Samsung's Galaxy S11 might skip the cool design everyone wants
The punch-hole display will probably make a return
Earlier this year, Samsung confirmed that it was developing full-screen displays that require no workarounds. This means no pop-out camera, no punch hole, and certainly no notch. The overall design is achieved by employing under-screen cameras, a technology that is currently under development. Samsung, nevertheless, stated that the first devices to benefit from the advancements would land within the next year or two.
If everything goes to plan, this means Samsung’s new edge-to-edge displays could be ready for use on the Galaxy S11, Galaxy S11+, and Galaxy S11e. But according to a new report by Chinese-language Sina (via BGR), this won’t happen. At Samsung’s current rate of progress, it’s claimed that the new displays complete with in-screen cameras won’t be ready in time for the company’s next flagships. This suggests the next-gen technology will instead be saved for the following year’s Galaxy S12. Nevertheless, Samsung reportedly has some upgrades planned for the Galaxy S11.
A new manufacturing process for Samsung's chipset is possible
The report also pointed out the fact that Samsung is currently working towards manufacturing 5-nanometer processors, something Sina believes could be used inside the Galaxy S11 series.
According to the company’s official timeline, these will be ready at some point during the first half of 2020. In theory, this timeline means the next-gen Exynos 9830 set to be used inside the Galaxy S11 could indeed benefit from the updated process, although the schedule will be very tight.
Because Samsung’s next-gen flagships are still many months away, a final decision regarding the process used to manufacture its 2020 high-end processor probably hasn’t been made yet. As a result, these details could be subject to change.
The Galaxy Note 10 & Note 10 Pro are Samsung's current focus
The Samsung Galaxy S11, Galaxy S11+, and Galaxy S11e are all expected to arrive during the first quarter of 2020, presumably at an event held during mid to late February. In the meantime, Samsung’s focus is the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Pro which are on track for an August launch.
For those of you that aren’t aware, these flagship smartphones are expected to introduce a drastically redesigned rear that involves a vertically-aligned camera setup positioned in the top-left corner. According to leaked information, both devices will borrow the Galaxy S10’s camera hardware. This includes a 12-megapixel variable aperture camera accompanied by a 12-megapixel 2x telephoto zoom camera and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor. The Galaxy Note 10 Pro may also benefit from the dedicated Time-of-Flight sensor presently found on the recently-released Galaxy S10 5G.
Other details should include Android 9 Pie straight out of the box alongside Samsung’s One UI overlay, a 4,300mAh battery inside the Galaxy Note 10 and a 4,500mAh battery inside the Pro variant, support for fast charging, and separate 5G variants of both models.