Which Flagship Shall You Buy OnePlus 11 Or The Google Pixel 7 Pro?

Which Flagship Shall You Buy OnePlus 11 Or The Google Pixel 7 Pro?

When it comes to flagship phones that are excellent value for money, OnePlus and Google are typically reliable. For years, the Pixel line-up has combined reasonable cost with great photography, while OnePlus takes pride in offering the newest tech for far less than its competitors. That is true for the company’s most recent launches, but which of the OnePlus 11 versus Pixel 7 Pro comes out on top?

The OnePlus 11 & Pixel 7 Pro both have glass backs. The back camera housing on both phones, though, is considerably different. While the OnePlus 11’s camera island has been replaced with a circular module, the Pixel 7 Pro keeps its predecessor’s horizontal camera visor.

Both the OnePlus 11 & the Pixel 7 Pro boast a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. Despite the fact that both phones employ a Samsung display panel, the OnePlus 11’s variable refresh rate should be smoother than the Pixel 7 Pro’s due to the usage of LTPO 3.0 technology.

The OnePlus 11 is the closest competitor to the Pixel 7 Pro. The latter was released late last year for $899, however there are usually offers that bring the price down to $799. With just a hundred dollars separating the two phones, they may be regarded in the same price range and hence in direct rivalry.

Costs And Availability:

The OnePlus 11 will be on sale in the United States on February 16 at 10 a.m. ET. The basic model with 8GB RAM/128GB storage costs $699, while the variant with twice the RAM & storage (16GB/256GB) costs $799.

The gadget will be sold on OnePlus’s website, as well as Amazon & Best Buy. The Chinese model, on the other hand, debuted last month and is already on the market, and import alternatives are available if you can’t wait for whatever reason.

The Google Pixel 7 Pro is now available for purchase on Amazon, Best Buy, as well as all major US carriers. The Pixel 7 Pro’s official retail price is $899, although offers might bring it down to $799.

Design And Construction:

These two phones have more in common than, say, the Galaxy S23 Ultra or the iPhone 14 Pro. Both phones, for example, have visibly distinct camera modules that merge into the chassis, and neither device has any harsh edges or corners, resulting in a smooth in-hand sensation with the phones’ curves nestling into our hands. The screen sizes are equal at 6.7 inches, as are the proportions, with the Pixel 7 Pro being slightly broader and thicker.

The button positions, however, vary. The volume rocker as well as its distinctive alert slider toggle are on the left side, while the power button is on the right. Meanwhile, the volume rocker & power button are located on the right side of the Pixel 7 Pro. The volume rocker is located below the power button, which is distinctive and distinguishes it from practically all other phones on the market. It’s all a matter of taste, but I much like OnePlus’ button locations.

Display:

Both phones make advantage of Samsung’s E4 OLED display panel technology, which is among the finest on the market. The OnePlus screen has slightly more pixels at 1440 x 3216 than the Pixel 7 Pro’s 1440 x 3120, but the difference is insignificant. The panels are razor crisp, as well as the 120Hz animations on both smartphones will be seamless.

According to official specifications, the Pixel 7 Pro boasts a brighter display capable of reaching 1,500 nits maximum compared to the OnePlus 11’s 1,300, but I couldn’t see the difference.

In fact, I often mistakenly believed the OnePlus 11’s display was brighter since Pixel’s auto-brightness seemed to decrease the display brightness lower than normal. In any case, these screens are more than bright enough, the only other screen that is plainly “brighter” is the iPhone 14 Pro’s, which has a brightness of 2,000 nits.

Basically, the two displays seem identical, and you wouldn’t be able to tell one from the other unless you had a preference for hole punch location.

Cameras:

The primary system of the OnePlus 11 has a triple-lens array led by a 50MP f1/.8 wide with a 1/1.56-inch Sony IMX sensor, a 48MP ultrawide, a 16MP selfie camera on the front, and a 32MP telephoto with 2x optical zoom. In this day and age, having just a 2x optical zoom might be considered disappointing, yet the telephoto lens has a fairly big sensor for its class at 1/1.56-inch.

This improves light intake and enables the OnePlus 11 to digitally zoom at farther distances without sacrificing as much as other 2x optical lenses.

Meanwhile, the Pixel 7 Pro includes a triple camera system as well, but its primary camera is a 50MP Samsung GN1 with a bigger 1/1.31-inch image sensor and just a slower f/1.9 aperture. The ultrawide here is a 12MP photographer, and the Pixel 7 Pro has a Periscope zoom lens with 5x optical zoom, which far outperforms the OnePlus 11’s 2x optical zoom.

Both phones offer outstanding cameras with rapid shutter speeds and focusing. However, color science varies greatly. The Pixel 7 Pro cools photos, but the OnePlus 11 employs “Hasselblad color tuning” to maintain colors appearing realistic. I believe the colors on the OnePlus 11 are more accurate.

Whether Google’s choice to chill photographs enhances the appearance or not is a matter of personal preference. In general, I prefer day photographs with natural color, but for night images, I don’t mind if a phone plays with contrast & temperature. For that reason, I often believe the Pixel’s night images are superior than the iPhone’s.

Colors are consistent across all 3 lenses on both phones. Because of the too warm outdoor tones, I prefer that Google chilled the photographs somewhat. Because the Pixel 7 Pro has a 5x optical zoom and the OnePlus 11 only has a 2x, the Pixel will take any lengthy zoom photographs. The OnePlus 11 wins for 2x zoom since it has a separate lens, while Google employs an in sensor cut from the main camera.

Both smartphones are neck to neck for night photography. Google’s once-vast advantage over other Android manufacturers in night photography has shrunk substantially in recent years, as every major Android company has mastered the art of developing a viable camera system.

Software:

Both phones run Android 13 with OxygenOS for the OnePlus 11, & Pixel UI for the Pixel 7 Pro. Because the Pixel is manufactured by Google, I assume the Pixel UI is the greatest Android as Google sees it. And, although there are many things I like about the Pixel 7 Pro software, such as the fact that the phone would automatically listen to and recognize music playing nearby, I won’t claim it’s superior.

Even in its present incarnation, which more closely resembles Oppo’s ColorOS, OxygenOS has a more customizable UI than the Pixel UI, & I believe there is significant benefit in offering customers more flexibility. For example, I like a clean and basic homescreen, therefore I remove the Google search bar and navigation bar on most Android phones, including the OnePlus 11, but the Pixel UI does not allow me to do so. Both items must always be shown on the homescreen.

Not only that, but OxygenOS provides me with a slew of shortcut actions that allow me to do tasks more quickly. For example, I can rapidly start an app in tiny window mode with an exaggerated swipe up, or launch any program straight from the lock-screen by sketching an alphabet. The OnePlus 11 also offers improved multitasking capabilities, including the ability to run two applications in split-screen mode or one program in a smaller floating resizable window. The Pixel UI only supports split-screen applications.

You are not required to utilize such gestures if you believe they are ineffective. However, OnePlus provides us with the alternative. None of these choices are available with the Pixel.

I enjoy its quirky and colorful photo app, and its improved voice typing is a game changer that has changed the way I use my phone. The OnePlus 11’s Gboard supports voice typing, however it does not allow auto punctuation, and you cannot order the keyboard to send text like you can on the Pixel 7 and 6 series. I’m only suggesting that each software has advantages.

The Pixel assures just three years of Android upgrades, while the 11 promises four years. Yes, it is amusing and strange that the Chinese phone promises lengthier Android upgrades than the business that creates Android.

Performance:

The brains are the ultimate point where the 2 phones diverge. The OnePlus 11 is powered by Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, while the Pixel 7 Pro is powered by Google’s Tensor G2 chip. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is a more powerful processor in terms of benchmark scores and real-world experiences such as video rendering.

However, Google specially created the Tensor G2 to handle Pixel stuff, such as real-time on-device voice dictation and the capacity to handle Pixel’s image processing algorithm. In terms of memory, the OnePlus 11 begins with 8GB of RAM and can be upgraded to 16GB if you pay extra, while all Pixel 7 Pro variants come with 12GB of RAM. However, the OnePlus 11 has UFS 4.0 storage, whilst the Pixel 7 Pro has UFS 3.1.

But let’s take it a step farther. The Qualcomm processor in the OnePlus 11 is theoretically superior, with better bench statistics & real-world test results. For everything video-related, the Pixel 7 Pro, for example, takes an unusually lengthy time. Even simple actions, such as cutting the duration of a video in the Pixel’s default camera app, may take up to 15-20 seconds to complete. On the OnePlus 11, this rendering process takes 3-4 seconds.

The Tensor G2 also gets quite hot very quickly. You’ll certainly notice it while you’re gaming, but also when you’re driving and your phone is facing the sun. The Pixel 7 Pro is noticeably hotter than the OnePlus 11.

So, although Qualcomm’s CPU has greater raw power, the Tensor G2 may have more potential; it all depend on your use and requirements.

Battery:

Both phones feature 5,000 mAh batteries, however the OnePlus 11 charges at 80W in North America & 100W everywhere else. The Pixel 7 Pro can only charge at 23W. Furthermore, OnePlus provides the charger in the package, but Google does not. The Pixel 7 Pro, on the other hand, allows wireless charging, although the OnePlus 11 does not.

Which one Should You Purchase?

If you haven’t been following track, the OnePlus 11 comes out on top in terms of processing performance, battery life, & charging rates. However, the Pixel 7 Pro offers a stronger camera system overall, especially with zoom, as well as wireless charging and greater water resistance.

In terms of software, I’ve previously discussed the advantages of each. I adore the Pixel’s clever additions, such as best voice typing, but OxygenOS is superior for multitasking and is simply a little quicker at everything. You may have to determine what is more important to you.

Finally, both phones are great, if I’m being honest, a better deal than the $999 Samsung Galaxy S23+. If I had to choose one, I’d go with the Pixel 7 Pro since I often do long-zoom street photos.

Specifications:

OnePlus 11 Google Pixel 7
Dimensions 6.42 x 2.92 x 0.33 inches (163.1 x 74.1 x 8.5mm)

7.48 ounces (212g)

6.41 x 3.02 x 0.35 inches (162.9 x 76.6 x 8.9 mm)

7.23 ounces (205g)

Display 6.7-inch 2K AMOLED LTPO 3.0

120Hz refresh rate

1440 x 3216 resolution

1,300 nits peak brightness

6.7-inch QHD+ LTPO pOLED

120Hz refresh rate

1440 x 3210 resolution

1,500 nits peak brightness

Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Google Tensor G2
Cameras 50MP main, 1/1.56-inch, f/1.8

48MP ultra-wide

32MP telephoto (2x optical)

16MP selfie

50MP main, 1/1.31-inch, f/1.9

12MP ultra-wide

48MP Periscope 5x zoom

10.8MP selfie

Battery and Charging 5,000 mAh

80W wired charging (North America), 100W wired charging (everywhere else)

Charger included

No wireless charging

5,000 mAh

23W wired charging

23W wireless charging

Charger not included

Software Android 13 based on OxygenOS Android 13 based on Pixel UI
IP Rating IPX4 IP68
Colors Titan Black

Eternal Green

Obsidian

Snow

Hazel

Price Starts at $699 Starts at $899

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