OnePlus 11 officially launched for China
With the OnePlus 11, OnePlus has officially presented its latest flagship for the Chinese market. We have summarized all the information in this article.
OnePlus definitely doesn't have it easy. The similarity to OPPO could never be denied, but since last year the company has only played second fiddle in the BBK Group. Many fans are (rightly) bothered by this, because OnePlus was a rising star in the smartphone sky for many. With the OnePlus 11, the manufacturer has now presented its latest model. This offers, among other things, a Snapdragon 8 Gen2, a triple camera and fast charging with 100 watts.
The design of the OnePlus 11 is a skilful advancement of the OnePlus 10 Pro. The camera element bulges out of the frame again, but here it merges into a circle. Personally, I really like the design in both black and green. However, only the black model is matt, which I think is a shame. If you are interested in the green model, you should know that the color is extremely susceptible to fingerprints. In addition, the OnePlus 11 is only IP54 certified.
The display of the OnePlus 11 is exactly the same as from the OnePlus 10 Pro and therefore also exactly the same as from the OnePlus 9 Pro: 6,7 inch diagonal, 120 Hertz with the energy-saving LTPO technology and a resolution of 1.440 pixels in width. As the saying goes: "Never change a running system" and this saying really fits here very well, because the displays of the OnePlus 9 Pro and 10 Pro are definitely good, but the competition has definitely caught up and some have already passed OnePlus. Almost every other flagship now offers a significantly better display brightness, which was precisely the point where there was room for improvement.
OnePlus smartphones have always been known for their extraordinary performance in the past. At least on paper, this will also be the case with the OnePlus 11, because the manufacturer uses the currently best SoC on the market with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. In addition, the OnePlus 11 now starts with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage. The 128 GB version is finally a thing of the past.
Another reason for the good performance of past OnePlus smartphones was the software. For a long time, OxygenOS was very close to "stock Android" with small improvements that, for some, even made it the best interface on the market. In recent years, however, OnePlus has left this path and adapted OxygenOS more and more to OPPO's ColorOS. Since the OnePlus 9RT, the Chinese market has even relied on OPPO's own user interface
OnePlus has been working with Hasselblad since the OnePlus 9. At that time, a collaboration over three generations was announced. Thus, the OnePlus 11 would be the last OnePlus smartphone with a Hasselblad cooperation.
OnePlus has again installed a triple camera in the OnePlus 11, consisting of wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle and zoom. The new Sony IMX890 is used as the main camera here. This has a resolution of 50 megapixels and measures 1/1.56 inches. Unfortunately, there is a step backwards in sensor size here, since the sensors of the OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 10 Pro were larger at 1/1.43 inch.
The 48 megapixel sensor Sony IMX581 is used as an ultra wide angle. This has an autofocus, which means that the OnePlus 11 is able to take macro shots.
Unfortunately, the zoom of the OnePlus 11 only corresponds to a 2x optical magnification instead of the previous 3,3x optical magnification. We already know the 32 megapixel sensor Sony IMX709 installed here from the Chinese version of the OPPO Reno 7 Pro. Here, however, it is used as a front camera.
The battery of the OnePlus 11 measures 5.000 mAh. In combination with the more efficient SoC, we should expect usable runtimes here. With the OnePlus 10T, the manufacturer introduced 150 watt charging last year. With the OnePlus 11, however, you only rely on 100 watts. Even if that's definitely fast enough, I think it's a shame that you don't use the best that you have to offer at the moment. Also, OnePlus has decided to drop both wireless charging and USB-C 3.1. Accordingly, buyers would have to be satisfied with USB-C 2.0. In my opinion absolutely incomprehensible.
Prices & Availability
The bad news first. The OnePlus 11 will not appear on the German market at the current time. In which European countries it will ultimately be available, we will on 07.02.2022 at the global launch event.
In terms of price, OnePlus is going in the right direction with the OnePlus 11. With an MSRP of CNY 3.999, it's a whopping CNY 1.200 cheaper than the OnePlus 10 Pro with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. That's a difference of 180 euros. So it should be clear that OnePlus will lower the price compared to its predecessor. I personally assume that we will be somewhere in the range of 799 to 899 euros.