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This year we’re not getting a Galaxy S11 and instead, it’ll be called the Galaxy S20. So, now that the Galaxy S20 release date is confirmed and only a few weeks away, here’s what you need to know and all the latest exciting leaks and rumors that are floating around everywhere. In fact, we’ve received a lot of information about a bigger and faster Galaxy S20, a huge Galaxy S20+ and then a Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Similar to prior years, the Galaxy S11/S20 will be available within a few weeks of the announcement on February 11th. As a result, potential buyers are likely looking for more information.

So, if you’re asking yourself, “when does the Galaxy S11 come out?” or “should I wait for and buy the Galaxy S20?” we have all the details, leaks, expected prices and news about Samsung’s next Galaxy.

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First leak of the Galaxy S20

  • The Samsung Galaxy S22/Galaxy S20 release date is officially set for February 11th
  • Expect three different models all far bigger than the Galaxy 10 series
  • Two Biggest Galaxy S20 models will come in a 5G option
  • Samsung may call them the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra/Pro (basically confirmed)

We’re expecting 2020 to be a big year for Samsung and its Galaxy S phone. With popular devices like the OnePlus 7 Pro hot on their heels, and Apple stepping up its camera and battery life game on the iPhone 11 Pro, Samsung needs something special with this next phone — and we think they’ll deliver.

So far, we’re already hearing they’ll release three models with one being affordable to take on the iPhone 11 and replace the Galaxy S10e. Then, two bigger and better models that are closer in size to the Galaxy Note 10, not the S10, and pack 5G speeds by default.

Basically the Galaxy S11 series will be bigger, better, faster, smarter, and pack even more cameras. Speaking of the cameras, they’ll be a substantial upgrade over all previous years, and apparently is one of Samsung’s biggest focuses for these phones. And while early rumors suggested a huge battery inside, those rumors are quickly turning to a very real possibility, which is the most exciting upgrade in my opinion.

Samsung Galaxy S11 News & Rumors (January 2020)

According to leaker Ice Universe, the Galaxy S11/S20 is dubbed “Picasso” internally by Samsung. The Galaxy Note 10, Samsung’s latest flagship, was called “Da Vinci.” Hopefully that means Samsung plans on delivering a beautiful piece of art, with the Picasso-style Galaxy S11. Rumored model numbers include the SM-G981, SM-G986, and SM-G988. All three will reportedly include 5G connectivity.

Update: We just received our first real photos of Samsung’s next phone. This huge leak confirms the Galaxy S20 name, 5G support, the punch-hole camera in the middle, tons of cameras and a bigger screen. This is the Galaxy S20+ with a 6.7-inch display. A screen which, by the way, is apparently more flat than previous models. It looks amazing!

Then, the latest information we’re seeing on the web is that sources have confirmed all three Galaxy S11/S20 models this year will have 120 Hz high refresh rate displays. That’s higher than the 90Hz we’ve seen from OnePlus and Google.

A rather unusual new rumor is floating around, one that actually makes sense. This year Samsung could call its flagship Galaxy phones the Samsung Galaxy S20 and the Galaxy Note 20 — for a few different reasons.

First off, calling these devices the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ would line up with the year, 2020. And the following year they’d call it the Galaxy S21, which makes it easy for fans and buyers to follow along with each new model as it shares a name with the release year. Furthermore, a regular customer at an AT&T store might be more inclined to buy the Galaxy S20 over an iPhone 12. It sounds better and newer. This could give Samsung a nice new naming scheme for the next decade, one that matches the calendar year for simplicity. Plus, a case manufacturer recently leaked the info in our image below, suggesting the names for all three models.

Then, at the end of 2019, we received our first leaked photos of the Galaxy S11, which come from the highly accurate and trustworthy @onleaks and 91mobiles. His leaks are “concept renders” based on accurate information sent to case manufacturers by Samsung, or similar situations. Essentially, he gets a blueprint of the device and creates an image of it. What you see below is likely the 6.7-inch model.

A few months back a report from MySmartPrice claimed Samsung will deliver at least three Galaxy S11 models. And, if you add in 5G on the bigger two, technically five phones in total. Something we’ve heard from Evan Blass, known as @evleaks. Evan states the Galaxy S11+ (or the S20 Ultra) might actually have a massive 6.9-inch screen, up from the 6.4-inch display in the current Galaxy S10 Plus.

We’ve heard a lot of reports about a powerful new processor and Qualcomm even announced the new Snapdragon 865 in early December. This is the chipset that will likely power the Galaxy S11 in the US, which has integrated 5G and a new 17x bigger on-display fingerprint scanner area that can even detect two fingers at a time.

Fingerprint tech that might be in the Galaxy S11 in 2020

Other leaks mention a crazy camera, potentially a 108MP sensor, as well as reports that it’ll be slimmer than the Galaxy S10. Personally, I hope Samsung follows Apple and offers a thicker phone with a bigger battery, rather than a slim profile. Phones are thin and slippery enough as is, and I’m pretty sure everyone agrees with me that battery life is more important than a 0.5mm thinner Galaxy S11. Recent Samsung Android 10 builds are hinting at 8k video recording and apparently “reconfirmed” the 108MP camera rumors, too. And now, we’re seeing our first benchmark leaks that suggest all Galaxy S11 models will have at least 12GB of RAM and tons of power. Thankfully rumors of a 5,000 mAh battery just got confirmed for the Galaxy S20 Ultra, and you’ll need it, too, with all the power and specs inside this big phone.

Popular leaker Ice Universe also claims that the Galaxy S11 design and configuration “has been basically determined,” then stating it’ll have a tiny circle cutout for the front-facing camera inside the screen, in the middle, like the Galaxy Note 10 but smaller. A few conflicting reports mention an under-display front camera, but that’s yet to be determined. Either way, with the designs finalized and 2020 underway, we’ll start seeing actual leaks or dummy units in the near future.

For now, we’re still getting case renderings based on Blueprints, which are actually very telling. The always accurate @Onleaks shared the S11 photos above, and now we’re getting a look at the budget Galaxy S11e below.

It looks like the cheaper Galaxy S model will have a big 6.2-inch curved screen and more cameras, while hopefully staying under $749 again. We’re unsure if the screen will be curved or stay flat, and the size is still unknown between 6.2 and 6.4-inches.

Galaxy S11+ Leaks & Info

So far we don’t know too much about the bigger Galaxy S11+ or Galaxy S20 Pro/Ultra, except that it’ll be bigger and better than ever. Early leaks suggest the S11 will easily replace the Galaxy S10+, leaving Samsung room to do something unusual with the biggest model. We don’t really know what this means, but the leaks below and some back-and-forth information has us very intrigued. Then, the same leakster as earlier shared some pretty interesting images that are reportedly the Galaxy S11+ or Galaxy S11 Pro. And while the information about the big screen and several cameras is likely accurate, another leaker claims the overall look and style you see below is wrong. Basically, the S11+ will be MUCH prettier than the “renders” you’re looking at here, and closer in design to the last image below.

Popular leakster @UniverseIce on Twitter says these images are wrong, and that no one knows anything about the Galaxy S11+ yet, which is kind of exciting. Here are two tweets posted online that should give you something to think about. Basically saying that for this release the biggest model will be very different than the smaller version for the first time in a while.

Rumored Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra Specifications

  • 6.7-inch and 6.9-inch Curved Quad-HD Infinity SAMOLED Display (Bezel-free) (all 120 Hz high refresh rates)
  • The smaller 6.25-inch budget model is still up for debate regarding the screen size.
  • 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Processor in the US and Samsung Exynos in select regions
  • 12GB of RAM and 128/256/512GB storage with microSD expansion (16GB RAM option on Ultra)
  • Android 10 with Samsung One UI 2.0
  • Quad Rear Cameras: 1212, 12, 16, (variable aperture main lens), f/2.4 5X telephoto Periscope lens, wide-angle camera, DoF sensor, more) Dual OIS, 960 FPS slo-mo, 4K, laser focus, 10-scene optimizer, Night Sight (rumors)
  • Crazy 108 MP Camera on the Galaxy S20 Ultra
  • 10MP Front Selfie Camera with a smaller centered cutout, Portrait mode, etc
  • Stereo Speaker tuned by AKG
  • 3,900 mAh, 4,500 mAh and massive 5,000 mAh batteries with new 25w Faster Charging, Faster 45w on S20 Ultra, Wireless Charging 2.0 and Powershare Reverse Wireless Charging (or bigger)
  • IP68 Dust & Water-resistance
  • USB Type-C, Bixby 2.0, Bixby AI, etc
  • Heart-rate sensor, Better In-Display Fingerprint Sensor, potentially FaceID tech
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack and no Bixby button

Samsung has offered similar screen sizes for several years, only increasing them by a hair as bezels have shrunk on our devices. Personally, I’m hoping the small bezel makes these phones not as huge as they sound, as those are WAY bigger than the Galaxy S10, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and just about anything else.

We’re also fairly confident that while they’ll both have 25w faster chargers in the box, the Galaxy S20 Ultra will be capable of 45w charging, but we’re not sure if that faster plug will come in the box. Here’s a confirmation of some of this information.

Aside from the screen size we know they’ll have fast processors, lots of RAM, and run Android 10. We’ll need to wait for more information about the screen sizes, cameras, and battery life before we say anything further. However, with a bigger 120 Hz display, 8K video recording and a bunch of other stuff, it actually makes sense for Samsung to pack a big 5,000 mAh battery inside it’s biggest model.

Galaxy S20 Cameras (And cutouts)

All the leaks we’ve seen so far suggest the Galaxy S11/S20 will come with four rear cameras. Similar to what Samsung did with the bigger Galaxy Note 10, but we’ll have to wait and see. Either way, the cameras will be one of the absolute biggest areas of improvement over the Galaxy S10.

We have good news though. Samsung will likely ditch the huge dual camera setup from the front of the Galaxy S10 Plus and stick to a single front-facing camera, located in the middle top of the display.

Two front cameras are unnecessary, which is why Samsung only put one on the Note 10, and will likely do the same for the Galaxy S20. Personally, I hope they hide the camera UNDER the screen, which is a fancy technology they’ve been working on for several years. We’re just unsure if it’s ready for mainstream yet.

  • Galaxy S20/20+ will have 4-5 cameras: Expect 3-4 rear cameras with the main 12 Megapixel f/1.5 variable aperture camera, a 12MP f/2.4 telephoto (5X) zoom lens (or Periscope lens), and 16MP super-wide angle camera. Then, a 4th unknown sensor that’s likely a Depth of Field or ToF sensor. Will feature dual optical image stabilization, 960 FPS slo-mo, 4K, etc. Then, a 10MP f/1.9 front-facing camera with 4K, portrait mode, face unlock & more.
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G will be the only model with the new 108MP camera from all the leaks.
  • Several leaks suggest a main 108MP sensor, a 5x zoom lens, and other neat things like 8K video recording

There is a chance Samsung sticks to the triple-rear cameras from the S10 and Note 10 lineup, which honestly, is fine with me. As long as they make actual improvements. The rumors of a crazy 108MP camera and a 5,000 mAh battery are over the top, unrealistic, and likely far from reality. We see crazy rumors every year, don’t fall for them. If Samsung does use a 108MP sensor they’ll compress them down to 21MP shots with more clarity and brightness.

Digging through the latest Samsung Galaxy camera code XDA developers found mention of the 108M camera (above) not to mention a new 20:9 aspect ratio and 8k video recording. Keep in mind that the camera app is for all Samsung devices, not specifically the S11, so this could mean anything. We’re not really sure, but we’ll know more soon enough.

Either way, we expect Samsung to make some drastic changes to the camera location on the front and the back, the number of cameras, and the quality. Especially now that they’re getting more competition from Samsung, Apple, and yes, even OnePlus. If I had to guess, here’s what I think will complete the Galaxy S11 series camera setup on the back.

  • 108 MegaPixel Main Powerful Camera
  • 12MP 5x Telephoto Zoom Lens (periscope lens)
  • 16MP Wide-Angle Lens
  • 12MP Depth of Field or ToF Sensor

Samsung Galaxy S20 Price

With three different Galaxy S10 phones in 2019, Samsung really shook up its pricing strategy. Mainly to compete with the budget iPhone XR and cheaper devices like the OnePlus 6T and 7T.

The Galaxy S10e was only $649 while the bigger Galaxy S10 came in around $799. That’s cheaper than in previous years, which is a plus. However, then the Galaxy Note 10 came around and cost $999 and $1,199, which has us worried.

  • Galaxy S10e – $649
  • Regular Galaxy S10 – $799
  • Galaxy S10 Plus – $899
  • Galaxy Note 10e – $749
  • Galaxy Note 10 Plus – $999, $1,199, and more for 12GB RAM or 512/1TB storage

Now, here’s what we believe Samsung will do with the pricing of the new Galaxy S11 or Galaxy S20 phone lineup this year.

  • Galaxy S20 (budget model) – $749 or $799
  • Galaxy S20+ – $849 or $899
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra – $1049 or more

Those prices are just a guess, and at this point, the names are completely up in the air. However, leaks suggest the phones will be similar in size or bigger than the Galaxy Note 10, which is why we’re increasing our pricing estimates a bit. When you combine a bigger screen, several cameras, more storage, 5G and a fat battery, these could be expensive phones. Then again, you’ll be able to get the Galaxy S20 and S20+ with or without 5G, if you wanna save some cash.

Samsung Galaxy S11 Release Date (Or Galaxy S20 Release Date)

We know the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus will be great, so your biggest question is likely “When can I buy the Galaxy S20?”. Well, both the Galaxy S9 and S10 got announced near the end of February and released 2-3 weeks later. We believe the Galaxy S20 release date is February 28th or March 3rd. You heard it here first. That’s roughly two weeks after the February 11th launch event.

As a comparison, the Galaxy S10 launch event was on February 20th, and the phone hit shelves around the globe and arrived on doorsteps on March 8th. The Galaxy S9 before it was unveiled on February 25th, so we have a trend to follow for our prediction.

  • Galaxy S20 February 11th launch event 
  • Galaxy S20 Pre-orders likely start the same day
  • Expect a release date of Late Feb or @ March 3rd

It looks like Samsung will take this event and also unveil an all-new folding phone of some sort. We’re not sure if this is the Galaxy Fold 2, or a completely different folding phone with a clamshell design rather than a phone that folds open into a huge tablet. Basically a smaller phone that opens to a typical size, which is far more realistic for daily use. Don’t be surprised if we also get a teaser for a Galaxy Fold 2, a new Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Buds 2, and more at the event. However, the star of the show will 100% be the all-new Galaxy S smartphone lineup.

A Few More Galaxy S11/S20 Details or Leaks

In closing, we want to share a few other details, thoughts, leaks, and we’ll update this post right here as the year moves ahead and we inch closer to 2020. For one, at the end of May Samsung announced a crazy new 100w charging system they could employ in smartphones soon. Considering they didn’t debut it on the Galaxy Note 10, the Galaxy S11 makes perfect sense.

Furthermore, in the past, Samsung’s chief hinted at a name change but we’re not sure they’ll ever drop the “Galaxy” moniker. If so, what do you think they’d call these new phones? If recent information floating around the web is accurate, they could call it the Galaxy S20. Then, a report from Korea believes Samsung will ditch the Plus with the Galaxy S11 in 2020. If those reports are to be believed, the company will soon release the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Pro/Ultra.

It looks like Samsung will stick to the curved screens, but they won’t curve all the way off the sides like a few phones we saw in 2019, known as a waterfall display. Furthermore, the most recent leaks of the actual Galaxy 20+ claim the screen isn’t very curved at all, using a 2.5D screen, and is closer to the curved sides of a Pixel phone than previous Galaxy devices.

Then, Samsung will rock a few new colors this year, too, and potentially new colors to match the Galaxy Buds 2 which we could see launch alongside the Galaxy S20 series.

We’ve even heard rumors from Weibo mention a graphene battery, which would make the next Galaxy recharge faster than any phone on the market, which would pair up nicely with that 100w charging mentioned earlier.

Then, we’ve received a link to an unreleased Samsung video showing a new feature known as “Selfie Type” which is a virtual keyboard you can use anywhere simply thanks to the front-facing camera on your Galaxy device. While it sounds complicated, this video shows that it works quite well, and we could see this debut with the Galaxy S11/20 series.

Either way, expect at least three all-new and improved Galaxy S smartphones to arrive in Feb-March following a February launch event to kickoff 2020. They’ll be awesome albeit expensive devices. Before you go, here’s what we want to see from the Galaxy S20.

Then, stay tuned for the latest news, rumors, leaks, and more now that it’s January and a new decade. We’ll know more soon enough.

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