One-plus 11 Review & Test, Should you buy?

One-plus 11 Review:

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 powers the One-Plus 11. Powerful, but battery life may be the biggest gain. The chip-maker claims its new Adreno GPU could save up to 45% electricity.

It’s hardly a major upgrade over last year’s superb One-plus 10 Pro. The design is identical, the power has increased, and the camera is nice but not revolutionary. A daring new One-plus phone may disappoint. Recent One-plus owners shouldn’t upgrade.

The One-plus 10 Pro’s firmware seems unchanged. One-plus says its Hyper-boost Gaming Engine balances performance and battery depletion using machine learning. Only big mobile games like Genshin Impact are compatible. When so many phones have comparable specs and experiences, it’s impossible to know whether it affects gaming.

The One-plus 11 basic model costs $699 (£729 or AU$1,270) and has 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The higher-end review model I tested with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage costs $799 (£799), undercutting its competitors. The Google Pixel 7 Pro, which starts at $899 and goes up to $999 for the 256GB option, is the phone’s main competitor.

One-plus phones usually last well. Thus, the One-plus 11 lasted over 20 hours on the movie rundown test. After two hours of video, the battery indicator felt “stuck” around 100%. Only the One-plus 10T and iPhone 14 Pro are better.

The Pixel 7 Pro was among our top phones of 2022, winning a Editors’ Choice award in October for its great cameras, smooth UX, and appealing appearance. It’s one of my preferred Android 13 phones. It’s one of my preferred Android 13 phones.

One-plus 11’s charging speed is significantly better. Laptops use 100W charging. Thankfully, there’s a suitable charger in the package, but it’s proprietary hardware, so you’ll need this charger, this cable, and One-plus’ newest phone to achieve those fast charging rates. One-plus’ 25-minute claim is correct.

The $800 Samsung Galaxy S23 has a 6.1-inch display, triple cameras, 8GB of RAM, and the newest Qualcomm 8 Gen 2 chip-set. Samsung customized the One-plus 11 chip. We won’t know how the new Samsung & One-plus phones compare until the S23 series launches on Feb. 17.

One-plus 11 Design With Added Waterproofing:

In 2023, One-plus’ flagship replaced the 10 Pro’s square camera unit with a circular one rimmed with metal that smoothly meets the phone’s edge. My review model’s green color and curved glass make it comfortable to grip.

Price/Availability:

The 8GB RAM + 128GB storage One-plus 11 costs 56,999, while the 16GB RAM + 256GB storage edition costs 61,999. The smartphone is available for pre-order and will launch on February 14.

One-plus 11 Showcases Curved Glass and Metal:

The phone looks great. It looks distinct yet familiar enough to feel like a family member. It’s Gorilla Glass, so it won’t break. The 10 Pro is water-resistant, but the new phone is IP64. Since most flagships have waterproofing, the 10 Pro’s absence of it was irritating. Thus, governmental protection is welcome.

The Pixel 7 Pro, iPhone 14 range, and Galaxy S23 range all have IP68 certifications, which protect devices from 30 minutes of submersion in water. IP64 simply protects against water splashes. IP64 will protect your phone while you accept calls in the rain.

Mobile games appear great on the 6.7-inch display, which has a maximum 3,216×1,440-pixel resolution (you can opt for a lower resolution to help eke out the battery life). Its bright, dramatic SuperAMOLED display enables Dolby Vision HDR and HDR 10 Plus.
Its bright, dramatic SuperAMOLED display enables Dolby Vision HDR and HDR 10 Plus.

Good in-display fingerprint scanner. The alert slider on the right allows you easily put the phone to quiet or vibrate, pleasing longtime One-plus devotees. One-plus 10T lacked a slider.

Its variable frame rate may shoot up to 120Hz for superb gaming but decrease to 1Hz for less demanding activities like web surfing or presenting the always-on display to conserve battery.

Audio Test:

One-plus 11’s loudspeakers impressed me. Dolby Vision-certified display and Dolby Atmos-powered speaker complement each other. Bluetooth headphones and loudspeakers also function well.

Camera Test:

The One-plus 11 includes a triple-camera combination with a 50MP IMX890 image sensor with OIS (optical image stabilization) as main, a 32MP Hasselblad-powered 32MP IMX709 RGBW portrait telephoto lens, and a 48MP ultra-wide lens with Sony IMX581 sensor.

Hasselblad color science tops the hardware. One-plus claims to have improved optimizations despite working with the brand before.

The camera app opens fast and has clear settings and icons. I like the X-Pan mode & pre-installed filters. The color template in both makes it simple for a non-professional to take cinematic images with a unique color adjustment.

To utilize the 50MP sensor for images, toggle on hi-res from the top of the viewfinder. It disables zooming & auto macro when activated. Results are remarkable. Video and still auto-focus are fast. In excellent lighting, the portrait mode is great, and you can tweak the blurring while taking a shot.

Daylight photos have balanced colors, dynamic range, & white balance. The shutter speed is fast and the pictures are impressive with any natural light. Even in well-lit interiors, the colors seem fake and the subtleties disappear in darker circumstances.

Night mode has a small noise in low light, but standard mode takes great photographs. I enjoyed low-light photographs, but Samsung and Pixel flagships were better.

Video is excellent. I like 4K at 60fps and 8K at 24fps. Videos, particularly well-lit ones, are comparable to other flagships. Audio and stabilization are excellent. Content creators and vloggers may trust it.

The 16MP front camera seems similar to last year’s. In poor light, selfies are noisy and lack detail. One-plus 11’s camera is great. Based on what I’ve seen, it’s comparable to the Pixel 7 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro, but not as nice.

One-plus 11 Chip-set:

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and 16GB RAM power the phone. Its strong processor scored well on our benchmark tests, placing it one of the most powerful phones.

Its strong processor scored well on our benchmark tests, placing it one of the most powerful phones.
Benchmarks aren’t everything, but this phone can handle whatever you throw at it. It excels in graphics. Genshin Impact, PUBG Mobile, and Asphalt 9: Legends ran well with high frame rates.

One-plus advertises the phone’s “optimized RAM allocation,” “hardware-accelerated ray tracing” in games, and “best in class” lighting and illumination effects, although there are no Android games that support these features. It’s like having a vehicle that can drive on MagLev tracks—amazing technology, but not yet usable.

Power makes the phone fast in real life. Android’s UI is speedy and lag-free. It’s unstoppable. It streamed and edited photos effectively.

Oxygen 13 OS aids speed. Oxygen OS is a minimalist Android overlay based on Android 13. I loved it out of the box, but you can personalize it by customizing the system fonts and always-on display.

One-plus increased Android support to four years and security updates to five. The One-plus 11 would be safe to use 5 years from now thanks to the company’s longest support period.

Fast Charging One-plus 1:

If you’re cautious, the phone’s 5,000mAh battery can last a day. After streaming a YouTube movie for an hour at maximum screen brightness, 120Hz refresh rate, and 3,216×1,440-pixel resolution, the battery decreased from full to 92%. It plummeted to 85% after two hours, which isn’t good.

After the hours of YouTube streaming at 2,412×1,080 pixels and 60Hz, it didn’t dip below 100% and only fell to 95% after a second hour. Genshin Impact at high settings drained 10% of the battery in 30 minutes.

With more conservative settings, your phone shouldn’t die mid-afternoon and should still have enough of life when you charge it at night. Demanding gamer may crank up the settings to savour every detail, but keep your charger handy.

Thankfully, recharging after gaming or viewing YouTube is quick. In the UK, the device supports 100-watt rapid charging (80W in the US), which fills the battery in 25 minutes (27 minutes on the 80W model). That’s faster than the Pixel 7 Pro’s 1–2 hour recharging time.

One-plus 11 Software:

I dislike the One-plus 11 software. I’ve used practically every One-plus phone up to the 8-series, so I’m spoil with OxygenOS’s appearance and feel.

It’s really no secret that OxygenOS 13 is founded on Android 13 and modified from Oppo’s ColorOS 13. I like OxygenOS more, but this one’s smoothness and smart features shocked me. Split screen, flexible windows, rapid return, and more are customization. This makes it productive. It will also have OxygenOS 13 and a guarantee of four years of major software upgrades and five years of security patches.

Optimizations worried me. The software has worked well thus far. I like the previous, less colorful version with a better user experience. The hap-tics feel natural and provide exact feedback to build visual and physical harmony. If you can adjust to the new ui and thus are open to further changes, this OS will not annoy you. It works quickly.

Should you buy One-plus 11?

The One-plus 11 is a great phone for gaming, streaming, and life’s necessities. It’s fast-charging, powerful, and looks amazing. Bonus 5 years of security support. Bonus: 5 years of security support.

The camera isn’t great, but it can take festive photos of your kids you’ll want to share with family and friends. However, it’s one of the cheaper flagships, undercutting the Pixel 7 Pro & Samsung Galaxy S23. The One-plus 11 is worth considering if you value mobile gaming above photography.

Comparison Of One-plus 11 with other Smartphone:

One-plus 11 Google Pixel 7 Pro Galaxy S23 Ultra iPhone 14 Pro Max
Display size, tech, resolution, refresh rate, brightness 6.7-inch AMOLED; 3,216 x 1,440 pixels; 120Hz Adaptive Refresh Rate 6.7-inch OLED LTPO display; QHD+ 1,440 x 3,120 pixels; 120Hz Adaptive Refresh Rate 6.8-inch AMOLED; 3,088×1,440 pixels; 120Hz Adaptive Refresh Rate 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display; 2,796×1,290 pixels; 120Hz Adaptive Refresh Rate
Pixel density 525 ppi 512ppi 500 ppi 460 ppi
Dimensions (inches) 2.92 x 6.42 x 0.33 in 6.14 x 3.02 x 0.35 in 6.43 x 3.07 x 0.35 in 6.33 x 3.05 x 0.31 in.
Dimensions (millimeters) 74.1 x 163.1 x 8.5 mm 162.9 x 76.6 x 8.9 mm 163.3 x 78 x 8.9 mm 160.7 x 77.6 x 7.85mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 205 g (7.23 oz) 212 g (7.5 oz) 234 g (8.25 oz) 240 g (8.47 oz)
Mobile software Android 13 Android 13 Android 13 iOS 16
Camera 50-megapixel (wide), 48-megapixel (ultra-wide), 32-megapixel (telephoto) 50-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 48-megapixel (telephoto) 200-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide) 10-megapixel (telephoto) 10-megapixel (telephoto) 48-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 16-megapixel 10.8- megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel
Video capture 8K 4K 8K 4K
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Google Tensor G2 Galaxy-optimized Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Apple A16 Bionic
RAM/storage 8GB RAM + 128GB; 12GB RAM + 256GB 12GB + 128 GB, 12GB + 256GB, 12GB + 512GB 12GB + 256GB; 12GB + 512GB; 12GB + 1TB RAM NA; 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Expandable storage None None None None
Battery/charging speeds 5,000 mAh (80W wired charging in US, 100W in UK) 5,000 mAh (20W wired charging) 5,000 mAH (45W wired charging) Undisclosed; Apple claims 29 hours of video playback
Fingerprint sensor In-display In-display In-display None (Face ID)
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C Lightning
Headphone jack None None None None
Special features 5G, IP64 rating, dual-batteries, 80W power adapter included in box 5G, IP68 rating, Face Unblur 5G (mmw/Sub6), IP68 rating, faster wired charging, wireless Power-share to charge other devices, integrated S-Pen, 200x Space Zoom, 10x Optical Zoom, UWB for finding other devices Dynamic Island; Always-On display; 5G enabled; Mag-safe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (e-SIM)
US price off-contract $799 (8GB/128GB) $899 (12GB/128GB) $1,200 (12GB/256GB) $1,099 (128GB), $1,199 (256GB), $1,399 (512GB), $1,599 (1TB)
UK price £729 (8GB/128GB) £849 (12GB/128GB) £1,249 (12GB/256GB) £1,199 (128GB)
Australia price Converts to AU$1,270 (8GB/128GB) AU$1,299 (12GB/128GB) AU$1,949 (12GB/256GB) AU$1,899 (128GB)

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