The Samsung Galaxy S11 release date is still several months away but that doesn’t mean leaks and rumors aren’t floating around already. In fact, it’s just the opposite with a ton of exciting news about a bigger and faster Galaxy S11+ and more.
We expect the Galaxy S11 release date to be sometime in February, which is actually just around the corner. As a result, potential buyers are likely looking for more information.
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, expected prices and Galaxy S11 news for those interested.
- Samsung Galaxy S11 Release Date: February 23rd with an early March release in stores
- What is the Galaxy S11: Samsung’s best flagship phone for the first half of 2020
- What to expect?: 2-3 phones, quad-cameras, in-display fingerprint sensor & 5G built-in
- How Much Will it Cost?: $849, 999 and $1099 if we had to guess
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 packs 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 (November 2019)
According to the 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.
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+ 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 potentially a 108MP camera, 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.
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, dummy units, and case renderings in the near future.
Galaxy S11 & Galaxy S11+ Specs (Rumored)
- 6.7-inch and 6.9-inch Curved Quad-HD Infinity SAMOLED Display (Bezel-free)
- The smaller 6.2 or 6.4-inch budget model is still up for debate
- 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Processor in the US and Samsung Exynos in select regions
- 8-12GB of RAM and 128/256/512GB storage with microSD expansion (Higher RAM and storage options on bigger model)
- Android 10 with Samsung One UI 2.0
- Quad Rear Cameras: 12, 12, 16, 16MP (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, 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
- Stereo Speaker tuned by AKG
- 3,900 mAh & massive 4,500 mAh batteries with new 25w Faster Charging, 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 Evan Blass is wrong about the Galaxy S11 being 6.7-inches and the Galaxy S11+ coming in at 6.9-inches, as those are WAY bigger than the Galaxy Note 10+, 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.
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 four on the back and two 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: 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
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. 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. When you combine a bigger screen, 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.
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 wanted to see from the Galaxy S11.