The Galaxy S10 line brought Samsung's popular Infinity-O design, which consists of placing the front camera on the screen itself. Now it looks like South Korea wants to go further in the next generation, presumably called the Galaxy S11.
Samsung has filed a new patent with the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) showing a smartphone with three cameras positioned at the top left of the screen. Considering that the Galaxy S10 + and Galaxy S10 5G were released with dual front cameras, it makes sense that the Galaxy S11 lineup increases the number of sensors in an attempt to beat the competition by delivering new features.
The Galaxy S10 +, for example, has a common sensor and a depth sensor to assist with portrait mode photos. Therefore, the third lens could be wide angle, something that would undoubtedly be well accepted by fans of the company.
In addition, Samsung could also remove the depth sensor to add some advanced 3D face recognition technology, similar to Apple's Face ID or Huawei Face Unlock.
The patent makes it clear that this smartphone has incredibly thin edges, a trend that is likely to be embraced in next year's smartphones, as manufacturers are working to deliver the widest possible screen-body ratio on their most expensive handsets.
The Galaxy S11 + is expected to hit the market with triple-front cameras, while the standard Galaxy S11 should maintain a dual camera configuration as one of the wide-angle sensors. On the other hand, the Galaxy S11e, which will presumably be smaller and cheaper, can bring only a single front camera, a feature that is also present in the iPhone 11, which will surely be its main competitor.
Reports suggest that the Galaxy S11 line should be made official by Samsung on February 18, 2020. Still, we will have to wait for an official announcement from Samsung to confirm (or not) that date.