September 24, 2023

To nobody’s shock, OnePlus’ subsequent cellphone is known as the OnePlus 11 5G. It is at present accessible in China, and the cellphone is ready to launch globally on Feb. 7. It follows final 12 months’s fairly nice OnePlus 10 Professional and comes on the heels of the OnePlus 10T which left a nasty style in our mouths due to its questionable compromises and a complicated worth proposition.

Fortunate for us, OnePlus supplied a peek on the 11 again in December. And now, the brand new cellphone is on full show on OnePlus China’s website. After devouring it with the assistance of Google Translate, I’m reminded of Leonardo DiCaprio’s often-quoted line from the film Django Unchained.

“Gents, you had my curiosity. However now you have got my consideration.”

I already had excessive hopes for the 11 as a result of it could be the third-generation cellphone to be launched throughout OnePlus’ partnership with the long-lasting digital camera firm Hasselblad. To this point, Hasselblad’s affect has largely been behind-the-scenes with digital camera tuning and nifty software program options just like the Xpan panoramic-style. The OnePlus 11 could possibly be the primary time we see precise new digital camera {hardware} ensuing from the partnership.

I must also level out that particulars and nuance will be misplaced in translation, so please maintain that in thoughts as you learn on.

This gif was constructed from a part of a promotional video on OnePlus China’s web site.

OnePlus China

The OnePlus 11 appears to be like improbable

The 11’s design picks up the place the ten Professional left off. Translated, the location states that the OnePlus 11’s look was impressed by a “black gap in science fiction.” However as an alternative of a square-ish digital camera bump discovered on the ten Professional, the 11’s is round on prime with tapered sides that circulate into the sting of the cellphone. It is paying homage to a clasp on a leather-based attaché. When the cellphone is in panorama, the digital camera bump’s form appears to be like nearly just like the silhouette of Darth Vader’s helmet.

The positioning exhibits off the cellphone in two colours. There’s a matte inexperienced colour, that is not fairly British racing inexperienced, and a textured black end, which in accordance with translated textual content is “silk glass.” I collect this implies the end appears to be like textured however to the contact is simply flat glass.

My CNET colleague Andrew Lanxon obtained his arms on a OnePlus 11. Whereas we’ve to attend a bit to listen to his ideas about testing it, he did share some photos of the phone on Twitter.

There aren’t many photographs of the entrance, nevertheless it has a show with waterfall edges that circulate off the proper and left sides of the cellphone. The front-facing digital camera is housed in a gap punch-shaped cutout on the highest left facet.

An alert slider is seen in a product video on the location that additionally exhibits flashy stylized closeups of the OnePlus 11. OnePlus beforehand confirmed that the button would return after its absence on the OnePlus 10T. The 11 joins the likes of the Nubia Crimson Magic 8, which has the same {hardware} slider for placing the cellphone into gaming mode.

A USB-C charging cable plugged into a OnePlus 11

This photograph exhibits among the insides of the OnePlus 11. Like earlier fashions, the 11 has actually quick charging speeds.

OnePlus China

The OnePlus 11 has the newest Android {hardware} 

The cellphone has a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a variable refresh charge that tops out at 120Hz. The show is LTPO 3. Final 12 months’s 10 Professional had an LTPO 2 show. LTPO stands for low-temperature polycrystalline oxide, which permits shows to have a excessive refresh charge with out killing your battery. In keeping with the translated textual content, LTPO 3 is smoother and much more energy environment friendly. A graphic claims that the show can drop all the way down to 1Hz, which is identical refresh charge the iPhone 14 Professional makes use of for its always-on show.

On the within, the 11 runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip which according to a OnePlus press release has 35% sooner CPU efficiency and a 25% sooner GPU. The 11 is among the first telephones with the brand new Qualcomm chip. The 11 additionally comes with 16GB of RAM and both 256GB or 512GB of storage.

Powering every thing are twin 2,500 mAh batteries that help 100W quick charging. Final 12 months’s 10 Professional had the identical dual-battery setup and supported 80W quick charging, aside from US fashions which had been capped at 65W quick charging. The OnePlus 10T helps 150W charging globally and 125W within the US. For perspective, the iPhone 14 Professional helps 20W quick charging. OnePlus says that the 11’s batteries can cost from empty to 100% in 25 minutes.

This gif of the OnePlus 11’s digital camera bump was taken from a promotional video on OnePlus China’s web site.

OnePlus China

The cameras are the identical however completely different

The OnePlus 11 has a 50-megapixel predominant and 48-megapixel ultrawide digital camera system that is just like the ten Professional’s. It additionally has a telephoto digital camera with a 32-megapixel sensor and 2x optical zoom in comparison with the ten Professional’s 8-megapixel sensor and three.3x optical zoom.

Sony made all the picture sensors together with the one within the new telephoto digital camera. However it’s important to marvel if OnePlus and Hasselblad selected the 32-megapixel sensor and brief tele-lens combo as a result of it yields higher photographs than the tele on the ten Professional. If that’s the case, it is the primary time we see digital camera {hardware} design that stems from the OnePlus and Hasselblad partnership.

Translated textual content suggests the brand new telephoto digital camera can take photographs with extra correct colours. OnePlus China’s website says that portrait mode pics have better-simulated bokeh that mimics the look of photographs taken with Hasselblad’s XCD medium-format lenses.

Pattern photographs from the 11 look good, with balanced colours and highlights that roll off for pores and skin tones. We must always take these photographs with a giant grain of salt as a result of practically each cellphone maker’s web site flaunts spectacular photographs taken with their telephones – ah, advertising! Sadly, there is no point out of whether or not these photograph enhancements will apply to video recording.

A woman holding the OnePlus 11 5G phone

This was a promotional photograph OnePlus launched in Dec. 2021.


Is there a OnePlus 11 Professional?

From every thing I learn on the web site, the OnePlus 11 is the best-spec’d OnePlus cellphone ever made. It appears to be the “professional” mannequin this 12 months regardless of missing the nomenclature. Its 6.7-inch display is identical dimension because the one on the ten Professional. The truth is, OnePlus China’s President Li Jie stated there is no such thing as a “professional” model of the OnePlus 11 in response to a question on the Chinese social network Weibo.

That may mark a continued departure from OnePlus’ earlier product technique. Till just lately, OnePlus had launched three fashions of its flagship telephones, an everyday model, a “professional” one and later within the 12 months a T mannequin. For instance, in 2020 there was a OnePlus 8, 8 Professional and 8T. The professional fashions sometimes have bigger shows with the next decision and a 3rd rear digital camera with a telephoto lens in comparison with the common model.

Final 12 months, the corporate launched solely a OnePlus 10 Professional with no commonplace mannequin.

OnePlus 11 5G phone and Buds Pro 2 earbuds

The OnePlus 11 and Buds Professional 2 will launch globally on Feb. 7.


What’s subsequent for the OnePlus 11?

The brand new cellphone launches in China on Monday, Jan. 9. OnePlus is having a world launch occasion in India on Tuesday, Feb. 7, the place it would additionally showcase the OnePlus Buds Professional 2. I’m actually trying ahead to attempting the cellphone out for myself, particularly that new telephoto digital camera.

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