Samsung has confirmed that its hotly anticipated flagship Galaxy S11 will be unveiled on February 11. The Korean electronics giant will host an Unpacked event in San Francisco, where we will learn more about this next generation mobile.
One of the intriguing aspects of the Galaxy S11 that has provoked comment is the two bulges visible on its exterior that appear to hide square-shaped objects. There has been much speculation that this may then see Unpacked reveal two new Samsung devices.
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Samsung isn’t saying it too much about this currently, or indeed anything in particular about the Galaxy S11 at all. When the developer was playing second fiddle to Apple to a certain extent, it was more willing to reveal details of its devices ahead of their release. But this is no longer the case, with Samsung having gone from strength to strength in recent years.
Aside from the Galaxy S11, reports have also surface which suggest that a Galaxy Tab S6 tablet will also be released in the foreseeable future, and could also be a feature of Unpacked. It is believed that this tablet would be 5G compatible, or at least one of the models released would feature this functionality.
The price of high-end smartphones has increased steadily, now reaching the point where their price tags are even prohibitive for some users. However, reports have at least suggested that Samsung will freeze the RRP of the S11, meaning that it would retail $899 / £799 / AU$1,349 for its cheapest storage size, with the top-end model priced at $1,149 / £999 / AU$1,699.
Samsung will reveal its flagship in a slightly different way than usual this year, considering that the Mobile World Congress, which is the usual venue for the Galaxy S unveiling, doesn’t begin in Barcelona until February 24. It appears that Samsung is not willing to push back the release date of the Galaxy S11, and so it is likely that it will largely skip the Mobile World Congress this year.
While Samsung has yet to reveal any specs, reports suggest that the Galaxy S11 161.9 x 73.7 x 7.8mm, which would make it larger than the 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm Galaxy S10. Curved displays will also be included in the three models of the Galaxy S11 expected to be released, which will measure 6.4 inches, 6.7 inches and 6.9 inches respectively.
No increase is expected on the 1,440 x 3,040 pixels resolution of the Galaxy S10, but the new release may benefit from an improved 120Hz refresh rate, meaning that interactions with the phone will be smoother than the previous iteration. Samsung has also trademarked the term SAMOLED, hinting at possible new screen tech for the S11.
Other rumors suggest that Samsung could use its new 48MP and 64MP camera sensors, with one model at least benefiting from 5x optical zoom, and enhanced optical image stabilization included in all releases. Korean leaks also suggest that the Galaxy S11 will come with a 4,500mAh battery, and there have also been a few murmurings that Samsung could reinstate the much-missed headphone jack.
As always, the proof will be in the pudding, and it seems that we have just over one month to wait to find out more…