The replacement for Galaxy S10 may not be Galaxy S11, but Galaxy S20. Several Chinese experts have claimed that the nomenclature of high-end smartphone names will change, the same as what applied to the names of the Galaxy A in early 2019.
Choosing a name for your first smartphone is never easy. Because it involves defining a nomenclature for a range that extends in width (entry-level, mid-range, and top-of-the-range), in-depth (various declinations starting from the same model) and over time, with the successors of each version. Some have got their feet caught in the carpet, such as Motorola with the “2nd generation” Moto G. Its successor is called Moto G3.
Even Apple had a few moments of weakness with the iPhone 3G (the first 3G model of the iPhone) despite being an expert in marketing. How to call the next one? iPhone 3GS! That doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t even have the same meaning. Fortunately, Apple had a good idea to name the next iPhone 4. It couldn’t be simpler. A simplicity that allows some freedom of expression (iPhone 5C, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone 11 Pro Max) and does not exclude some black sheep (iPhone SE).
Samsung has not always done in simplicity. Especially before the arrival of Galaxy A and Galaxy J. Then it got simpler. Today, the number of Galaxy A corresponds to the range of the phone. In early 2019, Samsung decided to go up to ten, because the A range was going to grow considerably. Thus the Galaxy A50 succeeds the Galaxy A5 (2018). It replaced a few days ago by the Galaxy A51.
Galaxy S20: Change of nomenclature at the top of the range
Galaxy S and Galaxy Note are not on the same nomenclature. Each year, their number increases incrementally up to Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10. For 2020, Samsung would take the opportunity to change this. According to two Chinese leakers, notably Ice Universe, whose indiscretions are often right, the successor to Galaxy S10 could be called Galaxy S20, and not Galaxy S11 as rumors previously suggested.
This could mean that the other high-end smartphones expected next year would also be affected: Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20e, Galaxy Note 20, etc. Note that the figure for this generation of Galaxy S and Note would thus be in line with the figure for the calendar year: 2020. That would be very convenient. Of course, it remains to be seen whether Samsung will choose to name its 2021 flagship Galaxy S21 or Galaxy S30. Both hypotheses are in all the international media.
Beyond its name, and even if it contributes to the brand’s memorization among consumers, it is above all the integrated technology that will be important. Rumour has it that the Galaxy S11/S20 will have a Snapdragon 865 or an Exynos 990, a Super AMOLED screen with a hole for the webcam, or a multi-sensor camera, the primary model of which would be a 108-megapixel ISOCELL, and various lenses, including a telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom.