HTC reinvented its flagship brand with the HTC 10, ditching the ‘One’ from the name and changing the design of the phone.
It’s a change that paid off too, leading to a stronger reception than the conservative HTC One M9 got, but it’s also left us eager for the HTC 11.
That’s a phone that probably won’t be out until 2017 and very little is known about it so far, but we’ll be keeping this article updated with all the leaks, news and rumours as they arrive.
Given that the HTC 10 arrived this year the HTC 11 isn’t expected until 2017. It will at least probably arrive early in the year though. The HTC 10 was announced in April 2016, so we could see the HTC 11 in April 2017, but it may arrive even sooner than that, as HTC often announces its flagships at MWC, which next year is taking place from the 27th of February to the 2nd of March.
We don't know what it will cost, but the HTC 10 retails for £569, so it's likely to be at least that much.
We don’t know what design the HTC 11 will have, but given that HTC stuck with roughly the same flagship design for three years before changing it with the HTC 10 it’s likely that the HTC 11 will have a similar design to this year’s phone.
In which case you can expect a whole lot of metal along with chamfered edges, but there are likely to be some tweaks to make it stand out. Perhaps it will be thinner for example, but as yet there are no specific rumours.
HTC upped the resolution of its flagship brand to 1440 x 2560 for the HTC 10 and we don’t expect it will push it up any higher for the HTC 11, given that it took longer than most brands to even reach that resolution.
So in all likelihood we’ll get a QHD screen, of probably somewhere between 5.2 and 5.5 inches, since the HTC 10 is 5.2 inches and that’s the general range of flagship phone sizes if you don’t include phablets.
Expect the HTC 11 to pack whatever the latest and greatest Snapdragon processor of the time is. It will probably be the Snapdragon 830, which is rumoured to be an octa-core chip.
At least 4GB of RAM is a given, but there’s a high chance HTC will push it up to 5 or 6GB, especially as a number of upcoming phones are now rumoured to have 6GB of RAM.
As for other specs we’d imagine the microSD card slot will make a return and that the phone will have at least 32GB of built in storage. Hopefully the battery will grow from the 3000 mAh one in the HTC 10, but that all remains to be seen.
One thing we can be very confident of is that the HTC 11 will run Android N, overlaid with the latest version of HTC’s Sense interface.
HTC stuck a 12MP camera on the HTC 10. It uses the company’s UltraPixel technology and has optical image stabilisation. It was generally well received so it’s likely that HTC will stick with something similar for the HTC 11, though it’s sure to improve it in some ways, whether through more megapixels or extra features.
Round the front the HTC 10 has a 5MP snapper and this could well get boosted up to a higher megapixel count for the HTC 11, since that’s not an especially high number.
There aren’t any big rumoured features for the HTC 11 yet, but HTC is going to want the phone to stand out, so there’s a good chance it will have something interesting.
If nothing else, we can be pretty confident that both the fingerprint scanner and the BoomSound speakers from the HTC 10 will be returning.
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