Unsurprisingly, it stems from prolific Samsung insider Ice Universe who has revealed the “final version” of the Galaxy S11 display after obtaining a cover used as a reference for accessory makers to produce screen protectors. And the surprise is it shows a phone which essentially has no bezels at all.
In fact, the only downside to this “final version” is it confirms the Galaxy S11 will still have a hole punch for the camera. That said, it has been centred (which I find more aesthetically pleasing) and the camera module itself has been shrunk to take up less space. It’s also worth saying that while hole punch displays may not ideal, they avoid the delicate motors which power pop-up cameras which have been used by rivals.
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Furthermore, this eye-catching display looks like being the finishing touch on a very impressive phone overall.
12/26 Update: Ice Universe has now attained protective covers for all three Galaxy S11 models (S11e, S11 and S11+) allowing us to compare their respective sizes. The covers also reiterate the virtual elimination of the top and bottom bezels and newly centred punch hole for the front camera.
12/24 Update: The Elec understands that Samsung will partly achieve its groundbreaking design by using significantly more glue to secure internal components. The downside is this is expected to make the Galaxy S11 range a lot harder to repair. So watch this space.
In addition to its vanishing bezel, the Galaxy S11 display will run at a buttery smooth 120Hz display and incorporate a supersized fingerprint sensor. The camera has also been completely overhauled with an eye-popping resolution and 5x optical zoom and the batteries significantly enlarged because 5G will come as standard. Downsides? Be prepared to wave goodbye to the headphone jack.
With an earlier release date than ever before, Samsung is clearly chomping at the bit to get the Galaxy S11 into our hands. And I don’t think anyone will complain about that.
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Shinsegae, Naver and eBay Korea declined to comment.
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