By this time of the year, smartphone launches usually fizzle out and the rumor cycle for next year’s flagships picks up pace. So naturally, we’ve started hearing things about the Samsung flagship for the first half of 2020. We’re now hearing much more than mere murmurs about the upcoming Galaxy S11 lineup of phones.
According to famous tipster and Venture Beat reporter, Evan Blass, the Samsung Galaxy S11 lineup will once again feature three phones, but with much larger display sizes. At this point, we’re presuming they will be called the Galaxy S11e, Galaxy S11 and Galaxy S11 Plus.
In a recent tweet, Blass revealed that the Galaxy S11 will come in 6.4-inch, 6.7-inch, and 6.9-inch display sizes. Although he writes that the smallest Galaxy S11 phone will feature a 6.4-inch display, he also says that his information is conflicting. What he knows for now is that the smallest Galaxy S11 could either have a 6.2-inch or a 6.4-inch display.
The tipster further reveals that the two smaller phones will both come with 5G and LTE variants. The largest 6.9-inch phone will only get a 5G version. This takes the total number of variants in the upcoming Galaxy S11 series to five.
As far as the launch of the so called Galaxy S11 series is concerned, Blass reports a predictable mid-to-late February timeline.
Galaxy S series: Bigger than ever
If Blass’ information is to be believed, Samsung seems to have significantly upped the display size of its S series phones compared to the S10 devices. Ranging from the S10e to the S10 Plus, the S10 lineup features 5.8-inch, 6.1-inch and 6.4-inch display variants. The Galaxy S10 5G had the largest 6.7-inch display in the series. Looks like Samsung will further close the gap between its S and Note lineup of flagships in 2020.
Blass also notes that all five variants in the Galaxy S11 series will have curved-edge displays, i.e., no more S10e-style flat panels.
We’re not really sure how Samsung wants to play out its device strategy in the coming year. A 6.9-inch Galaxy S11 Plus might as well be called a Note device. It’s even bigger than the 6.8-inch Galaxy Note 10 Plus!
To recall, Blass had previously reported a rumor that Samsung might be looking to merge its S and Note series under a new brand name called “Galaxy One”. It’s possible that’s what’s behind these increasing screen sizes.
What do you think Samsung should do? Do you think it’s time the company merges its S and Note lineup? Let us know in the comments section below.