Update: Read our OnePlus 11 review for our full take on the phone.
The OnePlus 11 is officially gone global, and we're glad it has.
The OnePlus 10 Pro and OnePlus 10T already provided OnePlus with strong foundations for the latest version of the phone, but the OnePlus 11 unites everything together to create a well-rounded phone that undercuts most of its rivals on price. It's absolutely one of the best Android phones you can buy right now.
Keep on reading for an overview of the key features.
OnePlus 11: Where's the OnePlus 11 Pro?
Unlike previous years, when OnePlus introduced a regular and Pro version of its latest phone, or last year when there was just a OnePlus 10 Pro (and no 10) there's only a single OnePlus 11. And it looks as if there won't be a Pro at all.
It was rumored pre-launch by leaker Max Jambor on Twitter that the OnePlus 11 will be the only model in the series, an effort on OnePlus' part to streamline its lineup. OnePlus China president Li Jie has also said there's no Pro, when replying to a Wiebo user, and since the specs for the OnePlus 11 seem equivalent to last year's OnePlus 10 Pro, it looks as if OnePlus is back to a single flagship phone business model.
OnePlus 11: Release date and price
OnePlus showed off the OnePlus 11 in full on January 4, but this launch was only for the Chinese market. It debuted for the global market on February 7, and will go on sale on February 16th.
OnePlus is selling the 11 from $699 in the case of the standard 8GB/128GB model, while the 16GB/256GB model costs $799. Both are cheaper than rival phones like the Samsung Galaxy S23, iPhone 14 Pro or Google Pixel 7 Pro despite similar or superior specs.
OnePlus 11: Design and display
As with previous years, OnePlus has changed up its phone design for its newest flagship phone. It's a big design refresh, most notably with the circular camera block in the top left corner of the phone.
On the front, the OnePlus 11 looks a lot like the OnePlus 10 Pro with curved display edges and a left-corner punch-hole camera. The OnePlus 10T had a flat display with a centered punch-hole, which seems to have been a T-series change only.
OnePlus sells the 11 in either Titanium Black, which comes with matte frosted glass, or Eternal Green, which uses a glossier finish.
OnePlus also brought back its signature alert slider for the 11. While the OnePlus 10T was the first flagship OnePlus without the slider, OnePlus' statements from the time seemed to imply this wouldn't be a permanent decision going forward, which has turned out to indeed be the case.
Unlike most previous OnePlus phones, OnePlus has had the 11 rated IP64 for protection against water and dust. That's not as good as IP68-rated phones like many of its rivals, but it's still better than the OnePlus 10 Pro managed.
As for the screen, it's a 6.7-inch AMOLED LTPO display with QHD resolution. The LTPO 3.0 material will apparently let the phone support as low as a 1Hz refresh rate and as high as 120Hz. That should again put it in a good position to be one of the most fully featured screens on a smartphone available, alongside the Galaxy S23 Ultra and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
OnePlus 11: Cameras
In hardware terms, OnePlus armed the 11 with triple rear cameras, consisting of 48MP main, 50MP ultrawide and 32MP 2x telephoto lenses, plus a 16MP selfie snapper on the front. Three out of four of those cameras match the resolution of what we saw on the OnePlus 10 Pro, although the sensors have been updated to the latest Sony models. The telephoto camera, or the portrait lens as OnePlus calls it, is a complete change, however.
It's disappointing that the zoom level has been knocked back from 3.3x to 2x on this new zoom camera. But OnePlus is focusing on this camera's role as a portrait camera, rather than a telephoto, which makes some sense, while the increased resolution will hopefully make for sharper images overall.
OnePlus 11: Performance
As a flagship phone, the OnePlus 11 isn't be lacking in power. OnePlus is using the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in the OnePlus 11, and offering 8GB RAM and 128GB storage in the base model. If that's not enough, there's also a 16GB/512GB model for a little extra money.
Our testing for the OnePlus 11 review revealed the phone is on par with other leading Android phones, but check back soon for a full OnePlus 11 benchmarks analysis.
OnePlus 11: Battery and charging
OnePlus always prioritizes charging speed on its phones, and so it was inevitable that we'd get a chunky fast charger with the OnePlus 11. This time, it's a 100W brick (or 80W in the U.S.), a nice boost from both the default 80W/65W charger on the OnePlus 10 Pro, which charges the phone from empty to full in under half an hour. It's perhaps a bit disappointing that it's not the same 150W charger that the OnePlus 10T shipped with, but that's still fast enough for most people's needs.
The 5,000 mAh battery in the OnePlus 11 proved to be very efficient in our battery life test, lasting several hours longer than the Pixel 7 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro. You won't struggle to get a full day's heavy use out of this phone.
OnePlus 11: Outlook
OnePlus made its name by selling cheap phones with big specs, and while it's now part of the smartphone establishment rather than challenging it, the OnePlus 11 harks back to those beginnings with a cheaper-than-average price but the same leading specs as comparable phones.
While we're a bit thrown by the apparent lack of dedicated Pro handset, and odd changes like a less powerful optical zoom, the OnePlus 11 is still an impressive device with its large, smooth and detailed display, rapid charging, large battery and powerful chipset. You can read our full thoughts in our OnePlus 11 review, but rest assured it's a good phone.