Taking a look at the OnePlus 11

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  • Excellent screen
  • Fast performance
  • Competitive price
  • Strong cameras
  • Five years of software support


  • No wireless charging
  • Not fully waterproof

What We Think
The OnePlus 11 is, like other OnePlus phones, a speedy, high-end Android device with amazing cameras, a fantastic screen, and industry-best software support.

The original OnePlus flagship phones were famous for their high-end specifications and amazingly low prices compared to the competition.

Although the company’s glory days may be behind, the OnePlus 11 is an Android phone that can hold its own against more costly alternatives.

For $699/£729, hundreds less than the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and even a bit less than the normal S23, you can’t do much better if you want a phone with a huge screen, outstanding performance, great cameras, and lengthy software support.

Plan and construct
Slim and trim
Great working alert slider still
merely IP64
The OnePlus 11 may be a huge phone, but its rounded corners and curved display make it seem sleek and compact even in little hands. It may be carried discreetly in your pocket because to its thinness of 8.5mm.

The Titan Black version, which I had to borrow, is quite slippery. The lack of a case in the retail package (at least in the UK) means that the phone is prone to falling over, but I’m willing to overlook this because the matt glass coating hides fingerprints quite well.

In my opinion, the Eternal Green model is less appealing overall, but its glossy glass back makes it more secure in the hand. Gorilla Glass 5 protects the back of both models, while Gorilla Glass Victus shields the display.

The OnePlus 10T made an odd omission of the three-position alert slider found on this phone. The return of the quiet vibrate ring option is welcome news, since it represents a significant hardware improvement for the business.

However, a feature I use every day on my previous OnePlus phones, the ‘Find in page’ search bar, opens whenever the slider is flipped when in Chrome.

The new camera is a black circle with silver specks in it, which OnePlus claims is designed to evoke the appearance of a black hole.
There is no connector for headphones, but there is a volume rocker and power button. This phone has excellent vibration feedback, making it seem like a click when you use it. The keyboard’s pips have an almost mechanical quality, which enhances the phone’s use.

The new camera design, a black circle with silver flecks in it, and the ‘Hasselblad’ branding suggest a collaboration between the phone manufacturer and the camera manufacturer. According to OnePlus, the design was inspired by a black hole. The U-shaped frame is made of stainless steel, however the aluminium sides of the gadget are joined together at a seam.

The 205g weight of this large yet attractive phone is surprisingly manageable. Unfortunately, it only has IP64 protection, which means it is safe from dust but not water. It’s unfortunate that this doesn’t measure up with all the other phones that are IP68 at this price, but OnePlus is known for cutting corners where it shouldn’t.

Display & Audio System
7.7cm AMOLED
Variable refresh rates from 1 to 120 hertz
Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision
The OnePlus 11 boasts an excellent 6.7in AMOLED display with HDR10+ and Dolby Vision compatibility with a resolution of 3216 x 1440 QHD+. The hues are vivid and the detail is crisp and clear throughout. It’s quite pleasant to work with.

A variable refresh rate is one of the features of this display’s LTPO 3.0 technology. It can reach a maximum of 120Hz for use with certain games or for ultra-smoothly scrolling through social media and text, but it can also drop down to 1Hz to conserve power when it’s not in use. It’s bright, but it doesn’t compare to the Galaxy S23 Ultra in terms of outdoor readability.

Although I would like not to, the pre-installed screen protector’s poor plastic layer attracts fingerprints and dust like a magnet.

Because of the screen’s lofty 20.1:9 aspect ratio, the phone is just 74 millimetres across, making it comfortable to use with one hand for reading or, in landscape mode, with two for gaming.

The phone’s earpiece and bottom-mounted speakers are both stereo and capable of producing loud, distortion-free sound. Music, like with all phone speakers, sounds tinny and thin, but it’s fantastic for podcasts and the radio.

Dolby Atmos support is better, and it’s most enjoyable with Bluetooth headphones (OnePlus is hoping you’ll use its own Buds Pro 2).

Features and functionality
The second generation Snapdragon 8 is a rocket.
Memory capacities up to 16GB
Incredible speed of the phone
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor can be found inside, which is also included in the Samsung Galaxy S23 and the iQoo 11 that I tested not too long ago. As of this writing in February 2023, it is one of the most powerful CPUs available in an Android smartphone.

No matter what you throw at it, the OnePlus 11 keeps right on truckin’. Hard-to-render AAA games, many apps open at once, video chats as you watch TV in split-screen mode? We’re good to go as far as that goes.

That’s in part because my review unit has 16GB of RAM, whereas the base model only has 8GB (which should be sufficient for most users). The OnePlus 11 is one of the quickest phones I’ve ever used, thanks to the 8 Gen 2 results and this phone’s incredible memory.

The 8GB variant comes with 128GB of slower UFS 3.0 storage, while the 16GB model’s storage capacity increases to 256GB UFS 4.0. It’s not a significant change, but if you’re wondering if the OnePlus 11 is among the most powerful phones available, you should care.

OnePlus also claims that it has included its ‘RAM Vita’ machine learning software, which further accelerates operations by allocating enough RAM to applications like the camera to guarantee that they never lag while keeping everything else humming along. I can’t quantify the result, but I can say that the OnePlus 11 is lightning fast.

Cameras and video
A+ work Primary 50MP Sensor
Verified colour accuracy
Superb Expert and Manual Settings
I feel it necessary to state up front that the OnePlus 11 has outstanding cameras, given the company has been wrongly criticised in the past for the quality of its cameras. The OnePlus 10 Pro from 2022 has a 3.3x optical telephoto lens, so this one just has a 2x one.

At $799/£729, it’s not a terrible deal. There is no telephoto lens on Apple’s iPhone 14, which retails for $799 or £849.

It’s typical for a phone’s primary camera to be its finest, and this one’s 50 megapixel snapper is no exception. In fact, I think it’s excellent. It includes optical image stabilisation (OIS) to compensate for shake caused by shaking hands and an aperture of f/1.8 for properly exposed images.

Whereas Samsung phones tend to oversaturate hues, this one stays true to reality. Even while individuals and landscapes can seem a little washed out, the OnePlus 11’s ability to capture a picture in daylight is on par with the iPhone 14’s. The 16-megapixel front-facing camera is similarly unremarkable and underperforming in low light.

Even if the OnePlus 11 has great low-light performance, I still prefer the Vivo X80 Pro’s processing. That other phone has a periscope zoom lens, which this one doesn’t.

The OnePlus 11 also doesn’t have the same smart and precise software as the iPhone and Google Pixel 7 when it comes to preserving users’ natural skin tones. It has “natural colour calibration with Hasselblad,” which is intended to preserve the authentic tones of sceneries, but was not designed for human skin. This is nitpicking, though, because the primary camera is excellent.

The ultrawide 115-degree lens is paired with a powerful 48Mp half-inch sensor. The hues are a touch darker than the scene, and the photos aren’t quite as clear as those taken with the primary lens, but they’re still more than excellent enough to share on social media.

The third and last sensor is the 32-megapixel RGBW (red-green-blue-white) portrait telephoto lens we’ve been talking about. The bokeh effect of Hasselblad’s XCD 30mm lens was replicated in this fixed-length lens, which is utilised at 2x whether you shoot landscape or portrait in the app.

It uses both hardware and software to create its amazing effects, which consist mostly of fixing people’s hairlines and maintaining pleasantly blurred backgrounds. Sometimes you might want to use a 2x zoom, but anything more than that is just digital zoom.

There is a Pro mode with thoughtful manual settings, the ability to shoot in RAW and 10-bit colour, and an X-Pan mode that emulates the large panoramic format of classic film cameras under the Hasselblad name. The phone is a lot of fun to use for photography, and there is a lot of depth underneath the surface of auto mode.

However, the night mode is too enthusiastic, making everything look far brighter than it actually is. Video, however, shines with support for recording in 4K at 60 fps and 8K at 24 fps.

Batteries and powering up
A day’s worth of juice from a 5000 mAh battery
Quick 100W charging
Can’t charge wirelessly
Incredibly, the OnePlus 11’s dual-cell 5000mAh battery provides outstanding all-day performance despite the phone’s slim profile. At 7 a.m., I was certain that the phone wouldn’t need to be charged again until 11 p.m. This was after prolonged use, during which time they sent several texts, used Bluetooth headphones to listen to music, synced it with a timepiece, and utilised its camera, video recorder, navigation tools, and more.

The dual-cell 5,000 mAh battery that OnePlus managed to fit inside the slim OnePlus 11 provides great all-day performance.
Unless you’re a really light user, you won’t get two days out of it. In my tests, the 100W rapid charging brought the phone from zero to seventy-one percent in fifteen minutes and to full in twenty-six.

This rapid charging capability completely alters the mobile experience. You may leave the house with a full charge by only plugging in for 30 minutes before you depart.

Even though I seldom use it, I think it’s important to point out that wireless charging is absent. It’s to be expected at this pricing.

Applications and Upgrades
Android No. 13
Over the course of four years, Android has received a steady stream of upgrades
Updates for the next five years
Despite continuing to brand its operating system “OxygenOS,” OnePlus’s phones essentially now run Oppo’s ColorOS Android software overlay. This implies that previous OxygenOS no longer has an appearance that is similar to “stock,” or “untouched,” Android.

OxygenOS 13, which is based on Android 13, instead features a design centred on alerts, widgets, and app icons with rounded corners. While the large square and circle icons in the notification shade are a nice touch, I found the constant stream of alerts to be really bothersome.

The inflexibility of the iOS aesthetic comes to mind while trying to dismiss incoming alerts by swiping them away. Swiping to the right dismisses, but it’s not always obvious if tapping or swiping down on a stack would handle it, so I occasionally just deleted the whole list in a fit of frustration.

The auto-brightness is also very strong, making the screen much darker than I’d want. I switched it off frequently, unlike with my other phones.

The OS is easy and enjoyable to use with, and the configuration utility is intuitive. Android’s settings aren’t as well organised as those of the most recent Samsung phones, but I was able to quickly and easily alter the interface to my liking.

No matter what you throw at the OnePlus 11, it keeps right on ticking.
The guarantee of four years of Android upgrades and five years of security patches is perhaps the biggest feature of this phone, matching Samsung’s commitment and making it the first of its kind for OnePlus. This makes the OnePlus 11 the best-in-class when it comes to Android OS compatibility at the time of its introduction.

Cost and accessibility
The OnePlus 11 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage costs $699/£729/€849, while the OnePlus 11 with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage costs $799/£799/€919. You can pre-order it through OnePlus, as well as from many other electronic stores and several phone companies.

The retail release date is February 16th.

The Google Pixel 7 is currently the greatest Android offer on the market at $599/£599/€649. This price makes the phone very reasonable in light of its specifications.

Compared to the $799/£849/€959 Samsung Galaxy S23, OnePlus is a clear winner, missing just wireless charging and waterproofing in terms of features. The starting price of the iPhone 14 is the same in the United States and the United Kingdom as the S23, however it is more expensive in Euros.

The OnePlus 11 is an excellent pick if you’re looking for a cutting-edge Android phone in 2023 that’s built to last and will receive software updates until 2028. You won’t find a cheaper high-end phone that does this.

Most consumers probably wouldn’t let the lack of wireless charging prevent them from making a purchase. After all, it features the finest performance of any Android phone to date in addition to an amazing screen, top-tier cameras, long battery life, and lightning-fast charging. I find it more irritating that the waterproofing isn’t perfect.

Of course, compared to OnePlus phones from even only five years ago, the UI would seem very different on your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy. The OnePlus 11 is a wonderful progression and one of the best phones you can purchase at a price that undercuts many rival goods, so it’s good news for us.

LAUNCHAnnounced2023, January 04
StatusAvailable. Released 2023, January 09
BODYDimensions163.1 x 74.1 x 8.5 mm (6.42 x 2.92 x 0.33 in)
Weight205 g (7.23 oz)
BuildGlass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
SIMSingle SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (2x Nano-SIM, eSIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAYTypeLTPO3 Fluid AMOLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, 500 nits (typ), 800 nits (HBM), 1300 nits (peak)
Size6.7 inches, 108.4 cm2 (~89.7% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1440 x 3216 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~525 ppi density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass Victus
 Always-on display
PLATFORMOSAndroid 13, OxygenOS 13 (International), ColorOS 13 (China)
ChipsetQualcomm SM8550-AB Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (4 nm)
CPUOcta-core (1×3.2 GHz Cortex-X3 & 2×2.8 GHz Cortex-A715 & 2×2.8 GHz Cortex-A710 & 3×2.0 GHz Cortex-A510)
GPUAdreno 740
MEMORYCard slotNo
Internal128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 16GB RAM, 512GB 16GB RAM
 UFS 3.1 – 128GB only
UFS 4.0
MAIN CAMERATriple50 MP, f/1.8, 24mm (wide), 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, multi-directional PDAF, OIS
32 MP, f/2.0, 48mm (telephoto), 1/2.74″, PDAF, 2x optical zoom
48 MP, f/2.2, 115˚, (ultrawide), 1/2.0″, AF
FeaturesHasselblad Color Calibration, Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video8K@24fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, Auto HDR, gyro-EIS
SELFIE CAMERASingle16 MP, f/2.5, 25mm (wide), 1.0µm
FeaturesAuto-HDR, panorama
Video1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS
SOUNDLoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jackNo
 24-bit/192kHz audio
COMMSWLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6/7, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth5.3, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
PositioningGPS (L1+L5), GLONASS (G1), BDS (B1I+B1c+B2a), GALILEO (E1+E5a), QZSS (L1+L5)
USBUSB Type-C 2.0, OTG
FEATURESSensorsFingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, color spectrum
BATTERYTypeLi-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable
Charging100W wired, PD, 1-50% in 10 min, 1-100% in 25 min (advertised) – International
80W wired, PD – USA
MISCColorsTitan Black, Eternal Green, Jupiter Rock
ModelsPHB110, CPH2449, CPH2447, CPH2451
Price₹ 56,999 / $ 630.00 / £ 670.20 / € 799.00
TESTSPerformanceAnTuTu: 1140661 (v9)
GeekBench: 4899 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 57fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
DisplayContrast ratio: Infinite (nominal)
CameraPhoto / Video
Loudspeaker-25.2 LUFS (Very good)
Battery lifeEndurance rating 108h

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