The Huawei P10 is a good phone that offers most of what you’d expect from a flagship in an easy to use package, but there’s nothing thrilling or innovative about the phone’s design or features.
That’s why we’ve put our heads together to come up with a range of improvements we’d like to see included in the Huawei P11 when it inevitably launches.
It’s a long way off for now, but below you’ll find all of the early rumors and news about the Huawei P11, alongside the things we’d most like to see on the upcoming Huawei phone.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Huawei’s next flagship phone
- When is it out? In 2018, expect it at MWC next year
- What will it cost? Over $600 or £500, if it’s like the Huawei P10
Huawei P11 release date
The Huawei P11 is expected to launch at the start of 2018. Huawei’s VP of Handsets Product Line, Bruce Lee, told Android Central the company will “probably launch devices at Mobile World Congress” in future.
MWC 2018 is confirmed for next February and we’d expect Huawei to be there with a new flagship phone, which will be a year after the launch of the Huawei P10.
The company just revealed the new Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro phablets too, which suggests the company is set to stick with its normal schedule and makes us think the P11 will be ready for February 2018.
Recent comments by Huawei executives make a MWC launch seem more likely than ever.
Huawei P11 price
In terms of price, it’s not currently clear what Huawei will do – but we hope to see the price drop for the next version. The Huawei P10 costs around £570 (roughly $710/AU$945), but wasn’t released in the US.
Watch the video below to see what has changed on the Huawei P10
Huawei P11 design and display
Little is known for certain about the Huawei P11 at the moment, but we have heard a variety of rumors about the device.
Both the Honor 8 and Huawei P10 had very similar design and features, but it’s unlikely the newly launched Honor 9 with its shiny glass back effect will make Huawei change from the P11’s expected metal based design.
XDA Developers were provided with firmware files that suggest the P11 will have an almost bezel-less design with a notch at the top of the screen that will look similar to the iPhone X.
The cutout at the top of the Huawei P11 screen is referenced as a ‘notch’ within the system build and an example of how it’s set to look suggests it may just house the front-facing camera.
There’s also word from that source which suggests the Huawei P11 will ship with a 4K display. That’s unlikely considering Huawei has continued to use Full HD panels in its phones up until now, but it would be interesting to see the company make a device to keep pace with the Sony Xperia XZ Premium.
Huawei P11 camera
We’ve only heard one leak about the Huawei P11 camera but it suggests the Lecia partnership is set to continue and there will be some big changes to both the front and rear snappers.
Images from a digital artist that works with Huawei – and spotted by Evleaks – suggest the phone is set to come with 3 lenses on the rear camera for the first time and one of those may be as high as 40MP. That also looks like it will be capable of 5x hybrid zoom.
Is the next Huawei P-series going to be an imaging powerhouse? A digital artist at one of the company’s creative agencies added these “PCE Series” ads to their portfolio — claiming 40MP, 3 lens rear (5x hybrid zoom) + 24MP selfie, all Leica-co-developed. pic.twitter.com/t8w3VlL55LDecember 6, 2017
The leak also suggests the front camera will be a 24MP sensor, which would be a big upgrade over the 8MP one on the Huawei P10.
Huawei P11 power
One report from China previously suggested the P11 will ship with the latest Kirin 970 chipset, which features inside both the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro.
Usually Huawei debuts the new chipset tech on the Mate line and brings it to the P device later, so we expect that to happen again for the Huawei P11.
The same source also suggests the phone will ship with 8GB of RAM onboard, in a similar move to this year’s OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. We are constantly updating this piece on the latest Huawei P11 rumors, so be sure to check back for more soon.
Huawei P11: what we want to see
Although rumors and leaks are thin on the ground at the moment, we’ve put together a list of the things we’d like to see Huawei improved for the P11. Here’s everything we have our fingers crossed to see on the Huawei P11.
1. A voice assistant
The Huawei P10 didn’t come with an easy to use voice assistant. Amazon Alexa is available on the Huawei Mate 9 in the US, but not on the P10, and currently Google Assistant isn’t available for the Huawei P10 either.
The lack of Google Assistant is a shame, but Huawei is aiming to get Google’s helper onto the phone at a later date. We hope Huawei settles on what voice assistant should be used on the Huawei P11, and that it launches with one on day one.
2. Better battery life
One of our main criticisms of the Huawei P10 was the poor battery life.
We found it to be a touch worse than the Huawei P9 that went before it, so we hope that Huawei puts a lot of effort in to increase the battery life on the Huawei P11.
3. A better USP
Perhaps the biggest problem with the Huawei P10 was the lack of a big selling point. There’s no particular reason to buy this phone – it’s just all round a good handset, and we’d like to see an improved USP ready for the P11.
What exactly that should be, we’re not entirely certain. Hopefully Huawei has something up its sleeve to help tackle the big selling features that other companies such as Samsung and Apple offer.
4. Lower price
Huawei has been steadily increasing its prices for the past few years and the P10 is one of the most expensive phones the company has made.
We hope that for the Huawei P11 the company decides to drop the price down a little, to make it a more appetizing buy compared to the other flagship devices on the market.
5. Google Daydream support
The Huawei P10 doesn’t work with a virtual reality headset, so we hope the next phone from Huawei will be a part of Google’s Daydream program and connect with the Google Daydream View headset.
Huawei has previously confirmed it’s working on a virtual reality headset too, but there’s been no official announcement so far on where the headset is in production.
6. A US release
That’s a pretty simple one, but it’s a big shame the Huawei P10 never officially launched in the US and we’d like to see that be a priority for the P11. We know there are many people in the US looking forward to using a Huawei phone, so why not supply the flagship to them?