So this is the new OnePlus 11.. Now people who have been following the industry for a little bit already know the story behind this phone, which is OnePlus starting out hot, as a fan favorite with a plus bang for the buck Flagship, killer, type of phones, peaking Id say around the OnePlus 7 Pro Its my phone of the year and then slowly descending into the very generic expensive Flagship that they swore to kill their last attempt at a phone. The 10t is literally the worst phone that came out last year. It won my bust of the year and I got a trophy for it, and apparently theyve used this as motivation. They keep saying: oh they now they want to redeem themselves now. Theyre gon na turn it around and you know great, like I think we all know the next phone was already in the works by the time they got that trophy. But if you want to give me some credit Ill take some credit sure. But the point is theyre sort of reflecting shades of old OnePlus, which is a really good thing, because this phone is really good. So this is a flagship smartphone right now for 6.99, in a world where the Galaxy s23 just came out, its 7.99 thats, a sort of a de facto default for a lot of people, my semi hot take is this – could be a better phone for a lot Of people now its not perfect, and they still do some classic Corner cutting things to pull this off, and there are still some software behaviors that I really do not like.
But here are the basics. So if you want just a classic spec sheet bang for the buck summary, this phone has a Snapdragon, 8 Gen 2, with 8 gigs of RAM a 6.7 inch, 1440p 120 hertz OLED display triple cameras and a 5 000 milliamp hour battery with 80 watt charging for 699 bucks thats pretty damn good. So I think because the phone has like the nice screen, the big battery and the newest chip. It begs comparisons to like the 900 000 other Flagship phones, but, like I said it does cut some Corners, the big one being no wireless charging huge and then the other its ip64 rated instead of IP67. So itll survive a Mist better than a splash, but on the design front Id call this a mixed bag mixed bag. You know it definitely is taking a step away from the ultra generic last generation. The Hasselblad branding is back and well talk about the cameras in a minute, but also the alert slider is back literally an iconic OnePlus feature that they somehow thought getting rid of last time was a good idea. This one also has a very slightly textured matte black finish on the back, not quite Sandstone level, but enough to be interesting. So I like it and the camera bump. The camera bump is kind of a weird hybrid of smoothly wrapping around the side like Samsung used to, but then turning it into a big circle. Plateau that looks like a generic, not seamless thing anymore, at all its whatever I dont mind it its fine but youre.
Not here for the back of the phone, though, like honestly, if you just saw the back and saw the lack of wireless charging and a slightly awkward camera bump, it feels like a 699 phone sure, but the front is where it gets way. More impressive, 6.7 inch corner to corner thin bezel with a slight curve over the edges. I wish it was flatter, but its not too bad. 1440P resolution 120 hertz ltpo, OLED 1000 Hertz touch sample rate and 1300 nits Peak brightness, thats, visible outdoors in all, but direct sunlight and that little corner cut out for the selfie camera thats, nearly as good as you can ask for these days and actually using a Phone, its very Snappy and smooth its got the fingerprint reader on the display in just the right spot, its fast and OnePlus One a little over the top with like the future proofing of the highest end fastest internals. Its good details, like this phone, has not just Wi Fi, 6 or Wi Fi 6E, but the brand new Wi Fi 7, not just UF S3, but ufs 4.0, the fastest storage and not just LP ddr5, but LP ddr5x the fastest memory available. So this is legitimately very Snappy and its a quick phone brand new, but then, because of those high end internals, I do expect the Headroom to age pretty. Well, the snap Dragon Age Gen 2 has proven to be a pretty good chip, like the other phones that have had it so far have been really good phones, and this is too its a powerful chip and the GPU is great, but also its been pretty efficient And thats affecting the battery situation and I think for battery on this phone.
This is where it feels the most like old OnePlus. So the OnePlus 11 has a 5 000 milliamp hour battery great battery life. So if I, if I use it like normal maxed out High brightness 1440p and 120 hertz on Im, making it to the end of the day, fine, no problem when I go 1080P and still 120 hertz, I was able to get two days out of this phone Matter of fact, Im on the second day right now, its almost noon, I have 31 percent thats, pretty good Im getting to the end of two light days with like seven eight hours of screen on time, fine, thats, really good and then for charging in the US. This one has 80 watt charging. I think in China. Other versions have 100 watt charging theres a difference in electrical standards, but super fast charging. So if I ever found myself thinking, oh, I need a little extra battery its kind of low right now it was rare, but I could plug in for a few minutes and have more than enough. It is that Oppo supervook charging Tech, so its still the brick with USB a instead of USBC but hey at least it comes in the Box, plus the cable. So I know also having wireless charging would be really convenient and its kind of annoying going from a phone that does have wireless charging to one that doesnt. But I think OnePlus is counting on people who have other phones now that dont have wireless charging.
Moving to this one and finding its like an awesome battery experience so thats what theyre counting on. But let me talk about the cameras in this phone, because these are also a throwback to Old OnePlus, which, if you remember, those phones means not as good as the flagships but really solid. So its got that 50 megapixel main camera that bins down to 12 and a half megapixels, and it gives me images that are generally pretty sharp and nice. If you dont zoom in I mean I was pleasantly surprised that in most different types of shooting scenarios, it was at least capable of giving me a solid shot even in low light. When it does miss, it tends to overexpose a bit and even more so with darker skin tones. Also focus is a little suspiciously slow. Sometimes so I found myself taking multiple shots of moving objects, just to make sure I got a good one, but you know what if the bar is being set at just a good enough camera that its not a dead giveaway that its a cheaper phone, it clears That bar for sure I couldnt tell you how much that Hasselblad partnership is actually doing for photos. Here I mean color science. Maybe it seems like theres, pretty balanced, colors and nice Optical characteristics, but like thats about all I can say about that. I mean the photos. Look fine, the ultrawide is definitely soft near the edges of the frame, but at least it matches colors pretty well with the main, and it does do macro when you get super up close to things but its not good macro, I mean it does the macro, but Yeah not great the only reason Im not going to keep dailying this phone, though aside from other phones that I have to test very soon.
Is the software theres just some things that I I mean the software is fine. Lots of people use this software all over. The world I have no problem with it theres so many little quirks and things that they just add up and they get annoying so here if youre going to be like old OnePlus. One Plus lets have some feedback lets, listen to some user feedback here, so Im, an Android User who spends a lot of time in the notifications, its very important part of the phone. A lot of other people spend a lot of time there too, in every other Android phone that Ive used. When you have a notification, you can swipe left or swipe right to clear them, but for some reason on this phone you can only swipe away to the right. If you swipe to the left, no matter how fast your swipe is, it pulls up settings and then you have to swipe again to clear. So this is slightly annoying every single time and then in every other Android phone. If I have multiple notifications from the same app, then I can swipe down with one or two fingers to view each one and if I just want to open the app you click it or if you want to open a specific instance of that notification, you can Do that, when its expanded on this phone? For some reason, you cant swipe to expand the group of notifications.
You can only click it which expands it, but then in the apps, where theres a single notification – and you want to expand it like a camera preview or a message preview or something with more information. You cant just swipe like every other Android phone. You have to tap this tiny bar at the top of the notification around that Arrow to view the preview that is even more annoying over time and then in every other Android phone. If you pull down your notifications – and you have a lot of them, you can always go, you know what never mind and then pull them all the way back up to close on this phone. It takes multiple swipes to get through all your notifications and close them. Every time thats a little more annoying and then, if you have music playing in the background, say on Spotify or podcast or something you want to get to that app on every other phone, its a swipe and a Tap Away on this phone, its a swipe, a Tap and another tap to get to the app theres a bunch of little things like that from coming from almost any other Android phone, that doesnt use color Os or this version of software, and it would be fine if thats the default Behavior but theres. At least a toggle to, let me not have that happen every time, but it happens every time, but the good thing is other than that.
Theres, a lot of nice things like in this software, its very well thought out and laid out. I think, especially with the haptics and the combination of visual and haptic touches throughout it like pulling up and down the brightness slider. You get this nice haptic feed feedback or going up and down in volume its the same thing. It very well thought out in that way, so I think if OnePlus really wants to sort of redeem themselves and they look back a little bit at what was so successful with oxygen OS. I know they eventually did this merge thing with Oppo and color OS, but look at what people loved about oxygen, OS and really think about bringing some of those things back. Okay, so this ones competition at 6.99, its kind of interesting, I think today, youd probably consider buying a pixel 7 for 5.99, but what this phone will have over some of these other phones in this price range is some of the highest end specs, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and the 1440p display specifically itll, always have some of those spec things if youre interested in that theres, even a 799 version that has 16 gigs of RAM and 256 gigs of storage too so yeah thats thats. What feels like sort of classic Redemption OnePlus? Is this a full Redemption, no Im not going to give them full Redemption status yet uh, but if the, if the character Arc of OnePlus was kind of like this, and then like like this, it does feel like this.
Is a inflection point it feels like this is a little bit of a shift in the right direction, at least so now I just hope they keep it going. You know if they might be past their Peak, but their performance and price of this phone show potential.3yEP4ooj1WI