Samsung Galaxy news, rumors and leaks
The number one smartphone manufacturer in the world, Samsung is mostly on a roll. The South Korean giant has released the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and announced the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, a triple-camera powerhouse with a time-of-flight sensor.
The brand has also broken spectacular new ground with the announcement of a 100MP camera phone sensor, the Samsung Isocell Bright HMX, offering remarkable resolution that exceeds all but the most expensive medium format cameras.
Still, we say "mostly" on a roll because there's the not inconsiderable matter of the Galaxy Fold – a high profile black eye not only for the company, but for the perception of folding smartphones as a whole. Hopefully, however, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Flip will get things back on track…
Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20+ / S20 Ultra
Formerly called the Galaxy S11 by pundits, it has now been revealed that the new flagship will actually be called the Samsung Galaxy S20. The manufacturer's change in naming convention means that the 11e is now the S20, the 11 becomes the Samsung Galaxy S20+ and the 11+ will now be the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Expected to be announced on 11 February at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event in San Francisco, leaked specs of the S20 family reveals that the top-tier Ultra will feature a 108MP primary camera, a 48MP telephoto, 12MP ultra-wide and a time of flight camera.
The standard S20 will boast a 64MP primary camera and two 12MP cameras, while the S20+ also packs the time of flight camera. The S20+ will also be capable of recording 8K video at 30fps and 4K up to 60fps, so it's likely that at least one of the other two models will possess the same video capabilities.
With February creeping ever closer, expect there to be plenty more leaks before Samsung lets us look behind the curtain officially.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Perhaps to distance itself from the damage done to the Galaxy Fold brand, the manufacturer's next folding phone will instead be called the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip – and it will possess a new clamshell design, reminiscent of traditional phones. Which, of course, puts it in direct competition with the new Motorola Razr – the revamped, folding-screen version of the cult classic handset.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip apparently features ultra-thin glass material, rather than the plastic used for the Fold, which should result in a screen that's flatter, thinner and potentially wrinkle-free.
It is also rumored to feature a dual camera array on the rear, powered by last year's Snapdragon 855 processor – meaning that this will likely be a junior companion to, rather than replacement for, the higher end Galaxy Fold. Expect full details to be revealed at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event on 11 February.
Samsung folding / rolling / wraparound phones
Clearly not put off by the calamity of the Galaxy Fold, Samsung is looking at all manner of other unconventional designs for smartphones that can be unfolded, unwrapped or unrolled in order to expand the screen size.
While most patents never see the light of day, the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip has realized the clamshell design – and Samsung collaborator Xiaomi is working on its second phone with a wraparound screen – means that they may be far more achievable than we first thought.