Samsung Galaxy S11 release date news and rumours: Can Samsung top the Galaxy S10?

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The Samsung Galaxy S11 is slowly starting to take shape, with rumours already circulating about new camera designs and improved processor chips. For what we don’t know, however, precedent means we can still make some educated guesses on what the Korean company has planned.

Read on for the latest information about the Samsung Galaxy S11, including what we’d like to see from Samsung’s next flagship.

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Samsung Galaxy S11 release date: When will it launch?

Samsung’s flagship handsets launch like clockwork within the same two-month period. In either February or March, Samsung will probably host its Unpacked event: a time for the company to unveil its Galaxy S phones, with a public release one month later.

The Galaxy S9 and S10 were officially announced at Samsung Unpacked in February 2018 and 2019 respectively, and then sold in March of the same year. Any deviation – in the case of the Galaxy S8, for example – is usually only by a factor of one month, so we can say with some confidence that the Samsung Galaxy S11 will be shown in February/March of 2020.

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Samsung Galaxy S11 price: How much will it cost?

If we assume that there will be more than one Galaxy S11 handset, we can equally assume that these phones will cater for a variety of budgets. The Galaxy S10e costs £669, which is relatively inexpensive when compared to the £1,399 you can spend on a 1TB Galaxy S10 Plus. The regular Galaxy S10 sits in the middle, costing £799 for the 128GB model.

You’d hope that a lower-tier Galaxy S11 might avoid the upward trend in smartphone prices by mimicking the Galaxy S10e and skimping on certain features. The fact that it’s possible to spend quite so much on a Galaxy S10 handset, however, doesn’t bode well for our bank accounts. Expect to pay upwards of £800 for a basic Galaxy S11, and don’t be surprised if the vast majority of high storage, high memory options come in at over £1,000.

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Samsung Galaxy S11 rumours and speculation: What we know so far

64MP camera

A post on Samsung’s newsroom has people thinking that the S11 could have a 64-megapixel camera. Samsung revealed it’s introducing two new camera sensors for smartphone use: one 48-megapixel and one 64-megapixel.

With this news coming out nearly a year before we expect to see any official announcement, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a 64-megapixel camera on the next range of S11 phones.

New CMOS camera sensor

We should expect to see the Galaxy S11 come equipped with a new and improved camera sensor, if renowned leaker Ice Universe is to be believed.

Known for leaking accurate information about Samsung products, a recent tweet by Ice Universe states: “Starting next year, Samsung S11 will adopt a new large-size large-pixel CMOS”.

While this claim is unsubstantiated, if true, this means that the Galaxy S11 will be the first Samsung phone to adopt a new camera sensor in more than four years.

Improved chip

A new processor chip using 5nm technology could be introduced with the Galaxy S11, according to a report by Chinese publication Sina.

With the chip expected to be released in 2020, Sina suggests that the “Samsung S11 is likely to be the first mobile phone equipped with this chip”.

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Samsung Galaxy S11 features: What would we like to see?

eSIM

The standardisation of eSIMs for flagship smartphones could do away with so much of the hassle associated with the physical chips. So far, Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 offer support for eSIM, alongside the iPhone Xs and Xs Max and Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

It’s a little surprising to see Samsung neglect the feature. Competitors Apple and Google will almost certainly include eSIM support in the Google Pixel 4 and iPhone 11. What are you waiting for, Samsung?

5G

This might be cheating a bit, given that the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will launch over the summer here in the UK. But 5G networks are slowly rolling out across the globe, and we’d hate to see the feature limited to specific handsets on contracts with specific providers. Samsung’s next generation of Galaxy smartphones should ideally all offer 5G compatibility as standard.

Bixby, but better

Samsung is dead set on keeping Bixby alive. The Korean manufacturer’s answer to Siri means well, but can sometimes be a little slow on the uptake. It has seen a slew of updates since its inception a few years ago, but we’d like to see further improvements in the voice and image recognition departments.

3.5mm headphone jack

As one of the last bastions of the once-mighty headphone jack, we’re praying Samsung doesn’t bow to collective peer pressure and remove it from the Galaxy S11. Miraculously, the Galaxy S10 held onto the audio port despite launching alongside Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds. The fact that Samsung has now entered the world of wireless earphones, however, may prove to be the nail in the coffin for our 3.5mm friend.

The usual suspects?

Ordinarily, we’d spend a bit of time talking about how we’d like to see more RAM, more storage, and a better processor. We might even moan about the battery life of the current generation of relevant smartphone, or talk about how the display could have smaller bezels or fewer notches.

In this case, however, Samsung has left us at a loss for words. The Galaxy S10 Plus features an astonishing 12GB of RAM and up to 1TB storage. That’s as much as my desktop PC. It has a 12nm octa-core Exynos processor and a 4,100mAh battery. It packs two selfie cameras into a tiny hole in the top-right corner of an otherwise bezel-less, HDR10+ enabled screen.

It’s pretty safe to say that, though we might wish for bigger and better, smartphones are becoming seriously powerful.

We’ll be updating this page as soon as the Galaxy S11 leaks begin, so stay tuned.

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