OnePlus 11 Review
Last year was an odd one for OnePlus’ flagship smartphone line-up. There was only one real flagship at the beginning of the year: the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G; however, there was no update following it. The OnePlus 10 was the only one. OnePlus 10, but the OnePlus 10T 5G was released later, sporting the fastest SoC and had all the extras on the Pro removed, including that famous Alert slider. The company has presented its first slate of 2023-specific products, which include a OnePlus 11R 5G, the new OnePlus 11R, and the OnePlus 11 5G. Both phones have a redesigned design, with the Alert slider incorporated and upgraded specifications.
Today, we’ll focus mainly on the OnePlus 11 5G Review. While it’s not sporting the word “Pro” in its title, The 11 5G could be regarded as a spiritual successor to the 10 Pro 5G, as it comes with upgraded hardware that provides an immediate advantage. But, it is missing out on some of the options like wireless charging and still missing any officially recognized IP rating. What do you think of the new features on the OnePlus 11 5G justify losing some of the features we’ve been used to in flagship devices? Let’s find out.
The OnePlus 11 5G pricing is priced at—56999 in India. The base model includes 8GB of DDR5 RAM and 128GB of UFS 4.0 storage. The second model offers sixteen GB of memory and 256GB of storage at Rs. 61,999. This is a high price considering that the 11 5G is in line with the Pro 10 5G in terms of specs and even beats it in certain areas.
OnePlus 11 5G design
It appears identical to the 5G model of the same name released the previous year, and that’s not an issue. One of the most noticeable changes is that the camera’s rear module is now circular, not square. Additionally, a new appearance under the camera’s glass is visible in specific directions. It’s also noticeable that the Hasselblad brand logo has been displayed horizontally, between the four lens cameras instead of on the side.
The other dimensions, as well as the build quality and the in-hand experience, are identical to 10, the Pro 5G. Its OnePlus 11 is thinner at 8.53mm. However, it’s gaining a little more weight with 200g. The curving sides of the frame made of aluminium make it easy to transport the phone, but it can be extremely slippery when you hold it in one hand because of the smoothness of the back panel, which is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The rubber case that comes with the box helps. OnePlus provided us with this Titan Black colour this time. However, it’s also available with Eternal Green, similar to the 10 Pro 5G.
The display of the OnePlus 11 includes Dolby Vision HDR and playback; however, it’s a lot similar to the OnePlus 10 Pro. It’s a 6.7-inch QHD+ screen with an adjustable refresh rate of as high as 120Hz (can decrease to 1Hz). It is also secured from scratches by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. The phone comes with a pre-installed scratch guard that is very irritating. The back and display have curved edges, as previously, which gives it a professional design.
It comes with a OnePlus 11 5 G box, an adapter for charging, and a cable. The phone is now compatible with 100W SuperVOOC wireless charging that promises an entire charge in 25 minutes.
OnePlus 11 specifications for 5G and its software
There’s no way an Android flagship is complete if it does not have the most recent SoC, and that’s what you receive. This Snapdragon 8Gen2 SoC inside the OnePlus 11 5G doesn’t appear to be modified in any way to suit the device, unlike Samsung’s S23 series. However, OnePlus claims to have utilised a new, more extensive vapor cooling technology to give better hearing dissipation and ensure continuous performance.
The OnePlus 11 5G technically supports Wi-Fi 7, which might be available in India soon. It also supports Bluetooth 5.3 and support for 13 bands of 5G and the typical array of satellite navigation and sensors. The phone is powered by a capacity of 5,000mAh and stereo speakers that support Dolby Atmos as, well as an in-display fingerprint scanner (optical) as well as NFC.
The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G had no IP certification, excluding the US model. However, all models were verified to be protected by measures equivalent to the IP68 certificate. The same is true for the OnePlus 11 5G. The Indian models don’t have the official IP rating, but OnePlus confirms that its 11 5G is equipped with IP64-like ingress protection equivalent to IP64. The rating’s change from ‘8’ down to ‘4’ suggests that 11 5G cannot be submerged in water.
You’ll be required to handle it with more attention.
The OnePlus 11 5G runs on OxygenOS 13, built in Android 13. The new skin is closer to the Oppo ColorOS than ever. This could be a positive or a negative thing, depending on your personal preference. It includes all the features we’re accustomed to encountering in OxygenOS and the addition of some new features like RAM-Vita. It is believed to optimize RAM distribution to applications that require it most. It is also anticipated to receive 4 years’ worth of Android and five years of security updates.
OnePlus 11 performance on 5G and battery capacity
The OnePlus 11 5G delivers excellent performance for casual usage and is powerful enough for challenging tasks like games. The phone has been performing exceptionally well for the brief time I’ve had it, with no indication of unusual heat or lags within the app. Its fingerprint scanner is fast and accurate, 5G functions well, and the display’s brightness is adequate in the sun during the day.
The OnePlus 11 5G stereo speakers get really powerful and sound great. The stereo separation is slightly off, and the main speaker is louder than the earpiece. However, this isn’t unusual. Games like Call of Duty Mobile ran excellently, even with frames and graphics set at the highest level. The back can get a bit hot during playing. The experience of watching HDR video was also great, though as of writing this review, the Netflix app could not determine the HDR capabilities of the screen.
As for benchmarks, In terms of models, it scored measures in the form of OnePlus 11 5G scored 10,16,772 points on AnTuTu and 1,163 and 4,798 points on Geekbench’s tests for single and multi-core, respectively. The phone scored the top score in most of the tests using 3DMark.
The OnePlus 11 5G can auto-change the display’s resolution from Full-HD+ QHD+; based on the content or app, this is the setting I mostly use. This, along with the display’s ability to reduce its refresh rate to 1Hz when required (like with the always-on screen), resulted in an extremely long battery performance. With prolonged gaming sessions and cameras, I was able to last an entire day on one charge. This is evident in the impressive time-to-run in the HD film loop tests, which ran for 23 and 25 minutes when the resolution was set at full-HD+ and 21 hours and 46 minutes when the key was set at QHD+.
I was disappointed that no chargers wirelessly charged the OnePlus 11 5G, but the lightning-fast wired charger did make up for it. I could charge my phone from 0 to 100% in just 26 minutes. It’s great that you don’t need to activate any special mode to set it at 100W because the phone will handle the optimization.
OnePlus 11 5G cameras
OnePlus has redesigned all cameras of the 11 5G, compared to the 10 Pro 5G. The primary camera now uses the Sony IMX890 sensor, a bit smaller than the 10-inch Pro 5G but has increased in resolution (50 millimeters). The focal length has been increased by 1mm. However, its aperture remains identical at f/1.8. The ultra-wide camera receives an upgrade to a 48-megapixel Sony sensor. It has a smaller range of views than the previous model (115 degrees instead of 150); however, the sensor size has increased and supports autofocus, meaning that macro mode is now available.
The third camera on the rear comes with a 32-megapixel Sony IXX709 sensor with a 2X optical zoom and a larger f/2.0 aperture. Strangely, despite the rise in resolution, the maximum zoom is just 20X. This is less than the 30X provided by the 10 Pro 5G from OnePlus, which includes a telephoto camera of 8 megapixels. To take selfies, OnePlus returned to the old Sony IMX471 camera, a reduction from what was available on its 10 Pro 5G.
The OnePlus 11 5G can record videos up to 8K at 24fps, but most OnePlus users would not use this. The majority of people will be content with 4K at 30fps since it is possible to switch to an ultra-wide camera or zoom as high as 10X when recording. It’s important to note that zooming for any resolution and frame rate (except 1080p at 30fps, is recorded digitally with the primary camera instead of the telephoto camera. Stabilization is excellent, and video taken in daylight offers good clarity. Low-light videos are also amazing, but they may appear somewhat noisy, and walking while recording may create a jitter in the video. The AI Highlight video is recorded in 4K, but when enabled, you cannot zoom in or out when registering. It did not have much effect during the day. However, it helps make videos appear brighter in shallow light conditions, but with the downside of increased noise.
It is worth noting that video recording in 8K is possible in the 11 5G, contrary to those on the 10 Pro 5G, which would get hot after a short time when we tested it. The 11 5G I could record for 20 minutes at 8K, and the phone remained visible and warm.
The OnePlus 11 5G comes at a competitive price, beginning at Rs. 56,999. It’s a lot of money. OnePlus 11 5G also makes higher versions that are part of the 10T useless. One thing that would make the 11 5G an all-inclusive set is the wireless charging. However, you shouldn’t be worried if you aren’t concerned about it. You’ll find that the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G is still relevant, even though it’s slightly behind the latest model, but it has more waterproofing and rapid wireless charging.
If you’re looking for a smartphone upgrade with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, the OnePlus 11 5G is an excellent option built upon the capabilities of the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G. It is priced competitively.