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Samsung Galaxy S11 Release Date, Price & Spec Rumours

Samsung Galaxy S11 Release Date, Price & Spec Rumours

by Shiva BolakheOctober 14, 2019

Samsung’s Galaxy S11 is due in February 2020, and it could come with an incredible 108Mp camera. Here’s what we expect from the next Samsung phone, including release date, price and specification rumours.

Not due until February there is still so much to learn about the Galaxy S11, but with Xiaomi already using the company’s mobile 108Mp camera lens in its latest Mi 9 Pro the chances are we could be expecting some impressive camera upgrades.

Originally thought to feature a 5x optical zoom, reliable leakster @UniverseIce claims the camera won’t have a “normal” 5x optical zoom. We’re going to take that to mean it’s even better than a standard 5x optical zoom, so if you were anticipating the same camera enhancements as in Note 10 and Note 10+ expect to be wowed.

However, in common with those phones, which were announced in August 2019, we do expect to see 45W fast charging filter down to the S series, and less pleasingly for the headphone jack, Bixby button and heart-rate sensor to go.

Samsung’s two flagship lines, the S series and its Galaxy Note series, have been getting ever closer in recent years. There is some talk of a merger, and if this happens the phone we’re anticipating might not be the Galaxy S11 at all but the Samsung Galaxy One.

Whatever it’s called, new to the line should be a Snapdragon 865 processor (at least in some markets, with others favouring Samsung’s own Exynos chips which could be down to 5nm in time for the S11 launch). Interestingly, one of two variants of this chip will integrate a 5G modem, which could mean there is no need for a separate 5G model of the Galaxy S11. Both versions of the Snapdragon 865 include support for LPDDR5X memory and UFS 3.0.

Whether we will once again see a cheaper ‘e’ variant remains to be seen, but our money is on at least two variants in the Galaxy S11 and S11 Plus, differentiated once again by the size of their screens (currently 6.1in and 6.4in respectively), battery capacities (3,400mAh and 4,100mAh) and camera capabilities (single/dual-lens selfie cameras).

It’s still five months from launch but already some rumours are appearing online. Most relate to the Galaxy S11’s display, with Samsung either moving away from the Infinity-O panel with punch-hole selfie camera altogether – potentially also using the screen as a speaker, as alluded to by Yang Byung-duk, vice-president of Samsung’s R&D group – or at least using a smaller hole than in Note 10.

That’s what renowned leakster Ice Universe believes to be true in any case. He also claims Galaxy S11, apparently codenamed Picasso, will see a “substantial” camera upgrade. Perhaps we’ll see the inclusion of Samsung’s 64Mp Isocell Bright GW1 sensor, which combines four pixels into one higher-quality pixel for a significantly enhanced 16Mp final image, or the even more powerful 108Mp lens.

We can also expect the Galaxy S11 to run Android 10, alongside the company’s own OneUI.

An early concept of Galaxy S11 has been published by Tech Configuration and is used to illustrate this article, but please note it is no more than a fabrication based on rumours. It borrows from Samsung’s Galaxy A80 with a triple-lens rotating camera, but we have no other reason to think this will end up a feature of the S series. We’ll also be waiting a few more months yet before we start seeing leaked images of the real deal.

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