The Galaxy S11 design? Look no further than Note 10's Premium Hole Display

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By now, we can make an educated guess what will the Galaxy S11 specs entail. A Snapdragon 865 chipset and the new 9-series Exynos 9825, both made with a 7nm EUV method, or perhaps Samsung will surprise us with a 5nm EUV process and 5G modem integration on the Exynos side. 

Add LPDDR5 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. 


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?

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17 Comments

1. Rocket

Posts: 641; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Dear Samsung, pls give us the option of switching between transparent status/navigation bar or black. Black status/navigation bar is the best choice when using phones with holes or notches, just saying.

2. LiveFaith

Posts: 453; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Heck, someone should just make an app that cuts out the extra display effectively hiding the hole punch. That way those offended by the camera can rest at ease and have their bezel back. Win win.

6. JCASS889

Posts: 505; Member since: May 18, 2018

Just use the gesture where you swipe up on where the button is supposed to be and hide the nav bar entirely.

7. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 370; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Download navbar apps, allows you to change the color of the navigation bar. I keep mine at black

10. Fred3

Posts: 495; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

They most likely will with the OneUI 2

3. LiveFaith

Posts: 453; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

"But it doesn't have a top and bottom bezel" they argued for 5-7 years. "You've gotta have those bezels" they said repeatedly over and over again. Yet, here we FINALLY are with the "All Display Phones"! Thank you Samsung, One+, and everybody else who finally got rid of all the wasted real estate!!! Better late than never.

4. Jason2k13

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

The iPhone and Sony Boys mainly said that.

8. oldskool50

Posts: 1323; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Well you need to understand that the reason bezels have disappeared is because of the way camera sensors are now designed. Remember, bezels simply only existed, because they were used to hide componenets that were large. So you have to think about all the things that have changed. First, the logic board has gotten considerable smaller, because now the SoC houses the CPU, GPU, modem, BT, RAM and other co-processors to a single components. The camera sensors themselves have also gotten smaller. If you have ever seen the inside of older Samsung phones, like Apple older phones, the logic board was L-shaped and took up a considerable amount of space. Today the same logic board literally fits along one side of the phone, leaving 60% of the inside available for thinsg like larger batteries, charging coils and more. Displays have gotten thinner. Older phones where the display may have been 3-5 pieces stacked up against each other, moved forward to having all parts glued and now Samsung has taken things further to the point the display and all its needed layers are single complete piece of hardware. With all the space saving technique, which Samsung is in fact better at it than anyone, as their phones all contain far and away more components vs any OEM; has mastered being able to squeeze a lot into the device. It is kinda obvious this was acheive, because TV's and computer displays which ones had huge buttons and bezels have all now become virtually bezel-less. In fact some of those "wallpaper" TV's are so thin and the bezel is so thin, the TV actually bends and it take sat least 2 people to make sure it doesn't so it doesn't break. Now that features like cameras, FPS can be placed under the display, and now that OEM's are removing the headphone jack (shame on any of them that do), there is simply now no reason to have a bezel. The mosty major downside to this design, as we have seen with the edge displays is, with a bezel being so thin, there is almost zero protection for the display and dropping yoru phone now will cause expensive significant damage. What was surprising is I watch a video of a guy who use a drone to drop the ceramic version of the S10+ from 100 meters and it didn't even crack.

5. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Still the chin is ingenious. When are they going to get rid of it.

9. oldskool50

Posts: 1323; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Wait how is it you can say something so conflicting in a single sentence? First you complemented it and said it's ingenious, and then you say when are they gonna remove it. Show me a phone that doesn't have some type of chin. You know, if we removed your chin, you wouldn't be able to talk. Would that work out for you? Because "almost' every time you open your mouth, you say something completely stupid.

11. lyndon420

Posts: 6736; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

He's still trying to grasp the English language, and obviously didn't take the time to Google the word 'ingenious'. As per usual his comments are lacking...

13. LiveFaith

Posts: 453; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

I noticed that too. At this point it's "much ado about nothing" as far as screen/body ratio goes. But as artistry, design, and beauty go, I am bewildered by the fact that nearly every Android phone out there is still wedded to this out of symmetry design? I'm not sure if this is the real S11, but Samsung has done this even with the Note10. I have to give Apple credit with the X. They've got a fat notch and thick bezels on all four sides. But, the symmetry and balance in the design is please the(my?) eye. Don't use iPhone, but it's really attractive to look at IMO.

15. cmdacos

Posts: 4100; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

The same time iPhone gets rid of its huge chin I guess, as well as its chubby cheeks, forehead and unibrow. Damn, iPhone sounds downright unattractive when you think about it.

12. briankeithmays

Posts: 33; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Why wth does he always sneak iPhone in the damn article? This has nothing to do with an iphone.

14. Guseinguliev

Posts: 104; Member since: Mar 04, 2019

c10e is the best option for me. I hope Samsung will not give up a compact smartphone in the future.

16. AlienKiss

Posts: 137; Member since: May 21, 2019

I know that the bezeless design is cool, but I miss bezels! Every time I try to watch a video there's accidental touching involved, leading to fast forwarding, volume or brightness change (using VLC most of the time). So again, bezeless design is cool, but it's a pain in the AZ for watching videos in landscape mode.

18. RoryBreaker

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

I actually like the dual camera setup on the S10+ which allows for wide angle selfie shots. I'm hoping that this does not get abandoned on the S11+

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