Excited for Samsung’s 2020 flagship?
While Samsung just release two new mid-range phones with the Galaxy A51 and A71, all eyes are set on the Galaxy S11 series. Being one of the first flagship phones to come out in 2020, Samsung is set to make a bold statement. While we are weeks away from its imminent launch, here are a few things we know so far:
There will be less regions receiving the Exynos variant
Unlike in previous cases where only the US, China, and Japan variants of the Galaxy S series will use a Snapdragon processor, new reports indicate that Samsung intends to use the Snapdragon 865 over the Exynos 990 in all regions except Europe (yes, South Korea included).
Considering Samsung’s decision to stop using its Custom Mongoose Cores and the rumored difference in performance between the Snapdragon 865 and Exynos 990, it appears that the South Korean brand wants to catch up with other brands in terms of flagship phone performance even if it means not using its in-house Exynos chips in the process.
While Xiaomi’s Mi Note 10 has the bragging rights of being the first phone to use Samsung’s 108-megapixel ISOCELL HMX sensor, the Galaxy S11 series will use a special 108-megapixel ISOCELL sensor that is better than the Mi Note 10’s ISOCELL HMX sensor. It is going to be huge, as rumors point to the custom sensor being 1/1.3-inch in size. Accompanying the 108-megapixel sensor is a 5x periscope zoom camera with OIS.
The Galaxy S11 will have a rather huge camera bump due to its penta-rear camera setup, and there are mixed reactions with its non-symmetrical arrangement. Current reports say that the renders are not representative of what the actual arrangement will look like, so Samsung might have something up their sleeves for the Galaxy S11 series.
Aside from adopting a central punch-hole display like the Galaxy Note 10 series, the Galaxy S11 series is rumored to have a 120Hz panel that should deliver a smoother and more fluid user experience. Even more impressive is that it is rumored to be a Quad HD+ panel—for reference, the OnePlus 7 Pro/7T Pro’s Quad HD+ display has a 90hz refresh rate.
As for the size, the S11 will have a 6.7-inch display, while the S11+ will go for a 6.9-inch panel. The S11e, on the other hand, will have a 6.4-inch panel.
If you find the 3400mAh and 4100mAh cells of the Galaxy S10 and S10+ small, Samsung is stepping things up for the Galaxy S11 and S11+. In a recent testing certification in Korea, it is confirmed that the Galaxy S11 and S11+ will have 4500mAh and 5000mAh batteries respectively, so expect better battery life (when paired with updated internals) for both 2020 flagship phones.
Just like with the Galaxy S10 series, Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S11 series ahead of MWC 2020 in San Francisco. Ice Universe tweeted that the launch date is rumored to be on February 18. Just like the Galaxy S10 launch, Samsung is expected to launch a new foldable phone—possibly the Galaxy Fold 2 in a clamshell form factor.