Samsung Galaxy S11 will purportedly bring a chunky camera bump
Samsung is poised to launch a next-generation flagship smartphone, dubbed Galaxy S11, next month at a high profile event in San Francisco, according to the latest whispers. While there a few dates floating around at the moment, the most reliable leaksters point to February 11, 2020 as the launch date.
The successor to the Galaxy S10 series, which boasted a triple-camera with ultra-wide angle and telephoto options, is believed to double-down on mobile photograph to catch-up with the likes of the iPhone 11 Pro and Google Pixel 4 ranges.
Building on the design of the Galaxy S10, Samsung looks set to curve the top and bottom of the AMOLED as well as the left and right sides. This will help the South Korean manufacturer squeeze more screen real estate into a smaller physical body. It will also help to remove any distraction caused by the bezels, which can make watching movies and playing games less immersive.
Samsung relocated the selfie camera from the border around the touchscreen to a cut-out in the display itself with its Galaxy S10 series. With the Galaxy S11, reliable tipster @IceUniverse – who has an almost infallible track record when it comes to intel on as-yet unreleased Samsung gadgets – predicts that Samsung will move the hole-punch for the camera to a centralised position, like it was on the Galaxy Note 10.
This means the camera cut-out, which is also rumoured to be a little smaller this time around, won’t get in the way of the information usually displayed in the banner along the top of the screen, like the time, signal strength, whether NFC is on, as well indicators to show whether there are any unread notifications to check-out.
Currently, there are two versions of the Galaxy S11 release date: February 11 and February 18. I believe more in the former.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) December 27, 2019
Powering the new flagship will be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 system-on-a-chip or Samsung’s own Exxon 990 – depending on the market. In the UK, Samsung typically uses its own chipset, while handsets shipped to the United States will be running on the Qualcomm processor, which will also power a number of other Android rivals, like the OnePlus 8 and LG G9.
As well as keeping the Android 10-based One UI 2.0 operating system ticking along nicely, juggling multiple tabs in your web browser and quickly switching between apps a cinch – the new silicon should also provide some added efficiencies to boost battery life. That and the serious battery capacity purportedly coming to the Galaxy S11. At least, that’s based on an alleged photo of the battery itself which was posted by certification company SafetyKorea.
The image shows a cell with the capacity marked as 4,500mAh. That would put the Samsung Galaxy S11 on par with the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, which has the same size power pack. However, with its larger screen, it’s likely the Galaxy S11 will manage to eke a few more hours from the same capacity than its productivity-focused Galaxy Note counterpart.
The design will be similar to the Galaxy S10, but with the camera cut-out relocated
The camera bump will greatly expand compared to last year
Samsung will likely offer a number of new camera modes
As reported by technology blog Techspot, Samsung looks set to ramp-up its rear-facing camera with the Galaxy S11. In a bid to keep pace with the likes of Apple, Samsung will reportedly fit a five-sensor set-up to the back of its Galaxy S11 series, which is touted to ship in at least two variants, including a regular Galaxy S11 and larger-screen Galaxy S11 Plus.
Sensors for improved depth sensing will also be included as well as ultra-wide, telephoto and a main camera with a variable aperture to boost performance in tough, low-light conditions. A periscope zoom system, like the one pioneered by Huawei in its best-selling P20 Pro and P30 Pro handsets, is tipped to make the cut too.
That should enable Galaxy S11 owners to zoom in 5x or 10x while still getting lossless shots. That’s likely to transform landscape shots, as well as gig photography compared to the previous entry in the Galaxy S series.
Samsung used similar technology on its costly Galaxy S10 5G to enable users to add a bokeh-style blur to the background of video in real-time – something none of its competitors have yet managed to match.
Following the recent trends from Pixel 4 and iPhone 11 Pro, Samsung looks set to include this plethora of sensors into a square camera module on the back of its handset. It’s unclear how much of a protrusion this will be – and whether it will cause the smartphone to wobble when used flat on a table. In the past, Samsung has worked hard to reduce any camera bumps on its flagship handsets.
It’s unclear whether Samsung will launch a separate 5G-compatible version of the handset, or whether all Galaxy S11 variants will support the next-generation network system.
Fortunately, we won’t have to wait long to find out the answers to these questions – with the launch now believed to be some five weeks away. Express.co.uk will have all of the information as it breaks, so stay tuned for the latest on the Galaxy S11, Galaxy S11 Plus and more.