Though OnePlus came out with the OnePlus 10 Pro and OnePlus 10T in 2022, that isn’t stopping it from already working on its next flagship smartphone. OnePlus usually has a pretty regular schedule with new releases, and the OnePlus 11 is launching on February 7 at the Cloud 11 event in New Delhi.
Along with OnePlus’s confirmation of the OnePlus 11’s name and design, rumors are also trickling in about the phone’s display, processor, cameras, and more. Here’s everything that we know so far about the OnePlus 11.
OnePlus 11 name
While rumors have floated around about the OnePlus 11 Pro, there’s been no mention of it by OnePlus. That was to be expected before the official reveals, but the company recently announced that it would be launching the OnePlus 11 at its upcoming February showcase — and with no mention of a “Pro” model. Usually, OnePlus launches its Pro versions alongside the base model, so if there is no OnePlus 11 Pro shown off in February, then the company would be breaking its usual release cycle.
Though the next flagship should be the OnePlus 11 Pro, it is very likely that the “Pro” moniker has been dropped, and it will simply be called the OnePlus 11. That said, based on the company’s history of dual releases, it’s not out of the question that a true OnePlus 11 Pro could launch later in 2023.
There is also speculation that OnePlus may be working on another device called the OnePlus 11R. This phone may have a 6.7-inch Full HD AMOLED display with a possible 120Hz refresh rate. However, it won’t be the latest and greatest offering from OnePlus, as it might use the older Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip. Other rumored specs include between 8GB to 16GB of RAM, 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of storage, a 50MP main camera, 8MP ultrawide, and a 2MP macro lens. The rumored OnePlus 11R may also have a 5,000mAh battery with 100-watt charging.
OnePlus 11 design
The full design of the OnePlus 11 has been confirmed. While we had gotten a small glimpse of the phone alongside the announcement of the Cloud 11 showcase that OnePlus is hosting for the official launch, the company has officially released a few lifestyle shots and renders for its upcoming flagship. The half-wraparound camera island that was rumored to be featured on the OnePlus 11 in a leak from September makes its way to the OnePlus 11. Based on the official images, it looks like a mash-up of the OnePlus 10 Pro and the Huawei P50 Pro, but you know, worse.
The body of the phone itself seems like it is a glass sandwich design with a thin metallic frame between the glass slabs. The glass is curved on either side of the frame, and you may be able to tell that the front screen has a subtle curve because of this. On the front, the display will be a hole-punch cutout in the upper-left corner, housing the selfie camera. There haven’t been a lot of further details on the display for the OnePlus 11, but it’s been reported that it will have a 6.7-inch QHD + OLED screen. And again, it will have the hole-punch cutout in the upper left for the selfie camera.
Let’s look at the positive side of things. The alert slider is finally making a comeback as OnePlus confirmed its return. The company had previously removed this on the OnePlus 10T, oddly enough, and got a lot of flak for it — despite explaining that it was removed to make space for a larger battery and other hardware for fast charging and antennas. In the official images, it appears that the alert slider is on the right side, so OnePlus may have figured out a way to accommodate the extra hardware while still having the slider in place.
Though there has been some speculation that the OnePlus 11 may use ceramic materials, that may not be the case. We won’t know for sure until the OnePlus 11 is fully revealed.
OnePlus 11 processor and software
It’s confirmed that the OnePlus 11 will have the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 packed inside. Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 during its Snapdragon Summit in November 2022, and the OnePlus 11 will be one of the first Android devices to get the next-generation chip.
The OnePlus 11 is highly likely to be running OxygenOS 13, which would be based on Android 13, right out of the box. The base model of the OnePlus 11 may feature 8GB of RAM with 128GB of onboard storage, and it could go up to 16GB RAM and 512GB of storage. Like other recent OnePlus flagships, don’t expect a microSD card slot for expandable storage.
A new development in the OnePlus 11 rumor mill is that it may be one of the first Android phones with UFS 4.0 storage. For the record, most Android phones right now utilize UFS 3.1. Though the current generation is fast, the next iteration of UFS 4.0 would be faster. With UFS 4.0, you can get data speeds of up to 23.2Gbps, which is about twice the rate of UFS 3.1. This is partly because of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which has added support for UFS 4.0.
OnePlus 11 cameras
The most recent report about the OnePlus 11 cameras suggests that the phone will be sharing the same camera setup with the Oppo Find N2 — Oppo’s successor to the original Find N foldable.
According to the report, the OnePlus 11 may end up with a 50MP Sony IMX890 main camera, 48MP IMX581 ultrawide, and 32MP IMX709 2x zoom camera. This will also be the same on the Oppo Find N2, with one big difference: the Find N2 is getting optical image stabilization (OIS), while the OnePlus 11 is not.
Despite the camera hardware being from Sony, the OnePlus 11 will bring back the Hasselblad branding that was absent on the OnePlus 10T. Originally, Hasselblad branding was dropped with the OnePlus 10T to save on royalty fees on the less premium phone, but Hasselblad returns on the OnePlus 11. This is part of the three-year partnership that OnePlus has with Hasselblad, primarily to focus on image tuning and calibration for the best smartphone camera experience.
OnePlus 11 battery and charging
Rumors have been suggesting that we will see a 5,000 mAh battery for the OnePlus 11, which is larger than the OnePlus 10T and has the same capacity used in the OnePlus 10 Pro. The OnePlus 11 could also have 100W wired charging speeds, though this may be restricted in the U.S.
For context, the OnePlus 10 Pro offered 80W fast charging but was reduced to 65W in the U.S. The OnePlus 10T also faced a similar situation, offering 150W charging globally but capped at 125W in the U.S.
OnePlus 11 release date and price
Historically, OnePlus has released its flagship phones early in the year, usually around March or April. For 2023, however, OnePlus has announced its “Cloud 11” showcase for February 7, where the OnePlus 11 will be launching alongside the OnePlus Buds Pro 2. While a little earlier than the reveals of the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro that debuted in April 2020 and the OnePlus 9, 9 Pro, and 9R that came out in March 2021, the OnePlus 10 Pro launched in China in January 2022, so it seems like the company is moving its flagship launches earlier in the year.
As far as price, we expect the OnePlus 11 to be in the sub-$900 range, much like flagships from other competitors, like the Google Pixel 7 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro, both of which start at $899 and $999, respectively. Based on the speculation, the OnePlus 11 could be one of the best smartphones to pick up next year.