Its true that HTC 10 didn’t satisfied its user that much was expected from it.
It was good but it lacked the stand-out features of some rivals and was therefore hard to recommend.
But now rumors are rolling that HTC is going to launch HTC 11 in this year. Traditionally it has launched in March: only the HTC 10 has launched later in the year. But this time it is predicting that HTC new phone will be launch in April 2017.
However, the HTC 11 release date has been confused by the fact HTC is holding a special event tomorrow (12 January), in which it is tipped to launch several new phones, including a flagship and two mid-range models.
HTC 11 specification rumours: What to expect from HTC 11
It’s relatively easy to predict that HTC will use Qualcomm’s best available mobile chip for its next flagship, which will be the 10nm Snapdragon 835 with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0. This processor supports 8GB of RAM, but despite what we’ve heard we reckon the HTC 11 is more likely to come with 4- or 6GB of RAM.
Qualcomm has just released new details on its Snapdragon 835 at CES 2017, and headline performance figures include 25 percent faster graphics rendering and half the power consumption compared the Snapdragon 801. It’s also got 20 percent extra performance vs the 820.
The HTC 11 is said to also get 256GB of storage, although this will more than likely be an option (as it is with the iPhone), with the default amount set at 32GB or perhaps even 64GB if we’re lucky.
For the camera, rumours are suggesting HTC will stick with a 12Mp main camera at the back, and put an 8Mp selfie camera at the front (up from 5Mp). One of the main issues with the HTC 10’s camera was its lack of consistency. Some photos were great, some weren’t. Also, it relied too heavily on the presumption that people wanted to use the Pro mode and all its controls (and RAW capture), but the vast majority of users just want to press the shutter and get top-quality pictures and video.
The screen is expected to be a 5.5in 1440×2560 panel, which is larger than the 5.2in screen on the HTC 10. The battery is also expected to be larger, at 3,700mAh up from 3,000mAh, so it’s possible we’re looking at a slightly larger handset for 2017.
A new Sense Touch feature is rumoured to allow you to control the phone by swiping and tapping its metal frame. This has also been highlighted in the video further up this page.
HTC 11 Design rumours
HTC needs to come up with a design that betters even the HTC 10. Plenty of manufacturers are trying to differentiate their phones, but there’s a limit to what you can do when you have to build around a 5.2in touchscreen. Hopefully HTC will do as expected and increase the screen size to 5.5in in its next flagship.
In our opinion HTC took a step backwards by putting the speakers on the top and bottom edges of its 2016 HTC 10 flagship. It also made one handle high frequencies and the other low frequencies, and this led to a strange-sounding imbalance when watching videos. We’re hoping that there will be a return to front-facing BoomSound stereo speakers, although if we are to believe the render at the top of this article (which appeared on Weibo and may well be a fake) it doesn’t look as though our wish will come true.
Another feature we want to see is waterproofing. The 10 isn’t waterproof (not many phones are) but plenty of the latest gadgets are now IP67 or IP68 rated, and if HTC doesn’t tick this box, it’s just one more reason to buy from Samsung or Apple.
Better battery life is also on our HTC 11 wishlist. Until we see a breakthrough in battery technology, it’s probably too much to ask for two days between charging, but we would like the new phone to get through a day of hard use comfortably. News that it will get a bump up to 3,700mAh (up from 3,000mAh) and support Quick Charge 4.0 is fantastic – you’ll charge it less often and it will take less time to do so.
However, the larger battery and larger screen rumours appear to point to a larger HTC flagship in 2017 – plus an even larger version in the HTC Ocean Note.