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After years of trying to crack into the premium smartphone market built by the likes of Apple and Samsung, OnePlus is taking a step back with the new OnePlus 11, settling for the more humble midrange segment by focusing on speed, performance, and value above all else.
The result? A $699 handset that still goes toe-to-toe in some areas with the best phones we've tested but misses out on flagship fundamentals we'd expect, like wireless charging and an official IP68 rating for water and dust resistance.
It's the classic give-and-take play by OnePlus, like it or not.
While the OnePlus 11 looks nearly identical to the OnePlus 10 Pro, save for the circular camera module, the company quietly specced out the 11 with features that should keep the phone relevant for much longer. The list includes Wi-Fi 7, UFS 4.0, up to 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM, and OnePlus' new commitment of four years of operating system upgrades and five years of bi-monthly security patches.
All of this, while subtler than the typical hardware changes, makes the OnePlus 11 the better phone to invest in if you plan on using it for as long as you can.
2. (Charging) time is of the essence
There's nothing more valuable than time, and that's why the OnePlus 11's 100W fast-charging (or 80W in the US) is a benefit we'll most definitely take for granted. With the proprietary SuperVOOC tech baked into the included charging brick, the OnePlus 11 can go from 0% to 100% battery in less than 30 minutes. In comparison, the OnePlus 10 Pro caps out at 65W fast-charging, which, to be fair, is still a step up from Apple and Samsung's 30W and 45W options, respectively.
But if you always find yourself plugging in your phone for a last-second charge or are just sick and tired of camping by a wall outlet, then the OnePlus 11 not only offers faster charging than the 10 Pro but is the fastest in the US market.
3. You want the best OnePlus camera available
Historically, OnePlus phones were never known for great cameras, but the company's done a commendable job over the past three years of fine-tuning its mobile shooting system, even teaming up with Swedish camera maker Hasselblad to co-engineer its hardware and post-processing capabilities. Based on photo samples captured with the OnePlus 11, we can safely say that this is the best camera on a OnePlus phone yet, unless you have one particular preference we'll discuss below.
It's true. The OnePlus 11 has the better overall camera system of the two. But there's one area in particular where the OnePlus 10 Pro shines brighter, and that's its 150-degree FOV ultrawide lens. Having a wider field of view means that you're able to capture a greater amount of what's in front of you, making the 10 Pro preferable for landscape photography.
Whether you're taking pictures of the cityscape or want to capture the essence of a crowded room in one shot, the OnePlus 10 Pro should serve you better than the 11.
2. You can't live without wireless charging
It's not all sunshine and rainbows with the newer OnePlus phone, especially if you've built a lifestyle around wireless charging. I'm not the only one who passively charges their phone whenever there's a charging pad within arm's reach, right? While OnePlus tells me the company ditched wireless charging on the 11 because "the faster wired charging should make you forget about it," the 10 Pro still has that capability -- and it can ramp up to 50W rates at that.
3. The fire sales have already begun
The OnePlus 10 Pro was already a great deal with its $799 sticker tag, but with the launch of the OnePlus 11, the price has since dropped down to as low as $599. If you dig deeper into third-party retailers or can settle for a used or renewed model, then there are even cheaper options available right now.