Samsung’s Galaxy S11 and S11+ are expected to launch on 11 February. They might be called the Galaxy S20 however, with a lot of rumours suggesting Samsung is going to change the name.
This feature rounds up all the leaks, rumours and speculation surrounding the next Galaxy S flagships . Here’s everything we know so far about the next Samsung Galaxy S.
What will the next Galaxy S be called?
Following the appearance of the S20 name, there’s now been a little more discussion suggesting that Samsung might switch the names from the S11 that had been assumed to the S20 family instead.
S11e → S20
S11+ → S20 Ultra ⁇
“Ultra” is just one of the possibilities, there are other options, to be confirmed，and What word do you think is best?
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) December 31, 2019
That might see a repositioning of Samsung’s devices, seeing the Galaxy S20 as the update to the S10e and ranging up to the S20 Ultra (or some other name) as the top device. According to reports from Korean media, the S20 name was confirmed by Samsung in a meeting behind closed doors at CES 2020, although we only have internet whispers to confirm this.
However, we do have some model numbers: SM-G980, SM-G985, SM-G988 are expected to be the model numbers for these devices – and the codename is thought to be Hubble, like the telescope.
We’ll continue to update as we hear more, but we’re keeping some of the S11 references just to keep things clear.
— Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) January 5, 2020
Samsung Galaxy S20 release date and price
- 11 February launch event confirmed
- Early March release likely
- Prices from at least £669 expected
Samsung has announced that Galaxy Unpacked will take place on 11 February. The company hasn’t officially confirmed what will be announced, but we suspect it will be the S20 and the Fold 2 – or Bloom as it might be called. The location is confirmed to take place in San Francisco and will start at 11am PST, 7pm GMT.
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 S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra 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 S20 design
- Metal and glass likely
- Solid build quality
- Centralised front punch hole camera
The Samsung Galaxy S20 is likely to make a few design changes and early rumours suggest that the design will look much the same as the previous generation, with a glass front and back and metal core.
These early renders also suggest that the camera module on the rear of the phone is going to get bigger – rather than being minimalised – for a bolder look. A photo leak from December 2019 appears to corroborate this.
Many rumours point towards a smaller punch hole front camera that is centralised like the Note 10 series, offering a more streamlined look – and this is expected across all the different S20/S11 models.
All the design leaks are reflected in the new Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite, announced in January 2020, but refreshing the design.
Samsung Galaxy S20 display
- Dual-edge designs expected, 120Hz
- S11e/S20: 6.2in
- S11/S20+: 6.7in
- S11+/S20 Ultra: 6.9in
Samsung is known for offering beautiful AMOLED displays and the Galaxy S20 devices will no doubt have such tech on board.
Three sizes have been reported for the 2020 devices and it’s claimed all will offer dual curved edge designs. Previously, the Galaxy S10e had a flat design. The sizes have been reported as 6.2, 6.7 and 6.9-inches respectively for these devices. It’s also said that Samsung will be putting a 120Hz display into these devices.
We expect to see vibrant colours, HDR10+ support and decent resolutions across the three handsets, especially in the case if the Galaxy S20+ and S20 Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy S20 cameras
- Large rear camera unit
- Four or five cameras expected
- 5x optical zoom rumoured for S20+
- 108-megapixel main sensor expected
With the competition really heating up in the smartphone camera department, Samsung appears to be making big changes for the Galaxy S20 and S20+.
There has been talk of the inclusion of an 108-megapixel sensor, along with support for 8K video recording. Samsung already makes this sensor – which you can find in the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 – so the obvious place for it to appear is in its own flagship range. However, there’s rumour that the two sensors won’t be one and the same. That might be the specs for the S20 Ultra, it’s currently not clear how all the devices break down.
Based on the renders and picture of the devices that have appeared so far, it looks like the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra could have five cameras on the rear (or five sensors, they might not all be independent cameras). The Galaxy S20+ might have four and the S20 three, based on these early images.
It’s been claimed Samsung is working on a periscope-like camera which allows 5x optical zoom and that’s been pictured in some of the latest leaks. There’s also rumours that Samsung is going after resolution, that it’s going to use 48-megapixel sensors for its wide-angle and telephoto lenses.
Samsung Galaxy SS20 hardware
- Exynos 990/Snapdragon 865
It’s likely the Samsung Galaxy S20 devices will run on either the latest Exynos chipset, the Exynos 990, or the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, depending on the region. We will also probably see microSD support, a number of storage options, and a healthy dose of RAM.
Rumours have suggested Samsung is working on a 3D facial recognition feature like Apple’s Face ID, and having shown the Face ID logo on stage at CES 2020, we’re expecting basically the same functionality. We also expect to see a battery that supports both wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.
Samsung Galaxy S20 rumours: What’s happened so far?
Here are all the rumours and leaks surrounding the Galaxy S11 so far.
10 Janaury 2019: More confirmations roll in that Samsung’s next flagship phone will be called the Galaxy S20
Reports say that Samsung confirmed the name of its forthcoming handsets in a behind-closed-doors meeting at CES 2020 with Korean media.
5 January 2019: Samsung confirms Galaxy Unpacked event
Samsung has confirmed that Galaxy Unpacked will take place on 11 February.
5 January 2019: Leak suggests 120Hz refresh rate
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) January 5, 2020
31 December 2019: More evidence suggests Samsung might launch the Galaxy S20 in 2020
Wider speculation on the naming of the next Galaxy S sees some corroboration.
27 December 2019: Samsung’s next Galaxy could be Galaxy S20, not S11
Just dropping the name S20 has caused a flurry of speculation that Samsung’s next Galaxy S might be called the S20.
18 December 2019: Camera details revealed including periscope telephoto
More details continue to appear on the Samsung Galaxy S11 cameras.
11 December 2019: 18 February launch date suggested
It has been suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S11 series will be launched on 18 February at an event in San Francisco, in advance of Mobile World Congress.
9 December 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11 to have 108MP camera
We’ve already seen a lot of camera leaks for the forthcoming model, but a reliable leaker has suggested that it’s a 108-megapixel sensor.
9 December 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11 photo leak, suggesting camera rumours are true
Yes, these aren’t the greatest quality photos and we know there will be a lot to come, but if they are genuine, then they perhaps go some way to corroborating the renders that we’ve seen appearing in recent weeks.
27 November 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11+ design leaks, with huge camera module
The latest leak shows a design similar to the S11e and S11 that we’ve seen previously, but draws a little more attention to the huge camera module on the back.
These renders from @onleaks and CashKaro.com and once again we think they show us what the Galaxy S11 will offer.
25 November 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11e renders suggest triple camera, dual edge screen and in-display fingerprint sensor
Serial leaker @OnLeaks and Pricebaba have produced the 360-degree renders showing the Galaxy S11e with a centralised punch hole camera at the top – similar to the Note 10 models – along with a dual edge display.
The renders show a triple camera on the back too – which would be an update to the S10e’s dual camera system – as well as a redesigned camera module too.
22 November 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11 renders surface
Renders of rumoured Samsung Galaxy S11 have appeared via website 91Mobiles, working with @onleaks. Previous leaks of this type have been correct, so this is likely to be the design of the Samsung Galaxy S11.
19 November 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11 won’t have waterfall display like Huawei Mate 30 Pro
Leaker Ice Universe claimed the Galaxy S11 series will not be going down the route of a waterfall display when it comes to design. The tweet did say the bezels are narrower than the Galaxy Note 10 however.
After careful evaluation by Samsung, The Galaxy S11 series does not use a waterfall screen design, but the bezel is narrower than Note10.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) November 18, 2019
18 November 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11 could offer 8K video recording and 108MP camera
XDA Developers reported that the latest update to Samsung’s Camera app – One UI 2.0 beta 4 – offers evidence of a number of new features that might (or might not) appear on the Galaxy S11 including Director’s View, Single Take Photo, Night Hyperlapse, as well as support for 8K video recording.
The app update also had some evidence of a future Samsung device – that wasn’t named – offering a 20:9 aspect ratio and a 108-megapixel camera.
12 November 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11’s hole-punch camera will be tiny
Leaker Ice Universe claimed the Samsung Galaxy S11 will feature a front facing camera in an even smaller hole-punch cutout than the Note 10, improving the screen experience.
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.