October 28, 2016
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HTC 11 Speculations: What to expect from HTC’s next release

Looking back at HTC 10, we can say it really tried to go up against the biggest players in the game in the past year, but was eventually obscured by other smartphone releases. Six months after the release of HTC 10, HTC is already hinting at their next release: the HTC 11.

Speculations abound on what the next HTC phone could bring to the table in terms of hardware, features, and software. Now, since we’re riding the hype train along with you guys, here’s what we think we’ll see from the next HTC phone so take it with a grain of salt.

What we know so far

Speculations on the follow up to HTC 10 began when a supposed design of a phone dubbed the HTC Ocean leaked online. It listed at least three iterations under the lineup, though it was said afterwards that the design was only a concept and HTC did not directly deny that they’re working on it anyway. This eventually led to the suggestion that HTC is bringing the Ocean design to its next project, HTC 11, like the buttonless design and improved camera capabilities.

General details on phone dimensions and specs are many so here’s what we’ve gathered so far.

HTC 11 will have a 5.5-inch Quad HD Dual Edge Display (or IPS LCD depending on who you ask) and a fingerprint scanner following the HTC Ocean concept. For its frame, it’s said to feature an aluminum unibody that’s buttonless, waterproof, and dustproof (probably another HTC Ocean feature), and a “Sense Touch” feature that explains the buttonless unibody. The feature allows users to control aspects of the phone by swiping or tapping the metal frame running along the edge, like adjusting volume and brightness or taking photos with a tap.

It will also have dual BoomSound stereo speakers and replace the standard 3.5mm audio jack for a reversible USB Type-C port. Among other additional features are DualBand, WiFi and WiFI Hotspot, BDS, Beidou, GLONASS, Infrared, Bluetooth v4.3, Direct and GPS with assisted GPS, and NFC support. We hope that this new phone will be VR-ready as well.

Release & Price

Insiders say that HTC 11 could see global release before the end of 2017’s second quarter, which also means mid-2017. Some speculations put it at early 2017 which will be in direct competition with Samsung’s Galaxy S8 release at the same time. Some expect it during the Mobile World Congress 2017, which usually takes place between February 27 and March 2, or a little later than that but no later than April, as that will coincide with the first anniversary of the HTC 10 launch.

The general consensus for HTC 11’s price seems to go around $900, ($750 to $800 if we’re optimistic) which is pretty steep in our opinion but if this smartphone performs well, we won’t complain. We really hope HTC makes good on their next offering because HTC phones relatively don’t come cheap compared with some other phones.

Under the hood

We don’t expect to hit the right notes when it comes to predicting what the HTC 11 might contain under the hood when it comes out, but we’ll try to come as close as we can get based on the info around the internet.

There’s also word out that the HTC 11 will carry a hefty 3,500 mAh battery and will sport a next generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 processor with at least 4GB of RAM for its base model and 6GB of RAM for its upper tier variant. Some are optimistic that it might even sport 8GB of RAM and 256 GB internal storage. By the time HTC 11 gets launched, it will already have Android 7.0 Nougat built in and the latest version of HTC Sense user interface.

For its camera, it’s rumored to have a 12 megapixel rear camera and an 8 megapixel front camera, which are pretty low expectations if you compare that to the top smartphone cameras in the market right now. Some say it’s 15 megapixels, which displays more confidence in HTC. But anyway, it’s supposed to have a Dual-Camera Setup with optical zoom and DSLR-level effects that will take on LG G5, the iPhone 7 Plus, and Huawei P9. Let’s just hope it’s not left in the dust with their competitors’ next release.

Thoughts?

If you can’t wait to see how the HTC might look like, tech advisor Techconfigurations made an HTC 11 concept video to show you what we can expect of HTC’s next flagship phone.

What do you think? Will HTC 11 live up to the hype? What kind of features do you think will it have? Let us know in the comments.