The forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S11 is described by industry experts as the future of Samsung smartphones. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a while for the much-anticipated release.


Update 11 October 2019: A patent found by Tiger Mobiles is doing the rounds. The document was filed with the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) and shows a phone with triple punch-hole camera display.


Samsung has incorporated on the punch-hole systems on other devices, but the S11 would be the first phone to get three front-facing cameras, if the patent document is authentic.


The current flagship phones on the market incorporate a regular selfie camera alongside a dedicated depth sensor for improved portrait shots. 


That means that the third sensor could possibly an ultra-wide-angle selfie camera similar; or, perhaps even a dedicated gesture sensor, similar to the Huawei Mate 30 Pro.

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Samsung S11 render created by Phone Arena.


Update 18 September 2019: Galaxy fans, gather 'round, we have bad news: the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 may not get a sequel anymore. The shocking news comes from trusted leaker, Evan Blass. He explains:


"Apparently what's under discussion is more than just a branding realignment. Since S and Note features overlap so closely, one possibility is to simply fuse them into a single first-half handset, essentially an S-series with an S-Pen."


If that comes to pass, the new handset would be called 'Galaxy One,' and could possibly launch during the first half of 2020. However, Blass added that the discussion around the upcoming device is "very fluid and tentative."


Update 29 August 2019: According to MySmartPrice, the Samsung Galaxy S11 series will come out with model numbers SM-G981, SM-G986, and SM-G988; and will support 5G connectivity.


The same report claims that the Samsung Galaxy S11 could be released as soon as the first quarter of 2020.


While the under-display camera technology is being developed, it is unlikely that Samsung will shift to under-display selfie cameras anytime soon. But hey, we live in hope.


It would appear as thought Samsung's next-gen phones could use a punch-hole style for its front-facing cameras. Rumour has it that the S11 may even come with faster and more accurate ultrasonic fingerprint readers.


Update 12 August 2019: It's now been confirmed that the Samsung S11 camera sensor – the pixel-packed 64 and 108MP sensors – will make its debut in a rival Xiaomi handset.


Trusted leaker, Ice Universe, said that Note 10 uses the same main camera S5K2L4 as the Galaxy S10, and added:


"Samsung will add new features to it (there is a very technical feature), Note 10 is the end of the 1.4μm camera. Starting from S11, Samsung camera will be a new beginning."


This was followed by news that Xiaomi would join forces with Samsung Electronics to release the "new era of cameras". Xiaomi tweeted:


"This just in! Two big pieces of news from Xiaomi's Images of the Future Conference: 1) Redmi and Samsung Electronics jointly announced a 64MP camera, 2) Xiaomi and Samsung Electronics teased an upcoming 100MP ultra high-resolution camera."


Yes, we're confused too. We'll just have to wait and see how this plays out. Unfortunately, both Samsung and Xiaomi are keeping their collective lips sealed when it comes to a release date for the 108 MP-packing phones.

Update 31 July 2019: Four rumours confirmed


Reputable mobile leaker, Ice Universe, confirmed four rumours about the Samsung Galaxy S11; three of those rumours are good, while the fourth rumour may leave consumers less than satisfied.


The good news is that the S11 will run on Android Q with Samsung's One UI. The S11 should be in circulation when the Android Q version is unrolled, so that checks out.


In addition, the S11's codename will be Picasso, and the camera is said to include a "substantial upgrade." We don't want to speculate, other than that it could include an Isocell Bright GW1 64-megapixel f1/1.72 sensor.


The bad news is that S11 won't have an invisible selfie camera hidden under the display, even though Samsung's competitors are pushing forward in that field.

Rumoured specs, price and release date


One of the main talking points is the screen that curves on all four sides. The curved screen is innovative and will definitely put Samsung ahead of its competition. Here's what we know so far.

Samsung Galaxy S11 release date


Mark your calendars for around February or March 2020. Samsung will more than likey reveal the S11 at their Unpacked event, as they have done with other Galaxy phone releases.


Both the Galaxy S9 and S10 were released at Samsung Unpacked in February 2018 and 2019, respectively, so we can probably expect the S11 to be sold from March onwards.

How much will the Samsung Galaxy S11 cost?


According to the UK-based Expert Reviews, the S11 could sell for around £1 000, or R18 130 (at the time of publishing with an exchange rate of R18.14 to the Pound sterling.)


The high rate is mainly because the S11 is expected to include large storage and memory options. Here's hoping Samsung will release a lower-tier S11, although a budget handset would probably end up being disappointing.

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Image by: Let's Go Digital.


Note: The high-resolution 3D renders of the Samsung Galaxy S11 used in this article was created by Let's Go Digital.

Will the S11 camera really be all that?


You can definitely look forward to better camera specs. Now that the S10 was released with three rear cameras, it's pretty much the standard we expect from all smartphones.


Huawei recently brought out the Honor 20 Pro that features a 48MP main lens, so if Samsung wants to stay relevant in this mobile phone game, they will have to pull out all the stops.


According to Tech Radar, there are even rumours of Samsung working on a 64MP smartphone camera, and maybe just maybe that will be added to the S11. Imagine, a 64MP phone camera. It's a wonderful time to be alive.

The Samsung Galaxy S11 battery


It is said that the Samsung S11 battery life would surpass that of the S10. The S10 has a 3 400 mAh battery which is okay but it won't really last for two straight days without charging.

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Image by: Let's Go Digital.


In order to impress us, Samsung will have to aim for 4 000 mAh or above. Gone are the days of your Nokia 5110 lasting for seven days, hey.

And then, of course, 5G


It's safe to assume that the S11 will be 5G-enabled, especially since the S10 had the feature. And by the time the S11 releases, 5G will be available in most countries.


There are no affordable 5G smartphones coming our way any time soon, though. If Samsung wanted to stay ahead of the game, they could work on a way to give us a 5G-enabled S11 at a reasonable price. Is that too much to ask?


What is 5G, and what does it mean for the future of mobile? I'm glad you ask. Refer to my post about what makes 5G so special. Faster connectivity speeds, anyone? Yes, please.


Note: The high-resolution 3D renders of the Samsung Galaxy S11 used in this article was created by Let's Go Digital.

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Image by: Let's Go Digital.