Samsung Galaxy S11 renders leak showing new design, five cameras

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The Samsung Galaxy S11 series is arguably the most highly anticipated smartphone lineup of next year. Reports have hinted at some pretty major hardware upgrades that’ll arrive alongside big design changes. And today, tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer has detailed these modifications in a new set of CAD-based renders.

A Galaxy Note 10-inspired design that ditches the headphone jack

Suggesting Samsung is aiming to create a unified smartphone lineup in 2020, the Galaxy S11, much like the upcoming Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51, looks set to adopt a redesigned front panel that's inspired by the current-generation Galaxy Note 10. It uses a huge 6.7-inch Infinity-O display which features a centered punch hole paired with extremely thin side bezels, an impressively small top bezel, and a chin that's been significantly reduced.

Like every Samsung flagship since 2017, next year's Galaxy S11 also features curved edges on either side of the screen. These are accompanied by an updated aluminum frame which retains the typical antenna lines but is thinner than usual, something that has forced Samsung to add a thicker area on the right side to better accommodate the power key and volume rocker. 

Additionally, a microphone has been added to the top of the phone and the bottom features a USB-C port and speaker. Unfortunately, the Galaxy S11 will also mark the end of an era because, as today's renders indicate, it doesn't feature the popular 3.5mm headphone jack.

Five rear cameras sit inside a new rectangular module

After replacing the Galaxy S9's vertical camera setup with a horizontal layout on this year's Galaxy S10 to allow for a larger battery, it seems Samsung is now bored of the design and is actively preparing yet another layout that'll be used across its entire lineup in 2020. Like upcoming Galaxy A-branded models, the Galaxy S11 will adopt a rectangular slab of glass that's positioned in the lop-left corner and home to an incredible five cameras. For reference, this year's model features just three sensors.

The exact functionality of each sensor is yet to leak but rumors have previously mentioned the possibility of a 108-megapixel main camera that'll replace the existing 12-megapixel sensor. This will apparently make use of pixel binning technology to produce more detailed 27-megapixel or 13.5-megapixel photos. It may also benefit night photography and zoom.

Speaking of zoom, Samsung has become known for its 2x telephoto cameras but a massive upgrade is rumored to be in the works. If the leaked information proves to be true, the Galaxy S11 may features a periscope-like lens that's capable of 5x optical zoom and supports optical image stabilizations. This, when combined with software wizardry, may also be capable of reaching 15x hybrid zoom and 50x digital zoom.

The flagship's camera setup should be completed by an upgrade ultra-wide-angle shooter and a dedicated Time-of-Flight sensor for more accurate depth data that can improved portrait photography and AR content. The remaining fifth sensor remains a total mystery at the moment, although it will be accompanied by an LED flash and a microphone.

Samsung Galaxy S11 announcement and release date

Samsung introduced the Galaxy S10 series on the 20th of February but earlier reports claim the company is targeting an unveiling on the 18th of February for the Galaxy S11 and its siblings – the Galaxy S11 5G, Galaxy S11+ 5G, Galaxy S11e, and Galaxy S11e 5G. This information was recently corroborated by a tipster with a relatively good track record.

Presumably, pre-orders will commence within 24 hours of the announcement and precede a release a few weeks later. If history is anything to go by, the Galaxy S11 series will probably hit shelves on Friday, March 6.

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