What we want to see with the OnePlus 11

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Because we like the OnePlus 10 Pro so much, we’re already looking forward to seeing what the OnePlus 11 has in store for us in 2023 – even though we don’t expect it to arrive for quite some time.

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This will most certainly be the first OnePlus phone of the year, but we can expect a slew of new Nord phones in the meantime. Based on the previous entries in the family, it’ll most certainly be one of the greatest Android phones of the year, though we’ll have to wait and see.

So far, there haven’t been many OnePlus 11 rumours. Normally, we’d construct a rumour hub where we’d list every leak and story, but until then, we’ve compiled a wish list, which you can read below.

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Let’s get right to it

  • What exactly is it? The OnePlus flagship line’s 2023 entry
  • When will it be released? The first several months of 2023 are most likely.
  • How much will it set you back? Approximately $899 / £799 (approximately AU$1,400).

Price and availability of the OnePlus 11

According to history, the OnePlus 11 family will be released in the first few months of the year, possibly staggered by area, like the OnePlus 10 Pro was, but preferably all at once, as with the company’s past phones.

It’s more difficult to estimate price because there wasn’t a’standard’ OnePlus 10, with a premium but not super-expensive price.

So we can make an educated guess at the price of the OnePlus 11 Pro: it’ll likely cost around $899 / £799 (around AU$1,400), which is how much its predecessor cost. If a non-Pro device is released, it will be slightly less expensive.

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What we want to see from OnePlus 11

Following our testing of the OnePlus 10 Pro and other OnePlus handsets, as well as the wider Android world, here are some changes we’d like to see in the OnePlus 11.

A non-professional version

Is the OnePlus 10 Pro truly “Pro” if it doesn’t come in a basic model? No, not actually, but that was the suffix on OnePlus’ single flagship phone in 2022 for some reason.

Because the family only has one phone, OnePlus can only release one handset at a certain pricing. This means that anyone looking for a more inexpensive or super-premium option are out of luck.

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We’d like to see the OnePlus 11 include at least two family members, and possibly a third – be it a Lite, Ultra, or Pro Plus variant.

A less complicated start

When phone manufacturers announce their devices with a lot of publicity, it can tremendously boost interest for the device… but the OnePlus 10 Pro did the opposite.

The smartphone was first unveiled in January, but only for the Chinese market; it was subsequently unveiled for the worldwide market in February at MWC 2022, and then again in April, with a release for select markets.

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The OnePlus 10 Pro was old news by the time it was really ready to buy, which is incredibly perplexing for the ordinary buyer. We’d like this entire process to be streamlined in 2023 so we don’t have to wait months to get our hands on the OnePlus 11.

Equalization of charges

The OnePlus 10 Pro featured a wonderful 80W rapid charging system that allowed the device to charge from 0% to 100% in the time it takes to watch an episode of your favourite sitcom….

Unless you live in the United States. The OnePlus 10 Pro only draws 65W, which is quick but not as fast as an 80W device.

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We’d like the charging speeds for the OnePlus 11 to be equal, so that users in the US don’t get a phone that isn’t up to par.

An improved zoom camera

Albeit the OnePlus 10 Pro’s 3.3x telephoto lens lets you zoom further than some similarly priced rivals, we appreciate seeing ‘Pro’ handsets that let you zoom 5x or even 10x further away (though that last capability may be more of a ‘Ultra’ feature).

What’s not so fantastic is the 8MP sensor that comes with this lens; not only is it a tad low-res for a smartphone camera, but it also limits the amount of digital zoom that can be done beyond the optical limit.

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We’d like to see the OnePlus 11 put more emphasis on zoom photography, allowing photographers to shine.

A more compact option

The OnePlus 10 Pro is a big phone, which isn’t inherently a negative thing because it gives you a lot of screen real estate, but it makes it difficult to grip for folks with smaller hands.

If the OnePlus 11 does come in various versions, as we’ve hoped, we’d prefer one of them to be smaller, to appeal to those who don’t want a massive beast.

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Xiaomi made this move with the Xiaomi 12, a smaller handset than its prior offerings, and Samsung has been doing it for a time as well. OnePlus, hopefully, will follow suit.

What exactly are OnePlus devices? Here’s how it works:

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