Price, release date, specs and more

Price, release date, specs and more

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Smartphone season may only be just kicking off but Samsung has already released its mobile flagships for 2020, meaning it’s time to look ahead to the Samsung Galaxy S30. Expected to release in 2021, we don’t know a whole lot about the device just yet but there’s still plenty of rumours and speculation to dissect.

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.

The S20 Ultra cost £1199, the S20 Plus cost £999 and the standard Galaxy S20 cost £799.

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.

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The Galaxy S20 series

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.

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Samsung Galaxy S30 design

There have been few leaks and concrete rumours surrounding the Galaxy S30 just yet, however, one interesting design tidbit actually revolves around something hidden from view rather than an additional design element.

According to prolific leaker Ice Universe, Samsung is considering the use of “under-screen camera technology” for the Galaxy S30, a move that would see the need for a camera cut-out eliminated and the ability to have the front of the phone be almost all display. This technology would be quite the leap forward and it remains an unsubstantiated rumour so definitely keep that in mind and we’ll be adding any more concrete information right here when it emerges.

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