The Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10e were just launched a few months back and we’re already hearing rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S11, successor to Samsung’s flagship smartphone (first of its name). The launch of this phone might be a year away, but that hasn’t stopped the excitement around it. Here’s what we know so far.
Galaxy S11 release date
There’s no official word from the company on when the Samsung Galaxy S11 will be released, but if history has taught us anything, we expect it to be launched February or March 2020.
Samsung released the S10 a few days before 2019’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona. The S9 the year before Was released during the MWC, same as the Galaxy S7 2 years ago. However, 2018 was different, as Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8 a month after the smartphone trade show in Barcelona.
This still creates a pattern for Samsung which is a trustworthy indicator that Samsung is most likely to release the next iteration of the S series early next year.
Samsung Galaxy S11 Price
The Galaxy S10 cost $899 / £799 / AU$1,349 for the base model, and went as high as $1,149 / £999 / AU$1,699 for higher storage sizes when it released.
We would expect the Samsung Galaxy S11 price to be a small increase on this, as the Galaxy S10 was a little more expensive than the Galaxy S9.
Taking into consideration the usual price increases on Galaxy S devices between generations, we would expect to see it cost around $1,000 / £900 / AU$1,500 for the cheapest version, and even more for more memory.
A “true” full-screen display
This is definitely the holy grail in the smartphone industry right now and I am hoping Samsung can pull it off. Given that we’ve seen basically all designs of notches and motorized cameras; I think the next step is a “true” full-screen display.
According to rumors out of South Korea, Samsung is working on an edge-to-edge display, very thin bezels and that can slot a front-facing camera behind the panel. They are also rumored to be close to pulling it off.
It can’t be surprising to see Samsung is involved in such technology, as they are known for their beautiful displays. At this point it is too early to tell if we could see Samsung debut such an innovation with their flagship phone.
A Qualcomm 5G chip
If you’ve been on the internet for one hot minute then you must have heard of 5G (yeah, the next generation network that will change technology as we know it).
During this year’s MWC, Qualcomm discussed its plans to integrate the actual 5G modem with its mobile processor. Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon said that the technology will make its way to devices next year. And already, Samsung has committed to using the chip in its flagship models.
According to Qualcomm, the new chips will be power-efficient which could lead to longer battery life in the Samsung Galaxy S11. However, there’s always a trade-off. The new chips (the X50 and X55) are heavier, which tends to create chunkier devices. This may be the reason in the weight difference between the Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10 5G weighing 6.17-ounce and 6.98 ounces respectively.
USB C and no headphone jack
It may be the end of the road for the headphone jack as we know it. It looks like Samsung is finally caving in on removing the headphone jack in the Galaxy S devices. Interestingly, a report from October 2018 provided some clues as to what we might be able to expect from the Samsung Galaxy S11.
ETNews reported that the company has decided to go with USB-C exclusively in the Samsung Galaxy S11. This also means that Samsung will ditch the headphone jack and requiring you to use wireless earbuds or a dongle in the box that will let you plug in 3.5mm headphones.
What we’re hoping to see in the Samsung Galaxy S11
1. Better Cameras
The Samsung Galaxy S10 has three rear cameras: the 12MP main sensor with a regular lens, the 12MP second sensor with a telephoto lens for distance shots, and the 16MP third sensor with an ultra-wide lens. This is great, but three cameras on a phone in 2019 is no longer impressive. The resolution on the Galaxy 10 is a lot lower than in other phones such as the Honor 20 Pro and OnePlus 7 Pro which have a 48MP main camera, and are more affordable.
So, obviously we looking forward to a better camera than what we have in the Galaxy S10.
2. More colors
The Galaxy S10 comes is just a few colors which are mostly dull. But mixing it up is always a good idea. May be some gradient colors like the Honor or Huawei phones or the matte finish on the OnePlus 7 Pro.
The Galaxy S10 also has a few colors that are only in some regions, so hopefully Samsung makes all colors of the Galaxy S11 available in all regions.
3. A bigger battery
The Galaxy S10 packs a 3,400mAh battery which is fine but cannot last a full 2 days. With more power efficient chipsets coming, we hope Samsung increases the battery capacity to perhaps a 4,000mAh or higher.
4. A new front-facing camera arrangement
The Galaxy S10 has a ‘punch-hole’ selfie camera which means there is a cut-out section in the screen. There has already been rumors that Samsung is ditching the ‘punch-hole’ for a camera under the screen, but that could be years from now.
The ‘punch-hole’ camera is not the worst implementation, as the notches are more intrusive such as that of the Galaxy A50, but either way we would like to see a full-screen without any distortion.
5. Better photos in low light
Google wins when it comes to the ability to take photos in low light conditions, especially with the Pixel 3’s Night Sight mode. The Galaxy S10’s camera is impressive, but struggles in dark environments even with its new Bright Night Setting and AI on board. So clearer images at night will be a massive improvement on the Galaxy S11.
6. Time to ditch the curved displays
This is somewhat a controversial choice. Some people like the curved displays and others don’t. Personally, I think the curved displays look beautiful but practically they could be a burden. I get so many accidental touches on the S series, which makes it less appealing to me. I think its time for it to go!