HTC 11 release date, news and rumors

Turning it up to 11

Update: HTC has released a brand new phone in the US, but it's not the HTC 11. It's the HTC Bolt and it's a reworked version of the HTC 10. The latest HTC 11 rumors point to a big, 1440 x 2560 curved screen and a familiar camera spec.

The HTC 10 is something of a reinvention for the brand, sporting a new design, new features and upgraded specs. But in some ways it's still not enough of a change and still lacking.

That's not to say it isn't a great phone, but it's not quite the knockout hit it could have been and there are a number of areas where there's room for improvement.

So we've created a list of the things we most want to see from the HTC 11- a phone which will hopefully dial up the innovation and not just the number.

We'll also be collecting all the news and rumors about HTC's next flagship, so keep this page bookmarked if you want to be the first to know what's coming.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? HTC's next flagship, successor to the HTC 10
  • When's it out? Probably early 2017
  • What will it cost? It will have a high-end price

HTC 11 release date

HTC normally launches its flagships early in the year and 2016 was no exception, though it skipped MWC.

For the HTC 11 we imagine we'll either see it at MWC 2017, which takes place from February 27 to March 2, or a little later in the year, but probably no later than April, as that will be one year after the launch of the HTC 10.

HTC 11 news and rumors

Information on the HTC 11 is thin on the ground so far, but a Weibo leaker has revealed some possible details.

Apparently the phone will have a 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560 curved screen, and if that sounds familiar it's because the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has exactly the same setup.

The source also states that the HTC 11 will have a 12MP rear camera - which is the same spec as the HTC 10, but we'd imagine it will be improved in some ways. The phone will also apparently have an 8MP front-facing camera, and it doesn't sound like we'll be getting a dual-lens camera.

Other than that all we have to go on is a concept phone by one of HTC's concept artists, known as the HTC Ocean, which was recently shown off with a 'Sense Touch' feature, which allowed users to control aspects of the phone by swiping or tapping the metal frame that ran along the edge.

This could be used for example to adjust the volume of your music or the brightness of your screen with a swipe, or to take a photo with a tap.


As the HTC Ocean was seemingly a concept phone it would be reasonable to think the feature is little more than fantasy, but more recently reliable leaker @evleaks tweeted that "Ocean is real and alive."

In which case, whether or not the Ocean is the HTC 11, there's a fair chance that 'Sense Touch' could make its way to HTC's next flagship.