The Galaxy S10e was an underrated change for Samsung. Even if you felt they were simply copying Apple, who had introduced a sub $800 phone months prior, having a truly "budget" flagship was more than welcome. So with Samsung learning from its mistakes, fans should be excited about the upcoming sequel.
While we always felt in some ways the S10e was the best option out of the three in the series, sales say otherwise. First-week sales indicated it was the worst-selling phone of the S10 series, as it was a hard upgrade for those coming from a Galaxy S8 or S9. Samsung apparently noticed this, because early rumors indicate the Galaxy S11e will address many of the shortcomings, all at roughly the same budget-friendly price of its predecessor.
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The Galaxy S11e looks to make the gap between it and its predecessor smaller. By making it a formidable upgrade from the Samsung Galaxy S10+, Samsung hopes to mitigate the slow start its predecessor had.
The S11e will get a massive screen upgrade to either 6.2 inches or 6.4 inches. It will no longer have a flat display but instead share the same curved edges as the rest of the series. Its battery will get a considerable boost to just short of the S10+ while likely retaining the lower resolution (which means better battery life). And, like its predecessor, it should retail at a sub-$800 price.
The full S11 series will be announced in mid-February 2020. Preorders should start the day after the announcement event, with the actual release date one to two weeks later.
- Release date: early March 2020
- Preorder date: mid Feb. 2020
- Announced: Feb. 18, 2020
Rumors indicate storage capacity is mostly the same from last year. The Galaxy S11e will have a 128 GB and a 256 GB model. With these storage options, the average consumer gets more than enough capacity for all their photos and videos while preventing any variant from getting too expensive. For those microSD card users out there, you might be out of luck this time. Since it was dropped in the base-tier Note 10, we believe they might do the same for the Galaxy S11e.
- Storage available: 128 GB, 256 GB
- Specification: UFS 3.0
- Expandable storage: no
So far, we have no rumors or leaks regarding the pricing of the phone. But much has changed since they first introduced the S10e in early 2019. Namely, Apple lowered the price of its budget-friendly flagship, the iPhone 11, by $50 from its predecessor's MSRP.
The result is an even more enticing offer for those looking for their first smartphone or not tied to one operating system. To counter this, we could see Samsung dropping the Galaxy S11e pricing as well to match the iPhone 11 at $699, but nothing has been confirmed.
- Price: starting at $699–$799
According to Ishan Agarwal, the Galaxy S11e will come in at least three colors: blue, gray and pink. Both the front and back cover should be at least Gorilla Glass 5. The frame should be aluminum once again, which minimizes the weight while remaining durable to most drops.
- Frame: aluminum, glass (Gorilla Glass)
- Finish: blue, grey, pink
Despite the 900 mAh increase in battery capacity, the S11e has the same thickness as its predecessor at 0.31 inches. Thanks to its new 20:9 aspect ratio, it manages to drastically increase the screen size while only marginally increasing the height of the phone (it is actually narrower than the Galaxy S10e). This will make usability even harder, but at least there's one-handed mode and Bottom Quick Setting.
There is no reason to believe it will not have an IP68 rating again. What is in question is if it will be limited to 1.5 m of water or higher to match the iPhone 11.
- Height: 5.9 inches
- Width: 2.72 inches
- Depth: 0.31 inches
- Weight: Unknown
- Dust/water resistance: IP68 under IEC standard 60529
- Supported carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint
- Infrared blaster: no
The Galaxy S11e will run Android 10 out of the box. Samsung's already testing One UI 2 (which runs on top of Android 10) on several phones including the Galaxy S10+ in the US, so you can be sure the final version is only months away.
- Version: Android 10
Running on top of Android 10 is One UI 2. The latest upgrade from Samsung adds dark mode to more apps and shrinks portions of the UI to make it more accessible, especially with the larger display. It isn't a huge upgrade (on Samsung's end), but with the addition of Android 10's features, there is more than enough reason to get excited.
- Version: One UI 2
The Galaxy S11e will increase the screen size to either 6.2 or 6.4 inches. It will use a new aspect ratio of 20:9, which will increase the resolution slightly to 2400 x 1080. Samsung is rumored to change the name of the improved display once again, calling it SAMOLED. It will support HDR10+ and, unlike last year, will have a curved screen.
We don't know if the S11e will have the same 120 Hz refresh rate as its more expensive siblings. While we could see Samsung omitting this feature to keep the cost down, rumors indicate it will make its way to the lower priced S11e.
- Screen size: 6.2-6.4 inches
- Screen resolution: 2400 x 1080 pixels
- Total pixels: 2,592,000 pixels
- Pixel density: either 424 ppi or 411 ppi
- Screen type: SAMOLED
- Notch: no
- Punch hole: yes
- Screen-to-body ratio: Unknown
- Aspect ratio: 20:9
- Minimum brightness: Unknown
- Maximum brightness: at least 600 nits
- Refresh rate: 120 Hz (120 Hz for touch-sensing)
- Color temp: Unknown
- Color gamut: Unknown
The Galaxy S11e will be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. According to rumors, this SoC will offer a 20% increase to CPU performance and a 17–20% increase in GPU performance. It uses the same tri-cluster core configuration with one Gold core clocked higher than three other Gold cores (for a total of four), paired with four Silver cores.
RAM should be the same configuration as last year, with the entry model using 6 GB. This year, it might upgrade the RAM to LPDDR5X, which has better power efficiency, so overall battery life should improve.
- Memory: 6 GB or 8 GB LPDDR5X
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
- Chip size: 7 nanometer
- CPU frequency: 2.84 GHz (1x A77), 2.42 GHz (3x A77), and 1.8 GHz (4x A55)
- CPU cores: 8 cores (1 + 3 Gold Cores, 4 Silver Cores)
- GPU: Adreno 650
- GPU frequency: 587 MHz
The Galaxy S11e is rumored to increase the battery size by 900 mAh to 4,000 mAh. That is 100 mAh smaller than the Galaxy S10+, with a smaller screen, lower resolution, and more power-efficient SoC.
We expect support for Super Fast Charging, but not for 2.0. This would mean that while it would get a much faster 25 W charger in the box, unlike the Galaxy S11 and S11+, it won't support the $49.99 45 W charger. As far as wireless charging, we don't expect any changes to be made between the three phones with support for Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 and PowerShare.
- Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
- Capacity: 4,000 mAh, 3.85 volts (15.4 watt-hours)
- Wired charging: yes, Super Fast Charging (25 W)
- Wireless charging: yes, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 (15 W)
Currently, all we know about the front-facing camera is that it is a single camera once again, positioned centered instead of offset to the right. We know the punch hole is smaller than Galaxy Note 10 and that is it. We assume it will at least be a 10 MP shooter and once again support 4K at 60 fps, but nothing is confirmed.
- Resolution: at least 10 MP
- Aperture: Unknown
- Zoom: Unknown
- Flash: yes, screen flash
- Image stabilization: yes, EIS
- RAW support: yes
- Object detection: yes, face
- Formats: JPEG, RAW
Samsung officially announced the the ISOCELL Bright HMX, a 108 MP sensor. Rumors indicate the second iteration of this sensor will serve as the main camera on the Galaxy S11e (alongside the Galaxy S11 and S11+).
The ISOCell Bright HMX was made in collaboration with Xiaomi. The second iteration (found in the Galaxy S11 series) will share the 0.8 µm sensor size with its predecessor, and nothing else. Everywhere else, Samsung has improved the camera.
Leaks indicate the S11e will feature a triple camera configuration. What we don't know is if the 108 MP camera will part of that array. Samsung has to make some cost-saving cuts to keep the S11e cheaper than the Galaxy S11 and S11+. But rumors indicate that Samsung has bridged the gap between the S11e and S11 in other areas. So there is a good chance that the Galaxy S11e uses the S10's triple cameras, and its siblings use the new array with the 108 MP sensor.
- Resolution: 108 MP (primary), Unknown (ultrawide), Unknown (telephoto)
- Sensor size: 0.8 µm (primary), Unknown (ultrawide), Unknown (telephoto)
- Aperture: Unknown (primary), Unknown (ultrawide), Unknown (telephoto)
- Zoom: yes, Unknown (optical), Unknown (digital)
- Flash: yes, High CRI LED
- Image stabilization: yes, primary and telephoto
- RAW support: yes
- Lens cover: sapphire crystal
- Object detection: yes, food, faces
- Formats: JPEG, RAW
According to rumors, the 108 MP lens is capable of shooting 8K at 30 fps. Yes, you read that right. Those videos will look amazing on Samsung's Q900 8K TV, which is one of the only "affordable" 8K TVs on the market. We also know the Snapdragon 865 is capable of 8K recording, so we're now fairly certain 8K video recording will become a thing in 2020.
Slow-motion (up to 240 fps at 1080p) and super slow-motion video (up to 960 fps at 720p) should both make a return. Still photos during recording could potentially receive a boost in megapixels thanks to all the details captured by the primary camera. We also expect HDR10+ video capture to make a return.
- Resolution: 720p, 1080p, 4K, and (maybe) 6K
- Max frame rate: 720p at 30fps, 1080p at 60 fps, 4K at 60 fps, 6K at 30 fps
- Slow motion: 720p at 960 fps, 1080p at 240 fps
- Time-lapse: yes, 1080p
- Photos: yes, higher than 9.1 MP still photos during 4K recording
- Zoom: yes, see above
- Flash access: yes, see above
- Image stabilization: yes, VDIS (video digital image stabilization)
- Object detection: Unknown
- Autofocus: Unknown
- Audio: stereo
- Formats: H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC)
Let cut straight to what you care about — the headphone jack is more than likely gone. Usually, OEMs don't bring it back after removing it, specifically in flagship series. With the Galaxy Note 10 series saying bon voyage to the port, your only option as a Samsung fan is to get an S10 series phone.
We also don't believe Samsung will include the dongle in the box. They didn't for the Galaxy Note 10 series, instead opting for USB-C AKG earbuds. You can pick up one from Amazon for $14.99 or upgrade to a third-party option such as the Soditer headphone adapter ($26.99 on Amazon) which lets you output 32 bit/384 kHz audio files.
- 3.5 mm headphone jack: no
- Stereo speakers: yes, top firing and bottom-firing
- Mics: 3
- Max speaker volume: Unknown
We currently haven't heard of any changes in media format support so we assume it will be the same its predecessor.
- Audio: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, APE, DSF, DFF
- Video: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
We currently don't know if Samsung will be making any changes regarding sensors. We do believe that all the sensors of the Galaxy S10e will return, with the exception of the side-mounted fingerprint scanner, which is being replaced by an in-display scanner.
- Sensors: Accelerometer, RGB Ambient Light Sensor, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor
The Galaxy Note 10+ was the first Samsung device released in the US to support dual-frequency so we fully expect this same feature will make it way all three S11 series phones.
- GPS: yes, L1 + L5
- aGPS: yes
- Glonass: yes, L1
- BeiDou: yes, B1
- Galileo: yes, E1 + E5a
- QZSS: no
Wi-Fi 6 should once again be available on the Galaxy S11e. We also expect Bluetooth 5 (although 5.1 is a possibility). It could possibly include e-SIM support, but we haven't heard anything regarding this change.
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
- Bluetooth: 5
- NFC: yes
- Cellular: nano-SIM
- Port: USB Type-C
As far as cellular bands, expect the same band support as the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series. And since the rumor there will be a 5G version for both the S11 and S11+, we expect the same 5G band support as well.
LTE Version - Supported Bands.
- GSM: 850/1900
- UMTS: 850/1700/1900
- CDMA: BC0, BC10
- LTE Bands: 2/4/5/7/12/13/14/25/26/30/38/41/48/66/71
5G Version - Supported Bands
- 5G Non-Standalone (NSA), Sub6 / mmWave
There is a rumor that Samsung will adopt a secure facial recognition using a ToF sensor, but, if true, would likely not make its way to S11e. Instead, we are hedging our bets on an upgrade of the fingerprint reader to an in-display reader, just like the other phones in the series.
- Fingerprint scanner: yes, in-display (ultrasonic)
- Face scanner: no
- Iris scanner: no
- Manual authentication: password, PIN, pattern, swipe
We can make some speculation as to what will be included in the box for the Galaxy S11 or S11+. We expect Samsung will consist of the 25 W Super Fast Charging adapter and not the 45 W charger. They usually include AKG earbuds, which this time around should be the USB-C variant.
- Samsung Galaxy S11e
- Samsung USB Type-C Cable
- Samsung Power Adapter (25W)
- Earphones sound by AKG
- SIM Tray Ejector
- Pattern Cover
- Quick Start Guide
- Protective Film