Samsung‘s Galaxy S series is one of the most famous and hyped flagship ranges ever in the Android smartphone segment. And now, as we near 2020, concrete information about the Galaxy S11 is starting to appear. The latest piece of information comes from a teardown of the Camera app done by XDA-Developers. It uncovers new features that will truly make the Galaxy S11 a force to reckon with in the mobile camera department. Spotted features include 8K video recording, Director’s View, Single Take Photo, Night Hyperlapse, and more.
Talking about 8K video recording, this was kind of expected as the Samsung Exynos 990 SoC support 8K at 30fps. That’s not to take away the big achievement from Samsung. Because the only smartphone that supports 8K video recording is Nubia’s Red Magic 3, which can capture 8K videos with a frame rate of 15fps. This new revelation also sits well with previous talk about the 108MP sensor that the Galaxy S11 is speculated to be armed with. As the main camera needs to handle 33,177,600 pixels, that’s not possible with Samsung’s current 12MP shooters.
Qualcomm hasn’t yet released the Snapdragon 865 but we expect to see it in December and hopefully we also expect to see support for 8K videos at 30fps. Interestingly, the new strings also make a reference to a 20:9 aspect ratio (also rumoured earlier), but the exact device which will have this ratio is not known.
Apart from this new tidbit, the design of the Galaxy S11 is expected to be an iterative upgrade due to its tick-tock release cycle. In other words, Samsung makes big changes to its flagship line every two years and the Galaxy S12 is when we’ll see that happen. For now, small refinements such as the repositioning of the hole-punch is expected. However, the cameras might see some drastic new features, as per this latest XDA report. Expect the Galaxy s11 to show up sometime around February next year.