With the release of the iPhone 11 range, Apple threw down the gauntlet to long-time rival Samsung. Could next year’s Galaxy S11 knock it off its perch?
The Samsung Galaxy S10 delivered an impressive overall performance, being a strong all-rounder despite the fact that some individual elements such as the camera weren’t class-leading. We’re sure that Samsung will aim to do even better in 2020 with the Samsung Galaxy S11, and we just can’t wait to see what the brand has got in store for us. Here’s all we know so far about what to expect from the flagship series.
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Samsung Galaxy S11 Release Date – When will the Samsung Galaxy S11 be released?
Previous entries in Samsung’s S-series have followed a well-established pattern of being released at a Spring launch event, and we don’t expect the upcoming model to break with this long-held tradition. Below are the release dates of the five preceding models in the range, which indicates that the S11 is likely to be released in either March or April 2020.
- Samsung Galaxy S10: March 2019
- Samsung Galaxy S9: March 2018
- Samsung Galaxy S8: April 2017
- Samsung Galaxy S7: March 2016
- Samsung Galaxy S6: April 2015
We’ve also received more specific (albeit not necessarily more correct) information from SamMobile, who claim that the phone will be unveiled at an Unpacked event on February 18, 2020 — which means that it will probably hit the shop shelves the next month. This is hardly an outlandish estimate, but we wouldn’t mark that specific date on your calendar just yet because it’s far too early to know for sure.
Samsung Galaxy S11 Price – How much will the Samsung Galaxy S11 cost?
We haven’t yet received any official or unofficial pricing information on the S11 just yet, but we’d like to think that there’s some room for optimism for once in a long while. Why? Because Apple and Google, two of Samsung’s biggest rivals, released their respective flagships, the iPhone 11 and Pixel 4 respectively, at lower prices than had previously been anticipated. It wouldn’t be at all surprising to see Samsung follow suit so as not to be left behind.
For reference, these were the prices of last year’s S10 series at the time of release:
Samsung Galaxy S11 Design
Our first potential look at the Galaxy S11 comes courtesy of CashKaro and @OnLeaks. In a video rendering (embedded below). It reveals that the new flagship will have a waterfall screen with minimal bezels, and a cut-out selfie camera centred in the middle just the the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.
However, the more controversial aspect of the purported new design will undoubtedly be the unusual rear camera set-up. The five sensors are housed within a rectangle, in an asymmetrical arrangement that is bound to leave some people disappointed.
According to the above tweet from renowned tipster Evan Blass, there will be a total of 5 different variants of the Galaxy S11, accounting for different sizes and connectivity
Samsung Galaxy S11 Camera
The camera a specific area that we have earmarked for improvement over the S10, so we’ve been encouraged to hear some of the rumours about the S11 that have emerged so far. Let’s start with the most optimistic of these whispers…
Renowned Samsung insider Ice Universe teased his fans with an image of a near bezel-less phones, accompanied with the caption suggesting that the 2020 handset will boast a camera with 10x optical zoom and a resolution of 108-megapixels. This would represent a great leap forward in mobile camera tech, and what phone better to incarnate that progress than Samsung’s flagship?
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Our feline friend doubled down on the rumour in early November, arguing that there’s a “high probability” that the S11 will use the 108-megapixel sensor. We expect to see a sensor of this resolution joining the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Note 10, so perhaps it shouldn’t surprise us that Samsung are in the same game.
As for the zoom capabilities, SamMobile has previously reported that Samsung could add a 5x optical zoom to its next flagship match that of the Huawei P30 Pro. This is speculation based based on Samsung’s recent acquisition of Corephotonics, a firm that specialises is such technology and has created a 5x zoom lens that is just a mere 5mm thick and so would not protrude from the body of a smartphone. This would still be a big upgrade to the S10’s 2x optical zoom, and is easier to swallow than the idea of 10x zoom on a smartphone.
In early November, Samsung added fuel to the fiery rumour of an incredible optical zoom when it was revealed that the industry codename for the device is to be “Hubble”, no doubt a nod and a wink to the deep-space telescope of the same name.
In terms of video recording, XDA Developers reported that OneUI 2.0, the software expected to ship with the S11 upon its arrival, has enabled the option to record 8K video, which would be an astonishing capability for a mobile phone.
But if you’re hoping for a revolutionary front-facing camera design to do away with the holepunch notch of the S10 and Note 10, then you’ll probably be left underwhelmed by the S11. Ice Universe reports that a revolutionary under-display selfie snapper will not be present for it, nor the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2…. but maybe you can keep your hopes up and your fingers crossed for the Samsung Galaxy Note 11.
Samsung Galaxy S11 Battery
Having been disappointed with the endurance of the S10, we’ve heard some very encouraging news with regard to the battery of the S11. According to none other than — you’ve guessed it — Ice Universe, even the smallest model in the range is expected to pack a 4000mAh battery, while the top-of-the range variant could go as high as 5000mAh.
The speculation about the size of the top-end battery seemed to be confirmed when GalaxyClub leaked an image of Samsung’s new cell, which has a stated capacity of 5000mAh:
Compared to the current iterations, that’s a significant improvement: the S10e had a mere 3100mAh capacity, so the increase in longevity should be very noticeable.
On top of that, XDA Developers reports that the S11 series will be enabled for 25W fast-charging to top up that considerable capacity when you’ve run out of juice.
Samsung Galaxy S11 Performance
Samsung has already announced the chip that we expect to power the Samsung Galaxy S11: the Exynos 990. The octa-core CPU is reputed to be 20% faster than the S10’s Exynos 980, and it will provide support for a 120Hz display refresh rate — indicating the possibility that the S11 boast an even smoother screen than the OnePlus 7T Pro or the Google Pixel 4.
But the big news that accompanied the arrival this chipset was its lack of a built-in 5G modem. Of course it can still be used in conjunction with a separate modem, but that means it’s likely to be less efficient, and also indicates that the S11 series will probably not have 5G connectivity by default across the range.
Geekbench 5 benchmarking scores of a 5G variant of the S11 have emerged on SamMobile, with the following results:
- Single core: 427
- Multi-core: 2326
The same leak also revealed that the device will pack a whopping 12GB of RAM.