Samsung's Galaxy S11 to feature 5x telephoto lens and 5,000 mAh battery


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Thanks to a very active rumor mill, we already know what to expect from Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S11 smartphone, but there's relatively little information out there about the internals of the device.

The company will reportedly follow the trend set by Apple and Google with huge camera bumps, where it might integrate the 108 megapixel sensor co-developed with Xiaomi. According to a new report from Bloomberg, that will be accompanied by an ultra-wide shooter and a 5x telephoto lens as well as a 3D time-of-flight sensor for depth detection.

The 108 megapixel sensor has already made it into Xiaomi's Mi CC9 Pro, so we don't have to wait until the Galaxy S11 lands to see what it's capable of. The CC9 Pro was rated favorably by DXOMark and you can take a look at their in-depth review here.

Samsung is also working on a new take on the foldable smartphone concept that's also said to feature the camera module. That means the company's 2020 phones will show a renewed focus on features that cater to people who are passionate about mobile photography. It's also an attempt to catch up to Apple's iPhone 11 Pro lineup and even surpass it before the latter comes up with its next iPhone refresh in September.

Another interesting detail was uncovered by GalaxyClub through a photo of a Samsung battery as well as information found in the SafetyKorea certification database. It appears the company is ready to return to its dream of packing a high capacity, 5,000 mAh battery with the Galaxy S11 Plus.

A possible reason for the upgraded battery could be that Samsung is also looking to showcase a more power-hungry, 6.9-inch display that is able to run at 120 Hz. This is something that Apple also plans to integrate in its 2020 iPhones, as Oppo, Google, and OnePlus already integrate 90 Hz displays in some of their devices.

Then there's Qualcomm's decision to leave 5G connectivity out of its new Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform, meaning Samsung will likely have to make use of the Snapdragon X55 modem to add that in. A larger battery will easily compensate for the additional power requirements that come with this compromise.

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Since these phones have a huge array of cameras on the back, how about one for Night Vision?

How about Infra-Red like the Predator?

Lew Zealand

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Especially as you need to block IR to get good pictures because CCDs are very sensitive in the IR band.

As for the 120Hz displays: Yes, please do this and also add in the fat battery to compensate for it, but leave me the option to use 60Hz for the battery life instead. Sure, 120Hz refresh is better for some things but you know what's better 100% of the time on a portable device? Longer run time.