The Samsung Galaxy S11+ looks ridiculous in these leaked renders


UPDATE: Ice Universe has claimed on Twitter that the renders are "definitely" wrong. The "key parts" are reportedly inaccurate and the "real design is more beautiful" than the one show. The tipster says we should "keep waiting" but nonetheless thanks Hemmerstoffer for his efforts. The original story continues below.

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Less than one week since the Galaxy S11 and Galaxy S11e designs were revealed completely, reliable tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer is back with a new set of renders that show what's claimed to be the final design of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S11+.

Perhaps the most controversial camera design yet


This year has seen manufacturers adopt very different approaches when it comes to smartphone camera modules. Brands such as Huawei have settled for more acceptable layouts such as the P30 Pro's vertical setup or the Mate 30 Pro's circular module while the likes of Apple and Google have been heavily criticised for their square-shaped implementations. 

Samsung has remained on the more acceptable side of things throughout all of this, although the recent Galaxy S11 and S11e leaks did hint at something more unique for 2020. However, following today's CAD-based Galaxy S11+ renders leak, it seems Samsung might be aiming to create what's perhaps the most controversial rear camera design yet. 

From what can be gathered, the Galaxy S11+ features a whopping five camera on the rear. But unlike its smaller sibling which arranges them into a neat 'L,' this phone kind of just scatters them around. The central sensor is expected to be the highly anticipated 108-megapixel main camera while the one positioned in the top-right corner is likely an improved ultra-wide-angle sensor. 

As we move down the right side, two small holes which probably house a new laser autofocus system are visible. Sitting directly below these is yet another sensor which is probably the rumored 3D Time-of-Flight camera for improved portrait photography and AR content. The setup is completed by an LED flash and two other cameras positioned in the left corners. While nothing's confirmed yet, it's possible the Galaxy S11+ incorporates a dual-zoom system, meaning one of the sensors enables 2x optical zoom and the other offers 5x optical zoom through a periscope-like lens.

The massive camera is paired with a gigantic display 


Following in the footsteps of the standard Galaxy S11 and the cheaper Galaxy S11e, this larger smartphone sports an Infinity-O display complete with a punch hole in the middle. Fortunately, it's also paired with very slim side bezels and an impressively compact chin because, according to the data provided, the flagship features a huge 6.9-inch display which severely impacts its overall size. 


Specifically, the Galaxy S11+ measures in at 166.9 x 76 x 8.8mm when the camera bump is accounted for. To compare, the dimensions of this year's 6.4-inch Galaxy S10+ stand at 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm and those of the 6.7-inch Galaxy Note 10+ are 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm. The Galaxy S11+ will, therefore, be Samsung's biggest ever flagship by far at launch.

Elsewhere, Samsung has added an aluminum frame which is home to a USB-C port and speaker on the bottom, a power button and volume rocker on the right, and a few microphones. Despite the phone's huge size, though, the South Korean giant couldn't find any room for a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Premium internal hardware will complete the Galaxy S11+


Rather unsurprisingly, the Galaxy S11+ is expected to be powered by Samsung's own Exynos 990 internationally and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 in the US. Both chipsets will likely be coupled with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage as standard, but microSD card expansion isn't guaranteed at this stage. 

Other features will probably include Android 10 and One UI 2.1 straight out of the box, a massive battery that offers a capacity in the region of 4,800mAh, support for 45W fast charging, and 5G support as standard.

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60 Comments

1. aegislash

Posts: 1531; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

The race for who can have the ugliest multi-cam module is on.

11. TadTrickle

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

Hey, you asked for it. Ever since the smartphone boom, everyone now is a professional photographer. Critiquing every little thing about camera performance. So manufacturers are simply providing

48. sgodsell

Posts: 7581; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I can see why many OEMs with fast USB 3.1 transfer data speeds are dropping the internal micro SD card slots. Because you can buy tiny USB-C flash drives that support micro SD cards. Sure it's not internal, but now OEMs can save money, and they don't have to pay Microsoft any royalties to use an internal micro SD card slot.

54. AlienKiss

Posts: 264; Member since: May 21, 2019

I'm just bought a 128GB SD card from SanDisk for 46$ and all I can say is that I'm very amazed by the speeds and quality. I have over 20.000 photos on my phone, all of them on the SD card and it takes less than a second to load all the thumbnails when I open the gallery (quickpick). Also, now there are UHS-II SD cards available but those are very expensive. If you don't want to use an SD card, nobody is forcing you to. Just don't insert any in the slot. It's that simple. But other people do use SD cards. Personally, I never buy smartphones that lack the SD card slot. It saved me so so soooo many times I lost count.. By far, it is the most important feature in a phone from my point of view. Planing on buy a 500GB SD card soon. Yuhuu! :)

19. Rocket

Posts: 703; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Wtf is Samsung thinking? Only Apple can sell ugly phones bcs their fanbase is blind. Samsung had a beautiful design (S10 design except for the punch hole) and they have ruined that design, smh

40. mackan84

Posts: 632; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Now picture it with a black case

41. phljcnth

Posts: 560; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

If a superb performance will compensate for this look, then what's the trouble? I'll reserve my judgment until I see what this module can do.

55. Feanor

Posts: 1419; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

You mean that performance doesn't need be good looking? You just fired all designers in the world.

67. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

"because their fanbase is blind...." When will you kids grow up?

69. JohnZimmerman

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 17, 2012

Samsung is probably thinking that they need to include some real standout features if they want to increase flagship sales in 2020's market. I appreciate any motion towards function over form, from any phone manufacturer. Good looks make for flashy product announcements, but once reviewers get their hands on the phone, if its functions don't stand out from the crowd in some way, the press will be printing "ho hum".

2. pooma

Posts: 101; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

pixel 4 camera module on steroids

3. Fred3

Posts: 583; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Lol they're all over the place. Hopefully these cameras will make up for the looks lol.. I'm still getting one though

18. rsiders

Posts: 2013; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Nothing more than a leak to pass the time. I have my money on the original leaks with the horizontal camera module which looks way better than this. Samsung hasn't had an ugly phone in a while though so this might be their year.lol Nah, they wouldn't do it.

4. notfair

Posts: 766; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

So this is it now? We are seeing a race on which oem can put the most cameras on their phone? same as the megapixel race? from which I have seen it seems it;s starting again.

6. joshuaswingle

Posts: 657; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Next year will probably be a race for the most cameras and the most megapixels.

27. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 945; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

When will it be race for the best battery life? I thought Apple had started it this year with the iphone 11 Pros?

5. TheNane

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 26, 2019

What in the bajeezus... Definitely need to go with black to help hide that monstrosity. Cameras better be AMAZING

7. TBomb

Posts: 1666; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I think OEMs are trying to make a phone that stands out since they all are starting to look and feel the same. That said, I don't really care for it on a physical looks level. But... looks is not a reason to buy/not buy a phone.

8. RevolutionA

Posts: 481; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

That's an over-kill. No one would use a phone this way. Too much of anything is too bad

13. JCASS889

Posts: 611; Member since: May 18, 2018

So you would rather have less?

32. RevolutionA

Posts: 481; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Decency makes sense. This is non

9. Elvis358

Posts: 266; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

And people thought that Iphone 11 pro and Pixel 4 have the ugliest camera design on the back!

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31603; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

A little too much, but no more than my Pro Max or the Pixel 4. As long as it’s outstanding to me. Bring on the Note 11+.

26. MsPooks

Posts: 236; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

I've actually come around to the iPhone camera design. The burners convey a sense of boldness, making the little lenses around them seem more capable than they really are.

12. hazard1

Posts: 239; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

There is no controversy....that design is awful!

17. rsiders

Posts: 2013; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

And Samsung is smart enough not to win the ugliest camera module award. Nothing more than a leak to pass the time between waiting. Everybody relax.lol Or is it? Hmmm...no way.

14. shay90

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 04, 2016

What the...

15. Orion78

Posts: 217; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Dont care... its going to be a beast. Cant wait for the Note 11+ though.

16. rsiders

Posts: 2013; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I don't believe this will be how it looks. I think the original horizontal camera module will be the one used and not this monstrosity. Also that thing where we leak any and everything that comes across the desk is done. There's no way this is the final design. I'll be highly surprised if I'm wrong. Stranger things have happened.

20. talon95

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I actually don't have an issue with that design. The Cybertruck is ridiculous, this is pretty standard really.

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