What we know so far (Nov. 9)


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Update: November 9, 2020 (12:25 AM ET): We’ve up to date the rumor hub with one more report mentioning a January launch date for the Galaxy S30 collection. Read on for all the brand new info.


Believe it or not, we are within the ultimate quarter of 2020. That means we’re only some months away from the launch of the subsequent entry in Samsung’s flagship smartphone line, tentatively referred to as the Samsung Galaxy S30 collection.

Since it’s early, there aren’t too many strong rumors in regards to the units to seek out. However, that doesn’t imply we don’t have a minimum of just a few credible rumors. We can also make assured assumptions about sure features primarily based on the historical past of the road. What we know so far is chronicled in our roundup under.

As typical, you’ll want to bookmark this web page so you’re at all times up-to-date on the most recent information surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S30 telephones!

Samsung Galaxy S30 collection: Name and launch date

Samsung Galaxy S20 family profile

In 2020, Samsung upended its naming scheme for the Galaxy S collection in a number of methods. It jumped from 10 to 20 for its numbering and likewise launched the Ultra moniker. These large modifications make it difficult to infer what the corporate might name the subsequent iteration of the collection.

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Our cash is on the corporate utilizing Samsung Galaxy S30 because the branding in 2021. Some will argue that Samsung would possibly as a substitute use Galaxy S21, however we are uncertain. Our 4 greatest causes for pondering so are:

  • Samsung already jumped from S10 to S20. It doubtless received’t return to single level launches for this launch.
  • S30 is a far extra marketable identify than S21.
  • The S21 branding would trigger confusion with the Galaxy A and Galaxy F collection which use “XX1” numbers (A01, A51, F41, and many others.).
  • Huawei set the precedent when it jumped from the P10 to the P20 after which continued on to the P30 and P40.

As of now, there is no such thing as a concrete info proving it’s going to be one identify or the opposite.

As far as a launch date goes, we naturally assumed Samsung would announce the Galaxy S30 collection in mid-February 2021. That’s the timeframe through which the corporate has launched each iteration of the Galaxy S collection because the Galaxy S9. However, rumors are popping up that Samsung might push that date ahead by a major margin.

In October 2020, The Elec and SamMobile both claimed that the telephones might launch as early as the start of January. This was adopted by a report from Korea’s Maeil Business outlet in November, claiming that the Galaxy S30 collection might be revealed in January 2021 with gross sales ranging from late January.

On November 4, frequent tipster Jon Prosser claimed on Twitter that the Galaxy S30 collection could be introduced on January 14, 2021. Prosser added that gross sales would kick off from January 29. Check out a screenshot of the tweet under.

Jon Prosser Galaxy S30 series

The leaker doesn’t have an ideal monitor document, most not too long ago predicting a November 17 Apple occasion that turned out to be happening on November 10. But this tweet nonetheless provides to the rising refrain of an sooner than typical launch.

Reuters then reported on November 9 that Samsung might launch the Galaxy S30 collection as early as “late January,” citing three sources. The newswire claimed that the Korean model goes for an early launch as a way to make the most of Huawei’s struggles and fend off Apple.

Models and designs

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As talked about, this 12 months noticed the introduction of the Ultra moniker with the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. With the successive launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, we are going to go forward and assume that Samsung intends to launch a Galaxy S30 Ultra, too.

There will clearly be a vanilla Samsung Galaxy S30, too. Rumors additionally recommend Samsung will persist with three variants of the 2021 Galaxy S telephones, so there’ll doubtless be an S30 Plus.

Related: Samsung Galaxy S20 buyer’s guide

If we assume that there can be three fashions within the Galaxy S30 collection, we may assume that they’ll all look similar to each other. In truth, leaked renders of the Galaxy S30 lineup present three telephones that look virtually equivalent, albeit for just a few minor variations.

The commonplace Samsung Galaxy S30 is rumored to measure 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9mm. It might characteristic a 6.2-inch flat show with a centered punch gap. There are three cameras on the again of the cellphone as pictured within the renders. See for your self under.

The Galaxy S30 Plus hasn’t seen full CAD renders leak but. However, we did discover the following image, which reveals a design similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy S30:

samsung galaxy s21 plus renders 1

Finally, renders of the Galaxy S30 Ultra present a quad-camera setup fitted inside a a lot greater housing. The cellphone might include a 6.7-inch-6.9-inch show with a single punch-hole digicam.

You can see the renders for the Galaxy S30 Ultra under.

Not lengthy after these renders leaked, an updated version leaked, too. This one suggests there might be an additional lens on the again of the S30 Ultra:

samsung galaxy s30 ultra fifth sensor render 1

We’ll want to attend and see if these renders find yourself aligning with the ultimate designs. However, these renders come from a high quality supply, so we anticipate the ultimate merchandise to look very comparable.

Samsung Galaxy S30 collection: Specs and options

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus front

Credit: Robert Triggs / Android Authority

Since we’re nonetheless early on within the launch cycle, numerous the spec rumors we’ve discovered appear far-fetched or contradict rumors from extra dependable sources. Keep that in thoughts as you search the web for information on the Samsung Galaxy S30 collection.

Some specs we don’t want rumors for, although. We may be comparatively assured that the Galaxy S30 collection will pack the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 chipset. Samsung has an extended historical past of introducing the latest Qualcomm flagship silicon within the Galaxy S collection, and there aren’t any credible rumors to recommend that received’t occur once more in 2021. Unfortunately, the corporate will virtually actually nonetheless use its personal Exynos processors for fashions launched exterior of North America.

Related: Samsung Exynos processor guide: Everything you need to know

We may go forward and assume that none of the specs of the Galaxy S20 series will see a downgrade. That means no cellphone ought to have lower than 12GB of RAM, lower than 128GB of inside storage, or lower than a 1440p show decision and 120Hz refresh price.

Battery and energy

We do have rumors for a handful of credible-seeming battery and energy specs, although. The greatest leaks we belief so far are associated to the battery capacities of the three assumed fashions within the Galaxy S30 line. The rumors recommend that Samsung could skip updating its marketed battery capacities for the Galaxy S30 and Galaxy S30 Ultra, sticking with 4,000mAh for the previous and 5,000mAh for the latter. The Galaxy S30 Plus could see a slight bump to 4,800mAh from the marketed 4,500mAh capability of the Galaxy S20 Plus.

It does not seem like the Galaxy S30 and Galaxy S30 Ultra will see battery boosts. The Galaxy S30 Plus would possibly, although.

Somewhat associated to the battery, we even have rumors that ultra-fast wired charging might be on-hand for the collection. It’s doable Samsung might introduce 65W charging speeds to the Galaxy S line. This is smart as OnePlus simply launched the OnePlus 8T, which has this characteristic. However, there may be proof to recommend that not all variants of the road may have it. If that’s true, it’s doubtless the Galaxy S30 Ultra would get it solely. It’s additionally doable, although, that each one the telephones may have the choice, however solely the Ultra may have the in-box charger able to delivering these speeds.

There is a rumor, too, that Samsung could drop the in-box chargers for all of the telephones within the line, identical to Apple did with the iPhone 12 lineup. This is unsubstantiated for now, although.

Samsung Galaxy S30 digicam methods

We even have rumors in regards to the digicam system of the Galaxy S30 Ultra. So far, it appears the S30 Ultra could stick with the 108MP sensor of the S20/Note 20 Ultras and supply two telephoto lenses, one in all which doubtless being a part of a periscope zoom setup. The identical 40MP sensor discovered on the S20 Ultra’s selfie digicam would doubtless make its technique to the S30 Ultra, too.

Finally, we have a rumor associated to a characteristic that doubtless received’t be within the Galaxy S30 collection: in-display selfie cameras. Allegedly, Samsung wasn’t in a position to meet the manufacturing calls for mandatory to incorporate this new expertise within the Galaxy S telephones. Instead, it’s rumored Samsung might push that characteristic to the third-gen Galaxy Z Fold, doubtless referred to as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.

Pricing and availability

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Every 12 months because the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S9, the corporate has raised the introductory pricing of its telephones. One would anticipate that pattern to proceed in 2021 with the Samsung Galaxy S30 collection.

However, we’re unsure that would be the case. There are three main components that make us suppose so:

  • Rumored gross sales figures for the Galaxy S20 collection recommend Samsung was deeply unhappy with the numbers.
  • Samsung has seen extra world success with its mid-range line of Galaxy A units, that are priced to maneuver. The Galaxy S20 FE has additionally confirmed to be extremely standard with followers, which suggests a lower-priced cellphone could be the higher determination.
  • All credible scientific knowledge suggests the COVID-19 pandemic will proceed deep into 2021.

When you mix these three bits of information, they strongly recommend that Samsung must decrease or maintain the identical pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S30 collection, not increase it.

One doable manner round that is for Samsung to make the vanilla Galaxy S30 the identical value or cheaper than the $999 price ticket of the Galaxy S20. This might make the Galaxy S30 collection extra accessible. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S30 Plus and Galaxy S30 Ultra might be priced larger for individuals who can afford all the very best specs and options. This is an identical strategy to what Samsung did with the Galaxy Note 20 phones.

As for availability, Korea’s Maeil Business reported that the telephones might go on sale from late January, with some areas getting it in early February. Meanwhile, tipster Jon Prosser asserted that pre-orders would go dwell on January 14 adopted by a launch date of January 29.

Regardless, it is rather doubtless the Samsung Galaxy S30 collection might be in the stores in early 2021 all world wide.


That’s all we know so far in regards to the Samsung Galaxy S30 collection. Be positive to bookmark this web page so you’re at all times up-to-date on the most recent rumors!




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