For the first time in a while, I'm truly excited about a Samsung release. I've paid more attention to Samsung in the last few years than I have previously, and after testing the Samsung Galaxy S10+ for a while, I'm sold. And so, with the upcoming Galaxy S11, I'm eagerly awaiting the announcement.
Based on all the rumors, the S11 will continue the design language of its predecessor. Both the Galaxy S11 and S11+ will use Infinity-O screens for a minimal bezel look. While there is one subtraction specific to Galaxy S10+ users, in some ways, it is an addition by subtraction. And as usual, Samsung is rumored to release the phone in Q1 2020, which means not only is it the first great phone of the year, but it will one of the best value phones later in the year when the price drops.
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The Galaxy S11 and S11+ are rumored to include a few noticeable changes to the well-regarded predecessor. The first of which is the inclusion of the 108 MP primary camera. First introduced to the mobile industry with the Xioami Mi Note 10, it should lead to some fantastic photos, especially when taking advantage of pixel binning for 27 MP photos. And the one included in the Galaxy S11 will be the second generation, so expect even better performance than the Xiaomi.
Both phones (and their sibling, the Galaxy S11e) will include an even larger battery, with the S11+ rumored to feature a 5,000 mAh power cell. The display will use a new 20:9 aspect ratio, and all the screen sizes are being increased to go along with a refresh rate upgrade.
The Samsung Galaxy S11e, S11, and S11+ will be announced in mid-February 2020. Preorders should start the day after of the announcement with the actual release date one to two weeks later.
- Release date: early March 2020
- Preorder date: mid Feb. 2020
- Announced: mid Feb. 2020
Rumors indicate storage capacity is mostly the same from last year. The Galaxy S11 will have a 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB model, while the Galaxy S11+ will the same storage capacity but bring back the 1 TB model. We don't know if the microSD card will be dropped this time around, but we will assume it will be present based on its inclusion in the Galaxy Note 10+ (although it may be dropped in the Galaxy S11e).
- Storage available: 128 GB (S11/S11+), 256 GB (S11/S11+), 512 GB (S11/S11+), 1 TB (S11+)
- Specification: UFS 3.0
- Expandable storage: yes, up to 2 TB microSD card
So far, we have no rumors or leaks regarding the pricing of the phone. Therefore, we can only go by last year's pricing. Since the Galaxy S10 retailed for $899 last year, we expect either the same price or a modest $50 increase. We expect the same for the Galaxy S11+, whose predecessor retailed for $999. There is also supposed to be a 5G variant for both models, which should be $300 more than the 4G variant.
- Price: starting at $899-$949 (S11), $999-$1049 (S11+), $1199-$1249 (S11 5G), $1299-$1349 (S11+ 5G(
According to Ishan Agarwal, the Galaxy S11 and S11+ will come in at least three colors: blue, gray, and black. Both the front and back cover should be glass, protected by at least Gorilla Glass 5. The frame should be aluminum once again, which minimizes the weight while remaining durable to most drops.
- Frame: aluminum, glass (Gorilla Glass)
- Finish: blue, grey, black
While we currently don't know the dimensions of the phone, based on the rumored increase in screen size, we at least know that both the Galaxy S11 and S11+ should be larger in both height and width. And with the Galaxy S11 and S11+'s new larger battery, the depth should increase as well.
- Height: > 5.9 inches (S11), > 6.2 inches (S11+)
- Width: > 2.77 inches (S11), > 2.95 inches (S11+)
- Depth: > 0.31 inches
- Weight: Unknown
- Dust/water resistance: IP68 under IEC standard 60529
- Supported carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint
- Infrared blaster: no
One thing we do know with a high degree of certainty is that the Galaxy S11 and S11+ will run Android 10. With One UI 2 already in beta for the Galaxy S10+, we know the final version is just around the corner. We also know Samsung is hard at work to optimize it for the new hardware, making it all but certain the Galaxy S11 will run the latest version of Android.
- Version: Android 10
For Android 9 Pie, Samsung introduced a new skin, One UI. It replaced the previous Samsung Experience UI (which itself replaced TouchWiz) with a design more in line with stock Android.
Since the Galaxy S11 and S11+ will run Android 10 out of the box, it will run the next iteration of this skin, just built on top of Android 10. The time around, it is One UI 2, which brings a few new changes including improved gesture navigation and a better dark mode.
- Version: One UI 2
The Galaxy S11 will come with a much larger 6.7-inch screen. Based on the rumored 20:9 aspect ratio, a slightly higher resolution at 3200 x 1440. This will translate to a pixel density of 524 ppi. It will use the latest top-tier AMOLED panel for improved contrast and image quality. This version is rumored to be called SAMOLED, which Samsung recently trademarked. Similar to its predecessor, it will support HDR10+ and have a curved display.
The main differences with the Galaxy S11+ will be the larger screen at 6.9 inches, and lower pixel density at 509 ppi. Both displays are also rumored to use a 120 Hz refresh rate, doubling that of their predecessors. While pairing a 120 Hz refresh rate with an OLED wasn't previously possible, we have seen its execution with the ASUS ROG Phone II (although it did use a 1080p panel).
- Screen size: 6.7 inches (S11), 6.9 inches (S11+)
- Screen resolution: 3200 x 1440 pixels
- Total pixels: 4,608,000 pixels
- Pixel density: 524 ppi (S11), 509 ppi (S11+)
- Screen type: Dynamic AMOLED
- Notch: no
- Punch hole: yes
- Screen-to-body ratio: Unknown
- Aspect ratio: 20:9
- Minimum brightness: Unknown
- Maximum brightness: at least 600 nits
- Refresh rate: 120 Hz (120 Hz for touch-sensing)
- Color temp: Unknown
- Color gamut: Unknown
A new year means a new SoC from Qualcomm, and the Galaxy S11 and S11+ will get first dibs on the Snapdragon 865. According to rumors, this SoC will offer a 20% performance increase to CPU performance and a 17–20% increase in GPU. It uses the same core configuration, with one gold core clocked higher than three other gold cores, paired with four silver cores.
As far as RAM, expect the same configuration as last year with both models starting at 8 GB, and the S11+ with 1 TB of storage increasing the RAM to 12 GB. It is rumored to use LPDDR5X RAM, which would mean better power efficiency.
- Memory: 8 GB (S11/S11+) or 12 GB RAM (S11+)
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
- Chip size: 7 nanometer
- CPU frequency: 2.84 GHz (1x A77), 2.42 GHz (3x A77), and 1.8 GHz (4x A55)
- CPU cores: 8 cores (1 + 3 Gold Cores, 4 Silver Cores)
- GPU: Adreno 650
- GPU frequency: 587 MHz
The Galaxy S11 is rumored to get the same 4,300 mAh battery of the Galaxy Note 10+. For context, that is a 900 mAh jump from the S10, which seems to be Samsung's theme with the S11 series. The Galaxy S11+ is supposedly getting a 5,000 mAh battery, another 900 mAh battery increase.
However, before you jump for joy, remember that it will use a higher resolution display with a 120 Hz refresh rate, which is probably brighter than its predecessor. So battery life might actually be the same or worse. But in typical Samsung fashion, you should be able to configure the resolution to scale it down to 2400 x 1080 and bring the refresh rate to 90 Hz (or even 60 Hz) to improve on battery life. Also, One UI 2 has one of the most aggressive battery management systems in place.
As far as charging goes, expect support for the Super Fast Charging 2.0, which debuted in the Galaxy Note 10+. Both phones should include the 25 W charger in the box but should support the new 45 W charger as well for even faster charging. For wireless charging, both phones should support Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, and PowerShare should still be available to reverse wireless charge Galaxy Buds and other phones.
We don't know the resolution of the front-facing camera, but we do have a few details to get you excited. First, the punch hole will be the smallest yet, even smaller than the one included in the Note 10 and Note 10+. It will be centered like the Note 10 series as well. We can make some educated guesses about the rest of the specs, but no additional strong leaks have emerged as of yet.
Now we get into the rumors that are less likely to happen. First is the rumored inclusion of Samsung's version of Motion Sense. With only a single front-facing camera on both phones, we don't see where they would include the necessary tech to make this happen. There is rumor of a secure 3D facial recognition with a ToF sensor, but again, it's somewhat unlikely with only a single front-facing camera.
- Resolution: at least 10 MP
- Aperture: Unknown
- Zoom: Unknown
- Flash: yes, screen flash
- Image stabilization: yes, EIS
- RAW support: yes
- Object detection: yes, face
- Formats: JPEG, RAW
Right now, we know the highlight of the rear camera is the 108 MP primary sensor. However, unlike the sensor co-developed with Xiaomi (released last year on the Xiaomi Mi Note 10), this is a new CMOS sensor.
The 108 MP camera will be the primary lenses on the Galaxy S11 and S11+. It sports the same sensor size (0.8 µm) as the ISOCELL Bright HMX (released last year) and the same 108 megapixels. However, as far as we know, this is where the similarity stops with Samsung. The expectation is the camera will be an improved version of the ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor to help the Galaxy S11 top the charts once again on DxOMark.
We believe it will use pixel binning as well to combine four adjacent pixels to create a brighter pixel with less noise, resulting in 27 MP images. With so many details captured by the lens, fewer details are lost in pictures as you zoom in, and images are brighter overall.
Besides the 108 MP camera, we know that there will be four other sensors on the back of the phone, including two cameras and what appears to be a time of flight (ToF) sensor. We suspect the other two cameras have a telephoto lens and an ultra-wide lens.
It's also rumored that Samsung might debut its recently developed periscope camera with 5x optical zoom. This is rumored to be called "Space Zoom," as it offers a lossless zoom higher than the competition without software tricks or digital zoom. As far as the last sensor, we don't know. It could be a traditional 2x optical zoom lens, a monochrome lens for depth, or a new sensor we don't know about.
- Resolution: 108 MP (primary), Unknown (telephoto), Unknown (ultrawide)
- Sensor size: 0.8 µm (primary), Unknown (telephoto), Unknown (ultrawide)
- Aperture: Unknown (primary), Unknown (telephoto), Unknown (ultrawide)
- Zoom: yes, 5x optical, Unknown (digital)
- Flash: yes, High CRI LED
- Image stabilization: yes, primary and telephoto
- RAW support: yes
- Lens cover: sapphire crystal
- Object detection: yes, food, faces
- Formats: JPEG, RAW
As far as videography goes, the 108 MP primary lens is capable of a lot. The Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX is capable of shooting up to 6K (6016 x 3384) at 30 fps. While we don't expect the Galaxy S11 or S11+ to shoot that high, it isn't completely out the realm of possibility, as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 is rumored to support video encoding up to 8K in HDR.
We fully expect the return of 4K 60 fps video on both the front and rear camera, and slow-motion video up to 960 fps at 720p. Stabilization should come from the VDIS system found in the Galaxy S10 series, and still photos during recording should be higher than 9.1 MP. We also expect the ability to capture video in HDR10+ and use both HEVC and AVC to record video.
- Resolution: 720p, 1080p, 4K, and (maybe) 6K
- Max frame rate: 720p at 30fps, 1080p at 60 fps, 4K at 60 fps, 8K at 30 fps
- Slow motion: 720p at 960 fps, 1080p at 240 fps
- Time-lapse: yes, 1080p
- Photos: yes, higher than 9.1 MP still photos during 4K recording
- Zoom: yes, see above
- Flash access: yes, see above
- Image stabilization: yes, VDIS (video digital image stabilization)
- Object detection: Unknown
- Autofocus: Unknown
- Audio: stereo
- Formats: H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC)
With its removal in the Galaxy Note 10 series, our best guess is this the end of the headphone jack. It is rare for a company to bring back the port once it has been removed, particularly in this day and age, when most OEMs have already gotten rid of it.
It will also likely not have a headphone adapter in the box, so if you plan on getting the phone and you don't have one, we recommended picking up an adapter now from Amazon. You can get the official one from Samsung ($14.99 on Amazon) or upgrade to a third-party option such as Soditer headphone adapter ($26.99 on Amazon) which lets you output 32 bit/384 kHz audio files.
It will likely retain the stereo speakers using a combination of a speaker on the top bezel and another that is bottom-firing.
- 3.5 mm headphone jack: no
- Stereo speakers: yes, top firing and bottom-firing
- Mics: 3
- Max speaker volume: Unknown
We currently haven't heard of any changes in media format support so we assume it will be the same its predecessor.
- Audio: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, APE, DSF, DFF
- Video: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
We currently don't know if Samsung will be making any changes regarding sensors. We do believe that all the sensors of the Galaxy S10 will carry over, including the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.
- Sensors: Accelerometer, RGB Ambient Light Sensor, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, HR sensor, Proximity sensor, Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
As far we know, we haven't heard any rumors indicating whether or not Samsung will include dual-frequency satellite navigation support on the Galaxy S11. With the Galaxy Note 10+ supporting dual-frequency as well, we expect Samsung to bring this same feature to Galaxy S11 series.
- GPS: yes, L1 + L5
- aGPS: yes
- Glonass: yes, L1
- BeiDou: yes, B1
- Galileo: yes, E1 + E5a
- QZSS: no
We don't expect much to change regarding its connectivity. It should once again support Wi-Fi 6, but unlike in 2019, it shouldn't be one of the only a handful of phones which do. It could possibly include e-SIM support, but we haven't heard anything regarding this change.
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
- Bluetooth: 5
- NFC: yes
- Cellular: nano-SIM
- Port: USB Type-C
As far as cellular bands, expect the same band support as the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series. And since the rumor there will be a 5G version for both the S11 and S11+, we expect the same 5G band support as well.
- GSM: 850/1900
- UMTS: 850/1700/1900
- CDMA: BC0, BC10
- LTE Bands: 2/4/5/7/12/13/14/25/26/30/38/41/48/66/71
- 5G Non-Standalone (NSA), Sub6 / mmWave
There is a rumor that Samsung will adopt secure facial recognition using a ToF sensor, but with all rumors indicating it will only have a single camera in the front, this is unlikely. There is a report of Samsung working on an under-display camera, so we can't dismiss this entirely. The in-display fingerprint scanner should be the biometric of choice with improved security after a recent report came out that you could trick it easily.
- Fingerprint scanner: yes, in-display
- Face scanner: no
- Iris scanner: no
- Manual authentication: password, PIN, pattern, swipe
We can speculate as to what will be included in the box for the Galaxy S11 or S11+. We expect Samsung will ship the 25 W Super Fast Charging adapter and not the 45 W charger. They usually include AKG earbuds, which this time around should be the USB-C variant.
- Samsung Galaxy S11 or S11+
- Samsung USB Type-C Cable
- Samsung Power Adapter (25W)
- AKG USB-C Earbuds
- SIM Tray Ejector
- Welcome Letter
- Quick Start Guide
- Safety Information