Galaxy S11+ front panel leak reveals Samsung is about to kill the bezel

Galaxy S11+ front panel leak reveals Samsung is about to kill the bezel
Samsung is expected to lift the cover off its next big thing, the Galaxy S11+ in the middle of February, but the leaks and rumors mill is already grinding up at full capacity, and this latest leak shows the front panel of the Galaxy S11+ and it reveals two interesting details: first, the S11+ will obviously have almost no bezel and it will be an edge-to-edge screen experience, and secondly, there will be a tiny centered punch hole for the selfie camera, just like on the Note 10+.

The information comes from Samsung leaker @IceUniverse who has a pretty solid track record with such leaks.

From our point of view, it's really interesting to see that Samsung obviously once again bets on a fingerprint scanner embedded under the screen rather than a 3D Face ID system that requires a larger notch. The Galaxy S10 and the Note 10+ both use an in-screen fingerprint reader of the ultrasonic kind, while most of the industry has gone with optical under-display fingerprint scanners. That has been one of our biggest complaints about the S10 and Note 10 series: the fingerprint scanner just did not feel as fast and as reliable, and it often takes a couple of attempts to unlock the phone. We have seen Google jump on the 3D face recognition train with the Pixel 4 family and we were quite impressed with how effortless and quick it was, but Samsung is obviously not interested in using such a technology at the moment. Here's to hoping that the new in-screen fingerprint reader on the S11 series is more reliable.


For all else that we know, the Galaxy S11+ will have a huge focus on an improved camera experience: we have seen leaks picture a giant camera isle housing multiple lenses. The main camera is rumored to be a 108-megapixel behemoth of a sensor that will use the information from 9 neighbouring individual pixels and combining them into 1 super-pixel, so at the end of the day you get high-quality 12-megapixel snaps. The ultra-wide angle camera will also stay, and new here will be a 5X periscope zoom lens that will allow you to zoom further without losing much in detail.

Of course, with the advent of 5G and the extra strain it puts on battery, expect to see a larger battery cell on all 5G-enabled S11 phones, with rumors saying the battery size on the S11+ might reach 5,000mAh.

Under the hood, the S11 series will be one of the first devices in the world powered by the top-end Snapdragon 865 chip by Qualcomm (models outside the United States will feature a similarly powerful Samsung-made Exynos processor). And just like the Note 10 series, the Galaxy S11 is expected to remove the headphone jack and leave us with a USB-C port only for wired audio.

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Galaxy S20+ (S11)
  • Display 6.7" 1440 x 3200 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4500 mAh

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36 Comments

1. Ichimoku

Posts: 188; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

interesting

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2528; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

It almost looks like they ditched the curved sides as well. It’s hard to tell from these pictures but I don’t see that slight curvature like the S10.

4. phljcnth

Posts: 566; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Or it could be for the S11e

5. s_boy

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 30, 2013

There does still appear to be a curve but it's definitely a lot more subtle, a flat screen with such slim bezels would be awesome.

6. MrPhilo

Posts: 67; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Defo a curve on it, just subtle curve, you can tell with the light refelections

22. mcdonsco

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

It's definetely still curved, zoom it and you can see it :-(

3. SaRPeR

Posts: 170; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I don't think that's a front panel. It looks like a full screen, glass screen protector.

9. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 730; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Why would a glass protector have a cutout for the camera? I looks like the front panel to me.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31773; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

With black borders? I don’t think so.

7. Tizo101

Posts: 644; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

I hope they are gonna use the new fingerprint scanner from Qualcomm... Which would just make everything better. I think Samsung has a software problem with their biometrics, coz even the optical scanners on the A series have the same problems. So hardware has nothing to do with it. Face id is crap though.

19. Vokilam

Posts: 1458; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Samsung doesn’t have Face ID. It has 2D image recognition - that’s why it’s crap.

30. Zachary_99

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 21, 2019

That's also not the point. What's apples excuse for no fingerprint biometric option, despite the tech existing and being included in phones of the same caliber, and even budget phones? It's also worth nothing that the S10 5g has 3D unlock, as a matter of fact. The Android 10/ one UI 2 added the capability as per the fact it has a ToF sensor withing the space of less than a year. Realistically the whole facial unlock is more problematic than it is practical where the whole screen to body ratio is concerned and with space becoming more of a premium. That being said, it's necessary to kill bezels and notches while moving forward with things that are quite frankly better. The phone will still have the convenience of facial unlock, but literally who cares? One doesn't work better over the other and tbh you're better off just using a pin, if you are genuinely concerned about your security- but considering you're a relative nobody and have no data anyone would particularly care about/ want, it's safe to say you're fine, with all due respect. You do you and stick with what works for you, but you can't have those bezels without dropping something and tbh I think placing your finger on the screen is easier than picking a phone off a table, or hunching over, then positioning it just right, waiting for it to unlock, and then finally swiping up. It does help when you're busy or have obstructions such as a mask in the winter or sunglasses in the summer. Again, these things are hit or miss in extremes from bright conditions to really far ones lying in bed with a pillow covering half hour face, along with other factors. Ultrasonic is the way forward, as inadvertantly signaled by Apple wanting in on the whole ultrasonic/ embedded sensor thing and obviously slimmer top bezels, since it's whole claim to the thin chin is growing thin with the same milked design and stagnation.

32. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 931; Member since: May 07, 2014

Hello, techie... It's funny how much effort are you putting in these essays. Even a paid Samsung rep wouldn't do it

34. Zachary_99

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 21, 2019

Awful lot of effort for a pointless off-topic retort. What you take away from them is in you, but the facts are there

24. Zachary_99

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 21, 2019

It's the animation. Everything else once the device is unlocked works flawlessly, for example, mobile payments and authentication within the play store, etc. The biggest issue is the size and placement. In my opinion the sensor is too small and placed too far down. Eventually you rely more on muscle memory to get it right, but the note 10 improved things by moving it further up, but They definitely need to step back on the animation scale though. Besides, the two thumb authentication and bigger sensor would mean there would be little user error. It's still by far the best solution, as I'm sure you're aware facial recognition can also be annoying and hit or miss when it comes to laying it flat on a table and needing to position it just right every time, with no obstructions such as a mask or glasses, etc.

8. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 624; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Damn wasn't planning on it but this could my next device... Looking at Oppo Reno Ace buuut who knows

11. Cat97

Posts: 2031; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

This gives me some hope that the S11e will be as small as the S10e. I mean, with no bottom chin and slimmer bezels overall the rumored 6.1 inch display could end up as big as the S10e at 5.8".

12. ahmadkun

Posts: 700; Member since: May 02, 2016

This the thinest chin I have ever seen

14. mrochester

Posts: 1043; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Still missing 3D facial recognition? 2 years late already Samsung...

25. Zachary_99

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 21, 2019

No, but there was iris scanning which worked perfect and then they decided to get rid of the upper bezel, which is the end goal here (especially to get rid of fugly bathtub notches like those on the garden variety pixes and iphones). Also, you're forgetting the S10 5g that got 3D face unlock enabled via a software update (Android 10/ one UI 2.0.) within less than a year of its release, since the S10 5g has a ToF sensor. But sure, we can all be obtuse and hold on to things that make no sense being there- especially when the rest of the industry has moved on to better things, such as embedded scanners, that's not only a tech evolution, but a necessary, logical step to decluttering the screen. Lastly, this phone is guaranteed to hands down have the highest screen to body ratio and improved 3D ultrasonic tech inside- not only bigger one, but a better and more accurate one, too! I guess the funny part is how I could flip that on it's head and ask why Apple or Google doesn't have the same solution? Oh right, milking the same tech and design for 4 years and then jumping aboard when it's too little and too late. Lol. P.s. The romours around a 2020/2021 indicate an increased interest in these scanners from the likes of apple, who ditched touch ID for something else i.e. fixing something that wasn't broken. Lol '2 years late'. Facial recognition isn't even a new thing, squirt.

15. KingSam

Posts: 1525; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I just love how nobody even mention screen to body percentage. It was a measuring contest. 2017-2018

26. Zachary_99

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 21, 2019

It has thinner bezels than the note 10 and iPhone. Put two and two together and logically come to the conclusion that it's going to obviously be higher

16. Whitedot

Posts: 894; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

O am very glad they are killing the curve off..

27. Zachary_99

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 21, 2019

They're not, it makes sense to fit more screen into a smaller form factor without making it too wide and cumbersome with a screen that can go up to 6.9". It's also ergonomic and is not really distracting or intrusive the same way a dumb waterfall screen is i.e. a gimmick.

17. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

Too bad Huwaei just trumped them [again] w/ the P40 design - Samsung is languishing in repittion & iteration land. Always small incremental changes & not on the things that matter like big battery or true IP ratings or phones that are not so fragile. But thank God the phone's going to get 108 megapixel camera.. because yeah, that matters.

28. Zachary_99

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 21, 2019

Dude Huawei literally are irrelevant at this point, especially if they can't run Google apps. Trying to compare the two is just dumb. Besides, the Samsung phone literally has a 1/1.3 sensor (which is literally the biggest ever and pixel binning that turns 9 pixel into one, meaning it theoretically has the largest pixel size for low light that any phone out there. The resolution is also higher because why would you not want a higher pixel density and futureproofing for 8k devices that can display the Res. It's not entirely necessary for that but there are visual gains unrelated to pure resolution. Even the periscope lense has the highest rest seen and will especially help in digital zoom for better clarity than any other device. As I recally the whole appeal of the p40 was the 5x zoom. Looks like the rest of the industry has pegged then to the post with that and the only new gimmick they can add is quad curves and that's it, aside from the completely dumb waterfall gimmick. Second, what do you mean 'true IP rating'? There are phones that have mechanical parts and literally no rating, like one plus who are also adopting the hole punch, like Huawei are rumoured to. Further, there's not one profitable and relevant phone that isn't an incremental upgrade anything further on that is opinion and pure conjecture. Also, the only phones without IP ratings are those with mechanical parts, like Huawei's flipped foldable, so they are hardly exempt. I just wanna add the fact that the GS11 is set to feature the highest refresh on any phone yet, also beating Huawei in a key area- aside from the fact Samsung make their screens...rather they used to before the whole black list thing. Lastly, the GS11 is gonna feature a 5,000 mAh battery!!! How can you complain about that??? The whole p40 pronto feature graphene is bulls**t, since it was a dodgy rumour, and since brands like Huawei don't have access to the R&D in this department where Samsung clearly has an advantage, being the world's 1st largest smartphone manufacturer and all. Tech like that filters down once it depreciates, much like hole punched that are being widely adopted, along with the ultrasonic fingerprint readers that Huawei has no competition to offer on. It's just funny how Huawei are set to use Samsung's hole punch design lol. You do you lol. Least my phone will have Google apps

36. pimpin83z

Posts: 623; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

LMAO! *insert Jennifer Lawrence 'Yea, okay' thumbs up gif here*

37. Zachary_99

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 21, 2019

Oh yeah yeah. Shut up.

18. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Looks Good. Samsung has been making a slow and steady progression towards this and I like it. Here is hoping that the Note 11 has the same design with the mighty S pen. I am looking to replace my Note 8 with a Note 11.

20. OneLove123

Posts: 1297; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Can’t wait to get two.

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