OnePlus is among the first manufacturers to launch a 2023 flagship device as it kicks things off with the OnePlus 11. This is a big release for the Chinese phone maker as it appears to be getting back to basics. The OnePlus 11 is expected to turn the tide for the company as it struggles to have success in the U.S. as it continues to have in markets like Europe and India. The new flagship builds upon the OnePlus 10 Pro and the OnePlus 10T in some interesting ways to show that it’s not settling yet.
The OnePlus 11 has already been announced for the Chinese market ahead of its global launch next month, so we now have the chance to round up everything we know about the phone and share some thoughts on it stacks up against our wishlist. If you had your eyes set on the OnePlus 11 and wanted to know what it brings to the table, then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2023 OnePlus flagship.
OnePlus 11: Pricing and release date
The OnePlus 11 made an official debut in China alongside the OnePlus Buds 2 Pro on January 4. The company is hosting an event in New Delhi, India, on February 7, 2023, to launch both devices internationally. We expect them to go on sale in most major markets, including the U.S., shortly thereafter. We’ll have more information about the phone’s global debut soon, so stay tuned.
OnePlus 11 is already up for grabs in China for a starting price of CNY 3,999 (~$580) for the 12GB/256GB model. The top-end 16GB/512GB model, on the other hand, is retailing for CNY 4,899 (~$710). That, in case you’re wondering, is cheaper than the launch price of the OnePlus 10 Pro entry-level model, which arrived at CNY 4,699 in China, that too with just 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.
There’s no “Pro” model in the pipeline, so the OnePlus 11 is the true 2023 OnePlus flagship at until we see a refreshed “T” model later in the year.
That said, the OnePlus 10 Pro carried a considerably bigger price tag in the US, so we won’t be surprised to see the new phone hitting the $800 mark too. We say that because OnePlus doesn’t have a “Pro” model in the pipeline, meaning the OnePlus 11 is the true 2023 OnePlus flagship, at least until we see a refreshed “T” model later in the year.
OnePlus 11: Design and specifications
Early leaked renders of the OnePlus 11 were plastered all over the internet, so we knew what to expect from the company on January 4. The final design of the phone was in line with what we saw in leaked renders — a bold new circular design for the rear camera bump. OnePlus says the circular camera bump “is inspired by black holes”. It’s not significantly different from the stovetop-esque camera layout on the back of the OnePlus 10 Pro and the OnePlus 10T, but we’ll leave it up to you to decide whether you like this look or not.
The camera bump itself appears to be blending into the side rails of the phone like it did on the OnePlus 10 Pro and the OnePlus 10T. It looks good, and we’re glad OnePlus is keeping it. We have mixed feelings about how the phone looks in these renders, but it’s too early to make a final decision. We’ll reserve our judgments for when we get our hands on the phone. We’re happy to report that the alert slider is back on the OnePlus 11, so the OnePlus purists can finally rest easy.
We’ve seen the OnePlus 11 in black and green colors so far, and we expect those to remain the official colorways in the global markets too. As for the specifications, well, those tally with what we’ve come to expect from top-tier performance flagship from OnePlus over recent years. The OnePlus 11 is powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, and it comes with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 4.0 storage. It also sports a 6.7-inch LTPO3 AMOLED panel on the front with support for up to 120Hz refresh rate. The OnePlus 11 released in the Chinese market runs ColorOS 13, but the global variant will be powered by OxygenOS 13.
The phone once again features a Hassleblad-branded triple camera set up at the back, which includes a Sony IMX890 50MP primary sensor, a Sony IMX581 48MP ultra-wide camera, and a Sony IMX709 32MP sensor for “DSLR-quality” portrait shots. The OnePlus 11’s black-hole camera bump is also said to include a “13-channel multi-spectral light-color identifying sensor,” which, according to OnePlus, will help the phone handle different photography scenarios. The selfies are handled by a 16MP f/2.4 sensor.
The Chinese variant of the OnePlus 11 also packs a 5,000mAh battery with support for up to 100W charging. The 5,000mAh battery is the same as the one we saw in last year’s flagship, but the charging speed is up from the maximum of 80W on the OnePlus 10 Pro. Yes, it’s not as fast as the 150W charging offered by the OnePlus 10T, but it’s significantly better than many other Samsung and Apple flagships with painfully slow charging speeds.
We doubt if the US variants of the phone will ship with support for 100W charging speeds due to North America’s 110V sockets, but that’s unlikely to make a huge difference in charging speed anyway. The OnePlus 11 is still going to be one of the fastest-charging phones around. There’s no wireless charging support on this phone though, so keep that in mind.
How it stacks up against our wishlist?
The OnePlus 11 may have broken cover in the Chinese market, but there’s still a lot that we don’t know about it. Besides that, things like IP rating and OnePlus’ software commitment in the US will likely be different from the Chinese variant of the phone, so we’ll leave our original OnePlus 11 wishlist below for you to check out until the phone officially lands in the global market. We expect to learn all the details about the phone in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
OnePlus seems to have added improved camera sensors to the OnePlus 11, but it remains to be seen just how those sensors come together and produce photos and videos. There was nothing to write home about with both the OnePlus 10 Pro and the OnePlus 10T’s cameras. In fact, they were a little underwhelming, especially considering the kind of optics we get on phones in the same price segment. It was particularly disappointing to see a downgraded ultra-wide sensor on the OnePlus 10 Pro compared to its predecessor. Long story short, OnePlus doesn’t quite compete with the best in the camera department, and we hope that changes with the OnePlus 11.
Stable and quicker software updates
OnePlus recently committed to delivering four major Android updates and five years of security updates for some of its devices. That’s a promising start, but it still needs to deliver those updates quicker and more consistently. With OxygenOS now just being ColorOS with a different name, we can hope at least that OnePlus is quick to deliver the updates, especially while competing against the likes of Google and Samsung.
Official IP rating for all variants
Not all OnePlus 10 Pro variants carry a formal IP rating; they’re only limited to the T-Mobile units that are sold in the U.S. Sure, these handsets are structurally the same as the unlocked ones, which means the IP rating applies globally, but it would be nice to have a formal IP rating. It’s not necessarily a deal breaker, but it’s a fundamental feature that all premium flagship phones should have in 2022.
And that’s everything we know about the OnePlus 11 for now. The phone’s launch in the Chinese market confirmed a lot of specifications, but we’re still missing some key details that we hope to learn soon during the global launch. Thankfully, we don’t have to for a long time as the global unveiling is right around the corner.
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