Samsung has scheduled an Unpacked event for February 11 that’s all but confirmed to be centred around the Galaxy S11. That means Android fans have less than a month to wait until Samsung CEO DJ Koh whips the device out of his pocket and shows it to the world.
That said, we already have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the new Android flagship range thanks to a swathe of rumours and leaks. Without further ado, here is Express.co.uk’s collated list of the best Galaxy S11 features we’re expecting.
So how many phones is Samsung expected to show off on February 11? Well, based on leaks and rumours, we’re expecting three models of the Galaxy S11 but five overall devices. Let us explain…
The Galaxy S11 is anticipated to come in three main models, these are expected to be successors to the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ respectively. It’s currently unclear what Samsung is planning to name its next smartphone series – some have said it’s going to ditch S11 entirely in favour of S20, and the names for individual models themselves are also uncertain.
The successor to the Galaxy S10e is expected to come with a 6.2-inch display while the next Galaxy S10 and S10+ are speculated to boast 6.7-inch and 6.9-inch panels respectively.
The most premium S11 handset has been rumoured to only be offered in a 5G model. That makes sense seeing as Samsung has been one of the main smartphone vendors to push the new technology.
Meanwhile, the successors to the S10e and regular S10 are expected to be made available in both 4G and 5G variants. If you’ve been keeping count, that’s five S11 models in total.
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A super-smooth display
Samsung is widely expected to be readying shiny new AMOLED panels for its S11 series that sport a whopping 120Hz refresh rate. That means the moment you pick up an S11 you could be treated to the smoothest performance available on an Android phone right now.
What is a high refresh rate screen you ask? Good question. In a nutshell, the higher the refresh rate on a phone, the smoother everything will feel. The difference between a traditional 60Hz display and a 90Hz or 120Hz one is night and day – everything from scrolling through your Instagram feed to playing the latest and greatest games on the Play Store (assuming they support high refresh rates of course) feels that much quicker and more responsive. Trust us, once you use a high refresh rate screen, you’ll never want to go back.
Sure, other handsets like the Razer Phone 2 and Asus ROG Phone II already boast 120Hz screens. But seeing as Samsung is renowned for its gorgeous smartphone screens (and supplies them to a variety of other vendors) we’re expecting it to save its best tech for its flagship S11 series.
A brand new camera system
The Galaxy S11’s headline act is expected to be its camera. Although it’s unclear if all models will be treated to the same lenses, the most premium version of the handset is tipped to come with a whopping 108-megapixel primary camera. If true, this could allow the S11 to take incredibly detailed photos that are prefect for cropping.
Accompanying the mega main sensor is expected to be a P30 Pro-style periscope zoom lens with a 5x optical zoom. Of course, it’s expected Samsung will integrate a load of software tricks to help extend the reach of the S11 even further. Huawei and Oppo both use computational photography to smooth over the rough edges in photos that are taken with a zoom further than 5x on their respective periscope lens-toting phones.
Of course, we’re expecting the S11 to also come with an ultra wide-angle camera and a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor, too.
The South Korean tech giant is anticipated to stuff all this new camera tech in a new rectangular housing that could take up a substantial amount of room on the back of the device. In fact, renowned tipster OnLeaks shared alleged renders for each expected S11 model at the tail end of last year to give Android fans an idea of what to expect.
The other stuff
Of course, the Galaxy S11 series is expected to come with the latest and greatest internals around. It’s expected Samsung will vary the processor of S11 devices depending on the market they’re sold. US customers are expected to receive Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 865 while the rest of the world could be treated to Samsung’s in-house Exynos 990.
It’s also possible the battery sizes of each respective S10 model will be boosted along with supported wired and wireless charging speeds.
Although there are rumours aplenty about the S11 series, nothing is official until Samsung makes it so. That means everything above should probably be taken with a pinch of salt.
That said, we’re only a month away from the S11’s reveal. So stay tuned to Express.co.uk for the latest Samsung news.
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