Can the new OnePlus 11 restart the company’s legacy of making “flagship killer” devices?
And how does it compare to last year’s top OnePlus phone, the 10 Pro?
OnePlus started as a company with a relentless focus on making just one great device at a time and in the first few years those devices undercut the competition by price while still offering flagship specs. This quickly gave the company some attention from consumers, but in the last few years, OnePlus changed and it is now selling a bunch of different devices scattered across various price points. In fact, its budget devices seem to be more popular than its flagships these days.
- Faster Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip
- Faster charging speeds
- Both with Hasselblad branded cameras
- Both with the OnePlus Alert Slider
- OnePlus 11 to ship with Android 13 and new Oxygen OS
Table of Contents:
Design and Display Quality
New camera styling makes the OnePlus 11 stand out in a crowd
The OnePlus 11 is clearly an evolution of the OnePlus 10 Pro design, and while the two look similar, you can also clearly tell them apart.
The camera system on the OnePlus 11 is now placed in a round glass element for a look that resembles a traditional camera. Both phones have the Hasselblad branding on the camera front and center.
Apart from that, though, these two are quite similar: curved sides, aluminum frame, glass back, the usual. Both are also expected to have the same IP68 water and dust protection rating.
Both phones are also projected to rely on a similar optical fingerprint scanner. This is one of the fastest in the industry, so no complaints here.
Performance and Software
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 muscle
The big promise of the OnePlus 11 all revolves around the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, which is expected to be a big upgrade over the last-gen Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 on the 10 Pro.
While the 10 Pro was a fast phone, we remember the report of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip getting just a bit too hot and requiring some throttling a bit earlier than ideal.
We haven’t seen the benchmarks on this new chip on the OnePlus 11 yet, but on other devices it has already produced impressive results.
Coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage in the base model, this would be a solid combination, but those who want the best performance would be better off getting the expected OnePlus 11 12GB RAM + 256GB storage model.
This new Snapdragon chip will also come with a more powerful integrated 5G modem that should help you get more solid 5G reception.
Some strange camera choices
Both the OnePlus 11 and the OnePlus 10 Pro come with a triple camera system with a wide, an ultra-wide and a telephoto zoom cameras.
While the wide and the ultra-wide cameras are similar, the telephoto camera on the OnePlus 11 is expected to provide 2X zoom, shorter than the 3.3X zoom lens on the 10 Pro.
In comparison, the OnePlus 10 Pro uses the 48MP Sony IMX789 sensor for the main camera, and that sensor is actually a bit larger than the one on the OnePlus 11.
On the video front, we expect both phones to support up to 8K video resolution, and they both should also support 4K120 video for high quality slow motion recordings.
We will be updating this article with photo and video samples as soon as we test the two phones, so stay tuned for that.
Audio Quality and Haptics
We don’t expect major changes in the audio quality or setup on these two phones.
Both have dual speakers with a main bottom-firing loudspeaker and then a secondary speaker in the earpiece.
Neither of these phones has a 3.5mm headphone jack.
As for haptic feedback, the OnePlus 10 Pro has been great with nice and tight vibration, and we expect nothing less of the OnePlus 11.
Battery Life and Charging
Same battery size, but will battery life be the same too?
Both the OnePlus 11 and OnePlus 10 Pro are also expected to have the same size 5,000mAh battery inside.
We will be running our independent battery tests on these phones and will show you the exact difference soon, so check back here in a while.
In terms of charging, the OnePlus 10 Pro was a bit weird because the global version would charge at 80W, while the US version would only support 65W charging speeds.
The OnePlus 11 is expected to be faster than that at 100W wired charging speeds.
Both phones should come with a charger in the box, and do keep in mind that OnePlus uses a proprietary technology to reach those higher charging speeds, so you need a OnePlus charger to get the best charging speeds.
Both will also support wireless charging. We don’t yet know the wireless charging speed on the OnePlus 11, but we expect it to be about the same or slightly faster than the 50W speeds on the 10 Pro.
And here is an overview of the specs differences between the OnePlus 11 and the OnePlus 10 Pro:
The OnePlus 11 drops the Pro name, but it remains a solid flagship with a focus on performance and fast charging speeds. If you are a gamer or just someone who wants a super fast phone, this will be a great choice.
We find some of the camera choices a bit strange. The 2X zoom lens is one we love for portraits, but a longer range zoom would have been very nice.
While not incredibly exciting, the OnePlus 11 is shaping up as a nice upgrade over the 10 Pro, and if OnePlus prices it right, it could be a good alternative to Galaxies and Pixels, but it will be an uphill battle for OnePlus, especially considering how affordable and good those other phones have become.