Samsung's Galaxy S20 and S20+ are expected to launch on 11 February. Formerly known as the Galaxy S11, it now looks like Samsung is changing the name, with three devices expected in the Galaxy S20 family.
This feature rounds up all the leaks, rumours and speculation surrounding the next Galaxy S flagships . Here's everything we know so far about the next Samsung Galaxy S.
What will the next Galaxy S be called?
Following the appearance of the S20 name, there's now been a lot of discussion suggesting that Samsung will switch the names from S11 to S20 instead.
S11e → S20— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) December 31, 2019
S11+ → S20 Ultra ⁇
“Ultra” is just one of the possibilities, there are other options, to be confirmed，and What word do you think is best?
According to reports from Korean media, the S20 name was confirmed by Samsung in a meeting behind closed doors at CES 2020, and we've now seen the phone's startup screen with S20 on it so this looks like it's confirmed.
We also have some model numbers: SM-G980, SM-G985/6, SM-G988 are expected to be the model numbers for these devices - and the codename is thought to be Hubble, like the telescope, for the S20 Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy S20 release date and price
- 11 February launch event confirmed
- Early March release likely
Samsung has announced that Galaxy Unpacked will take place on 11 February. The company hasn't officially confirmed what will be announced, but we suspect it will be the S20 series and the Galaxy Z Flip, its new folding phone. The location is confirmed to take place in San Francisco and will start at 11am PST, 7pm GMT.
In terms of prices, the Galaxy S10 started at £799 and the Galaxy S10+ started at £899, with a smaller and cheaper device appearing in the form of the Galaxy S10e, available from £669.
We don't have any UK prices right now, but some € prices have leaked:
- Galaxy S20 4G €899, 5G €999
- Galaxy S20+ 5G €1099
- Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G 128GB €1349, 512GB €1549
That's an expensive array of devices and suggests that we're not really getting an S10e replacement. We can't help feeling that the Galaxy S10 Lite is the new "affordable" option, with these new devices sitting above.
Samsung Galaxy S20 design
- Samsung Galaxy S20: 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9mm
- Samsung Galaxy S20+: 161.9 x 73.7 x 7.8mm
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 166.9 x 76 x 8.8mm
The Samsung Galaxy S20 is likely to make few design changes and rumours suggest that the design will look much the same as the previous generation, with a glass front and back and metal core. That core on the S20 Ultra is said to be stainless steel, with Samsung taking a leaf out of Apple's book.
Renders and photo leaks suggest that the camera module on the rear of the phone is going to get bigger - rather than being minimalised - for a bolder look. The Galaxy S20 will come in grey, blue and pink. The Galaxy S20+ will come in black, grey and blue. The S20 Ultra will come in black and grey colours.
Many rumours point towards a smaller punch hole front camera that is centralised like the Note 10 series, offering a more streamlined look - and this is expected across all the different S20 models. It also looks like the 3.5mm headphone socket will be removed on some of the phones, if not all.
We're also going to see the under display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner returning, for unlocking the phone.
Samsung Galaxy S20 display
- Dual-edge designs expected, 120Hz
- S20: 6.2in, 3200 x 1440 pixels, 20:9, 565ppi
- S20+: 6.7in, 3200 x 1440 pixels, 20:9, 524ppi
- S20 Ultra: 6.9in, 3200 x 1440 pixels, 20:9, 508ppi
Three sizes have been reported for the 2020 devices and it is claimed all will offer dual curved edge designs, although the S20 Ultra might be flatter with 2.5D glass, according to one report. The sizes have been reported as 6.2, 6.7 and 6.9-inches respectively for these devices, all with a 20:9 aspect with a Quad HD+ resolution.
It's also said that Samsung will be putting a 120Hz display into these devices, although the fastest refresh rate may not work at all screen resolutions. Leaks point to being able to select the resolution and if you want 120Hz, you'll have to drop to Full HD+.
Samsung Galaxy S20 cameras
- S20: 12MP main, 64MP telephoto, 12MP ultra wide
- S20+: 12MP main, 64MP telephoto, 12MP ultra wide, ToF
- S20 Ultra: 108MP main, 48MP 10x telephoto, 12MP ultra wide, ToF
With the competition really heating up in the smartphone camera department, Samsung appears to be making big changes for the Galaxy S20 and S20+.
There has been talk of the inclusion of an 108-megapixel sensor, along with support for 8K video recording and this is coming to the S20 Ultra.
It has also been claimed Samsung is working on a periscope-like camera which allows 10x optical zoom and 100x digital zoom, again destined for the S20 Ultra, although there's some debate over this figure, and it might actually be 5x optical - although it seems Samsung is going to be writing 100x on the back of the phone. It's said that the "hybrid zoom" figure is being given as 30x.
The real life photo leak suggests the S20+ doesn't have periscope zoom, so that's probably for the Ultra only.
It's also been said that the S20 and the S20+ are going to use a new 1.8µm 12-megapixel sensor, rather than that 108-megapixel sensor (why the different approach, we don't know). There should be a 64-megapixel telephoto (the zoom is unknown) and a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera on all the phones.
The S20+ and S20 Ultra are going to get a time-of-flight sensor too, presumably to support portrait modes.
Samsung Galaxy S20 hardware
- Exynos 990/Snapdragon 865
- 12GB RAM on all, 128GB base storage, 1TB microSD support
- 4000/4500/5000mAh batteries
It's likely the Samsung Galaxy S20 devices will run on either the latest Exynos chipset, the Exynos 990, or the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, depending on the region. We expect a healthy dose of RAM - which could be as much as 12GB across all devices, although we'd previously heard that the S20 would start at 6GB RAM. Rumours suggest that the S20 Ultra will get a 16GB option.
Rumours have suggested Samsung is working on a 3D facial recognition feature like Apple's Face ID, and having shown the Face ID logo on stage at CES 2020, we're expecting basically the same functionality.
We also expect to see a battery that supports both wireless charging and reverse wireless charging, and it's said that the S20 will get a 4000mAh battery, the S20+ gets 4500mAh while the S20 Ultra is reported to have a 5000mAh battery. There will be a 25W charger to fast charge the phones.
As to 5G, we're expecting 5G versions of all devices.
Samsung Galaxy S20 rumours: What's happened so far?
Here are all the rumours and leaks surrounding the Galaxy S11 so far.
23 January 2020: Official renders for the Samsung Galaxy S20 family, along with € prices
A huge dump of information from a reliable leaker has surfaced quality images of the Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra. Prices have been included, giving a very complete picture of the new devices.
(1/3) Exclusive: Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra Official Renders are here! Starting with Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, it will start at €1349 for 128GB variant. S20 Ultra 5G 512GB will cost €1549. Colours: Cosmic Grey and Cosmic Black.— Ishan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) January 23, 2020
LINK: https://t.co/Ldbj2LH0A0 pic.twitter.com/ZX3W74WxWq
23 January 2020: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra tipped to come with stainless steel frame
A report suggests that Samsung is taking a leaf out of Apple's book and equipping the S20 Ultra with a stainless steel frame.
21 January 2020: Galaxy S20 Ultra camera said to offer 30x hybrid zoom
Max Weinbach who has leaked most of the details surrounding the Galaxy S20 claims that the S20 Ultra will have 30x hybrid zoom and the 100x zoom is digital.
The S20 Ultra will also have 30X hybrid zoom and 100x digital. They claim 30x is lossless zoom.— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) January 20, 2020
It will be in black, blue, pink, and gray. Colors will likely vary by region.
21 January 2020: Euro prices leak for three S20 5G models
Prices coming from a reliable source give us a hint at what you might expect to pay for the 5G versions of the new Samsung Galaxy S20 devices.
So just heard S20 prices. Expect these to be lower than listed but at the moment we are expecting:— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) January 20, 2020
S20 5G: €900-1000
S20+ 5G: €1050-1100
S20 Ultra 5G: €1300
Galaxy Z Flip is supposed to be about €1400 but I expect that to change before launch.
20 January 2020: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra camera will offer 100x zoom
A more detailed description of how the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra camera will look, breaking down the layout of what could be a special camera system.
This image accurately represents how the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Camera setup looks like! It will be dual shade (grey matte like + black), and it honestly looks good (better than what I tried to make here lol). Yeah, 100X would be printed besides Periscope Camera. pic.twitter.com/YwbYWZmvyg— Ishan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) January 18, 2020
17 January 2020: A breakdown of all the sensors in the Galaxy S20 family surfaces
A reliable leaker has shared a list of 10 different camera sensors that are being used in the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S20 family, although it's not clear exactly how they stack up in the different devices and some questions remain.
14 January 2020: Samsung Galaxy S20+ hands-on leak reveals 120Hz display, no headphone jack
More leaks pour out from the same source, revealing more detail about the display, confirming no headphone socket.
14 January 2020: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra specs: It's going to be a powerhouse
Fleshing out the core specs of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra suggests that it's going to be a very powerful phone.
14 January 2020: Samsung Galaxy S20 leak adds detail to the camera, but we have concerns
A breakdown of the camera load-out for the Galaxy S20 family has been leaked online.
13 January 2020: All phones could get 12GB RAM
The standard configuration：12GB LPDDR5— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) January 13, 2020
13 January 2020: Samsung's Galaxy S20 and S20+ will get an all-new camera sensor
A Twitter leaker has suggested that the Galaxy S20 and S20+ will get a new 12-megapixel sensor.
13 January 2020: Samsung Galaxy S20+ leaks in real life photos, confirming launch name
Photos showing the new handset and the startup screen confirm the name and the design of the Samsung Galaxy S20+.
10 January 2020: More confirmations roll in that Samsung's next flagship phone will be called the Galaxy S20
Reports say that Samsung confirmed the name of its forthcoming handsets in a behind-closed-doors meeting at CES 2020 with Korean media.
5 January 2020: Samsung confirms Galaxy Unpacked event
Samsung has confirmed that Galaxy Unpacked will take place on 11 February.
5 January 2020: Leak suggests 120Hz refresh rate
Galaxy— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) January 5, 2020
31 December 2019: More evidence suggests Samsung might launch the Galaxy S20 in 2020
Wider speculation on the naming of the next Galaxy S sees some corroboration.
27 December 2019: Samsung's next Galaxy could be Galaxy S20, not S11
Just dropping the name S20 has caused a flurry of speculation that Samsung's next Galaxy S might be called the S20.
18 December 2019: Camera details revealed including periscope telephoto
More details continue to appear on the Samsung Galaxy S11 cameras.
11 December 2019: 18 February launch date suggested
It has been suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S11 series will be launched on 18 February at an event in San Francisco, in advance of Mobile World Congress.
9 December 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11 to have 108MP camera
We've already seen a lot of camera leaks for the forthcoming model, but a reliable leaker has suggested that it's a 108-megapixel sensor.
9 December 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11 photo leak, suggesting camera rumours are true
Yes, these aren't the greatest quality photos and we know there will be a lot to come, but if they are genuine, then they perhaps go some way to corroborating the renders that we've seen appearing in recent weeks.
27 November 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11+ design leaks, with huge camera module
The latest leak shows a design similar to the S11e and S11 that we've seen previously, but draws a little more attention to the huge camera module on the back.
These renders from @onleaks and CashKaro.com and once again we think they show us what the Galaxy S11 will offer.
25 November 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11e renders suggest triple camera, dual edge screen and in-display fingerprint sensor
Serial leaker @OnLeaks and Pricebaba have produced the 360-degree renders showing the Galaxy S11e with a centralised punch hole camera at the top - similar to the Note 10 models - along with a dual edge display.
The renders show a triple camera on the back too - which would be an update to the S10e's dual camera system - as well as a redesigned camera module too.
22 November 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11 renders surface
Renders of rumoured Samsung Galaxy S11 have appeared via website 91Mobiles, working with @onleaks. Previous leaks of this type have been correct, so this is likely to be the design of the Samsung Galaxy S11.
19 November 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11 won't have waterfall display like Huawei Mate 30 Pro
Leaker Ice Universe claimed the Galaxy S11 series will not be going down the route of a waterfall display when it comes to design. The tweet did say the bezels are narrower than the Galaxy Note 10 however.
After careful evaluation by Samsung, The Galaxy S11 series does not use a waterfall screen design, but the bezel is narrower than Note10.— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) November 18, 2019
18 November 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11 could offer 8K video recording and 108MP camera
XDA Developers reported that the latest update to Samsung's Camera app - One UI 2.0 beta 4 - offers evidence of a number of new features that might (or might not) appear on the Galaxy S11 including Director's View, Single Take Photo, Night Hyperlapse, as well as support for 8K video recording.
The app update also had some evidence of a future Samsung device - that wasn't named - offering a 20:9 aspect ratio and a 108-megapixel camera.
12 November 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11's hole-punch camera will be tiny
Leaker Ice Universe claimed the Samsung Galaxy S11 will feature a front facing camera in an even smaller hole-punch cutout than the Note 10, improving the screen experience.
11 November 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11 details leak: Three sizes, three colours, all dual-edge displays
According to Evan Blass, the Galaxy S11 range will come in three screen sizes comprising a 6.2-inch or 6.4-inch model, 6.7-inch model and a 6.9-inch model. The two smaller models - presumably called the S11e and S11 - are said to be coming in LTE and 5G variants, while the larger S11+ will only be offered in 5G.
Ishan Agarwal also added to the Galaxy S11 speculation by suggesting the S11e will come in blue, grey and pink colour options, while the S11 will come in at least blue, grey and black.
7 November 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11 might actually have a big enough battery
A leaked image from the Safety Korea site (via Galaxy Club) displayed the Galaxy S11's battery capacity as 14.36Wh, which would mean a capacity of around 3730mAh.
The Galaxy Club also claimed Samsung is working on a periscope-like camera which allows 5x optical zoom, similar to the camera on the P30 Pro and the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom.
31 October 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11 could come with Face ID-like facial recognition feature
Some references appeared in the Android 10 beta for the Samsung Galaxy S10 suggesting Samsung is working on a 3D facial recognition feature like Apple's Face ID and Google's Face Unlock.
Picasso - the codename for the S11 - was mentioned in the beta too with the face recognition feature suggesting we could see it on the next Galaxy S flagships.
7 October 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11 will have 5X optical zoom, 108-megapixel camera, report claims
According to Korean site The Elec, Samsung will soon start to test a 5X optical zoom camera, which is claimed to be destined for the Samsung Galaxy S11. SamMobile also claims that the camera on the Galaxy S11 will have a 108-megapixel sensor at its heart.
26 September 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11 could have improved in-display fingerprint sensor
Korean news outlet, The Elec, has claimed industry sources have said the Samsung Galaxy S11 will have an improved in-display fingerprint sensor. According to the report, the Active Area Dimension (AAD) that recognises when a user places their finger on the display will be much larger - double in fact.
24 September 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11e could have a dual display, patent suggests
Samsung filed a patent for a dual display device, which some have speculated could be destined for the Galaxy S11e because of the dual rear camera. LetsGoDigital made some 3D renders of the patent, helping us to visualise what the patent could materialise to.
13 September 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11 could come in Note 10's beautiful Aura Glow colour option
SamMobile has reported that the Samsung Galaxy S11 devices will come in Blue, Pink, White and Black colour options and Samsung will adopt the "Aura" name in front, meaning the devices could come in the Galaxy Note 10's Aura Glow colour.
The site also said the models will come with a top storage model of 1TB and a base storage option of 128GB.
29 July 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11 will have a smaller punch-hole camera than Note 10
Leaker Ice Universe tweeted a couple of details "confirmed' for the Samsung Galaxy S11. He claims the Galaxy S11 is codenamed Picasso, it will offer a substantial camera upgrade and the software will be based on Android Q One UI 2.x.
Ice Universe also said the punch hole camera on the front of the device will be smaller than the Galaxy Note 10.
18 July 2019: Samsung begins mass production of first 12GB LPDDR5 Mobile DRAM
Samsung announced it has begun mass production of the industry's first 12GB LPDDR5 mobile DRAM, said to have been optimised for enabling 5G and AI features in future smartphones.
It's certainly plausible to suggest the Galaxy S11 could be one of those future smartphones.
9 May 2019: Samsung launches 64MP and 48MP camera sensors
Samsung announced two new camera sensors - a 64-megapixel sensor and a 48-megapixel sensor. The two sensors saw Samsung expand its 0.8μm image sensor lineup from existing 20MP to 64MP resolutions.
Nothing has been detailed to suggest these sensors will appear on the Galaxy S11 but it would seem like a logical move, especially with competitors like Huawei offering higher resolutions on their rear cameras.