2020 smartphone season is not yet over but the rumour mill has already started churning for what we could expect to see on the Samsung Galaxy S30. Galaxy S30, or S21, we’ve got everything you need to know about Samsung’s next flagship phone.
Samsung has had quite the mixed 2020 – launching its new Ultra line and Note 20 series to middling reviews, impressively updating its flagship foldable and getting lots of favourable reviews for the rest of its Galaxy S lineup. Samsung also released an absolute plethora of other phones up and down the smartphone market. Samsung even looked to take on the likes of the OnePlus 8T, Pixel 5 and iPhone 12 with a reimagining of the S20 – the Galaxy S20 FE.
Well, Samsung now looks pretty spent for 2020 when it comes to phones and we can look ahead to 2021. While many rumours about the next device have looked positive and exciting, the most recent news points toward the next flagship missing out on the next evolution of selfie camera tech.
We’ve brought together everything you need to know about Samsung Galaxy S30 right here in this helpful Trusted Reviews guide. Read on for all the key information on display, design, specs, camera and more.
Samsung Galaxy S30 design
Galaxy S30 looks set to miss out on some interesting new “under display camera” technology, after previous reports indicated it could come to the new device.
The new setup would allow for the front-facing portion of the phone to be almost completely screen, with a portion of the screen going transparent to allow for the taking of those all-important selfies when needed.
However, the new camera appears to be leapfrogging Samsung Galaxy S30 and heading straight for the next iteration of the company’s flagship foldable – Galaxy Z Fold 3 – a bit of a disappointment for those not wanting to shell out on a £1500-plus device.
The previous reports regarding the under display camera came courtesy of often reliable leaker Ice Universe. However, the tipster did note that it was “under consideration”, rather than fully nailing their colour’s to the mast.
Samsung Galaxy S30 release date
Samsung unveiled the S20 at their Samsung Unpacked event back in February, with the phones going on sale in early March. So, if the Korean tech giant follows a similar schedule in the coming year, we could expect to see a Samsung Unpacked event in February 2021 – and possibly a release in March.
However, it remains to be seen how harshly coronavirus has impacted upon Samsung’s operations. It’s possible we may see a release slightly later in the year to account for working from home and other troubles the pandemic has wrought.
Samsung Galaxy S30 price
We’re expecting the next generation of Galaxy phones to come in with a similar price tag to their predecessors, the S20 range.
That said, we did see a significant price-hike between the S10 range and the S20 range. So it’s not impossible that Samsung put prices up, rather than sticking to a similar pricing strategy.
Samsung Galaxy S30 specs
If Samsung stick to old habits, we’re likely to see the upcoming Snapdragon 875 chipset, from Qualcomm, in the S30. At least in the USA – in the UK and the rest of the world, the phone will likely be powered by the latest Exynos chip.
Early findings on the 5nm Exynos 1000 chip suggest it could be a force to be reckoned with – a leaked benchmarking score found it to be around three times faster than a Snapdragon 865 (via GizChina).
The specs of the Galaxy S30 camera look like they could be changed up for Samsung’s 2021 phone. Samsung already took a step back with 100x Space Zoom for the Galaxy S20, reducing it for the Note 20 lineup. According to Korean outlet The Elec, The change for S30 appears to be the ditching of the time-of-flight (ToF) sensor. The ToF sensor allows for enhanced depth sensing and it would be a strange omission given an industry move towards augmented reality support.
Another camera sensor rumour comes courtesy of prominent leaker IceUniverse:
The HM1 sensor is part of Samsung’s current flagship main camera and, sticking to the same megapixel count, would appear to indicate an ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ approach to Samsung’s next marquee phone.
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