 210Hz screens.
Now taking part in:
Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 865 processor
A whopping 5,000-mAh battery?Different dimension telephones get totally different dimension batteries, and one other rumor from the prolific Ice Universe dials within the Galaxy S11 “Plus” battery at 5,000 mAh, which is ridonculous. Keep in thoughts that the “Plus” is also the “Pro” (e.g., the highest-end mannequin of the trio), which makes way more sense to me than the center cellphone getting a battery that dimension. For reference, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus battery is 4,300 mAh and battery life is excellent.There have been some telephones with ultra-large batteries earlier than, so 5,000 mAh matches my expectations. For occasion, the Asus’ new ROG Phone II is an Android specs powerhouse, which makes it a gaming beast.In-screen fingerprint readerI beloved the idea of an in-screen fingerprint reader, till I used it within the Galaxy S10. The accuracy, velocity and comfort by no means fairly lived as much as the promise for me. My best-case situation can be to the Galaxy S11 return to some type of safe face unlock, mixed with the in-screen reader. Samsung already is aware of how to do that nicely. Remember, the sequence obtained iris scanning within the S7, however dropped it for the S10. Google has now accomplished it higher, with the Pixel 4’s gesture monitoring lending a hand.We might at the very least see a extra sturdy type of in-screen biometric scanner, if Samsung decides to reap the benefits of the Snapdragon 865’s assist for two-finger scanning, which is supposed to enhance the know-how on all fronts. I positive hope it does.In One UI 2, proper, app folders open decrease on the display screen in order that it is simpler so that you can work together with them one-handed.
Android 10 and Samsung One UI 2There’s little doubt that each Samsung cellphone in 2020 will run on Android 10 and the corporate’s personal One UI 2, which was introduced in October and is now obtainable in beta.I’m far more enthusiastic about Android 10, which brings systemwide darkish mode to telephones, gesture navigation, some significantly spectacular dwell captioning and new privateness settings. One UI 2 goals to push icons and display screen controls towards the underside of the cellphone in order that they’re simpler to achieve one-handed. Galaxy S11 sequence: Price will break $1,000Now for the query on everybody’s thoughts: How a lot is the Galaxy S11 going to price me? As all the time, it can rely upon which mannequin you purchase. Let’s begin with the Galaxy S10 costs for the bottom storage configuration:Galaxy S10E: $749, £669, AU$1,199Galaxy S10: $899, £799, AU$1,349Galaxy S10 Plus: $999, £899, AU$1,499Galaxy S10 5G: $1,300, £1,099, AU$2,9505G prices the cellphone makers extra to purchase and combine, so we might see a value bump proper off the bat. You’ll additionally spend extra in case you go for a mannequin with larger storage, say 512GB, assuming Samsung provides it and begins storage at 128GB.If the most important model (“Pro” or “Plus,” relying on the rumors) strains up with the S10 Plus pricing, it will begin at $1,000. With the 5G part and extra digital camera tech, I would not be shocked to see that rise to $1,100, a value that matches the Galaxy Note 10 Plus right now.
Originally revealed earlier this week.