The Huawei P10 is a strong contender in a sea of 2017 flagships, but we’re already focused on the 2018 Huawei flagship, unofficially dubbed the Huawei P11 or Huawei P20. While it’s still a long way away from release, below you’ll find some of the most notable rumours about the phone so far, along with our speculation on a possible UK price and release date.
When is the Huawei P11 release date?
As was the case with the Huawei P10 earlier this year, we imagine that the Huawei P11 (aka Huawei P20) will be released in early 2018 with the launch day confirmed by Huawei as Sunday 25 February.
That would put it directly up against the Galaxy S9, which could also launch the same day. So many phones.
While the company has not said the event is for the device, last year's P10 was announced at a similar event and it fits perfectly with the company's release cycle.
Huawei’s Vice President of Handsets Product Line Bruce Lee has already confirmed to Android Central that the company will “probably launch devices at Mobile World Congress” as it wants to get the devices on-sale by the Easter period in Western Europe.
If you're in the US and on AT&T, we're hearing that the mobile network will be offering the Huawei P11 or Huawei Mate 10 Pro, having announced the latter at CES.
How much will the Huawei P11 cost in the UK?
We’re still some way away from finding out the official price of the upcoming Huawei P11, but we can estimate a rough price range based on previous releases.
Judging by the £449 price tag of the Huawei P9 and the slightly more expensive £569 price tag of the Huawei P10, we imagine that the Huawei P11 will cost somewhere in the range of £550 and £600. While Huawei’s flagship prices were once competitive when compared to Samsung and Apple, it’s slowly changing.
What are the rumoured new features and design?
There is very little online about the design of the Huawei P11, but we can take a look at sister company Honor’s 2017 flagship, the Honor 9, for inspiration. The 2016 Honor 8 had a very similar design and feature set to 2017’s Huawei P10, including the dual-camera setup on the rear.
With that being said, the Honor 9 is the first Honor phone to ‘do an Apple’ and remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from the smartphone, suggesting that it could also be removed from this year’s Huawei P11. It’s a move that Apple has faced much criticism for, and is something that many Android manufacturers have avoided thus far.
Newly leaked renders suggest the Huawei P11/P20 will actually have three cameras at the rear.
In a concept video published in August the Huawei P11 is shown to have a titanium body, a full-screen display and an under-glass fingerprint scanner:
However, just like Apple's iPhone X the upcoming Huawei P11 is thought to maximise screen space on its 6.01in display by replicating Apple's notch.
Whereas the iPhone X has an 19.5:9 screen ratio, the Huawei P20 (or at least one version of it spotted in benchmarks) will have an 18.7:9 screen. The phone in question has a full-HD screen, whereas we're expecting the P20 Plus to feature a Quad-HD screen.
We expect it will feature the 10nm Kirin 970, which is the chip that will feature in the Mate 10 and is said to deliver 25 times better CPU performance and 50 times greater energy efficiency.
Huawei leaked the Kirin 970 at IFA 2017 ahead of CEO Richard Yu's keynote speech where he announced the chip will be inside the Mate 10. That phone will be announced on 16 October.
We're assuming that the P11 will get it, too. The Kirin 970 is an octa-core chip (4x2.4GHz Cortex-A73 and 4x1.8GHz Cortex-A53 cores) with a 12-core GPU all built on a 10nm process like the Snapdragon 835 co-made with Samsung.
It's Huawei's first mobile AI computing platform featuring a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) and will be open to developers. The firm says it will bring 'AI experiences to life and changing the way we interact with our devices'.
When we hear more about the Huawei P11, we’ll be sure to update this section.