The OnePlus 11 will be the next big flagship from the popular Chinese phone company OnePlus, and since we were big fans of the 2022 OnePlus 10 Pro, we’re already looking ahead and speculating on what the next version will bring with it.
This will likely be the first OnePlus phone of 2023, though we might see more entries in the company’s Nord lineup in the meantime. It’s also likely to be one of the best Android phones of the year running past the latest entries in the family, though we’ll have to wait and see.
We haven’t heard many rumors about the OnePlus 11 yet, but we’ve started to hear some rumors. You’ll find all the leaks and rumors below, and below that, we’ve written a wishlist of what we want from these phones.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The 2023 entry in OnePlus’ flagship lineup
- When do you leave? Probably in the first months of 2023
- How much will it cost? Probably just under $899 / £799 (approximately AU$1,400)
OnePlus 11 price and availability
Following precedent, we’ll likely see the OnePlus 11 family debut in the first few months of the year – perhaps staggered by region, as was the OnePlus 10 Pro, but hopefully at a big launch event, as was the case for the company. previous phones.
However, it’s harder to judge the price, and that’s because there wasn’t a ‘standard’ OnePlus 10, priced at a premium but not a superpremium.
So we can take a guess at the OnePlus 11’s price – it will likely cost around $899 / £799 (approximately AU$1,400), which is how much its predecessor cost you. The rumor is that while the Pro name is dropped, this will indeed be the Pro-level handset (keep to the back).
We also got the OnePlus 10T in 2022, which started at $649 / £629 (about AU$940), but it remains unclear whether a OnePlus 11T will launch or not.
OnePlus 11 leaks and rumors
First, it’s worth noting that there may only be one OnePlus 11 model and that, according to a leak, might be called the OnePlus 11 – but it has the kind of specs you’d expect from a OnePlus 11 Pro.
That said, other early leaks specifically refer to the OnePlus 11 Pro, so the naming remains unclear, but it seems likely that we’ll get a pro-level model regardless of whether it has pro in the name. Whether there will be a lower-spec model is also less clear, but it doesn’t seem very likely.
Anyway, leaker @OnLeaks has shared renders of what the OnePlus 11 Pro might look like, in collaboration with SmartPrix (opens in new tab)🇧🇷
These renders, one of which you can see below, show a new camera block design – more circular. You can also see that there is Hasselblad branding and three sensors. Other details include an alert slider and the phone will apparently use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, something we’d expect anyway.
However, we’d take this leak with a pinch of salt, especially as these renders are apparently based on an early OnePlus 11 Pro prototype, so they could be subject to change.
The same leaker has since shared more complete OnePlus 11 Pro specs, saying the phone will have a 6.7-inch AMOLED QHD+ 120Hz display, 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 ultrawide and a 32MP telephoto with 2x optical zoom.
More recently, another leak again mentioned the 16GB of RAM, adding that the OnePlus 11 will also have a ceramic finish, as well as updated UFS 4.0 storage – significantly faster than the UFS 3.1 technology used in 2022’s best phones.
OnePlus 11: what we want to see
After testing the OnePlus 10 Pro and other handsets from the company, and the wider Android world, here are some changes we want the OnePlus 11 to bring.
1. A non-Pro version
Is the OnePlus 10 Pro really ‘Pro’ if there isn’t a standard version? No, not really, we’d say – but for some reason, OnePlus’ only flagship phone as of 2022 had that suffix.
Since there is only one phone in the family, OnePlus can only release one handset for a certain price. This means that people who want a more affordable alternative or a super premium version have nothing to buy.
We’d like to see the OnePlus 11 come with at least two family members, and maybe a third too – be it a Lite, Ultra or Pro Plus version.
2. A less complicated launch
When phone makers launch their devices with a lot of pomp and fanfare, it can really add to the cell phone’s excitement… but the exact opposite happened with the OnePlus 10 Pro.
The device originally launched in January, but that was just for the Chinese market – it launched for the global market in February at MWC 2022, and then had another unveiling event in April, which was actually followed by a launch for certain markets.
This is very confusing for the average buyer and meant that when it was actually available for purchase, the OnePlus 10 Pro was old news. We’d like this whole procedure to be more condensed in 2023, so we don’t wait months to buy the OnePlus 11.
3. Equal billing
The OnePlus 10 Pro had a nice 80W fast charge, ensuring the device could go from 0% to 100% in the same time it takes you to watch an episode of your favorite sitcom….
… that is, unless you live in the US. The OnePlus 10 Pro only powers at 65W, which is still fast, but definitely not a fast 80W.
We would like charging speeds to be the same for the OnePlus 11 so people in the US don’t get an inferior phone.
4. A better zoom camera
The OnePlus 10 Pro isn’t the best phone for zoom photography – though its 3.3x telephoto lens lets you zoom in further than some similarly priced rivals, we like to see ‘Pro’ devices that get you 5x or even 10x farther away (although perhaps that last one is more of an ‘Ultra’ feature).
What’s not so great is the 8MP sensor that comes with this lens – as well as being a little low for a smartphone camera, it reduces the possibility of digital zooming beyond the optical limit.
We’d like to see more focus on zoom photography on the OnePlus 11, to give photographers the opportunity to shine.
5. A minor alternative
The OnePlus 10 Pro is a big phone, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as you get a lot of screen real estate – but it does make the device difficult to hold for people with smaller hands.
If the OnePlus 11 comes with several versions as we already wanted, we would like it to be smaller, to suit those who don’t want a giant monster.
We’ve seen Xiaomi make this move with the Xiaomi 12, offering a smaller device than the previous one, and Samsung has been doing this for some time too. Hopefully, then, OnePlus will follow suit.