The Samsung Galaxy S11 is going to be a special phone. Or at least it better be.
Over the years, Samsung has pretty much perfected smartphone design down to a “T”, and though this is a very subjective area—for example, you may not be the biggest fan of curved displays—seeing a new Galaxy flagship in person for the first time is always a special experience. But Samsung has already slimmed down the bezels of its phones almost as much as physically possible with the Galaxy S10 and Note 10. So, where do we go from here?
The Galaxy S11’s surprising camera
The Galaxy S11 may be able to analyse your food… and your skin
The real surprise with Galaxy S11’s camera—or possibly even the whole phone—could be a built-in spectrometer.
But what is a spectrometer good for on a phone? Well, it could have many potential uses, chief among which would be health tracking. For example, you could point it at a piece of fruit and get information about its nutritional values, or at a glass of alcohol to determine what type it is and what the alcohol content it has. Another probable use that selfie fanatics will surely embrace could be a skin care app that can read your skin’s moisture and oil content to provide real-time analysis and advice on how to take better care of it.
Even thinner bezels, even smaller hole-punch camera
Even though Samsung is said to be working on an in-display front-facing camera solution for future phones, the Galaxy S11 is heavily tipped to feature an Infinity-O display, much like the Note 10 and S10 before it. However, this time around, the opening for the selfie camera will be smaller than on the S10, and centered akin to that of the Note 10.
Many people seem to be wondering why Samsung won’t introduce a pop-up or swivel camera (like it has on the A80) to its flagship smartphones, and that’s a valid question. The most likely answer is that the company really wants to deliver all the premium trappings of a flagship in its Galaxy S-series, including dust- and water-resistance. As it is, motorized cameras just don’t allow for an IP68 rating, not to mention the other possible problems that could arise from the extra moving parts.
As for the bezels, they will likely get thinner. We’ve been hearing rumors that Samsung intends to curve the sides of the Galaxy S11’s screen more, which is one of the methods for creating seemingly thinner bezels, though we’re not sure to what other end. There have been Samsung phones with extremely curved screens in he past, and the company seems to have moved away from this design for numerous reasons, not the least because big slopes on each side of the screen could interfere with normal day-to-day usage of the device.
We have no information as yet what colors the Galaxy S11 may be available at launch, but considering that the S10 and Note 10 lineups had some pretty nice paint jobs to choose from, we have high hopes that the S11 will follow suit with a rainbow of different color options.
What’s your wish list for the Galaxy S11? Would you consider it if it’s only an incremental upgrade over the S10, or do you want to see radical innovation? Tell us in the comments below!
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