Leaked Photos of Samsung Galaxy S20: 40-MP selfie camera and latest rumored specs

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This week’s rumors and leaks bring us photos of how the phone could look. Plus, more evidence that Samsung will call this year’s flagship the Galaxy S20.

We’re weeks away from Samsung’s Unpacked event on Feb. 11 in San Francisco, but the rush of leaked blurry photos and specs is pointing to three versions of a phone called the Galaxy S20, and not the Galaxy S11 as originally suspected. What’s in the mix? 5G, tons of cameras, a giant battery and extra-fast 120Hz screens, according to the many rumors.

Unlike the $2,000 Galaxy Fold or $1,100 Galaxy Note 10 Plus, Samsung’s next family of premium devices will be designed to appeal to mainstream consumers, not just enthusiasts looking for the most cutting-edge or powerful phone.

Samsung’s Galaxy S20 family of phones is especially noteworthy for its likely role in bringing 5G’s faster data speeds to the masses. Samsung got a start on the faster data network in 2019 with four 5G phones — the S10 5GNote 10 Plus 5GGalaxy A90 5G and Galaxy Fold (in the UK and South Korea). But it’s now in 2020 that 5G networks are starting to become widespread, and that the technology inside the device — like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 — is more powerful and streamlined than the first generation of 5G chipsets.

Galaxy S20, S20 Pro, S20 Ultra

The exact names of the three Galaxy S20 models have been bouncing around, but people are starting to settle on Galaxy S20 for the “standard” version, S20 Pro or S20 Plus 5G for the middle version and S20 Ultra 5G for what is presumably the largest, most advanced of the three.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S20 startup screen?

Early rumors said they’d be the S11E, S11 and S11 Plus, but the latest nomenclature hews a lot closer to Apple’s strategy with the iPhone 11, the base model for that line.

Here are the rumored specs in aggregate, based on Max Weinbach from XDA Developers, My Smart Price and Twitter leakers Ice Universe and Evan Blass.

Galaxy S20 5G (rumored specs)

  • 6.2- to 6.4-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate
  • Cameras: 12-megapixel main, 64-megapixel telephoto with 3x optical zoom, 12-megapixel ultrawide
  • 10-megapixel single punch-hole front-facing camera (Thank goodness. I don’t miss the S10’s side-selfie camera at all.)
  • 128GB RAM
  • 4,000-mAh battery
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor

Galaxy S20 Pro/Plus 5G (rumored specs)

  • 6.7-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate
  • Cameras: 12-megapixel main, 64-megapixel telephoto and 3x digital zoom, 12-megapixel ultrawide, time-of-flight sensor
  • 10-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 128GB of storage (starting)
  • 12GB RAM
  • 4,500-mAh battery with 25-watt fast charging
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor

Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (rumored specs)

  • 6.9-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate
  • Cameras: 108-megapixel main, 48-megapixel telephoto with 10x optical zoom, 12-megapixel ultrawide, time-of-flight sensor
  • 40-megapixel wide front-facing camera
  • 128GB, 256GB, 512GB internal storage
  • MicroSD card support, 12GB or 16GB RAM
  • 5,000-mAh battery with optional 45-watt fast-charger
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor

Confirmed: Feb. 11 launch date in San Francisco

Samsung has officially announced its Unpacked event for Feb. 11 at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. It’s widely believed that Samsung will also take the wraps off its second foldable phone, perhaps called the Galaxy Bloom, which bends into a square, similar to the Motorola Razr.

Look for the Galaxy S20 to go on preorder shortly after Feb. 11, with phones shipping a week or two after the reveal. I’ll continue to update this story with fresh rumors, so come back for more.

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A peek at the Galaxy S20? We’ll know soon enough

Wait, what happened to the Galaxy S11?

If you thought Samsung’s next flagship phone was going to be called the Galaxy S11, you’re in good company. But the scuttlebutt now is that Samsung will align the product name with the year, so Galaxy S20 for 2020, Galaxy S21 for 2021 and so on.

I have a thing about product names becoming ridiculously long or meaningless, especially when thinking about the following generation. At some point, the Galaxy S series did have to top out, unless you really expect to buy the Galaxy S34 and Galaxy Note 52. With a new system, those numbered names just get higher, faster.

108-megapixel camera, periscope lens, monster optical zoom

We’ve already gone over what cameras might go with which S20 version. Let’s dig into those a bit more, because a rumored 108-megapixel main camera sensor for the S20 Ultra is something to talk about.

Logic holds that the larger the camera pixel, the more light can flow in, the better the photo is. That’s why more megapixels won’t necessarily mean better photos. The camera processing plays a huge role in image quality. Is this madness?

It sounds like madness. But Chinese brand Xiaomi already beat Samsung to it with the Mi CC9 Pro, which has a 108-megapixel camera.

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