The year is soon to end and it seems very likely that the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus will be a top competitor for the best Android device of the year. In terms of specifications and features, few 2019 devices are as well-rounded and polished as the Galaxy S10 Plus, and the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e have both received serious praise.
After all, there are definitely more than a few features that the Galaxy S10 family lacks. Samsung can offer at least some of these features in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S11 family, which we expect to launch either in late February or early March 2020.
Below is a list of eight things we hope Samsung will to bring to the Galaxy S11 series of devices. It is unlikely that we will see them all, but it is a good bet Samsung is planning to take at least some to its next set of flagships.
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Before we dive in, we want to point out that we skip requests for "basic" features, such as RAM, storage, battery capacity, etc. When it comes to features like these, more are almost always better, so we hope to see a bigger one battery in the Samsung Galaxy S11 family is not really worth pointing out.
Keeping that in mind, here are the eight things we hope to see in the Samsung Galaxy S11, Galaxy S11 Plus and Galaxy S11e!
90Hz screen refresh rate
Although there were many phones with screen refresh rates higher than normal 60Hz, the OnePlus 7 Pro from earlier this year contained the first The OLED panel wi a 90Hz refresh rate. This is one of the outstanding features of the device and proved to be so popular that OnePlus is committed to every smartphone it does in the future with a 90Hz or higher refresh rate.
Later in the year, Google landed the Pixel 4 with a refresh rate of 90Hz, helping it win the title of the best screen we've ever tested.
Since the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 did not come with a 90Hz refresh rate – and it seemed like a strange omission in our review – it is probably an impression that the Samsung Galaxy S11 family will have the feature. This will be a welcome upgrade as 90Hz makes a huge difference to activities such as gaming or when you are just browsing through Twitter feeds or Reddit posts.
Hold the headphone jack and microSD slot
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus are the first bonafide flagship devices from Samsung that does not have the much-loved 3.5mm headphone jack. The less expensive variant of the two also doesn't have the similarly adorned microSD track, which turned out to be a very contentious move for Samsung fans.
As of today, the only true 2019 flagship from Samsung that has both a headphone jack and a microSD slot is the units of the Galaxy S10 family. We can only hope that the Samsung Galaxy S11 series continues with that legacy and holds both ports.
Certainly this may be wishful thinking on our part. There are very few brands that still contain headphone jacks and microSD slots on their flagships, and the fact that the Note 10 family doesn't have them in every iteration is a bad sign. But we have crossed our fingers!
UFS 3.0 storage
The Samsung Galaxy Fold would be the first smartphone on the market to have the blazing-fast UFS 3.0 storage standard. However, the delay of that device's release made OnePlus 7 Pro the first commercial smartphone with the feature.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 family was also launched with the UFS 3.0 standard, so it is logical that the Samsung Galaxy S11 series will as well. Of all the hopefuls on this list, it is probably the safest bet to assume will land on the S11 series.
With UFS 3.0, data can be transmitted at a much higher rate than UFS 2.1, which most modern smartphones use. Not only does this speed up data transferred from your phone to your computer, but it also does actions such as opening apps, running AR programs, and making things like 4K video faster and more energy efficient.
No screen cut or notch
All three devices in the Galaxy S10 family, as well as the two devices in the Galaxy Note 10 family, has Infinity-O screens. This means that the front facing camera hardware is in a screen cutout at the top of the screen.
Although the screen cutout has proven to be more popular than an iPhone-style notch, there are some phones on the market now that avoid all cutouts at all. OnePlus 7T Pro, Vivo Nex 3, Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 and others have pop-up selfie cameras or sliders. In addition, the innovative Asus Zenfone 6 has a flip-style camera that brings the rear-facing camera up to the front when you need it.
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It would be really nice to see a real screen display on a Samsung Galaxy S11 device. However, pop-up cameras, flip-flops and other mechanized systems reduce the water and dust resistance of smartphones, so Samsung would need to find out how to remove the cutout while expecting all major IP certification fans from Galaxy S devices.
Can Samsung pull it off? It is really doable, but we do not know until 2020.
Optical fingerprint sensor
There are two main types of fingerprint readers in the display sensors on the market right now: optical and ultrasound. The only two smartphone lines that have ultrasonic sensors are the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 lines, and they have proven to be objectively inferior to the best of the optical sensors.
In addition, Samsung encountered a major security problem that was not long ago related to its in-display sensors, which is a bad look for the company.
Since Samsung aggressively promoted how much better its ultrasonic sensors would be compared to optical sensors, it is quite unlikely that we will see the company abandon them in the Samsung Galaxy S11 line. But we have found that optical sensors are very superior and know that Samsung fans would appreciate faster and more reliable unlocking on their devices, so hope so.
Faster Charging Out of the Box
Every Galaxy S device in recent years has come with wireless charging, which is a great feature (and one we know for sure will be included in the Samsung Galaxy S11 family). However convenient wireless charging can be, it cannot compare with the speed and efficiency of fast wireless charging, and this is a sector where even Galaxy S devices fall short.
The Galaxy S10 family has a top wired charging rate of just 15W, which is hardly fast. Huawei Mate 20 Pro, a 2018 flagship, charges at 40W, and that device is still in the top five of all Android devices, according to our tests (not a Samsung device makes it the top ten).
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Simply put, Samsung needs to do better here. The company made a good effort with the Galaxy Note 10 Plus which has a top charging rate of 45W. But you can't get the speed with the charger that comes in the box with the phone. Instead, you have to buy a separate charger to get these speeds, which is quite insulting given that the Note 10 Plus starts at $ 1,100.
If Samsung is smart, the Samsung Galaxy S11 family – including the Galaxy S11e – will be able to wire wired charging speeds over 30W out of the box, no extra purchase necessary.
A larger camera sensor
The Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus have plenty of rear camera lenses – three, to be exact. The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G even adds a fourth sensor. It's a safe bet that the Samsung Galaxy S11 family will also feature at least three camera lenses.
However, the number of lenses is not all because the sensor that drives them all is where most of the magic happens. Samsung is very likely to use the 108MP Isocell lens in the S11 family, which delivered some amazing images on the Xiaomi Mi Note 10. But that phone pixelated the images to 27MP, which is strange since a larger sensor would mean manufacturers could makes less pixel binding.
We hope that Samsung can figure out a way to give us pixel-shot images of 16MP or even 12MP with the larger 108MP sensor. Now we're not really worried that Samsung will deliver a bad camera experience on what is arguably the most popular Android smartphone line in history. We just hope that Samsung doesn't cut any corners here, especially when you think about how the smartphone camera industry is breaking down at the moment.
More, better color choices
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