With the Samsung Unpacked event happening on February 11th, the South Korean company has opened up a registration page on its site for those interested in attending. And lurking in the address are the codenames for the expected devices.
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Spotted by the team at GalaxyClub, the URL after you have registered reads “samSEO-Hubble-Bloom-Pre-Registration”. Those who have been following the twin stories of the sequels to the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Fold will realises realise that Samsung has just confirmed the codenames that many suspected for the Galaxy S11 and the Galaxy Fold 2.
With just over a month until the launch event, I suspect that the designs, specs, and other smaller details of the two handsets are locked in. Given the aborted run-out of the Galaxy Fold last year in late March, the Galaxy Fold 2 needs to be a lot smoother. So while it could be seen in February, don’t necessarily expect it to be rushed out to the public.
The expectation is that the S11 is going to be on sale in mid-March, which means production lines need to be up and running to have sufficient volume.
Hardware is pretty much fixed, but software is another story. Extensive testing will be going on now to stress every element of the code on production hardware, to increase battery life, to optimise performance, and no doubt there’s a very (very) long checklist the software teams are crunching through.
That doesn’t mean the software will be perfect. Going from a few thousand handsets being manually tested (alongside automated testing rigs) to millions of users by the start of Q2 will show up flaws and errors that will need hot fixes, but this is the case for every product launch. What should be getting caught now are the silly bugs, layout issues, Incorrect labels and names, and more.
Speaking of the name, there’s still some grey area over the Galaxy S11 vs Galaxy S20 for the final product. Here’s something that can change right up to the point that the display units are put out at the launch event if there’s still an internal debate going on. So at least we have one mystery for a little bit longer.