Huawei's P11 Android flagship is likely to launch in the first quarter of the year, industry insider Roland Quandt said earlier this week, citing a German division of the company that said it's preparing to launch "exciting new products" in early 2018, adding that its offerings will be specifically focused on artificial intelligence technologies and mobile photography. With the P10 and P10 Plus being introduced at Mobile World Congress 2017, their successors may follow suit and also make their premiere appearance at the next iteration of the Barcelona, Spain-based trade show which is starting on February 26th.
Huawei's upcoming flagship duo is likely to succeed the relatively bezel-less aesthetic of the Mate 10 series that the Chinese tech giant introduced this fall but is also said to debut some changes in the photography department, with recent rumors pointing to an unconventional triple-camera setup. The Shenzhen-based original equipment manufacturer is said to have opted for a 40-megapixel main sensor and an iPhone X-like notch, though the reports about the device are still scarce, with their reliability hence remaining dubious. Basic specs of the Huawei P11 are yet to be leaked but shouldn't be difficult to guess, with the company traditionally equipping its P-series devices as smaller but equally capable alternatives to their most recent Mate-branded counterparts. Assuming Huawei's product strategy remains unchanged, the P11 and P11 Plus will be powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 970 and up to 6GB of RAM, with their base models presumably starting at 64GB of internal flash memory expandable with a microSD card.
The Kirin 970 is the most advanced chip ever produced by Huawei's subsidiary and its first silicon to feature a Neural Processing Unit solely dedicated to AI applications. The Mate 10 lineup already debuted a number of such services encompassing everything from advanced imaging capabilities to intelligent battery optimization and the P11 series should at the very list come with support for the same solutions, though it's likely to expand on them. While the P11 Lite is also expected to be released at some point next year, it's currently unclear whether it's meant to debut alongside its flagship siblings in Q1 2018 or launch at a later date.