Huawei P11 release date and what we want to see

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.

Before that, we'd also expect to see the company release the Huawei Mate 10 phablet at the end of 2017.

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 news and rumors

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. 

One report from China also suggests the P11 will ship with an upcoming chipset called the Kirin 970. The P10 has the Huawei-made Kirin 960 chipset inside, so a new version of that would make sense for the device but it's expected the new processor set up will debut on the Mate 10, which could launch at the end of 2017.

The same source also suggests the phone will ship with 8GB of RAM onboard, in a similar move to this year's OnePlus 5.

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.

When we hear more about the Huawei P11, we'll be sure to update this piece.

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?

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