A user of the Weibo mobile chat app has posted an alleged screenshot of the settings menu of HTC’s upcoming smartphone, the HTC 11, and it appears that the Taiwan based phone maker’s latest handset offering will be taking full advantage of the capabilities of Qualcomm’s newest and mightiest chip, the Snapdragon 835.
This should be interesting, considering that HTC’s current flagship, the U Ultra, does not even sport this processor (it uses the Snapdragon 821). It is even more curious in light of earlier reports that Samsung has signed an exclusivity deal with Qualcomm to have the honor of being the first to use the Snapdragon 835 (for the South Korean phone maker’s own soon to debut flagship device, the Galaxy S8). If that is the case, then it is pretty reasonable to expect that the HTC 11 will likely be launched after the Galaxy S8 (rumored to be by April of this year).
After the release of Google’s Pixel devices last year, the most eagerly awaited Android powered smartphone in 2017 is probably Samsung’s Galaxy S8. Sure, other Android phone makers like LG and HTC will beg to differ, but between the two, HTC may have the better chance of competing, at least in terms of processing (LG’s upcoming G6, like HTC’s U Ultra, only features the Snapdragon 821 chip).
Of course, the choice of processor is hardly the only factor to consider when it comes to determining the quality of a flagship (or a former flagship). Will the HTC 11 be able to deliver in other departments? As indicated on the leaked screenshot, the device appears to run on Google’s Android 7.1.2 Nougat mobile operating system, to be paired with HTC’s own Sense 9.0 software.
Other rumored specifications also include a display screen that boasts a resolution of 2,550 by 1,556 pixels, 6 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM), and 128 gigabytes of built in memory. Regarding the 2,560 by 1,556 pixel resolution, that seems like a weird number. As observed by Android Headlines, most QHD display screens already out in the market sport a resolution of 2,560 by 1,440 pixels. Could the HTC 11’s display screen be of the curved kind? Moreover, with 6 gigabytes of RAM, it looks like the HTC 11 will best the U Ultra in that particular area (the U Ultra has 4 gigabytes of RAM). But rumors are just rumors until confirmed, and before we get some official say from HTC, it is best to take all of these with some grain of salt.
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