Samsung's 2020 flagship: what we want (and don't want) to see

Samsung's 2020 flagship: what we want (and don't want) to see

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The announcement of the new flagship from Samsung – Galaxy Note 10 will take place very soon, technology enthusiasts are counting the days and creating a well-deserved hype around the new device. Therefore, it may be strange to think even further into the future at this 'hot' time. However, dreaming is not harmful. The new Note series device is almost in our hands – but what will Samsung have in store for us in early 2020 with its Galaxy S11?

Center cutout for camera

Samsung's 2020 flagship: what we want (and don't want) to see

The Galaxy S10 already has incredibly thin bezels, and partly Samsung has achieved this by placing a notch for the front camera in the display, getting rid of the top bezel.

The S10's 'hole' solution looked pretty good, but it would be even better if the S11 had the cutout moved from the top right corner to the center. This will not bring any functional improvements, but it will add a pleasant symmetry to the design and save nerve cells for some perfectionists. All Note 10 renders point exactly to the camera cutout placed in the center, so it is logical to expect it in the S11 as well.

90Hz display

Samsung's 2020 flagship: what we want (and don't want) to see

Speaking of the display, another improvement I'd like to see in the Galaxy S11 is the 90Hz display.

Most smartphones in 2019 have a traditional 60Hz refresh rate and there is nothing wrong with that, but a higher refresh rate gives a very noticeable visual effect. One of the few smartphones with a 90Hz refresh rate is the OnePlus 7 Pro, and when you compare it with the Galaxy S10 face to face, the difference in smoothness when swiping or swiping is very noticeable. So Samsung would rather join the 90Hz company, if not with the Note 10, then with the S11 for sure.

Significantly improved cameras

Samsung's 2020 flagship: what we want (and don't want) to see

Samsung has always been one of the undisputed leaders in smartphone cameras, but gradually Google and Huawei began to breathe down its neck. The Galaxy S10's camera set is very good for any discerning user, but there are better solutions on the market right now. We wish Samsung would regain its throne with the Galaxy S11's mind-boggling cameras, and luckily, chances are it will.

Last May, Samsung announced a fresh 64MP sensor capable of capturing video in resolution Full HD at 480fps. In other words, it is very powerful. The new sensor is about to hit Samsung smartphones, and the S11 should be equipped with it.

It is impossible to predict with 100% accuracy what the photos taken with this sensor will be in comparison with what the current flagships of the Korean company offer. But one can hope for particularly noticeable improvements in low-light photography.

Faster wired charging

Samsung's 2020 flagship: what we want (and don't want) to see

The smartphone market has made a lot of progress when it comes to charging speeds. OnePlus offers 30W Warp Charge, which allows the OnePlus 7 Pro to charge from 0% to 50% in just 20 minutes. Even more impressive is the solution from Huawei: 40W charging, which allows the P30 Pro to reach from 0% to 70% in no more than 30 minutes.

In the Galaxy S10 and any flagship from Samsung since the Galaxy S6, you're tied to Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0, which limits wired charging to just 15W. So, along with cameras, this is another area where major improvements are very likely.

The Galaxy Note 10 is rumored to be equipped with 25W or 45W, it is not yet known which variant we will see in the final version, but either of them will be a significant improvement over the current situation. And if the Note 10 comes with faster charging, we can expect that in the S11 too.

No Bixby button

Samsung's 2020 flagship: what we want (and don't want) to see

Many Samsung smartphone users would happily wave a pen to the Bixby button and wish they never saw it again. They got better when Samsung added a remapping function for this button at the beginning of the year, but it would be better if it disappeared altogether.

Returning to the Note 10, the renders of the device may also hint at what we will see in the Galaxy S11. The Note 10 doesn't see the traditional power button on the right side. The 'Bixby button' remains on the left, but it is supposed to now combine power and Bixby functionality, similar to the Siri / Power button implemented in iPhone XS.

This is a step in the right direction, but it's easy to imagine that a power button moved to the left side might feel awkward and out of place. It would be great to see the same combination of the power button and Bixby in the Galaxy S11, but on the right side, where the power button was traditionally located.

Your opinion?

What would you like to see in the Galaxy S11, dear readers? The announcement of the new Note may not be of practical interest to everyone, and perhaps it will be time for some of the Korean brand's loyalists to update just before the release of the S11. What can you expect from Samsung's first flagship in 2020? An outgoing selfie camera? Improved Face Unlock? Something else? Share in the comments!

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