The successor of the HTC 10 — dubbed the HTC 11 — has been rumored for a while now as consumers eagerly await the next-gen variant's arrival.
The smartphone has leaked online on numerous occasions, offering a glimpse into its alleged specs and features.
Now HTC's President Chialin Chang has mentioned that the next-gen flagship smartphone from the company could be powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor, fueling speculations that he is referring to the rumored HTC 11.
New HTC Flagship Smartphone With Snapdragon 835
Chang was quizzed in an interview on why the HTC U Ultra does not house the latest Qualcomm CPU but the older Snapdragon 821 processor.
"Every time there is a brand new CPU with power that we can leverage, we're always at the forefront doing that. Some people are talking about the timing [of our release] but timing was determined 9 months ago. This is the best CPU out there. When the next flagship CPU comes, HTC will be one of the very first tier doing that," he revealed.
No HTC 11 At MWC 2017?
Chang went on to add that any smartphone launched by the company at the MWC 2017 will not be powered by the Snapdragon 835, which leads one to believe that the company may hold off introducing the HTC 11 at the trade show.
He shared that the company wants a few months "of leadership" prior to the arrival of the next-gen flagship CPU. Chang asserted that Snapdragon 835 would not be at the MWC 2017 but some other time, and it is applicable not only for HTC but also for other OEMs, which if one were to read between the lines, suggests that Snapdragon 835 powered smartphones may not make their way to consumers anytime soon.
Chang's assertions of the Snapdragon 835 processor powering a new flagship from the company are encouraging. It gives consumers hope that the HTC 11 may after all pack in the CPU.
No Snapdragon 835 Phones At MWC?
As deduced from Chang's remarks, no handsets at the MWC 2017 will be using the Snapdragon 835. Samsung has already confirmed that the Galaxy S8 will not launch at the event, which in a way validates the assertions. The Galaxy S8 too is expected to house Snapdragon 835 CPU.
Moreover, reports have suggested that the LG G6 will also look to an older Qualcomm processor and not house the Snapdragon 835 as Samsung is monopolizing the latter.
Whether the HTC 11 will debut at the MWC 2017 in February remains to be seen. However, judging by Chang's remarks, it seems that HTC has other plans for the HTC 10's successor.
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