This is what the Galaxy S11 may look like

This is what the Galaxy S11 may look like
The Samsung Galaxy S11 is going to be a special phone. Or at least it better be.

Over the years, Samsung has pretty much perfected smartphone design down to a "T", and though this is a very subjective area—for example, you may not be the biggest fan of curved displays—seeing a new Galaxy flagship in person for the first time is always a special experience. But Samsung has already slimmed down the bezels of its phones almost as much as physically possible with the Galaxy S10 and Note 10. So, where do we go from here?

The Galaxy S11 will come out in a transitional period for smartphones, so to speak. The standard solid-state smartphone design has been all but pushed to its limits, while the foldable form factor seems to be the path forward, even though it's still in its infancy. As far as "regular" phones go, you can't do much more about bezels, but curve the screen even further to mask what's left of them, and hide the selfie camera behind the display. As far as the latter is concerned, we know that Samsung is working on an in-display camera solution, but according to our current information, it won't debut on the S11. So, what does the Galaxy S11 need to do then to set itself apart from the rest of the competition and from Samsung's previous phones, for that matter?

The Galaxy S11's surprising camera

Samsung phones are far from bad when it comes to photography and video, but it's no secret that the company hasn't really done much in terms of pushing camera hardware forward over the past three years or so. In fact, Galaxy phones have been using the same camera sensor size since 2016's Galaxy S7, while in recent times we've seen huge strides toward making smartphone cameras much more capable on the hardware level.

For the Galaxy S11, Samsung is heavily rumored to be working on a bigger camera sensor with a whopping 108 MP resolution. Not only that, but the Galaxy S11 may also have a telephoto camera that uses the "periscope" zoom method (as recently made popular by the Huawei P30 Pro) to deliver 5x optical magnification. But big resolutions and optical zoom are nothing all that impressive in 2018, not to mention next year, when the S11 is expected to drop. So, does Samsung have anything actually innovative up in its sleeve for the Galaxy S11?

The Galaxy S11 may be able to analyse your food... and your skin

A spectrometer is a device that uses infrared light to analyze the chemical composition of an object. It works by blasting the object with infrared light and reading the value of the energy waves that bounce back in order to determine what it's made of. It's a technology that NASA has been using for decades to determine the chemical composition of distant stars and planets, only shrunken down to fit in your pocket. Samsung has recently secured a patent for incorporating a spectrometer in a mobile device.

But what is a spectrometer good for on a phone? Well, it could have many potential uses, chief among which would be health tracking. For example, you could point it at a piece of fruit and get information about its nutritional values, or at a glass of alcohol to determine what type it is and what the alcohol content it has. Another probable use that selfie fanatics will surely embrace could be a skin care app that can read your skin's moisture and oil content to provide real-time analysis and advice on how to take better care of it.

The possibilities are many, and we've actually already seen a phone that uses this technology. Back at CES 2017, we got to test the (unfortunately named) Changhong H2, which had a built-in spectrometer. It was a concept phone through and through and never even tried to make a splash, so Samsung has the chance of being the first major phone maker to include this technology in one of its products.

Even thinner bezels, even smaller hole-punch camera

Even though Samsung is said to be working on an in-display front-facing camera solution for future phones, the Galaxy S11 is heavily tipped to feature an Infinity-O display, much like the Note 10 and S10 before it. However, this time around, the opening for the selfie camera will be smaller than on the S10, and centered akin to that of the Note 10.

Many people seem to be wondering why Samsung won't introduce a pop-up or swivel camera (like it has on the A80) to its flagship smartphones, and that's a valid question. The most likely answer is that the company really wants to deliver all the premium trappings of a flagship in its Galaxy S-series, including dust- and water-resistance. As it is, motorized cameras just don't allow for an IP68 rating, not to mention the other possible problems that could arise from the extra moving parts.

As for the bezels, they will likely get thinner. We've been hearing rumors that Samsung intends to curve the sides of the Galaxy S11's screen more, which is one of the methods for creating seemingly thinner bezels, though we're not sure to what other end. There have been Samsung phones with extremely curved screens in he past, and the company seems to have moved away from this design for numerous reasons, not the least because big slopes on each side of the screen could interfere with normal day-to-day usage of the device.

More colors

We have no information as yet what colors the Galaxy S11 may be available at launch, but considering that the S10 and Note 10 lineups had some pretty nice paint jobs to choose from, we have high hopes that the S11 will follow suit with a rainbow of different color options.

What's your wish list for the Galaxy S11? Would you consider it if it's only an incremental upgrade over the S10, or do you want to see radical innovation? Tell us in the comments below!

Disclaimer: the 3D renders featured in this article are based on preliminary information about the Samsung Galaxy S11 and have no pretense of being representative of the device's final design. Feel free to use them, as long as you credit us and include a link to this article.



1. TechNeck

Posts: 656; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Really impressive renders. Hopefully, Samsung will be able to shave down that bottom bezel to something similar to this render.

37. LiveFaith

Posts: 487; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Same thing I was wondering. Really nice looking design here. But, why are the Asian mfctrs so often hades bent on having some sort of non-symmetrical chin on these things. It's splitting hairs at this point, but a chin makes the device look half baked or something. I'm a Note guy, but I'll give Apple credit for nice pleasing symmetry on it's X and up devices.

72. Marcwand3l

Posts: 446; Member since: May 08, 2017

Well the chin is more obvious because the side and top bezel are as small as it can be and it's better than having an all around big bezel. "but I'll give Apple credit" LoL credit for having larger bezels in general. Good one.

73. TerryD

Posts: 553; Member since: May 09, 2017

Sorry but LiveFaith has it spot on

61. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

If they can give me a flat screen. I'll be all up for it. I have S9 that I got from work and I have never used it.

2. notfair

Posts: 755; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

That "spectrometer" segment is bulls**t, because a normal one is big as a desk, it cannot be minimized and top of it all it consumes a lot of power: UV/Vis Spectrometer 100-200W Small Mass Spectrometer 4000-5000W

3. Milen_Y

Posts: 115; Member since: Jun 09, 2016

A miniaturized SCiO spectrometer has already been implemented in a smartphone. You can watch our hands-on with it here:

8. notfair

Posts: 755; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Well thank you for this, but it has been debunked scientifically:

40. Foxgabanna

Posts: 607; Member since: Sep 11, 2016


48. mackan84

Posts: 551; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Even if it does just a small portion of what a real one does it’s great. Everything that adds to your health is super. It’s better then nothing.

6. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL,like Milen said, it's been done on a phone already. Might want to do your research before you speak.

4. OneLove123

Posts: 1185; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

My next phone!! I cant wait!

26. Silva5 unregistered

The s11 is your next phone but you don’t even know (for sure) what it will look like, what features it will have, or what it will cost??? Umm.....

33. Deadeye

Posts: 106; Member since: Jul 26, 2019

It´s a Samsung flagship, we know it will be lit.

45. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1832; Member since: Apr 22, 2014


5. AlienKiss

Posts: 199; Member since: May 21, 2019

I was planning on getting the Note 10+ in 6 months but looks like I'm getting the S11+ if it turns out to be so good looking. I just hope it will still have the SD card slot.

7. Guseinguliev

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 04, 2019

I'm waiting for a compact c11e.

9. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

at this point the hardware is great... make the software great too... if it can analyze random crap make is useful... like if you have a rash, and you do a virtual visit with a doctor... make that useful!

10. shield

Posts: 852; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

11. AlienKiss

Posts: 199; Member since: May 21, 2019

Looks more like S14.. I'm expecting S20 to have at least one quantum processor and maybe some nanotech in it :)

50. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 729; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

You're confused. Even though it's called the S20, it's a concept for the next version. The idea is that it will be called the Galaxy S20 because it's being released in 2020.

12. User123456789

Posts: 1006; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Looks like a robot, not the phone. Too ugly the rear panel.

13. mrochester

Posts: 1020; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Where is the 3D facial recognition hardware?

14. cmdacos

Posts: 4261; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

No, thanks. Prefer security.

19. mrochester

Posts: 1020; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

3D facial recognition is secure. You’re probably mistaking it with androids current ‘face unlock’, which is not secure

21. AlienKiss

Posts: 199; Member since: May 21, 2019

If you want security, I suggest you cover the selfish camera with a sticker ;)

23. Silva5 unregistered

3D face unlock is much mode secure than a fingerprint scanner. It’s easier to bypass a fingerprint sensor than 3D facial recognition.

27. cmdacos

Posts: 4261; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Not true at all, unless you're talking about marketing security. Apple has marketing security wrapped up. 3d face scanning doesnt have a unique variable to measure and therefore isnt secure.

29. Silva5 unregistered

Fingerprint scanners are extremely easy to bypass. Bypassing 3D face unlock requires high-end speciality equipment to create a 3D mask replica of the person, which majority of people do not access to or have the required skill.

58. cmdacos

Posts: 4261; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Most people don't have the equipment to create 3d fingerprints either. But at least someone that looks close enough like you cant just pick up your phone and unlock it like with 3d face unlock.

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