The OnePlus 11 will be the next big flagship phone from the popular Chinese phone company OnePlus, and since we’ve been big fans of the OnePlus 10 Pro since 2022, we’re already looking ahead to speculating what the next version will bring.
This will likely be OnePlus’ first phone in 2023, though we may see more entries in the company’s Nord line in the meantime. It’s likely to be one of the best Android phones of the year as well, going by the last few entries in the family, though we’ll have to wait and see.
We haven’t heard a huge amount of OnePlus 11 rumors so far, but we’re starting to hear some whispers. You can find all the leaks and rumors below, and below them we’ve written a wishlist of what we expect from these phones.
To the point
- What is this? 2023 entry in OnePlus’ flagship line
- when is it coming out? Probably in the first months of 2023
- How much does it cost? Probably just under $899 / £799 (around AU$1,400)
OnePlus 11 price and availability
Following precedent, we’ll likely see the debut of the OnePlus 11 family in the early months of the year – perhaps staggered by region like the OnePlus 10 Pro, but hopefully in one big launch event, as was the case with the company’s previous phones.
It’s harder to judge the price, though, and that’s because there wasn’t a “standard” OnePlus 10 with a premium price tag, but not a super premium one.
So we can make a good guess at the price of the OnePlus 11 – it’ll probably cost around $899 / £799 (around AU$1,400), which is what its predecessor set you back. Rumor has it that while the Pro name will be dropped, it will actually be a Pro-level handset (stay back).
We also got a OnePlus 10T in 2022 which started at $649 / £629 (around AU$940), but so far it’s unclear if a OnePlus 11T will follow.
OnePlus 11 leaks and rumors
First off, it’s worth noting that there may only be one OnePlus 11 model, and according to the leak, it may be called the OnePlus 11 – but it has the specs you’d expect from a OnePlus 11 Pro.
That said, other early leaks refer specifically to the OnePlus 11 Pro, so the naming remains uncertain, but it looks like we’ll be getting a pro-grade model, whether it’s named pro or not. Whether there will also be a lower-spec model is less clear, but it doesn’t look very likely.
Anyway, the leaker @OnLeaks has shared renders of what the OnePlus 11 Pro might look like in collaboration with SmartPrix (opens in a new tab).
These renders, one of which you can see below, show the new – rounder – camera block design. You can also see that there is Hasselblad branding and three sensors. Other details include an alert slider, and the phone will apparently be using the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, which we fully expected anyway.
We’d like to take this leak with a grain of salt, though, especially since these renders are apparently based on an early OnePlus 11 Pro prototype, so it’s subject to change.
The same leaker has since shared fuller specs of the OnePlus 11 Pro, saying the phone will have a 6.7-inch 120Hz QHD+ AMOLED screen, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, and a 5,000mAh battery. with 100W charging
It is also said to have a 16MP front camera and a triple-lens rear camera with a 50MP main sensor, a 48MP ultra-wide and a 32MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom.
Recently, another leaker mentioned 16GB of RAM again, adding that the OnePlus 11 will also have a ceramic finish, as well as improved UFS 4.0 storage – much faster than the UFS 3.1 technology used in the top phones of 2022.
The OnePlus 11 is also likely to be supported for a long time as OnePlus has announced that “select devices launching in 2023 and beyond” will receive four major Android updates and five years of security patches. The OnePlus 11 doesn’t have a name, but there’s an obvious candidate for it.
OnePlus 11: what we want to see
After testing the OnePlus 10 Pro and the company’s other phones, and the wider Android world, here are a few of the changes we’re looking to bring to the OnePlus 11.
1. Non-Pro version
Is the OnePlus 10 Pro really “Pro” if it doesn’t come with a standard version? No, we’d say no – but for some reason, OnePlus’ only 2022 flagship phone had this suffix.
Since there is only one phone in the family, OnePlus can only list the handset for a certain price. This means that people who want a cheaper alternative or a super-premium version have nothing to buy.
We’d like the OnePlus 11 to come with at least two family members, and maybe a third as well – be it Lite, Ultra or Pro Plus.
2. Less complicated commissioning
When phone manufacturers launch their devices with a lot of fanfare and fanfare, it can really create excitement in a mobile phone … but with the OnePlus 10 Pro, the exact opposite happened.
The device was originally launched in January, but that was only for the Chinese market – it was launched globally in February at MWC 2022, followed by another unveiling event in April, followed by a launch in some markets.
This is very confusing for the average buyer and meant that by the time it was actually available to buy, the OnePlus 10 Pro was old news. We would like to see this whole procedure more condensed in 2023, so we do not wait for months to buy a OnePlus 11.
3. Charging equality
The OnePlus 10 Pro had a wonderful 80W fast charge, allowing the device to go from 0% to 100% in the same time you’re watching an episode of your favorite sit-com….
… that is, unless you live in the US. The OnePlus 10 Pro is only 65W, which is still fast, but definitely not the fast 80W.
We wish charging speeds were equal for the OnePlus 11 so that people in the US don’t get an inferior phone.
4. A better zoom camera
The OnePlus 10 Pro isn’t the best zoom photography phone – while its 3.3x telephoto lens allows you to zoom further than some similarly priced competitors, we like to see “Pro” devices that give you 5 or even 10x the distance (although this may the second is more of an “Ultra” feature.)
What’s not so great is the 8MP sensor that accompanies this lens – not only is that a bit low resolution for a smartphone camera, but it reduces the digital zoom capability beyond the optical limit.
We’d like to focus more on zoom photography on the OnePlus 11 to give photographers the opportunity to shine.
5. A smaller alternative
The OnePlus 10 Pro is a big phone, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing because you get a lot of screen space – but it does make it difficult for people with smaller hands to hold the device.
If the OnePlus 11 comes in multiple versions as we’ve already wished, we’d like to make one smaller to cater to people who don’t want a giant monster.
We saw Xiaomi make this move with the Xiaomi 12, offering a smaller phone than before, and Samsung did that too for a while. Let’s hope OnePlus follows suit.