As we head into deep Samsung Galaxy S11 leak season, more rumours have emerged regarding a new lighter model, the Galaxy S11 Lite, that might be coming to the lineup. Strangely, a new leak suggests it's anything but light.
It's only nearly two months since Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 devices, were released by the rumour mill has begun firing over the Galaxy S11 ahead of its expected release early next year.
Prominent leaker, Ishan Agarwal, posted to Twitter that the Lite will come with a Snapdragon 855 processor and an impressive camera setup. On the rear, it's alleged to come with a 48MP main camera with a 5MP depth lens and a 12MP wide angle. For the selfie camera, a 32MP lens.
Can confirm that #Samsung Galaxy S10 lite (SM-G770F) will have Snapdragon 855 processor and the camera specifications are as follows:
48MP (Main) + 5MP (Depth) +12MP (Wide angle) & 32MP (Selfie)
Meanwhile the internal code for S11+ (5G) (SM-G986U) is Y2.
— Ishan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) November 19, 2019
The Galaxy S10e, a smaller version with one less camera, was released in May 2019 and gave us a powerful phone for a slightly cheaper price. That model came with a 10MP selfie camera as well as a 12MP wide angle lens and a 16MP ultra wide lens on the rear. So the camera specs on this Lite model seem much better somehow despite everyone expecting the price will be less.
It wasn’t long ago when premium smartphones cost around $1000. But after suffering through several release cycles littered with $1,500 flagships, it’s clear those days aren’t coming back. To fill in the gap, phone makers have started putting out streamlined, slightly more affordable versions of the flagship devices, typically with a handful of more luxurious features removed to help lower the price.
The inclusion of a Snapdragon 855 processor is also interesting. That chip is found in both models of the Google Pixel 4 as well as the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series and OPPO Reno to name a few. While the rest of the Galaxy S11 lineup is rumoured to come with the next Qualcomm processor, Snapdragon 865, the 855 is still one of the best mobile processors out there right now.
In Australia, however, Samsung devices often come with Samsung's Exynos chips as opposed to Snapdragon so if the rumours turn out to be true, a Samsung equivalent, like the Exynos 9 Series 9825 seen in the Note 10 series, could be fitted into the device.
If this truly is Samsung's new entry model for Galaxy S11 series, it's a pretty impressive one. Let's hope it's just as impressive in terms of pricing too.
Now that all the big 2019 phones have been released, it’s time to look forward to next year’s handsets, and if these early leaks are any indication, the Galaxy S11 could be in line for a huge upgrade in the battery department.