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The Samsung Galaxy S11 release date is only about three months away which is why leaks and rumors are floating around already. For those excited, we’ve received a ton of recent news about a bigger and faster Galaxy S11, a huge Galaxy S11+ or even a Galaxy S11 Pro we’ll share with you below.

Similar to prior years, the Galaxy S11 release date will likely be sometime in February, which is actually just around the corner. 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 S11+?” we have all the details, leaks, expected prices and Galaxy S11 news for those interested.

First leak of the Galaxy S11

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  • The Samsung Galaxy S11 release date is likely coming in late February
  • Expect three different models all far bigger than the Galaxy 10 series
  • Almost all Galaxy S11 models will have 5G support
  • Story developing…

We’re expecting 2020 to be a big year for Samsung and its Galaxy S11. 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.

Samsung Galaxy S11 News & Rumors (December 2019)

According to leaker Ice Universe, the Galaxy S11 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.

At the end of November, 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 the 6.7-inch Quad camera Galaxy S11, coming in early 2020.

Earlier this year 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 Galaxy S11 Pro) 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 12GB of RAM and tons of power. Thankfully rumors of a 5,000 mAh battery just got confirmed, 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 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 S11e model will have a big 6.25-inch curved screen and more cameras, while hopefully staying under $749 again.

Galaxy S11+ Leaks & Info

So far we don’t know too much about the bigger Galaxy S11+ or Galaxy S11 Pro, 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 this year the biggest model will be very different than the smaller S11, for the first time in a while.

Galaxy S11 & Galaxy S11 Pro Specs (Rumored)

  • 6.7-inch and 6.9-inch Curved Quad-HD Infinity SAMOLED Display (Bezel-free)
  • 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 (Higher storage options on bigger model)
  • Android 10 with Samsung One UI 2.0
  • Quad Rear Cameras: 12, 12, 16, 108MP (Triple variable aperture main lens (F1.5/F1.8 and F2.4), f/2.4 telephoto lens, and wide-angle camera) Dual OIS, 960 FPS slo-mo, 4K, laser focus, 10-scene optimizer, Night Sight (rumors suggest potentially a 108MP sensor or a 4th crazy telephoto zoom sensor)
  • 10MP Front Selfie Camera with a smaller cutout, Portrait mode, etc (Could be under the screen on S11+)
  • Stereo Speaker tuned by AKG
  • 3,900 mAh & 4,500 mAh and massive 5,000 mAh batteries with new 25w Faster Charging, 45w on S11+, 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

Ok, the list above is purely speculation based on three things: typical trends and available technology, rumors, and what we saw from the Galaxy Note 10. Combine all of that and you get one big, powerful, capable smartphone.

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 all these leaks are wrong about the Galaxy S11 being 6.7-inches and the Galaxy S11 Plus (or Pro) coming in at 6.9-inches, as those are WAY bigger than the Galaxy S10, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and just about anything else. Too big, unless the bezels are basically gone completely.

We’re also fairly confident that while they’ll both have 25w faster chargers in the box, the Galaxy S11+ will be capable of 45w charging if you buy the faster charger, similar to the Note 10. That’s Samsung taking a page out of Apple’s book to make more money.

Aside from the screen size we know they’ll have fast processors, lots of RAM, and run Android 10. We believe the smaller Galaxy S11e will have 128GB, while the regular two “flagship” models will start with 256GB of storage, similar to the Note 10, and not 128GB like the Galaxy S10 series. 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 S11 Cameras (And cutouts)

All the leaks we’ve seen so far suggest the Galaxy S11 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. Plus, we could see up to six on the Galaxy S11 Pro 5G variant if they put five on the back and one on the front.

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 S11. 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 S11+ will have 4 cameras: Expect Triple rear cameras with the main 12 Megapixel f/1.5 variable aperture camera, a 12MP f/2.4 telephoto zoom lens, and 16MP super-wide angle camera. Then, a 4th unknown 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.
  • Expect the same camera setup on the smaller regular Galaxy S11
  • New 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.

And while we don’t think Samsung will deliver a 108MP camera and a 5K battery, we are seeing several signs of the crazy camera sensor. 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.

Samsung Galaxy S11 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 line of phones in 2020.

  • Galaxy S11e (budget model) – $699 or $749
  • Galaxy S11 – $849
  • Galaxy S11 Plus – $949 or $999

Those prices are just a guess. 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 by a hair. When you combine a bigger screen, several cameras, more storage, 5G and a fat battery, these could be expensive phones.

Samsung Galaxy S11 Release Date

We know the Galaxy S11 and S11 Plus will be great, so your biggest question is likely “When can I buy the Galaxy S11?”. Well, both the Galaxy S9 and S10 before it got announced near the end of February, and released 2-3 weeks later. We believe the Galaxy S11 release date is February 23rd. You heard it here first.

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 S11 February 23rd launch event (New York or Barcelona) 
  • Galaxy S11 Pre-orders likely start the same day
  • Expect a release date of March 6-13th, 2020

We could see a teaser for the all-new Galaxy Fold 2, a new Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Buds and more at the event, too. However, the star of the show will 100% be the all-new Galaxy S11 smartphone lineup.

A Few More Galaxy S11 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? Then, a report from Korea believes Samsung will ditch the Plus with the Galaxy S11 in 2020. We don’t know if they mean the physical size, or the “+” part of the name. Who knows, maybe we’ll get a Galaxy S11 Pro instead of a Plus.

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. 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 S11 series.

We’ve even heard rumors from Weibo mention a graphene battery, which would make the Galaxy S11 recharge faster than any phone on the market, which would pair up nicely with that 100w charging mentioned earlier.

Either way, expect at least three all-new and improved Galaxy S11 smartphones to arrive in March following a February launch event in early 2020. They’ll be awesome albeit expensive devices. Before you go, here’s what we want to see from the Galaxy S11.

Then, stay tuned for the latest news, rumors, leaks, and more as December continues and we kick-off 2020. We’ll know more soon enough.

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