HTC 11 Rumor Roundup—2K Display, 8 GB RAM, Snapdragon 835 & More
HTC, known well for its HTC One series of flagship devices, released one of its best smartphones to date in 2016. That phone, the HTC 10, was met with near-universal praise from tech blogs and YouTubers—however, the sales numbers didn't quite match the hype, and HTC ended up posting a net loss of $133 million in the quarter that followed the phone's release.
As a result of these struggles, HTC almost needs to hit a home run with its upcoming flagship model, the HTC 11. The phone is rumored to be released in the first or second quarter of 2017, and a user on Weibo has leaked supposed renders and details regarding the upcoming handset. Not to spoil it for you, but I must say—if these rumors turn out to be fruitful, HTC will surely have a bounce-back year.
If the leaks are to be believed, HTC isn't wavering from the iconic metal unibody design that it has stuck to since practically the start of the "One" series. When it comes to specs, though, the HTC 11 is rumored to come with an impressive spreadsheet of features, including:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
- dual rear-facing 12 MP cameras
- front-facing 8 MP camera
- 8 GB RAM
- 3,700 mAh battery
- 256 GB internal storage
- 5.5 inch 2K display screen
- borderless design (no side bezels)
- Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0
This leak should be taken with a grain of salt, but Weibo user shumaC has a decent reputation for leaking renders and details in the past. Let's take a closer look at the leak and what each detail means for those who're interested in purchasing this phone.
The HTC 11's new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor comes with five main improvements over last year's model: better battery life, AR and VR support, increased camera stabilization, improved LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, and extra security (through Qualcomm Haven). In addition to all of that, Qualcomm is using a new machine learning platform to optimize performance on the CPU, so if you'd like to know more, you can read all of the juicy details at the following link.
An 8 MP front-facing camera is sure to please selfie takers. We haven't seen many phones with a front facing camera that packed more than 5 MP, so this should certainly be an improvement. But we aren't too sure how it'll hold up against the crazy 16 MP selfie camera on the OnePlus 3T. The Snapdragon 835 processor might come into play here, as it boasts several picture and video capturing improvements over the Snapdragon 821 inside the OnePlus 3T.
There isn't much information on how the dual back cameras will function on the HTC 11. It's impossible to tell if one of them will be a wide camera (like on the LG V20 and the iPhone 7 Plus), or if they'll work in conjunction to provide better image quality (like on the Honor 8). Either way, having two 12 MP cameras shouldn't disappoint when it comes to snapping pictures and recording videos.
8 GB of RAM?! Wow, talk about future-proofing. In 2016, we only saw a couple of phones that had more than the "standard" 4 GB of RAM. The rumored 8 GB means the HTC 11 should be capable of crazy multitasking, high video quality playback, and intense gaming. If this is true, there won't be much this phone isn't capable of doing.
The leak claims that the HTC 11 will be powered by a 3,700 mAh battery, which is a 23% increase over last year's HTC 10. There haven't many complaints of battery issues with HTC's previous models, so this increase is sure to help your phone keep going throughout the day.
256 GB of internal storage is quite impressive. That's enough space to keep everyone happy, including selfie addicts, audiophiles, and even those special few who like to download everything in sight. There's no rumor on whether or not the HTC 11 will come with expandable storage like its predecessors from the last couple of years, but it shouldn't be too much of a problem if 256 GB of internal storage is included.
A 2K (1440p), 5.5-inch screen doesn't sound too bad. It's practically what every flagship phone from last year was using. A 2K screen looks good, and it'll look even better with the bezel-less design. If you're wondering why HTC might have picked a 2K screen over a 4K one, it's probably because a 4K screen would consume a ridiculous amount of resources. RAM, battery, and computing power are the top three resources that it would require, so 2K is a happy medium.
Qualcomm claims that their Quick Charge 4 technology will give your phone five hours of battery life with five minutes of charging. With charging speeds like that, who could possibly be disappointed?
If these specs end up being true, does the HTC 11 sound like a phone you would purchase—or is it something you plan on avoiding like the plague? Do it sound like HTC is ready to redeem itself from its poor sales figures a year ago? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!