Meet the Galaxy S11e, Samsung's triple-camera iPhone 11 rival


Just one day after the Galaxy S11's design was revealed, Samsung's cheaper and more compact Galaxy S11e has leaked out completely in a new set of renders accompanied by a 360-degree video that all arrive courtesy of Steve Hemmerstoffer in partnership with PriceBaba.

The iPhone 11 has two cameras but Samsung's rival has three 


The upcoming smartphone, just like its premium sibling, features an all-new rear design that centers on a rectangular camera module that is positioned in the top-left corner. This is home to three sensors and, as such, the Galaxy S11e one-ups both its predecessor – the Galaxy S10e – and its arch-rival – the iPhone 11 – which both settle for just two rear cameras. The exact functionality of each sensor is yet to be revealed but the main camera will probably be borrowed from the standard Galaxy S11. Therefore, consumers can expect to find a 108-megapixel sensor that supports pixel binning technology to produce higher-quality 27-megapixel images and noticeably better low-light shots. 

Also expected is an improved ultra-wide-angle camera coupled with a new telephoto shooter. The Galaxy S11 and Galaxy S11+ look set to support 5x optical zoom but Samsung may choose to cut costs on the e-branded model by adopting a 2x lens. Either way, it'll be an improvement over the Galaxy S10e and should be enough to compete against Apple's iPhone 11. 

The rear is made out of the usual slab of glass and is attached to a refined aluminum frame. The latter is noticeably slimmer this time around but is still home to a physical volume rocker and power button, meaning Samsung doesn't appear to have any plans for pressure-sensitive replacements despite almost doing so with this year's Galaxy Note 10 lineup. Elsewhere on the frame sits a USB-C port and bottom-firing speaker in addition to a pair of microphones. 

As you may have noticed, there's no sign of a SIM tray, but Hemmerstoffer has confirmed to us that the phone does have one, although the positioning is unclear at this stage. Whether it doubles as a microSD card slot also remains a mystery.

The Galaxy S11e says goodbye to the beloved flat display 


The Samsung Galaxy S11e's front panel is adorned by an Infinity-O display that's quite different from the one used on its predecessor. The selfie camera's punch hole has now been moved from the corner over to the center and the bezels are significantly thinner. Additionally, despite the praise Samsung received for the Galaxy S10e's compact and flat screen, the Galaxy S11e makes use of a curve-edge alternative which increases the diagonal from 5.8-inches to 6.3-inches. 

In terms of how these changes impact the overall size of the phone, the answer is pretty significantly. The current-gen Galaxy S10e measures in at 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9 mm but the Galaxy S11e grows to 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9mm, therefore making it noticeably taller than its predecessor and about the same size as the 6.1-inch Galaxy S10 (149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm).

Samsung Galaxy S11 announcement date prediction


The Samsung Galaxy S11e will probably be announced at an event on Tuesday, February 18. It will be accompanied by the recently leaked Galaxy S11 and the mysterious Galaxy S11+ which looks set to support 5G networks as standard. Speaking of which, a 5G version of the Galaxy S11e is reportedly on the way. 

Pre-orders might commence immediately after the event and precede shipments a couple of weeks later. An official release date is yet to be announced but history suggests Friday, March 8 is very likely.

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Galaxy S11e
  • Display 6.3"
  • Camera 108 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Octa-core
  • Storage 128 GB

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52 Comments

1. Guseinguliev

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 04, 2019

people loved c10e due to its compactness and screen plane and plus a fast physical scanner

25. Cat97

Posts: 1983; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Exactly !

42. BGChicago

Posts: 227; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

And awesome battery life (the Qualcomm version at least). 2 days easily, sometimes even 3 for me.

33. middlehead

Posts: 467; Member since: May 12, 2014

If they switch back to curved screens, the 10e will turn out to be the last Samsung phone I buy.

39. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The vast majority of the people buy cases anyway. So just buy a case and enjoy the curved display. Also it's more like Apple has been following Samsung for years. Now as far as this S11e or whatever it's going to be called. Other sites have said there is a forth camera that is only a depth sensor. Those tend to be small. But it's another camera, none the less.

36. shnibz

Posts: 517; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

I have an S10e, I could go for it being bigger, but the flat display and real fingerprint sensor are huge!!! They are indeed what make this phone so great. And the camera cutout in the middle seems way for distracting that it being off to the side.

2. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 200; Member since: May 29, 2019

It feels like 2015 again with these camera humps, at least make the device thicker so the tech can be more flush?

34. LetThereBeLight

Posts: 116; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

I really don't care the camera humps but I love to see they make a full right hand oriented phone at last. Every button there on the right side. thank god!

3. User123456789

Posts: 1189; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

It competes against iphone 12.

5. joshuaswingle

Posts: 669; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

The iPhone 12 doesn't arrive until September. This phone will be out in February.

11. jjface

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

So it will compete with both

12. joshuaswingle

Posts: 669; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Yes! Just like the iPhone 11 competes with the S10e and soon the S11e

21. JMartin22

Posts: 2390; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

It’s also worth noting that the iPhone is on a 6 month time table difference when it comes to sampling new generation hardware. The A13 is meant to compete with H1 2020 SoCs, not stuff from this year

48. m_usm04

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 02, 2019

Wow, will be out in February?? Not for sale until late April, I guess.

49. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 715; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Samsung will announce the phone in February and release it to market in April. That means the S11 is designed to compete with iPhone 12 as it will arrive 5 months later in September.

53. Sagemode87

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 16, 2018

Nice try, you must not have much faith in IPhone 11 to hold up. The 865 is complete at this point.

43. A_A_A

Posts: 229; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

In Samsung imagination it does... In fact today's Samsung can hardly compete with Huawei and even Xiaomi, let alone Apple. ..

54. Sagemode87

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 16, 2018

Lmao name one thing better about IPhone 11 over Note 10 outside of battery life (which Note 10 more than makes up for with half the charge speed time)

4. Georgio

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Yeah, this will be the ugliest phone of 2020

52. User123456789

Posts: 1189; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Pixel 5 will be worse. This is exactly front design of oneplus 8.

6. shafayatsohail

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 14, 2016

what a joke, comparing android with iOS and Samsung with iPhone!!!

13. IT-Engineer

Posts: 579; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

True, Android is miles ahead of IOS and Samsung is much better than apple.

16. Elvis358

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Other way around

7. shafayatsohail

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 14, 2016

Samsung is good at oil painting

14. IT-Engineer

Posts: 579; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Oil painting, chips, satellites, trucks, planes, tanks, televisions, microwaves, refrigerators, air conditioners, military weapons. Oh and they employ over 1.5 million people in their home country alone. Man they are so good, right?? Tell me, what things their rivals can come close to?

24. sirohunter

Posts: 215; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

Software

32. mackan84

Posts: 640; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Walmart employs 2.2 million

45. notfair

Posts: 767; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

south korea has a population of 54mil and us has 340mil, so it's not comparable at all.

8. Vancetastic

Posts: 1793; Member since: May 17, 2017

Curved screen + all glass construction = no sale, for me at least.

9. Fred3

Posts: 587; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

I got the S10e cause of it's size and flat screen which i wish the S11e would have the same. I wouldn't mind trying this one out though...meanwhile i'll sit back and continue to laugh at the crying and hateful comments.

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