Not surprisingly, for a flagship phone, the hardware has moved to the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip. In addition, part of the marketing from OnePlus is of course also on the camera collaboration with Hasselblad, and the possibility of super fast 100W charging.
A tour around the OnePlus 11 5G
If we start at the front of the phone, it looks confusingly like a OnePlus 10 Pro. OnePlus has again chosen to go with a 6.7" 120 Hz AMOLED screen with a resolution of up to 3216x1140. The screen still curves gently over the sides, and the entire shape of the phone has the same rounded and soft shapes that we now know from OnePlus.
The front camera is still located in the upper left corner, and the lightning-fast fingerprint reader is located below the screen, in the lower third of the screen.
It's certainly not bad hardware OnePlus has used, but it's a slightly recognizable design on their phones. I kind of wish they would shake up the bag a little bit. Personally, I would for example prefer a completely flat screen. However, this is of course a personal thing that may not apply to others.
These are minor things overall, though, because it's an incredibly beautiful display that OnePlus uses in the OnePlus 11. It's set to the lower 2412x1080 resolution by default, and one of the first things I did was make sure the resolution was set to the higher QHD resolution and the refresh rate was set to high.
It's an adaptive refresh rate from 1-120Hz which gives the best of both worlds. It's a deliciously fast display, with beautiful fluid animations and navigation, which, however, can save on power, and step all the way down to 1 Hz when no more is needed.
There is HDR 10+ support, 10-bit colors and a peak brightness of up to 1300 nits, along with a touch response of up to 1000 Hz. All that combined, gives a beautiful display with fantastic colors, which is a pleasure to navigate and view content on.
The right side of the phone gives us the power button, and then the well-known OnePlus Alert Slider is back again. It's nice to see that OnePlus learned from the feedback they got with the OnePlus 10T, which lacked an Alert Slider.
On the left side we have the volume buttons, and finally at the bottom we find the SIM card slot together with a USB connector.
With the OnePlus 11, OnePlus has given the possibility of up to 100W SuperVooc charging of the large 5000 mAh dual cell battery. It is impressively fast, and can provide a full charge from 0-100% in around 25 minutes.
The included 100W charger will be powerful enough to also be used for certain laptops, and despite the high performance is surprisingly compact.
There is no option for wireless charging with the OnePlus 11. Personally, I think it's a bit of a shame, as I often use the feature on phones where it exists. However, OnePlus' studies have shown that it is one of the features people would rather give up in order to get other benefits.
Overall, it doesn't mean much when you get a large battery and, not least, super fast charging, which is the case here.
If we look at the back, we can see that the sandblasted glass back is back, and I'm personally really happy about that. The OnePlus 11 comes in two variants, where only the Titan Black variant we got for testing has the sandblasted texture. The second variant, Eternal Green, has a more classic glossy finish.
I definitely prefer the Titan Black variant. It is still, without comparison, one of the best and most comfortable surfaces on a phone I have experienced. The texture means that even after a long time of use, it is virtually impossible to see greasy fingers or anything else on the surface.
The black/grey surface is incredibly comfortable to handle, and in strong light there is a beautiful play in the surface. Despite the nice hardware and other measures, this surface is still one of my favorite things about the OnePlus phones.
When I separate myself from the design and texture on the back, this is naturally also where we find the camera system on the OnePlus 11. The new, more round design around the cameras, I'm not quite sure I like, but it's probably mostly a matter of getting used to it . I think the more square design of the OnePlus 10 made it better.
The hardware this time consists of a 50MP IMX890 main sensor with OIS, a 48MP 115° Ultra-wide lens and finally a 32MP IMX709 RGBW Portrait Telephoto lens. Things have been tweaked a bit since the OnePlus 10, but there haven't been any huge leaps. Still on paper solid hardware with, at least on paper, good potential. We will take a closer look at how the new setup handles the task later.
The internal hardware of the OnePlus 11 consists of a SnapDragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. There is either 128 GB or 256 GB of internal storage and then there is the option of either 8 GB or 16 GB of LPDDR5X RAM. Our test model is the version with 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.
The system is kept cool by OnePlus' Cryo-velocity VC Cooling System. With improved materials and size, according to OnePlus, it should help to provide up to 92% better cooling capabilities. However, there was no information about what it is compared to.
However, I can say that at no time during my test did I experience the phone becoming more than a little lukewarm, during use or charging.
The operating system on the OnePlus 11 is of course Android. It comes with Android 13 along with OnePlus' own OxygenOS in version 13. It is, as before, a delicious experience out of the box. OxygenOS is delightfully free of bloatware. There are of course extra elements added, but after all it feels like a fairly pure Android experience.
Via the settings, it is possible to customize the experience and the user interface quite a bit. On the surface, the option to choose whether you prefer navigation via gestures or the more classic app drawer is nice to have, even if it is not exactly new. In terms of appearance, there are also good options for customizing the style of the phone. It is possible to choose and customize everything from the color of UI elements and message notifications to the style and sizes of app icons to the animation on the fingerprint reader and much more.
With a more practical angle, there are also good opportunities to adapt the settings in relation to your usage pattern, and things like wishes for battery life. The OnePlus 11 is equipped with a 5000 mAh battery, but also comes with a high-end processor and a large bright screen with a high refresh rate, which sucks a lot of power if everything is set to run at maximum. Via the settings, however, there are quite wide opportunities to choose where you want to focus.
At the same time, there is also built-in AI in OxygenOS, which learns how you use the phone. It could, for example, for things like the brightness of the screen. By default, it automatically adapts to the environment, but if you often turn up the light in dark environments, the phone learns that preference and adapts accordingly.
OnePlus also has their HyperBoost Gaming Engine, which should make use of AI to learn to adapt to the games you play on the phone so that you get the optimal performance when it is needed, but power can be saved in less demanding parts.
For me personally, the camera is a super important part of a smartphone. This is what I use in most cases, to take pictures of good times with family and friends. For OnePlus, there is also a big focus on the camera, which can be seen through the collaboration with Hasselblad.
I think the composition of the setup on the OnePlus 11 is sensible, focusing on the things that, at least for me, mean the most. It is a solid primary sensor combined with good options for portraits.
Things like Super Zoom or Space Zoom are fun enough to play with, but are not something I end up using in everyday life, and therefore quickly become irrelevant. So it's nice to see that OnePlus has chosen to focus elsewhere.
With the new Google Pixel 7 Pro, there is tough competition on the camera front. However, OnePlus is really good in the fight and in general it takes some super skillful pictures.
The collaboration with Hasselblad is not necessarily obvious during normal use. In the camera software, you can dig out a little different Hasselblad, in the form of, for example, their Xpan setting and a reasonably comprehensive Pro Mode, where you can tweak the settings yourself.
In addition, Hasselblad has also had a hand in the color calibration, with what they call natural color calibration. This, combined with a sensor for measuring light and colors, helps to ensure beautiful and well-represented colors in the pictures you take with the OnePlus 11.
There is perhaps a slight tendency towards a slight oversaturation of the colors in the images, but overall I think that you get incredibly beautiful, deep colors in the images with the OnePlus 11.
The OnePlus 11 also manages images with high contrasts in a very good style, without being blurred in anything other than the brightest parts of the image.
The portrait function also does the job really well, but clearly does it best in situations with reasonable light. In more dim settings, it may fall a little short.
However, both the front and rear cameras cope with the task of creating the sense of depth in portraits really well, with a beautifully blurred background. The system is good at identifying people and even animals in an image and cropping them out so the blur looks natural.
It manages this even with people in the picture who are sitting at several different distances from the camera. A detail that, of course, would not be possible with a normal camera with a fixed depth of focus, so it is naturally software mag that gives us that opportunity.
In general, I am very satisfied with the pictures that the OnePlus 11 takes. If I transfer the images to the PC and sit and pixel peep, it doesn't quite come up and beat the Pixel 7 Pro, but for normal SoMe and mobile use, it will be difficult to see the difference and you get really good pictures.
On the video front, the OnePlus 11 also performs really well. Video recording up to 8K is possible. The good bright colors are also repeated in videos on the OnePlus 11, which is great to see.
There is an option for both AI optimization and an Ultra Steady Pro option for stabilizing video. However, those things are only possible in 1080p resolution. It is adjusted down automatically if you select any of the settings for.
Ultra Steady Pro provides some incredibly calm and stable images even if you run with cameras. So if you have a penchant for some action shoots in between, the OnePlus 11 will be a good partner there.
I've been using the OnePlus 11 for over a few weeks now. We were lucky enough to receive our test sample some time before the launch.
The experience of having OnePlus 11 visiting has been super delicious. There is more than enough hardware power in it to handle all tasks you could throw at it. Especially our version with 16 GB of RAM, has chewed through everything I've tried without shaking hands.
The 12 GB of RAM that we got on the OnePlus 10 Pro was already good and now with 16 GB it is just before it is overkill.
OnePlus continues to deliver a damn good display, and the high resolution combined with 10-bit colors and 120 Hz makes it a real pleasure to sit with. Both regular web content, games and series/films are delicious to sit with on the OnePlus 11
Here I will also just take the time to get around the sound. There is Dolby Atmos support and a stereo speaker setup which, despite being small and discreet, delivers a surprisingly good sound. Both music and video content get a more open and well-rounded sound image than you would initially think possible on such a small setup.
The battery life on the OnePlus 11 is also really reasonable, but as a power user can be challenged a bit. It is special if you turn up both screen resolution and refresh rate. For normal daily use, however, the 5000 mAh large battery is more than fine, to get through the day without the big challenges.
If you combine that with the impressively fast 100W charging, the battery simply hasn't been something I've wondered about. Even short visits to a charger give plenty of extra power to the phone.
The OnePlus 11 lands with an announced price of 6499 for the 8GB/128GB version and 6999 for the large 16GB/256GB version, which is the one we looked at.
If we compare with an offer like the Google Pixel 7 Pro, then almost DKK 1,000 can be saved, while a comparable Samsung S23 is a few hundred DKK more expensive.
So OnePlus comes in with a really competitive price.
It has been a pleasure to have the OnePlus 11 visit. It performs really solidly on both hardware, camera and battery. In terms of charging, it beats everything else by a good margin, and it's nothing short of fantastic that way, basically not having to think about whether you have enough power.
Hardware and software play really well together and provide a good experience that is close to a standard Android experience. The additions that OnePlus makes with OxygenOS do not take up much in the way of bloatware and the insistence on own solutions for standard apps, which is liberating.
However, the functions lie well below the surface, with the possibility of adaptation and optimization, and you can choose to turn them on and off quite freely yourself.
On the camera front, I think the Google Pixel 7 Pro wins by a small margin, for generally better pictures and a slightly better portrait function. On that front, the Google software solution is simply still superior.
Having said that, the OnePlus 11 delivers some really good images, and for normal everyday use it will be hard to tell the difference.
When OnePlus manages to be a good bit cheaper at the same time, it is to that extent worth taking note of.
We end up with a final grade of 9 and a Great Product award, for a beautiful phone that performs well, is close to the top in terms of camera and clearly wins in terms of battery and charging.