The Samsung Galaxy S11's design has reportedly been finalized

The Samsung Galaxy S11's design has reportedly been finalized
The Galaxy S11 is arguably the most highly anticipated flagship of 2020 and new information suggests Samsung could soon start preparing for the lineup’s production which, in turn, means a season of juicy leaks is just around the corner.

Research and development for the Galaxy S11 has finished

Following months of intensive research and development, Samsung has reportedly finalized the design and internal configuration of next year’s Galaxy S11 devices. The news arrives courtesy of tipster Ice Universe and coincides perfectly with the company’s usual development timeline – R&D for the Galaxy S10 series ended on November 1, 2018.

Details about what Samsung has planned for its next-generation smartphones haven't been provided but multiple reports indicate the phones are going to build upon the foundations of this year’s lineup. Samsung is expected to reuse its Infinity-O AMOLED display technology but make some improvements that’ll likely mean thinner bezels and smaller punch holes.

The successor to the compact and reasonably priced Galaxy S10e will probably stick with a flat display and single punch hole, but the regular Galaxy S11 may boast a curved edge panel complete with two holes rather than one. Alternatively, it could opt for a wider implementation like the one featured on this year’s Galaxy S10+ that’s large enough to house two sensors, one of which may be a dedicated Time-of-Flight sensor for a more reliable and secure face unlock system.

Samsung’s bigger Galaxy S11+, on the other hand, may include up to three front cameras. The company recently patented an extra-wide punch hole, but one historically reliable tipster has said the device may feature three individual holes instead. Within them, Samsung is expected to place two selfie cameras, one of which will likely feature a wide-angle lens, and a Time-of-Flight sensor. 

Upgraded rear camera systems on all devices are expected

The upgraded selfie setups are expected to be paired with new camera systems. The flagship Galaxy S11 and Galaxy S11+ may switch over to an impressive quadruple-camera layout that’s led by an all-new 16-megapixel sensor designed to replace the 12-megapixel alternative Samsung has used on its devices since the Galaxy S7

This will undoubtedly be paired with an improved ultra-wide-angle camera and a new Time-of-Flight sensor for improved portrait photography and more accurate AR content. Completing the setup may be a new 5x periscope zoom camera that’ll compete against Huawei’s implementation and replace the existing 2x telephoto lens.

Samsung’s cheaper Galaxy S11e will retain the primary and ultra-wide-angle cameras featured on its premium siblings but ditch one of the other two. The most logical move from both a marketing and cost perspective would involve fitting the phone with a Time-of-Flight sensor and introducing the zoom system as an exclusive for the more expensive devices, but Samsung has surprised us all in the past and could do so again with the Galaxy S11e’s camera setup.

The Snapdragon 865 or the Exynos 990

All of Samsung’s 2020 flagships destined for the US market will probably be powered by Qualcomm’s next-generation Snapdragon 865 while those headed for Europe and other international markets should benefit from the recently introduced Exynos 990. Coupled with the chipset on the premium models should be 12GB of RAM while the cheaper Galaxy S11e may benefit from 8GB. It’s unclear, however, if all models will ship with 256GB of internal storage as standard or if Samsung will choose to stick with 128GB for the budget flagship.

Rounding out the Galaxy S11 series should be Android 10 straight out of the box paired with One UI 2.1, support for 5G networks as standard, Samsung’s 45W fast charging tech on the premium models, and no 3.5mm headphone jack.



1. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 747; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Brace yourselves The leaks are coming

2. User123456789

Posts: 1084; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

The front is same of s10, smaller hole.

5. Abdbaas

Posts: 154; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

This is not good enough. While pretty much all other brands are coming with amazing cameras, Sammy just does the minimum. 5 years spent with the S line and I think this year is the last

13. stevewonders27

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 28, 2019

Not true at all. The 108mp Image Sensor that Samsung just released means that this will easily be the best camera setup on the market. It can also record in 6k, 30fps. This is a huge step up if you ask me

20. Abdbaas

Posts: 154; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

Who cares about 6k, especially when it's only in 30fps?

6. LawnBoy

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

Rule of thumb, Ice Universe is wrong most of the time

15. ijuanp03

Posts: 630; Member since: Dec 30, 2014


7. torr310

Posts: 1690; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Please bring back the notification LED!

8. RoryBreaker

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

I'll be pissed if they move the Power button to the left. Totally no need for that...especially after countless Bixby launches while just trying to turn down the vol.

9. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 38; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

Want to take bets that it's the same old thing as the 10, 9, 8? Incremental updates. Throw in a few dumb & unexplainable choices. Uhhh a new color (meh so what). They'll give us what they want, not what we want, and act like it's game changing tech.l despite the fact it will already be 2 samsung years behind what others are cranking out in Asia on a daily basis. Ive come to have less & less hope Samsung can actually produce a properly spec'd (BIG battery, micro sd, button based scanner, ACTUAL water proofing) & stop with all of the stupid nonsense they focus on (87 cameras, stupid tricks, minimal storage, in screen FP scanners that essentially never work). They just never seem to come w/ a complete package, just incremental pieces here & there = more meh

11. mikerosner

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 26, 2019

Hate to Disagree with you; But, Yet 'You're Right' that I Don't know! But, Ice made it Seem like the Next Sammie phone: the 11/ One Will actually be a New Beginning!! So, I'ma Preorder/1st in line that thing!!

10. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Rounded screens...I will not be buying a Samsung again as long as they continue to have rounded screens. It seems to me they serve three purposes: - Making the phone harder to grip - Making the phone more fragile - Ensuring more accidental presses on the screen

12. Astalavista

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 12, 2019

If this is true then Samsung made another miss in making the phone better then every other competitor or they're being lazy because they know that Huawei without google services is not a challenge anymore in hardware innovation. If Samsung really wants to fire Huawei, Xiaomi and Apple they need to change the back like the Note 10 not reverting back like the S10 and previous models and instead of 16MP they should use their 108MP camera 1/1.33" with periscope on the side. If those won't be put in the next Galaxy I would rather try Huawei P40 Pro without Google services and waste most of the time finding away to install Google services anyway.

14. TBomb

Posts: 1632; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I'd say Samsung has the best looking phones from the front. Never been a huge fan of the back of phones, but I used to like the LG G4 and others with centered volume rocker and stuff.

17. MaxNix

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 16, 2019

Why punch hole cameras still? I use the selfie camera .1% of the time. I would rather have the screen instead for the other 99.9% of the time.

18. stevewonders27

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 28, 2019

Well, I'd take a punch hole over a notch or water droplet any day. The front camera might not be useful for you, but tens of millions of people use it, so it'll be there in every phone. Unfortunately, under-screen front facing cameras haven't been perfected yet so it won't be in the s11, but there will 100% be a Samsung phone coming soon that will have an invisible front camera, so it'll be full screen.

19. MaxNix

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 16, 2019

While the better compromise, rather silly when one isn't needed. One cannot understand optics if one thinks that an intervening surface will not affect camera image quality. It is a pipe dream like BT earbuds are capable of wired quality of sound or wireless charging can be as fast as wired charging. Easy to fool the MP3 generation.

21. Lovepoint12

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 04, 2019

the killer device will break the rules

22. Lovepoint12

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 04, 2019

the killer device will break the rules

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