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Galaxy S11 leaks and rumors: Everything we know about Samsung's camera, price, release date – CNET

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An artist’s rendition of the Galaxy S11, based on the rumors and leaks.


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Buzz is already building around the Galaxy S11, the phone that industry watchers suspect (with good reason) to be Samsung’s next premium device for the masses. That is, unlike the $2,000 Galaxy Fold or $1,100 Galaxy Note 10 Plus, this is a phone designed to appeal to lots of folks, not just enthusiasts looking for the most cutting-edge or powerful handset. 

The leaks and rumors are only intensifying as we approach 2020, from the Galaxy S11’s official lineup and price, to the camera setup and battery (hint: it could be massive). I’m throwing in my own educated guesses too, because Samsung often follows historical patterns and topical trends. So, certain features make sense.

The Galaxy S11 family of phones is Samsung’s first mainstream handset that could help bring 5G’s faster data speeds to the masses. Samsung got a start with 5G this year, with the S10 5G, Note 10 Plus 5G, Galaxy A90 5G and Fold (in the UK and South Korea). But these phones either aren’t targeting everyday users, and many are variants of 4G devices that already exist.

Headed into the Galaxy S11 launch, Samsung is in a much stronger position than it was a year ago. It made waves in 2019, nabbing a CBET Editors’ Choice award for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus and releasing the unforgettable Galaxy Fold. 2020 is only destined to get better — and that goes for Samsung’s next foldable phone, too.

There are a lot of specs to absorb, so here they are — the Galaxy S11’s most important rumored features so far, plus what we don’t know and what we think we might get.


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Three models, three sizes: Galaxy S11, S11 Plus, S11 Pro

First things first. The Galaxy S11 line isn’t going to be one phone, that we know. It’s rumored to be three, just like last year’s S10 family of 4G models. 

Some rumors name the phones as the S11E, S11 and S11 Plus, but more recent whispers, including that from frequent Twitter leaker Evan Blass, suggest S11, S11 Plus and S11 Pro, which is a lot closer to Apple’s strategy with the iPhone 11, the base model for that line.

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Here are the rumored screen sizes:

  • Galaxy S11: 6.2-inch or 6.4-inch
  • Galaxy S11 Plus: 6.7-inch
  • Galaxy S11 Pro: 6.9-inch

Blass also stated that all the Galaxy S11 phones could have curved sides, unlike 2019’s Galaxy S10E, which had a flat display that I sometimes preferred.

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A peek at the Galaxy S11? We’ll know soon enough.


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Feb. 11 or 18 launch, later release dates

The all-important question: When do we get to see this thing for the first time? February is a given. Samsung has unveiled its Galaxy S series in late February or early March for years, sometimes at the Mobile World Congress tech show, sometimes before, and a couple of times, even after.

If Samsung follows last year’s model, we’ll see the Galaxy S11 and its kin appear shortly before MWC. If we let the rumors guide us, Samsung will show its hand on either Tuesday, Feb. 11 (this is in Greek) or Tuesday, Feb. 18. So yeah, February seems solid.

Look for the phone to go on preorder shortly after, with units shipping a week or two after the reveal. I’ll continue to update this story with fresh rumors, so come back for more.

Could look like a cross between the Note 10 and Galaxy S10

The Galaxy S11 renders are out, and so are the concept designs, which I love because they can bring the rumors to life. 

So what might we get with Samsung’s S11 phone? Rounded shoulders, which have become the Galaxy S trademark, but with a more squared-off look reminiscent of the Galaxy Note 10. A slim body. Curved sides for all models, unlike the Galaxy S10E’s flat screen, which I actually really liked.

The camera array could become square, off to the left, and stick out from the surface, a lot like the iPhone 11 and Google Pixel 4. I really hope that’s not the case. Cameras that stick out are more vulnerable to breaking when you drop your phone. A case is an absolute must.

5G guaranteed, but there’s a catch

I mentioned 5G earlier. This is a rumored feature, but also a given. The Galaxy S11 is 99.9% likely to use the powerful Snapdragon 865 processor in it, which chipmaker Qualcomm won’t make available to phone brands without the 5G modem it pairs with. Ipso facto, you get a phone with the Snapdragon 865, you get a 5G-ready phone.

The same goes for any regions that will package the Galaxy S11 with Samsung’s in-house Exynos 990 5G processor, which often happens in Asia, especially Samsung’s home country of South Korea. (Ice Universe says Samsung is “determined” to use Snapdragon 865 for South Korean models.)

I promised a catch and here it is. While the Galaxy S11 will be 5G-ready, not every phone may be able to access 5G. Cities and countries that are 4G-only will only be able to use 4G networks, so the 5G Galaxy S11 could very well act like a 4G phone. 

We’ll see how it all shakes out, but I’d be surprised if Samsung used any chip other than Snapdragon 865. The Galaxy S series is its mainstream flagship and Samsung is the world’s largest phone-maker. It will want to put its best foot forward by delivering the phone with the “best” chip.

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Another artistic rendition of the Galaxy S11.


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108-megapixel camera, periscope lens, 5X optical zoom

Now for the fun stuff, the camera. We already talked about how rumors, leaks and renders predict a square camera array overflowing with cameras. It gets wilder.

Samsung is said to be outfitting the Galaxy S11 (or at least one variant) with a 108-megapixel main camera sensor. Is that madness? It sounds like madness. But Chinese brand Xiaomi already beat Samsung to it with the Mi CC9 Pro, which already uses a 108-megapixel camera.

In addition, the Snapdragon 865 chip we talked about above can support a 200-megapixel camera. You may not be using all 108 pixels all the time, but having that extra resolution can be helpful for zooming in and cropping. If you like the sound of all that, thank the chipmaker for making it happen.

Here’s what else you could get with the S11 camera (at least on some models), according to Ice Universe and 91Mobiles:

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Suggested renders for the Galaxy S11 and “S11E”.


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Screen: 120Hz AMOLED display

We talked about phone screens earlier, but here’s what else we’re likely to get: the ability to turn on a 120Hz screen refresh rate. That will make animations and scrolling a whole lot smoother than the standard 60Hz refresh rate wwe have now. 

While a 120Hz refresh rate is great for gaming and other quick transitions (even 90Hz like on the OnePlus 7T), it’s a battery hog. The Galaxy S11 could put the power in your hands with settings to switch between 60Hz to preserve battery life and 120Hz if you want to rev up animations.

This is pretty much a done deal since both the Snapdragon 865 and Exynos 990 5G support 210Hz screens.


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A whopping 5,000-mAh battery?

Different size phones get different size batteries, and another rumor from the prolific Ice Universe dials in the Galaxy S11 “Plus” battery at 5,000 mAh, which is ridonculous. 

Keep in mind that the “Plus” could also be the “Pro” (e.g., the highest-end model of the trio), which makes far more sense to me than the middle phone getting a battery that size. For reference, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus battery is 4,300 mAh and battery life is outstanding.

There have been some phones with ultra-large batteries before, so 5,000 mAh fits my expectations. For instance, the Asus’ new ROG Phone II is an Android specs powerhouse, which makes it a gaming beast.

In-screen fingerprint reader

I loved the concept of an in-screen fingerprint reader, until I used it in the Galaxy S10. The accuracy, speed and convenience never quite lived up to the promise for me. 

My best-case scenario would be to the Galaxy S11 return to some form of secure face unlock, combined with the in-screen reader. Samsung already knows how to do this well. Remember, the series got iris scanning in the S7, but dropped it for the S10. Google has now done it better, with the Pixel 4’s gesture tracking lending a hand.

We could at least see a more robust form of in-screen biometric scanner, if Samsung decides to take advantage of the Snapdragon 865’s support for two-finger scanning, which is meant to improve the technology on all fronts. I sure hope it does.

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In One UI 2, right, app folders open lower on the screen so that it’s easier for you to interact with them one-handed.


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Android 10 and Samsung One UI 2

There’s little doubt that every Samsung phone in 2020 will run on Android 10 and the company’s own One UI 2, which was announced in October and is now available in beta.

I’m much more excited about Android 10, which brings systemwide dark mode to phones, gesture navigation, some seriously impressive live captioning and new privacy settings. One UI 2 aims to push icons and screen controls toward the bottom of the phone so they’re easier to reach one-handed. 

Galaxy S11 series: Price will break $1,000

Now for the question on everyone’s mind: How much is the Galaxy S11 going to cost me? As always, it will depend on which model you buy. 

Let’s start with the Galaxy S10 prices for the base storage configuration:

  • Galaxy S10E: $749, £669, AU$1,199
  • Galaxy S10: $899, £799, AU$1,349
  • Galaxy S10 Plus: $999, £899, AU$1,499
  • Galaxy S10 5G: $1,300, £1,099, AU$2,950

5G costs the phone makers more to buy and integrate, so we could see a price bump right off the bat. You’ll also spend more if you opt for a model with greater storage, say 512GB, assuming Samsung offers it and begins storage at 128GB.

If the largest version (“Pro” or “Plus,” depending on the rumors) lines up with the S10 Plus pricing, it’ll start at $1,000. With the 5G component and more camera tech, I wouldn’t be surprised to see that rise to $1,100, a price that matches the Galaxy Note 10 Plus today.

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Netflix Update to Deliver Better Audio on Android With xHE-AAC Codec – Gadgets 360

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Netflix is rolling out a new update that promises better audio quality on Android devices, including a fix for sudden volume changes, better sound in noisy environments, and better performance on slower mobile data connections. The company has implemented the Extended HE-AAC with MPEG-D DRC (xHE-AAC) audio codec on its streaming platform for Android mobile devices running Android 9 Pie and newer software. Although the technical aspects behind the change are quite complicated, the simplest way to explain the change is that Netflix is now promising “studio-quality audio” to go with its already excellent video content on Android devices.

Netflix has listed all of the changes brought about by the xHE-AAC audio codec in detail in a blog post. A key change that will make a difference to users across the world but particularly in India is the variable bitrate for audio streaming. This means that the codec will be able to adapt to the quality of the Internet connection; slower mobile data connections will see the stream scale back a bit to adjust, while maintaining some level of sound quality.

Additionally, all of this could mean that you’ll be able to watch Netflix movies and TV shows using your smartphone’s speakers — that is, without headphones — and still be able to hear dialogues and other sounds intelligibly even in noisy environments. The Netflix update will also offer a solution for the issue of sudden volume changes that often have users rushing to grab either the volume button or headphones to avoid disturbing others in the household.

The new upgrade is the latest in Netflix’s efforts to offer high-quality video and audio on its streaming platform. While some of its picture technologies such as Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos require supporting hardware and fast Internet connections to work, small tweaks such as xHE-AAC will enable improvements even at the most basic level, especially for users who rely on slower mobile data connections as is common in India.


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Ali Pardiwala
Ali Pardiwala writes about audio and video devices for Gadgets 360 out of Mumbai, and has covered the industry for a decade now. Ali is a Senior Reviewer for Gadgets 360, where he has regularly written about televisions, home entertainment, and mobile gaming as well. He is a firm believer in 4K and HDR on televisions, and believes that true wireless earphones are the future of the personal audio industry. Ali is available on Twitter as @AliusPardius and on email at alip@ndtv.com, so do send in
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Guilty Gear: Strive 'Game Modes' trailer; more modes detailed – Gematsu

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Guilty Gear: Strive

Arc System Works has released a new trailer for Guilty Gear: Strive introducing the game’s various modes, as well as new information and screenshots detailing the offline game modes Story Mode, GG World, and Gallery Mode, and the Online Mode.

Get the details below.

■ Battle System

Roman Cancel

Cancels your attack, sends a shockwave, and slows down your opponent’s movement. You can use it while attacking to strengthen your offense, or use it defensively to weather your opponent’s attacks. Roman Cancel is a mechanic that can add depth to your matches, depending on how you use it.

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Guilty Gear: Strive

Wall Break

Drive the opponent to the edge of the stage and unleash a certain attack to break the wall and blow them away into a different stage with a flashy scene. Not only will they take additional damage from the blow, your character’s attack power and other stats will increase for a limited time.

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Guilty Gear: Strive

■ Offline Modes

Story Mode

The fated conclusion!

The story of Guilty Gear finally reaches its climax! The Story Mode loved by fans in previous titles returns in Guilty Gear: Strive! Now with further evolved direction and graphics.

The Guilty Gear series has been around for over 20 years. The story of Guilty Gear: Strive is set in the United States of America. Our hero Sol Badguy has led an unbelievable life, but what will his final choice be…?

Please look forward to more details.

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Guilty Gear: Strive

GG World

A huge encyclopedia where you can read up on everything there is to know about Guilty Gear!

The Guilty Gear series has over 20 years of history. GG World includes a “Chronology” that shows the series’ history and events at a glance; a “Glossary” where you can read up on character profiles and world settings; and a “Correlation Map” of the relationships between each character. There is a massive amount available that will make even first-time players feel at ease.

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Guilty Gear: Strive

Gallery Mode

Enjoy artwork, music, and movies!

In Gallery Mode, you can view the character illustrations, setting images, and other development materials from Guilty Gear: Strive. There is a lot more to see as well, including trailers and songs from previous Guilty Gear titles.

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Guilty Gear: Strive

■ Online Mode

Rollback Netcode

Guilty Gear: Strive uses the same type of network players enjoyed in the previous title Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R (Steam version)!

Rollback netcode allows for a great match experience, regardless of the distance between the players. If you are having trouble finding an opponent, try looking all around the world!

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Guilty Gear: Strive

Online Lobby

—Customize Your Own Avatar and Battle Against Players Around the World!

Control your own custom avatar and enjoy battles and communication while using emotes and chat.

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Guilty Gear: Strive

—A New Rating System Pits You Against Players of the Same Skill Level!

Guilty Gear: Strive‘s Online Lobby assigns you to a floor depending on your skill level. Skill level is determined not only by the outcome of battle, but also by the analysis of your actions during matches. And because players at the same skill level naturally gather on the same floor, everyone from new players to veterans can enjoy tense battles!

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—The Floor at the Top of the Lobby Reserved for Only the Most Skilled Players

Only players who continue to achieve good results can enter the “Heaven” floor at the top of the Online Lobby. The entrance to this floor is an extremely narrow gate. It is quite literally the top of the top.

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—Use “Quick Start” to Quickly Jump into Online Battles

Guilty Gear: Strive features a “Quick Start” function that allows players to move directly from the menu screen to battle standby. Jump into an online match immediately!

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Player Match

Up to nine players can enter a “Player Match” room, allowing players to enjoy online battles with specific friends.

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Guilty Gear: Strive is due out for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam on April 9. The Deluxe and Ultimate Editions will launch for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 three days in advance on April 6. Read more about the game here.

Watch the trailer below. View the screenshots at the gallery.

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Hitman 3 surpasses its predecessor to claim No.1 | UK Boxed Charts – GamesIndustry.biz

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The PS5 version accounted for nearly half of the sales

Hitman 3 has taken No.1 in the UK boxed charts, with launch sales up 17% over its predecessor.

Developed and owned by IO Interactive, Hitman 3’s boxed release was handled by Square Enix, the company that previously owned the franchise before letting it go. The last game, 2018’s Hitman 2, was published by Warner Bros.

The PS5 version of the game was by far the dominant edition, accounting for 49% of sales. The Xbox version accounted for 27%, while the PS4 version made up 25%. Of course, this is just physical games, the majority of Hitman 3’s sales will have taken place in the digital download space.

Hitman’s chart-topping debut means that Animal Crossing: New Horizons drops to No.2, although only 800 games separates the two titles. Animal Crossing’s sales dropped 8% week-on-week.

Some new PS5 consoles were released in the market last week, which had a positive impact on a few titles. Spider-Man: Miles Morales is up 161%, jumping from No.12 to No.5, Demon’s Souls re-enters the charts at No.27 with a 291% sales increase, and there were sales bumps for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (up 56% and driven by the PlayStation version) and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (up 7%, but with the PS5 version up 174%). In total, PS5 game sales increased 324% week-on-week.

Another big riser was Ring Fit Adventure. The Nintendo Switch fitness game has frequently jumped up the charts during the pandemic whenever new stock comes into the market. The game rises to No.7 with a 47% sales rise.

Here is the GfK Top Ten for the week ending January 23rd:

Last Week This Week Title
New Entry 1 Hitman 3
1 2 Animal Crossing: New Horizons
2 3 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
12 4 Spider-Man: Miles MoralesCall of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
7 5 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
4 6 Grand Theft Auto 5
10 7 Ring Fit Adventure
3 8 Just Dance 2021
5 9 Minecraft (Switch)
6 10 FIFA 21

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