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Galaxy S11 rumors: Everything we know about Samsung's camera, price, February launch 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 has been building for months now around the Galaxy S11, the name that industry-watchers are calling Samsung’s next flagship phone. 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 throw 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 Editor’s 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 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, which is 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 (aka MWC), 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 Tues, Feb. 11 (this is in Greek) or Tues, 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 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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You can unlock this secret Isu weapon in Assassin's Creed Valhalla just by whacking a pile of rocks – Gamesradar

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A canny Assassin’s Creed Valhalla player has discovered you can unlock a powerful Isu bow just by whacking a pile of rocks.

As demonstrated in this video by JorRaptor, players should head up to Northumbria and visit Brunson Turret. In the nearby lake, you’ll find a small island – and here’s when the magic happens.

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I can’t even begin to understand how someone might have accidentally stumbled upon this, but if you whack the rock a few times – noting that, unlike other piles of ore, it doesn’t break up – quick save, and log out, eventually you’ll respawn in front of a broken pile of rocks and then see the secret Nodens’ Arc bow unlock, popping up as a newly acquired item on your screen (thanks, Kotaku).

Right now it’s presumed this is either a bug or, in the very least, a cheese, so it’s possible Ubisoft might move quickly to prevent more players gaining the powerful weapon so easily, so head up to Northumbria sooner rather than later if you fancy grabbing the bow yourself. 

ICYMI, Assassin’s Creed fans have finally translated the secret Isu language. Used by the first civilisation in the Assassin’s Creed series, clever fans have now deciphered what the god-like figures known as the Ancient Ones throughout the Assassin’s Creed series are saying.

From verbs to adjectives and numbers, Access the Animus comprehensively explains how to translate the Isu language, which has its own “complex grammar, alphabet, and a set of rules of its own”. They were even able to work out verb tenses, conjugated words, grammar cases, and sentence structures. 

If you want a refresher on the history of Assassin’s Creed, be sure to check out our Assassin’s Creed timeline.

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Speedrunners Are Beating Hitman 3's Dubai Level In Under 10 Seconds – Kotaku

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Hitman 3’s opening level, set in a large tower in Dubai, is made up of various floors, rooms, and security measures. It’s a tricky stage for many players. But if you are quick, have a steady hand, and some luck, you can beat the whole thing in about nine seconds.

As spotted by PCGamesN, some Hitman speedrunners have already figured out a super fast way to take out both targets in the opening level.

How do you do it? Well, quickly run up the stairs after spawning into the level, shoot one target on the balcony above then turn to shoot the other target, who is perched above that target on an even higher balcony. Then turn around and book it to the exit which is only a few feet away from the stairs. If you pull this off fast enough, you can beat the whole level in nine seconds.

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According to Speedrun.com, speedrunners Wreak and Der_Lauch_Linus are tied, both completing the level in just nine seconds. Below is Wreak’s run.

And if you are wondering, the speedrun time for completing this level while obtaining the silent assassin rank is a bit longer. A whole eight seconds longer.

Currently, GuLe holds the world record in that category, using a technique that is similar to the above runs, but with a sniper. By shooting around the level using a silenced rifle, they distract guards and NPCs, giving them a window to take out the targets before the bodies are spotted.

Meanwhile, I finally beat my first Hitman 3 level using only a suit and sniper rifle. It took me like 20 minutes. And I save scummed a bit. No world record for me.

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Android 12 might introduce an answer to iPhone's Back Tap feature – Notebookcheck.net

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Can Google get double-taps on rear panels working in Android 12? (Source: Google)
The betas for Android’s next major update may not be too far away at this point. This version is the one now rumored to implement a feature in which a phone can respond to double-taps on its rear panel to open shortcuts. Android 12 is also said to add App Pairs, a new form of split-screen mode, as well as more effective third-party app-market access.

iPhones have had the ability to respond to the new Back Tap shortcut type for the latest few updates to iOS. Google had been rumored to get an analog for the Android OS working (for Pixel phones at the least) in the current major version; however, that never really panned out, somehow. Now, however, it may be available as a finished item in Android 12.

The double-tap on the rear panel gesture was once slated to replace the Active Edge feature that was introduced in the Pixel series, but dropped in the 4a onwards. Now, there are rumors that it might be integrated into the Android 12 upgrade.

This major upgrade’s first beta can only be about 6 months away at the most at this point. Some additional leaks point to the possibility of App Pairs, an updated form of splitting the screen that allows 2 apps to share a display while they work in tandem. For example, Chrome could pair with Google Maps in order to research a specific location.

App Pairs may thus mirror Samsung’s relevant UI tweak that allows multiple apps to share a foldable device’s screen more effectively. Therefore, its presence in Android 12 might be an effort to bring devices with these next-gen form-factors more into the mainstream.

Android 12 might also be the version in which Google allows greater access to sources of apps that are not the Play Store. It is not as though they exist, although adding them to a “typical” non-Apple mobile device is not quite as straightforward as being pre-installed by default, of course.

On the other hand, Google is also now said to be on the brink of enforcing a rule in which all in-app purchases on its own Store are paid for through its own billing system. This has been done for a number of reasons, the most prominent of which is probably the Mountain View giant’s increased surety of getting its 30% cut of all revenue made on the Play Store.

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