While OnePlus is known for its flagship phones at midrange prices, its portfolio could be more straightforward. Take for instance the OnePlus 11. Although it’s set to replace last year’s OnePlus 10 Pro, there is no OnePlus 11 Pro this year. Interestingly, there is no standard OnePlus 10, too, although a cheaper OnePlus 10T followed up the previous flagship.
Naming conventions aside, the OnePlus 11 is the company’s latest flagship device. As expected, it builds on the success of the OnePlus 10 Pro. Big screen, great cameras, and a powerful processor — all these at a competitive price that would shock high-end iPhone or Samsung Galaxy users. But what’s new with the latest iteration? Are there enough changes to justify an upgrade?
OnePlus 11 vs 10 Pro Comparison Chart
The OnePlus 11 is a refinement, not an overhaul, of the OnePlus 10 Pro’s design.
At first glance, it’s hard to tell the difference between the OnePlus 11 and the 10 Pro. Both phones sport an aluminum frame protected by Gorilla Glass on the front and back. They also have similar 6.7-inch AMOLED displays with up to 120Hz refresh rates. And unlike most Android manufacturers, OnePlus is adamant about keeping the punch-hole selfie camera off-center.
Even the color options for the phones are identical, albeit labeled differently. The OnePlus 11 comes in Eternal Green and Titan Black, while the OnePlus 10 Pro is available in similar shades called Emerald Forest and Volcanic Black. But if you’re particular about physical attributes, the 11 is slightly thinner and wider than its predecessor while weighing a few more grams.
Looking at the back of the phones, you’ll find more noticeable changes. The OnePlus 11’s camera array is housed in a round stainless steel bezel compared with the 10 Pro’s squarish sheath. In both cases, the housing protrudes more than the glass, keeping the cameras safe from scratches. Up close and from afar, however, the update lends the OnePlus 11 a more sophisticated aesthetic.
OnePlus has also reintroduced the Alert Slider on the OnePlus 11. It functions as a physical switch between silent, vibrate, and ring modes of the phone, but its usefulness is arguable. Interestingly, OnePlus downgraded the durability of its latest flagship. The OnePlus 11 has been slapped with an IP64 rating, a step down from the OnePlus 10 Pro’s IP68.
The OnePlus 11 has a slightly upgraded camera array than the OnePlus 10 Pro that comes with a new AI-powered video enhancement.
OnePlus equips its latest flagship phone with a third-generation Hasselblad Camera system. Here, the differences from last year are both obvious and subtle.
For instance, the OnePlus 11 now has a 50MP primary camera and a 48MP ultrawide. These specs are a switch between the sensors on the OnePlus 10 Pro. Simply put, you’re getting a larger sensor on the 11’s primary camera than on the 10 Pro.
It’s on the third camera where the noticeable changes have been made. On the 11, OnePlus upgrades the telephoto lens to a 32MP sensor, a considerable jump from the 10 Pro’s 8MP. However, the new telephoto camera also maxes out at 2x optical zoom. Last year’s 10 Pro topped out at 3.2x optical zoom. OnePlus now appears to prioritize higher-resolution photos for the OnePlus 11. And with more pixels, you can crop away an image, albeit manually.
As usual, the Hasselblad Camera system has several filters for images and videos. You get more or less the same effects with the OnePlus 11. Pro Mode is still present and slightly improved, allowing users to edit RAW images.
When it comes to videos, the 11’s edge over its predecessor is called AI Highlight. The new feature can be applied to the main camera, at either 1080 or 4K resolution, to enhance the details in low-light or high-contrast environments. As for video recording, the OnePlus 11 and 10 Pro support up to 8K video at 24fps. Both phones also have Super Slow Motion, Time Lapse, and HDR support.
With a new chip and game enhancement features, the OnePlus 11 is bound to be faster and more power efficient than the 10 Pro.
The OnePlus 11 is powered by the default Android processor for flagships: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. In contrast, the OnePlus 10 Pro uses a first-gen chipset. RAM and storage configurations, however, remain unchanged. For both phones, you get 8 GB of RAM for the 128 GB variant and 6 GB of RAM for 256 GB.
Despite being a more affordable flagship, the 11 is a powerful device. With the new chipset, it’s also reported to be 45% more power efficient.
The software on the OnePlus 11 seems to have remained unchanged since the OnePlus 10 Pro. Both run on OnePlus’s Android skin OxygenOS. While the 10 Pro has Android 12 by default, you can upgrade it to Android 13 like the 11.
OnePlus also shares that its new flagship is better geared towards gaming. The 11 features the company’s Hyperboost Gaming Engine that’s powered by machine learning. It’s supposed to balance performance and battery conservation but is currently limited to popular mobile game titles.
The new OnePlus 11 supports 100-watt fast charging, but there are limits to the US variant and the new model misses out on wireless charging available on the 10 Pro.
Despite offering ‘cheaper’ alternatives to the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy devices, OnePlus doesn’t scrimp on battery life. The OnePlus 11 uses the same dual-cell 2,500 mAh batteries found on the 10 Pro. While they have the same 5,000 mAh total capacity, tests show the OnePlus 11 delivers 20 hours of use. In contrast, the 10 Pro’s battery life is about 14 hours.
Even more impressive is how fast the OnePlus 11 charges. The company shares that the new phone supports 100-watt wired charging. That’s as fast as how you charge laptops. In practice, you can top up your phone to 100% in just 25 minutes. Moreover, the proprietary charging brick is included in the box. On the other hand, the OnePlus 10 Pro supports 85-watt fast charging.
However, there is a caveat here. The US variant of the OnePlus 11 will only support 80-watt fast charging. It’s still faster than other phones, including the US variant of the OnePlus 10 Pro, which is limited to 65 watts. But if you want to enjoy the 100-watt fast charging, you’ll need to buy the international model. It’s also worth noting the OnePlus 11 does not support wireless charging, which is a step down from the 10 Pro.
If you want the best OnePlus phone, buy the OnePlus 11. But if you already own the OnePlus 10 Pro, the OnePlus 11 may not have enough new features to justify an upgrade.
The OnePlus 11 is currently the best smartphone OnePlus offers. It offers a refined design, improved cameras, and a more power-efficient performance. Plus, the phone delivers one of the faster wired charging rates in the industry. If you’re in the market for an affordable flagship Android phone, then the OnePlus 11 is worth considering.
For OnePlus 10 Pro users, however, the OnePlus 11 may come across as a modest iteration. Last year’s flagship fares well compared to its successor and even edges it with features like wireless charging. Moreover, the 10 Pro is upgradable to Android 13, which gives you a similar interface to what the 11 offers. That said, holding on to your 10 Pro isn’t such a bad idea.
No. OnePlus has renamed its latest flagship to OnePlus 11, giving up on the naming convention used on the OnePlus 10 Pro.
Yes. OnePlus 11 variants are available which support eSim.
The OnePlus 10 Pro is equipped with an Adreno 730 GPU, while the OnePlus 11 uses Adreno 740.
Yes. The OnePlus 11 comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor for unlocking the phone.