specs entail. A
RAM to that bowl of ramen, and top it off with cameras that will be a significant upgrade over the S10
and Note 10
, perhaps adding Samsung's homebrew periscope zoom
tech to the mix.
The big unknown, however, is the design concept that Samsung will succumb to for the S11. 2020 will be a "tock" year for Samsung, as it already introduced a brand new, Infinity-O
hole-in-display design this year with the S10 family. The "tick-tock" design cycle that Apple introduced with its bi-annual "s" marks after the iPhone number is still going strong, and next year will be a "tick" one there, so it will introduce a brand new design
paradigm for the iPhone 12
On one hand, Samsung can't afford to sit still with an already-seen design which, punch-hole innovation aside, as it's still a derivative of the Infinity display line that debuted way back. On the other, Samsung is ahead of the notch-y iPhone in the "all-screen" handset design department already, so it can afford to issue a refined Infinity variation and still look svelte and modern next to the purported 2020 iPhones.
So, what would a nice design paradigm compromise be for the Galaxy S11? Well, look no further than the Premium Hole Display of the newly-minted Note 10/10+, and we'll explain why. Back in July, a cryptic memo from IceUniverse, a leakster that pairs crowdsourced info with Samsung insides, tipped that the S11 would employ a refined Note 10 design:
Logically enough, the S11 wouldn't just be a "Note 10 without the S Pen." Just like Apple will reportedly use its "tock" iPhone 11
cycle this year to patch things up with a camera leap, a fine upgrade in the camera department of the S11 can be reasonably expected, and that goes for the selfie-taker, too.
Galaxy S11 won't just be 'Note 10 without S Pen'
While under-display cameras
aren't going to be ready for prime time next year, and could be made completely obsolete as a concept by rotating camera phones like the Galaxy A80
, or dual-display ones like the new Nubia Z20
, we'd wager to guess that the good ol' selfie shooter will still be present on the S11. In a hole, just smaller, hinting at a new sensor/lens combo to match the upgraded rear camera.
Samsung's recent strategy is to experiment with the midrange A-series first, rather than take risks with its bread-and-butter Galaxy S- or Note lines that have to be produced in millions of units with utmost precision to justify their price tags. Long story short, we can reasonably expect that the Galaxy S11 and the eventual S11+ won't stray away from the Note 10 and 10+ designs too much, which is a great thing, as those last two are strutting their stuff with record screen-to-body ratios
for their class.
Moreover, the lack of an S Pen would allow Samsung to fit similar batteries in the S11 pack, despite the eventually shorter screen diagonals, and there will even be place left for the rumored periscope zoom kit. If we had to make an educated guess about the size of the Premium Hole Display on the S11 and S11+, we'd peg them at their predecessors' diagonals which with the more refined Note 10 design would mean incredibly compact for the screen panels devices.
What about an eventual S11e, you ask? Well, that one shouldn't be too far out of this here Juno concept
below - just like the cheapest member of the S10 trio has a cruder Infinity-O design, the S11e bezels could very well take this Semi-premium Hole Display hint here. What do you think?
Galaxy S11e with Premium Hole Display design by Juno Concepts