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HTC 11 in a nutshell: Leaks, specs, UK price, release date and more

HTC 11 in a nutshell: Everything we’ve heard so far about the HTC 11, set to be the first big HTC phone of 2017. From leaks and rumoured specs to a possible UK price and launch date, here’s all the gossip on HTC’s upcoming flagship mobile.

The HTC 10, launched back in April 2016, was without a doubt the best HTC flagship in quite some time. Which is why we’re so excited about the next big HTC launch, which so far looks to be the HTC 11 – an enticing follow-up to the 10 boasting boosted specs and all-new features.

In the meantime we have the HTC 10 Evo to keep us happy, but from the leaks and rumours that are emerging, the HTC 11 could be something special. Here’s all you need to know.

HTC 11 in a nutshell: Specs rumoured

Phone HTC 11
Screen size 5.5-inch
Screen resolution Quad HD (2560×1440)
Processor Snapdragon 835
Memory 6GB
Storage 32 to 256GB
microSD? Yes
Battery 3700mAh
Rear camera 12MP
Front camera 8MP

HTC 11 in a nutshell: Design

The HTC 10 sported a full-on metal unibody which was tough as nails but also quite attractive and comfortable to clutch. However, it was also quite chunky, so we’d like to see the HTC 11 lose a bit of girth if possible.

Early word is that the HTC 11 will be a 5.5-inch mobile that’s fully water resistant, just like the HTC 10 Evo which launched last month. Which makes us wonder if the Evo was just a warm-up for the latest HTC flagship mobile. The Evo is a bit more slender than the HTC 10, while still sporting a metallic frame, and we wouldn’t be upset if it’s used as a template for the next big handset.

That water resistance will be a key feature too, offering the same robustness as Samsung’s Galaxy S7 (and hopefully Galaxy S8) as well as other flagships like the iPhone 7 and Sony Xperia XZ.

HTC 11 in a nutshell: Specs and features

You can expect the HTC 11 to come packing Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor. This is a mobile beast, offering impressive power in a more portable form – which should make for slimmer premium handsets.

Snapdragon 835 also brings Quick Charge 4.0 support, which means you should be able to charge the HTC 11 to maximum capacity in a little over an hour. Providing it works as promised, of course. The phone is said to pack a 3700mAh battery, which should deliver all-day battery life without a struggle, even with heavy use.

Hi Res audio support should come as standard and the HTC 11 will likely rock the same dual-speaker setup of the HTC 10. While this isn’t quite as good as the BoomSound speakers of yesteryear, you do get some powerful audio and impressive clarity given the size of the speakers.

You can also expect a 12-megapixel rear camera, just like the HTC 10’s snapper. However, although the HTC 10 camera boasted some impressive tech, including Optical Image Stabilisation, laser-guided autofocus and 4K video recording, the HTC 11 will almost certainly improve on photo and video quality. After all, while the HTC 10 was a great little shooter, it wasn’t as strong as the Galaxy S7 when it came to low light shots.

Read next: HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 camera comparison

HTC 11 in a nutshell: UK price and release date

The HTC 11 will most likely launch around February or March 2017, a popular time for new mobiles to be revealed by manufacturers. Chances are HTC will avoid the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 expo, but launch its new flagship either soon before or immediately afterwards.

You can expect the HTC 11 to be released in the UK in April 2017, a full year after the HTC 10 went on sale.