We’re heading into late 2020 and that means the rumours for 2021 are already starting to ramp up. This week, we’ve seen news surrounding the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S30 really pick up the pace. For everything you need to know on Galaxy S30 (Galaxy S21), check out our comprehensive guide below.
Samsung release a lot of phones and that means it can have extremely mixed fortunes from one end of the market to the other. While the Ultra line and Note 20 series received mixed reviews, the new upper mid-range Galaxy S20 FE somewhat pulled back its 2020 reputation towards the end of the year.
While Samsung had a packed 2020, we’re expecting 2021 to be just as busy and, with early news on its phones for next year flying in, things seem to have kicked off already. From rumours about new selfie camera tech to a redesigned rear camera module, the Galaxy S30 is shaping up to be an interesting update.
We’ve got all the key details on the S30 right here. Read on for the specs, camera, design, price and release date of Samsung’s next flagship.
Samsung Galaxy S30 design
The Galaxy S30 (S21) rumours have been kicked into high gear courtesy of OnLeaks. The prolific leaker showed off images of the upcoming device and the Galaxy S30 Ultra, revealing an interesting new take on the camera bump:
Beyond the unique and much larger camera modules, the new Galaxy S device looks to remain much the same as the current Galaxy S20 in terms of overall 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 this 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
As part of his recent posts, leaker OnLeaks pointed towards a January 2021 release date for the S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra. A January release would be earlier than what we’ve come to expect from Samsung but it has also been corroborated by Android Central.
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.
The S20 Ultra cost $1,498, the S20 Plus cost $1,498 and the standard Galaxy S20 cost $1,298.
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