Samsung Galaxy S11: What We Know So Far

So far, we can expect larger screens and even a 108MP camera

After the launch of Samsung Galaxy S10, we're all looking as to what Samsung has planned next for the Galaxy S line. The Galaxy S11 is expected to launch next year in 2020 and there's plenty of upgrades to look out for, especially in terms of screen and camera.

With so many rumours on the upcoming S11, here's a look at what we've heard so far.

WHEN WILL THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S11 BE OUT?

Based on history, we're likely to see the Samsung Galaxy S11 debut in late February 2020 and possibly roll out in early March.

A SamMobile source points to a potential 18 February reveal event, although it seems extremely early to be pegging dates at this point. In any case, that window seems spot-on.

The phone is said to be called "Picasso" internally, and leaks point to at least three models – so perhaps a repeat of the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10e approach.

HOW MUCH WILL THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S11 COST?

The prices of the Samsung Galaxy S line, particularly the flagship line, has been gradually growing and we doubt it would go down anytime soon based on the potential tech the S11 may have. 

Just to recap, the Galaxy S10 is currently priced at MYR3299 and the Galaxy S10+ at MYR3699, and the slightly trimmed-down Galaxy S10e sold for MYR2699. Based on this we can expect the price to be higher, possibly around MYR4000, though this is not confirmed and is merely an assumption.

WHAT WILL THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S11 LOOK LIKE?

We're not expecting much in terms of looks. Samsung's usual M.O. is to do the bold visual reinvention one year, and then barely touch it at all the following year. That could well be the case with the Galaxy S11.

There haven't been any solid design leaks just yet, although it shouldn't be long before we have a better sense of whether that repeated approach is true or not. SamMobile suggests that the phone will come in blue, black, pink, and white colours, and that the same "Aura" branding from the Galaxy Note 10 may be in play. If so, these could be pretty flashy backing styles.

WHAT ABOUT THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S11'S SCREEN?

Based on what we've gathered so far, you can expect great things. Samsung keeps improving on greatness with its flagship screens, and the company always leads the pack. A Korean Intellectual Property Office has revealed that Samsung has trademarked the SAMOLED moniker (not to be confused with Super AMOLED) in the Smartphone Displays category, which means the panel of the S flagship will once again change its name. Based on this, we can expect to see more improvements of the Infinity-O screen, which may or may not include a higher refresh rate.

Other rumours include Leaker Ice Universe who says expect a smaller punch-hole cutout for the front-facing camera than on the Galaxy Note 10, so that's a start at least. We don't know whether it'll be in the upper-right corner like the Galaxy S10, however, or top-center like the Note 10.

Evan Blass suggests that we'll see a size bump across the line for the GS11, pointing to 6.4in, 6.7in, and 6.9in models. That's a sizable increase from the current 5.8in, 6.1in, and 6.4in Galaxy S10 versions. He suggests that all three will have curved screens, too, axing the flat option that the Galaxy S10e provided this time around.

HOW MUCH POWER WILL THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S11 PACK?

Samsung will likely use a 7nm Exynos chip for the Galaxy S11 in Europe, and a new Qualcomm Snapdragon chip in North America.

The Galaxy Note 10 debuted the new Exynos 9825, which is made with the 7nm process and is slightly faster than the Exynos 9820 from the S10, but we'd expect to see another step up by the time the Galaxy S11 comes out.

Storage-wise, SamMobile suggests that the Galaxy S11 will offer a range from 128GB to a whopping 1TB. Frankly, we don't want to see the price tag on the latter option... but some super-power-users might.

WHAT KIND OF CAMERAS WILL THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S11 HAVE?

We're also expecting great things on the camera and that's saying a lot. The Galaxy S10 has an excellent triple-camera setup, but we expect this to be a key part of the Galaxy S11 upgrade. Leaker Ice Universe has been hyping some kind of big shift for Samsung cameras starting with the S11, calling it a "new beginning" and a "substantial upgrade." That's all very vague for now, of course, but it's promising all the same.

The latest report comes from Korean publication The Elec (via SamMobile), which claims that Samsung will outfit the Galaxy S11 with a 5x optical zoom camera, akin to what Huawei has on its excellent P30 Pro. You can catch a glimpse of Samsung's take on the technology in the video above.

That report also suggests that the Galaxy S11 will have a quad-camera array, and in addition to the 5x telephoto lens and a 3D time-of-flight (ToF) camera, the main sensor could weigh in at a whopping 108 megapixels. If true, we assume the fourth camera woud be an ultra-wide sensor like the ones seen on Samsung's flagships (including the S10) this year.

The 108MP rumour is picking up steam, too. XDA Developers has found code in Samsung's camera app that suggests a 108MP sensor is incoming, which is assumed to arrive with the Galaxy S11. Samsung has already produced such a sensor for Xiaomi Mi Note 10, but leaker Ice Universe suggests that this will be a new one.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE TO KNOW ABOUT THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S11?

The 5G version didn't come to Malaysia, but it looks possible that we may be getting a 5G smartphone likely thought the S11. MySmartPrice points to all three variants of the Galaxy S11 featuring 5G support, which either means it'll be a standard feature, or maybe there will be separate 4G and 5G editions. Evan Blass points to the bottom two models having 4G LTE and 5G options, while the largest version will only be available in 5G.

We also expect the Galaxy S11 to run Android 10 (formerly Android Q) with One UI 2.1, as reported by SamMobile. The site expects One UI 2.0 to introduce Digital Wellbeing features and other improvements, but it's not yet known what the 2.1 edition will add.

Leaker Evan Blass (via Softpedia) suggests that Samsung may merge the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines in the future, rather than treat them as separate products. This makes sense, given how similar the phones have become since the introduction of the larger Plus models in the Galaxy S line, with the S Pen stylus being the only significant differentiator. Perhaps we'll see a rebranding in 2020?

Here's a very interesting rumour. LetsGoDigital has uncovered a Samsung patent application that describes a spectrometer on a smartphone. What's a spectrometer? Well, it's a sensor that can measure the hydration level of your skin, or the sugar level of fruit to tell whether it's still fresh or not.

That's a rather specialised sensor, but it could be an interesting way for Samsung to differentiate the Galaxy S11 as a health-focused device. The above concept render takes a guess at what the Galaxy S11's main camera module could look like with all of the current rumours bundled in and with all that tech equipped, there's plenty to look out for with the Samsung Galaxy S11.