The release of the Huawei Mate 10 has shown the world that the Chinese OEM is indeed a threat to the likes of Apple and Samsung in the smartphone business.
With just a few months away before the launch of the successors to the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus that were announced in February 2017, we take a dive into what to expect when the phones are unveiled, probably in February 2018.
Like any other OEM would do, Huawei is expected to use some of the specs and features introduced on the Mate 10 with respect to the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus successors, which although not confirmed, we suspect could be called Huawei P11 and P11 Plus.
So, what can you expect to see on the Huawei P11 and P11 Plus when they finally break cover in Q1 2018? Here’s our wish list:
Design and display
Being premium phones, it’s about time Huawei steps away from the metallic unibody designs in favor of a curved glass back that nicely fits into one’s hand. To ensure they stay on top of the competition, the company should be looking at IP68 rating for both Huawei P11 and P11 Plus. Unlike this year where both the P10 and P10 Plus used front-mounted fingerprint scanners, we’d prefer seeing it moved to the back, just like the Mate 10 Pro.
The trend in 2017 is 18:9 display screens and Huawei has already shown what it’s capable of with the Mate 10 Pro, which offers a FullView display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and full HD+ resolution. Given that the Huawei P11 and P11 Plus are supposed to be here in 2018, we expect nothing less than FullView displays screens on the pair, or at least the P11 Plus to keep up the pattern established on the Mate 10.
It would also be a better idea if Huawei gave us a QHD+ resolution on both devices while at the same time allowing users to manually adjust the resolutions as they wish. This stems from the fact that the standard Mate 10 has a traditional 16:9 display with a QHD resolution while the Mate 10 Pro has a full HD+ resolution.
If Huawei manages to deliver FullView designs on both handsets, we’ll be looking at devices that have a smaller footprint yet featuring bigger display screens, especially compared to predecessors.
Dual camera with OIS on both lenses
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was not the first smartphone to offer dual-lens cameras, but it was the first to have optical image stabilization (OIS) on both lenses. The Huawei P10 and P10 have dual-lens cameras, but only the main 12MP sensors have OIS. Also, the P10 has less quality compared to the P10 Plus, which is not strange considering their different price tags.
As for the Huawei Mate 10, the story is the same, only that the aperture is much wider at f/1.6, something that Samsung could beat with an f/1.4 aperture on the Galaxy S9 and S9+. It’s possible the Galaxy S9+’s dual-lens camera could borrow a lot from the Galaxy Note 8 and in order to stay relevant, Huawei P11 and P11 Plus need this Note 8-like camera feature as well.
The Huawei P10 ships with a 3200mAh battery unit while the P10 Plus gets a significantly bigger 3750mAh unit. There is no doubt that these two are among the biggest for the phones they power, but looking at what already happened with the Mate 10, Huawei can obviously do better, perhaps give the P11 a 3500mAh unit and the P11 Plus a 4000mAh unit, both with support for fast charging via a USB-C port.
3.5mm audio jack
We know how fast the 3.5mm audio jack is being phased out by major OEMs, but Huawei can still save us some of the good moments we’ve had with this feature. The Mate 10 Pro doesn’t have it, but the standard Mate 10 has it. Whether Huawei will follow the same pattern and deny the P11 Plus the feature while affording it to the standard P11 is still unknown. It’s likely to be the case, but we hope not. If worse comes to worst, better have it on one model.
AI-powered Kirin 970
It takes time before something is perfected. And this is exactly the case with the trending AI technology. No smartphone OEM has fully leveraged the power of this technology, but Huawei is on track to become one of the best in implementing the technology thanks to the new AI-based Kirin 970 SoC that made its debut on the Mate 10.
It’s almost certain that this will be the processor that powers the Huawei P11 and P11 Plus, but we cannot guarantee on the aspects of AI. Still, if Huawei has dreams of perfecting what it offers through AI, having this same chipset on the P11 and P11 Plus is a no-brainer.
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