The Galaxy S11 leaks in a test mule case, flaunting a Samsung-exclusive 108MP sensor

The Galaxy S11 leaks in a test mule case, flaunting a Samsung-exclusive 108MP sensor
After two editions that were focused on perfecting the Infinity design of the S- and Note lines, Samsung is expected to have turned its main attention to the camera prowess of the S11 series, in addition to the battery life.

In these days of ubiquitous all-screen metal-and-glass bodies, the camera and battery endurance are arguably the two main differences between forgettable and outstanding phones, and Samsung may have realized it risks falling a bit behind. 

By poaching a lot of the camera staff that worked on Nokia and Lumia phones, Huawei managed to drastically push the envelope in terms of camera hardware in the past two years, forcing everyone to reconsider their strategy in that aspect of phone usage. 

Thus, Samsung is widely expected to catch up and even surpass everyone by using a 108MP sensor with record high resolution for some inventive pixel-aggregation, cropping and hybrid zooming features that will match the 50x zoom that Chinese phone makers already market with, and then some.

To achieve this breathtaking leap, Samsung has created not one, but two 108MP sensors, it seems, as the popular leaking cat that has good track record when it comes to Samsung hardware forecasts, just tipped. 

The first one was developed in partnership with Xiaomi, and landed in its Mi Note 10 phone that we took for a spin a few days ago, and found to be a bit underwhelming when it comes to image sharpness and camera speed. 

It's a king of captured detail, though, as can be expected, and Samsung is allegedly planning to use a tailored version of the 108MP sensor for its S11 series, that will be exclusive to it, and eventually surpass the one on the Mi Note 10 in quality. 

When we add the eventually superior camera software and the rumored 48MP telephoto camera that the S11 is expected to sport, we can't wait to see what the future of mobile photography will bring. 

As if to corroborate the exceptional S11 series camera story, an alleged test mule case with the phone inside has leaked out, and there is indeed a huge camera isle that can be seen on the back, matching the leaked CAD renders to the lens.

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Galaxy S20 (S11e)
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 3200 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh



1. Gryffin

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

doesn't seem like a 108mp photograph. :-P

2. AnTuTu

Posts: 1625; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

That's an engineering sample :p

12. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 731; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

„Eventually“ means “finally“ and not “maybe“.

5. JMartin22

Posts: 2415; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

They could’ve made a superior 16 MP camera with that sensor technology rather than trying to cram a bunch of useless pixels into a small space.

7. User123456789

Posts: 1371; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

It is made to work at 27, not 108. And with that tech, photos would be 4MP.

16. bilalb

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 15, 2019

Patience my boy patience

6. JCFan1979

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 18, 2018

I'd rather have that large sensor size with a 24MP sensor. The pixel sizes would be larger and it could capture more dynamic range and light (with some great lens work) which would mean they wouldn't have to over-process the photos. Think how much better they'd look using some quality data and some smart processing vs whatever they are trying to do now. I'll remain skeptical until they prove me wrong.

8. User123456789

Posts: 1371; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Quadbayer is to push DR. Since for each 4 pixels, two of them will have different exposures.

9. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 412; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

The camera rectangle looks pretty good, minimal and clean. Hoping the plus model isn't as gargantuant as leaks suggest

10. RoryBreaker

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

Much prefer the camera layout on the S10+

11. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 116; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

108 is for whimps - let me know when they finally hit 504 (LOL, who cares ugh way overkill)

15. integrazimmy

Posts: 63; Member since: May 30, 2015

540 if you do a little math.

24. AlienKiss

Posts: 324; Member since: May 21, 2019

Let me know when they'll have color infrared cameras..

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31780; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Phone looks dope, camera module looks just fine for the direction cell phone cameras are now going. Gives me a hint of what the Note 11+ will look like.

14. integrazimmy

Posts: 63; Member since: May 30, 2015

The 108MP sensor will work wonders under ideal conditions with lots of lighting, yet provide excellently smaller 27MP photos in low light conditions through pixel binning! I like this idea better than the variable aperture alone. Unless both are included, which if so, could make the BEST photos of any smartphone in 2020. It could be called... "Perfect Vision". Lol! :-)

23. redmd

Posts: 1964; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Wow! I might go back to Samsung with this tech.

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