Not due until February there is still so much to learn about the Galaxy S11, but Samsung has already revealed the processor most likely to power it: the Exynos 990. The new 7nm chip adds support for 120Hz displays and brings a 20% performance improvement. Samsung may indeed be revamping its S-series display once again, with talk of a 20:9 aspect ratio.
In some territories the Samsung Galaxy S11 will instead carry the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, and 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 865s include support for LPDDR5X memory and UFS 3.0.
The Galaxy flagship series could also be about to see a serious upgrade in the camera department, with Xiaomi already using the company's mobile 108Mp camera lens in its latest Mi 9 Pro. Renowned leakster Ice Universe claims Galaxy S11, apparently codenamed Picasso, will see a "substantial" camera upgrade.
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 Plus 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.
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 four 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.
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 Configurations 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.
There is some talk in Korea that Samsung's next flagship may not be called the S11 at all. We've seen plenty of companies that use this simple numeric naming system switch things up when they get to 10 - think Huawei, Microsoft, Apple to name a few - because it starts to get a bit confusing.
Samsung has neither confirmed nor denied the claim, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see it ditch the numbers altogether and revert to something simpler such as Samsung Galaxy S (2020).
Recently reliable leakster @evleaks has chipped in on the conversation, revealing he has heard Samsung is considering combining the Galaxy S and Note series. Instead of a Galaxy S11, we might actually see a Samsung Galaxy One, he says.
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When is the Samsung Galaxy S11 coming out?
Expect Samsung to make a Galaxy S11 announcement in an Unpacked press conference ahead of MWC, which in 2020 takes place 24-27 February. We're likely to see a new LG G9 and Xiaomi Mi 10 at the same show.
As in previous years the Galaxy S11 will almost certainly be available to pre-order immediately, but actually on sale in March of that year - at which point we may have a new contender for our best phones chart.
How much will the Galaxy S11 cost?
For now we have no reason to expect Samsung will hike its prices up any further than it has with the Galaxy S10 line-up. It's possible we could see some variation if 5G is indeed included on all versions of the phone, but remember that at some stage 5G is going to become the new normal, and the technology is expected to become widespread next year.
Right now Galaxy S10 starts at £799 and the Plus model at £899, direct from Samsung. A cheaper option is also found in the £569 Galaxy S10e, while you're looking at £1,099 for the 5G model. Do check out the best Galaxy S10 deals if you're looking to buy on a contract rather than SIM-free.
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