The Galaxy S11 has leaked and leaked and leaked. This article is a roundup of everything we know so far. There’s much to love, but a couple of changes fans will hate. That said, my overriding opinion is Samsung has a potential game-changer on its hands. These are the reasons why.
Tip: this article will be regularly updated, so bookmark it (01/18 new updates below) – With leaks almost guaranteeing the new range will be renamed Galaxy S20 – I have also updated the headline to reflect that.
Samsung Galaxy S11 render based on multiple leaks
Codename – The Galaxy S11 range is known as Picasso. Why would Samsung name the phone after a great artist? Because the headline change will be to the camera. That said, its potential name change will also generate a lot of attention.
Ice Universe also claims Samsung has decided to change branding and call the Galaxy S11e the Galaxy S20, the Galaxy S11 the Galaxy S20+ and is considering calling the Galaxy S10+ the Galaxy S20 Ultra. These seem unnecessary alternations to me, but it seems to be final.
Industry insider Ice Universe has now obtained the Galaxy S20 logo:
Samsung’s leaked Galaxy S20 logo –
Camera – Ice Universe has revealed the Galaxy S11 will add a 48MP telephoto lens to the range. This is capable of 5x optical zoom and is suitably codenamed ‘Hubble’. It will sit alongside a 48MP wide-angle lens, a ToF flight sensor and a massive 108MP primary camera which uses pixel binning technology that bins nine pixels to create one large 2.4μm pixel with a 12 megapixel final image size. This should lead to dramatic improvements in low light photography. It’s codename is the ‘ISOCELL Bright HM1’.
The final design of the Galaxy S11 camera has also been revealed by reliable insider OnLeaks, confirming a far more symmetrical camera layout than in early prototypes. The square lens contains the telephoto camera.
Galaxy 11 ‘final’ camera design according to reliable insider @OnLeaks
(Note: You can see a render of an earlier Galaxy S11 prototype in the Display section below)
01/14 Update: Detailed specifications have now leaked for all Galaxy S11 / Galaxy S20 cameras. They confirm what we knew, but you can read more about the ramifications of Samsung’s ambitious lens choices here.
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Display – Samsung is introducing a class-leading 120Hz display to make up for missing the high refresh rate bandwagon that already started this year.
Reliable tipster SamMobile has also reiterated that the Galaxy S11 (perhaps ‘Galaxy S20’ – see Release Date section below) will definitely have a 120Hz display, thanks to information from a “trusted source”. We were already confident, but this addition endorsement is great news.
The company is also significantly increasing screen sizes (which should be offset by the smaller bezels. This is what you’ll get:
- 6.4-inch Galaxy S11
- 6.7-inch Galaxy S11+
- 6.9-inch Galaxy S11 5G
01/18 Update: in a late shocker, new information by Xda Developers’ popular insider Max Weinbach, reveals Samsung will drop its iconic Edge display from the Galaxy S20 range. This has greatly divided opinion with the curved edge glass looking superb but also attracting criticism for distorting the corners of the display, registering accidental touches and making Samsung’s flagships less durable. That said, expect a polarized reaction to this news and it is likely to be as much of a deal maker for some as a deal breaker for others. You can get my opinions on the change here.
Galaxy S11 render based on multiple leaks (front is accurate, rear camera modules questioned)
OnLeaks / CashKaro
Expanding on this, Ice Universe has attained protective covers for all three Galaxy S11 models (S11e, S11 and S11+) allowing us to compare their respective sizes. It also confirms the virtual elimination of the top and bottom bezels and newly centred punch hole for the front camera.
Newly leaked screen protectors show the minimal bezel and screen size differences on Samsung’s … [+]
Performance – The Galaxy S11 will use Samsung’s newly unveiled Snapdragon 865 which has 20% faster graphics rendering than the Snapdragon 855 in the Galaxy S10 and 35% more power efficiency. There’s also upgraded LPDDR5 smartphone memory (30% faster, 30% more efficient). The bad news is the Exynos-equipped version could yet drag all this down.
01/16 Update: New benchmarking leaks strongly suggest the Galaxy S20 range will have a minimum of 12GB RAM with up to 16GB in the flagship Galaxy S20 Ultra. This is a massive amount and lays down the gauntlet to Android rivals in 2020.
Connectivity – The Snapdragon 865 has 5G baked in so it will come to every Galaxy S11 model. WiFi 6 will also come as standard and Samsung is retaining the microSD expansion slot (though not for the entry level Galaxy S11e) The bad news: the headphone jack has gone, which is not surprising after it was ditched by the Galaxy Note 10.
Biometrics – Samsung is not expected to introduce a Face ID rival, but it will add a supersized Qualcomm 3D Sonic Max fingerprint sensor to the Galaxy S11 which is 17x larger than the sensor used in the Galaxy S10 (making placement more instinctive). The sensor will also support two fingerprints at the same time which will deliver a significant increase in security which can be reserved for crucial moments, like the completion of financial transactions or logging into a banking app.
Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Max in-display fingerprint reader is a dramatic step forward
Battery Life – Another major upgrade. While 5G will consume more battery life, Samsung looks set to more than offset this with massive capacity upgrades
- Galaxy S11: 4,500 mAh (S10: 3,400 mAh)
- Galaxy S11+: 5,000 mAh (S10+: 4,100 mAh)
45W ‘Super Fast’ charging is also expected to come as standard. But don’t expect the company’s potentially revolutionary graphene batteries to be ready for the Galaxy S11 range, though it could possibly launch late in the year.
01/15 Update: XDA Developers has attained a hands-on video of a Galaxy S20 and these confirm it has no headphone jack.
Release Date: Ice Universe states there are two release dates tipped for the Galaxy S11 launch: February 11 and February 18. He says “I believe more in the former.” It will launch alongside a new clamshell folding smartphone.
Samsung has officially confirmed the Galaxy S11 will launch on February 11. The teaser image is also easily decoded: the first ‘A’ is the shape of the new Galaxy S11 rear camera hump (as the camera is the phone’s headline upgrade) and the second ‘A’ is the form factor of the new folding Galaxy smartphone (closed, because I understand it will have a clamshell design). You can read more about that phone here.
01/13 Update: Samsung has also been showing off a radical rollable Galaxy smartphone at CES. It is unlikely to launch in 2020, but you can read about and view a render of this potentially game-changing concept here.
Samsung’s Galaxy S11 launch teaser is easily cracked
After incremental upgrades in 2019, Samsung is going for it in 2020 and a big motivation is Apple’s plans for the iPhone 12. These include an upgraded design, 120Hz ProMotion displays, some incredible 3D camera tricks, the return of Touch ID and, potentially, the end of the Lightning port. Apple may also release as many as six new iPhone models.
Yes, 2020 is shaping up to be major year for smartphone fans.
Tip: I will keep this article updated as your one-stop-shop for Galaxy S11 news, so bookmark it.
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