An artist’s rendition of the Galaxy S11, based mostly on the rumors and leaks.
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Buzz has been constructing for months now across the Galaxy S11, the identify that industry-watchers are calling Samsung’s subsequent flagship telephone. The leaks and rumors are solely intensifying as we strategy 2020, from the Galaxy S11’s official lineup and worth, to the digicam setup and battery (trace: it may very well be huge). I throw in my very own educated guesses too, as a result of Samsung usually follows historic patterns and topical developments. So, sure options make sense.The Galaxy S11 household of telephones is Samsung’s first mainstream handset that might assist convey 5G’s quicker information speeds to the lots. Samsung acquired 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 CBET Editor’s Choice award for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus and releasing the unforgettable Galaxy Fold. 2020 is barely destined to get higher — and that goes for Samsung’s subsequent foldable telephone, too.There are lots of specs to soak up, so right here they’re — the Galaxy S11’s most necessary rumored options to this point, plus what we do not know and what we expect we’d get.
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Galaxy S11 is outwardly going to be massive. Very massive
Three fashions, three sizes: Galaxy S11, S11 Plus, S11 ProFirst issues first. The Galaxy S11 is not going to be one telephone, 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 more moderen whispers, together with that from frequent Twitter leaker Evan Blass, recommend S11, S11 Plus and S11 Pro, which is lots nearer to Apple’s technique with the iPhone 11, which is the bottom mannequin for that line.
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Here are the rumored display screen sizes:Galaxy S11: 6.2-inch or 6.4-inchGalaxy S11 Plus: 6.7-inchGalaxy S11 Pro: 6.9-inchBlass additionally said that each one the Galaxy S11 telephones may have curved sides, in contrast to 2019’s Galaxy S10E, which had a flat show that I typically most popular.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 (aka MWC), typically earlier than, and a few instances, even after.
This is the true Galaxy S11+ digicam. On the left is the ultra-wide-angle, fundamental digicam, and periscope zoom lens. I do not know the precise distribution on the fitting. It is predicted 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 Tues, Feb. 11 (that is in Greek) or Tues, Feb. 18. So yeah, February appears stable.Look for the telephone to go on preorder shortly after, with models transport per week or two after the reveal. I’ll proceed to replace this story with contemporary rumors, so come again for extra.Could 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 convey the rumors to life.
So what would possibly we get with Samsung’s S11 telephone? Rounded shoulders, which have turn out to be the Galaxy S trademark, however with a extra squared-off look paying homage to the Galaxy Note 10. A slim physique. Curved sides for all fashions, in contrast to the Galaxy S10E’s flat display screen, which I really actually appreciated.The digicam array may turn out to be sq., off to the left, and stand proud of the floor, lots 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 telephone. 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% doubtless to make use of the highly effective Snapdragon 865 processor in it, which chipmaker Qualcomm will not make obtainable to telephone manufacturers with out the 5G modem it pairs with. Ipso facto, you get a telephone with the Snapdragon 865, you get a 5G-ready telephone.The identical goes for any areas that may bundle the Galaxy S11 with Samsung’s in-house Exynos 990 5G processor, which regularly occurs in Asia, particularly Samsung’s house 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 telephone might be able to entry 5G. Cities and nations which might be 4G-only will solely have the ability to use 4G networks, so the 5G Galaxy S11 may very properly act like a 4G telephone. We’ll see the way it all shakes out, however I’d be shocked if Samsung used any chip aside 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 telephone with the “best” chip.Another inventive rendition of the Galaxy S11.
108-megapixel digicam, periscope lens, 5X optical zoomNow for the enjoyable stuff, the digicam. We already talked about how rumors, leaks and renders predict a sq. digicam array overflowing with cameras. It will get wilder.Samsung is claimed to be outfitting the Galaxy S11 (or no less than one variant) with a 108-megapixel fundamental digicam sensor. Is that insanity? It appears like insanity. But Chinese model Xiaomi already beat Samsung to it with the Mi CC9 Pro, which already makes use of a 108-megapixel digicam.In addition, the Snapdragon 865 chip we talked about above can assist a 200-megapixel digicam. You will not be utilizing all 108 pixels on a regular basis, however having that further decision may 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 digicam (no less than on some fashions), in response to Ice Universe and 91Mobiles:Suggested renders for the Galaxy S11 and “S11E”.
Screen: 120Hz AMOLED showWe talked about telephone screens earlier, however this is what else we’re more likely to get: the power to activate a 120Hz display screen refresh fee. That will make animations and scrolling an entire lot smoother than the usual 60Hz refresh fee wwe have now. While a 120Hz refresh fee is nice for gaming and different fast transitions (even 90Hz like on the OnePlus 7T), it is a battery hog. The Galaxy S11 may put the ability in your fingers with settings to modify between 60Hz to protect battery life and 120Hz if you wish to rev up animations.This is just about a finished deal since each the Snapdragon 865 and Exynos 990 5G assist 210Hz screens.
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A whopping 5,000-mAh battery?Different dimension telephones get completely 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 telephone 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 suits 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 properly. Remember, the sequence acquired iris scanning within the S7, however dropped it for the S10. Google has now finished it higher, with the Pixel 4’s gesture monitoring lending a hand.We may no less than see a extra strong 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 expertise 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 telephone 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 way 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 telephone in order that they’re simpler to succeed in 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 value me? As at all times, it would rely on 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 phone-makers extra to purchase and combine, so we may see a worth bump proper off the bat. You’ll additionally spend extra when you go for a mannequin with better storage, say 512GB, assuming Samsung presents it and begins storage at 128GB.If the most important model (“Pro” or “Plus,” relying on the rumors) traces up with the S10 Plus pricing, it will begin at $1,000. With the 5G element and extra digicam tech, I would not be shocked to see that rise to $1,100, a worth that matches the Galaxy Note 10 Plus at this time.Originally revealed earlier this week.