Samsung’s Galaxy S11 and S11+ are expected to launch in the first quarter of 2020, likely around mid to late February.
This feature rounds up all the leaks, rumours and speculation surrounding the next Galaxy S flagships, as well as what we want to see.
Here’s everything we know so far about the Samsung Galaxy S11 and S11+.
Samsung Galaxy S11 release date and price
- Mid-Feb announcement likely
- Early March release likely
- Prices from at least £799 expected
Typically, Samsung announces its Galaxy S range before Mobile World Congress, which takes place at the end of February in Barcelona. This therefore means the Galaxy S devices are traditionally revealed sometime in mid February, at least they have been for the last few years.
It’s likely the Galaxy S11 and S11+ will follow suit, though nothing is known for certain as yet. If Samsung does follow its recent release pattern, the Galaxy S11 and S11+ are expected to be available to buy from early March.
In terms of prices, the Galaxy S10 started at £799 and the Galaxy S10+ started at £899, with a smaller and cheaper device appearing in the form of the Galaxy S10e, available from £669.
We don’t expect the Galaxy S11 and S11+ to be any cheaper than their predecessors. If anything, we’d expect a price increase as was the case between the S10 and S9.
Samsung Galaxy S11 specs: What we want
- Camera improvements
- Adaptable 90Hz display
- Faster wired charging
- Bigger battery capacities
- 5G capabilities on standard models
- More exciting finishes
- Smaller punch-hole front camera
Samsung Galaxy S11 rumours: What’s happened so far?
Here are all the rumours and leaks surrounding the Galaxy S11 so far.
11 November 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11 details leak: Three sizes, three colours, all dual-edge displays
According to Evan Blass, the Galaxy S11 range will come in three screen sizes comprising a 6.2-inch or 6.4-inch model, 6.7-inch model and a 6.9-inch model. The two smaller models – presumably called the S11e and S11 – are said to be coming in LTE and 5G variants, while the larger S11+ will only be offered in 5G.
Ishan Agarwal also added to the Galaxy S11 speculation by suggesting the S11e will come in blue, grey and pink colour options, while the S11 will come in at least blue, grey and black.
7 November 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11 might actually have a big enough battery
A leaked image from the Safety Korea site (via Galaxy Club) displayed the Galaxy S11’s battery capacity as 14.36Wh, which would mean a capacity of around 3730mAh.
The Galaxy Club also claimed Samsung is working on a periscope-like camera which allows 5x optical zoom, similar to the camera on the P30 Pro and the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom.
31 October 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11 could come with Face ID-like facial recognition feature
Some references appeared in the Android 10 beta for the Samsung Galaxy S10 suggesting Samsung is working on a 3D facial recognition feature like Apple’s Face ID and Google’s Face Unlock.
Picasso – the codename for the S11 – was mentioned in the beta too with the face recognition feature suggesting we could see it on the next Galaxy S flagships.
7 October 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11 will have 5X optical zoom, 108-megapixel camera, report claims
According to Korean site The Elec, Samsung will soon start to test a 5X optical zoom camera, which is claimed to be destined for the Samsung Galaxy S11. SamMobile also claims that the camera on the Galaxy S11 will have a 108-megapixel sensor at its heart
26 September 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11 could have improved in-display fingerprint sensor
Korean news outlet, The Elec, has claimed industry sources have said the Samsung Galaxy S11 will have an improved in-display fingerprint sensor. According to the report, the Active Area Dimension (AAD) that recognises when a user places their finger on the display will be much larger – double in fact.
24 September 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11e could have a dual display, patent suggests
Samsung filed a patent for a dual display device, which some have speculated could be destined for the Galaxy S11e because of the dual rear camera. LetsGoDigital made some 3D renders of the patent, helping us to visualise what the patent could materialise to.
13 September 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11 could come in Note 10’s beautiful Aura Glow colour option
SamMobile has reported that the Samsung Galaxy S11 devices will come in Blue, Pink, White and Black colour options and Samsung will adopt the “Aura” name in front, meaning the devices could come in the Galaxy Note 10’s Aura Glow colour.
The site also said the models will come with a top storage model of 1TB and a base storage option of 128GB.
29 July 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11 will have a smaller punch-hole camera than Note 10
Leaker Ice Universe tweeted a couple of details “confirmed’ for the Samsung Galaxy S11. He claims the Galaxy S11 is codenamed Picasso, it will offer a substantial camera upgrade and the software will be based on Android Q One UI 2.x.
Ice Universe also said the punch hole camera on the front of the device will be smaller than the Galaxy Note 10.
18 July 2019: Samsung begins mass production of first 12GB LPDDR5 Mobile DRAM
Samsung announced it has begun mass production of the industry’s first 12GB LPDDR5 mobile DRAM, said to have been optimised for enabling 5G and AI features in future smartphones.
It’s certainly plausible to suggest the Galaxy S11 could be one of those future smartphones.
9 May 2019: Samsung launches 64MP and 48MP camera sensors
Samsung announced two new camera sensors – a 64-megapixel sensor and a 48-megapixel sensor. The two sensors saw Samsung expand its 0.8μm image sensor lineup from existing 20MP to 64MP resolutions.
Nothing has been detailed to suggest these sensors will appear on the Galaxy S11 but it would seem like a logical move, especially with competitors like Huawei offering higher resolutions on their rear cameras.