The Huawei Mate 30 Pro has a striking design and that’s thanks largely to one thing: its steeply curved ‘waterfall’ screen. But it’s a design that Samsung apparently won’t look to imitate with the Samsung Galaxy S11.
The Galaxy Note 10 already has very little bezel, so if accurate this would mean the Samsung Galaxy S11 would basically be all screen from the front, other than likely a punch-hole camera cut-out.
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After careful evaluation by Samsung, The Galaxy S11 series does not use a waterfall screen design, but the bezel is narrower than Note10.November 18, 2019
Several modern smartphones have screens which curve back at the sides, instead of abruptly ending – it gives smartphones a decidedly premium feel, but can take some getting used to in some cases due to the fact you can accidentally press the curves with parts of your hand when you don't intend to.
A 'waterfall' screen is one which is particularly curved, like the arc of a river running over a cliff.
Interestingly, the source says that the decision not to have a waterfall screen was made “after careful consideration by Samsung”, suggesting that it was something the company was considering.
And it might be for the best that the Samsung Galaxy S11 doesn’t have such a screen, as while it would be sure to look good, it may also increase the chances of accidentally interacting with the screen when holding the phone. Plus, having that much display on the edge might make the phone more fragile.
Of course, this is still just a rumor for now, so we can’t be certain that the Samsung Galaxy S11 won’t have a waterfall screen, but so far no leaks suggest it will. Based on other leaks we’re expecting a design a lot like the Galaxy Note 10’s, with the selfie camera in a top central position just like that phone, but with a smaller lens, and if today’s leak is accurate with less bezel too.
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James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to 3G.co.uk, 4G.co.uk and 5G.co.uk and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.