Huge Galaxy S11 and 'Galaxy Fold clamshell' camera upgrades revealed in credible new report

Huge Galaxy S11 and 'Galaxy Fold clamshell' camera upgrades revealed in credible new report
This is allegedly the Galaxy S11

Although Samsung's next big thing has yet to show its face (or backside) in any real-life photos, a trio of massive factory CAD-based leaks has recently revealed the controversial designs of the Galaxy S11, S11+, and S11e, which weren't exactly difficult to envision from the get-go.

Meanwhile, a bunch of purported insiders and leakers, some far more reliable than others, started teasing major new features and radical upgrades of key components months ago, helping paint a pretty detailed picture already of a high-end smartphone lineup only expected to officially break cover in February 2020. We can never know too much stuff in advance of such a highly anticipated release, of course, which is why we certainly welcome the latest report alleging to confirm Samsung's "biggest ever overhaul to the cameras on its flagship phones."

Far from surprising at this point in the Galaxy S11 build-up, the intel relayed by Bloomberg carries the prestigious financial publication's seal of reliability. While Bloomberg's inside sources can occasionally get things like these wrong, we're almost 100 percent sure this is not the case here.

A giant photographic arsenal with an insane megapixel count


Seeing as how most ultra-high-end handsets nowadays are blazing fast, camera performance is becoming an increasingly important factor in our buying decisions. But despite making decent strides last year, Samsung hasn't been able to catch up to Apple and Google in this crucial department, as proven by several real-world comparisons and experiments.

It's therefore not shocking to hear the world's number one smartphone vendor has a massive camera overhaul and drastic redesign in the pipeline. Like it or not, the Galaxy S11 and S11 Plus will almost definitely come with at least four shooters (each) mounted on the back in a large, protruding, and rectangular module. What's perhaps going to be even more divisive is the primary 108MP imaging sensor, which sounds amazing but on other devices, it's simply not that great for the time being.


Could Samsung optimize and polish the 108-megapixel lens found on the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 to perform significantly better on the Galaxy S11 and S11+? Maybe, but at least for now, it seems like the company is taking some unnecessary risks that could well backfire, noticeably slowing down the image capturing while not improving the quality that much compared to the Galaxy Note 10+.

Of course, Samsung's 2020 "photographic arsenal" will have a lot more going for it than just a super-high-resolution main sensor, and a telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom support definitely sounds great. In contrast, the S10, S10+, Note 10, and Note 10+ are all limited to 2x optical zoom, just like the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max

Meanwhile, we know very little about the "ultrawide-angle" lens of the S11, with a time-of-flight 3D sensor expected to be thrown into the mix to enable depth detection similar to the tech found on the Note 10+ and S10 5G. Curiously enough, Bloomberg's sources are staying mum on the possible integration of a mysterious fifth camera teased by all those recent render leaks.

Shutterbugs should also look forward to Samsung's next foldable


Most rumors and reports about the company's second-ever foldable phone so far have focused on design revisions and pricing expectations, but we're now hearing the upcoming "Galaxy Fold clamshell device" will borrow the "high-resolution sensor and 5x zoom camera" from the Galaxy S11. That's not exactly surprising after the first-gen Galaxy Fold essentially shared its three main cameras with the S10 and S10+, but it pretty much crushes our hopes of seeing this direct Motorola Razr rival released at a reasonable price.


It's hard to imagine Samsung could pull off a sophisticated vertically-folding design with a primary 108MP shooter, a 5x telephoto lens, a state-of-the-art Snapdragon 865 processor, and... a sub-$1,000 price point. It just doesn't sound like it can be done yet. Surely not as soon as February 2020, when this unnamed Galaxy Fold sequel spin-off is tipped to be unveiled alongside the mainstream Galaxy S11 family. 

Then again, it's not entirely clear if a mid-range foldable is actually such a great idea, as those looking to buy the most futuristic-looking products might expect state-of-the-art specifications as well. 

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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

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7 Comments

1. saif2711

Posts: 113; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

They must go for 48MP first and optimise it for the best photography experience because no one (not even one plus) have taken the full potential of this sensor so far now...They should go for 60,64 MP before reaching the 108 mark in a step by step fashion...108 MP from 12MP (or 16MP) looks on paper a giant step but chances of it being a misstep is sky high too.

3. User123456789

Posts: 1370; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I had chance to play with note 10 at Carrefour. Cam app is very slow to switch between modes.

5. samgsam

Posts: 153; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

I own a Note 10 and switching modes is fast enough just like other flagship phones.

4. MsPooks

Posts: 312; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

"Samsung hasn't been able to catch up to APPLE and Google in this crucial department" And then you link to your blind test where the Samsung comes out on top of the Apple way more times than not. Please leave your personal biases at the door. The Apple love affair is nauseating.

8. maherk

Posts: 7067; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'll add to that them criticizing the decision to go with a 108mp sensor, simply because it didn't work as we hoped it will on a Xiaomi midranger. They don't want to take into account that the S11 will be rocking a cpu that will be capable of handling even bigger sensors(200mp ones as Qualcomm noted), nor that the S11 is going to have the second gen of this sensor, not even how much better Samsung's image processing is when compared to Xiaomi.

9. Fred3

Posts: 612; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Along with camera software similar to deep fusion and HDR+

10. TadTrickle

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

I am so over camera spec bumps. I don't care if a phone can take surface shot of Pluto. The pictures we get today are more than good enough for me. And also, if the s11 doesn't come with a 3.5jack, there will be blowback

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