OnePlus 11: what we want to see

Because we loved the OnePlus 10 Pro so much, we’re already looking forward to seeing what the OnePlus 11 will bring in 2023 – even if we don’t expect it to launch for a very, very long time.

This will likely be OnePlus’ first phone of the year, though we’re expecting plenty of entries on the company’s North line in the meantime. It’s probably going to be one of the best Android phones of the year, according to the latest family entries, though we’ll have to wait and see.

We haven’t heard many OnePlus 11 rumors so far. Normally we create a rumor hub listing every leak and report, but until we hear something major we’ve put together a wish list which you can read below.

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  • What is that? The 2023 entry into OnePlus’ flagship lineup
  • When did he come out? Probably the first months of 2023
  • How much will it cost? Probably just under $899 / £799 (around AU$1,400)

OnePlus 11 price and availability

According to precedent, we’ll likely see the debut of the OnePlus 11 family in the first few months of the year – perhaps staggered by region, as the OnePlus 10 Pro was, but hopefully in a big event launch, as with the company’s previous phones.

It’s harder to judge the price though, and that’s because there was no ‘standard’ OnePlus 10, priced premium but not super premium.

So we can make a good estimate of the price of the OnePlus 11 Pro – it’ll probably cost around $899 / £799 (around AU$1,400), which is how much its predecessor set you back. If a non-Pro device launches, it will be a bit cheaper.

OnePlus 10 Pro

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OnePlus 11: what we want to see

After testing the OnePlus 10 Pro and other handsets from the company, as well as the wider Android world, here are some changes we wish the OnePlus 11 would bring.

1. A non-Pro version

Is the OnePlus 10 Pro really “Pro” if there is no standard version? No, not really, we’d say – but for some reason OnePlus’ only flagship phone of 2022 had that suffix.

Since there is only one phone in the family, OnePlus can only offer a handset at a certain price. This means that people who want a more affordable alternative, or a super premium version, don’t have to buy anything.

We’d like to see the OnePlus 11 come with at least two family members, and possibly a third too – whether that’s a Lite, Ultra or Pro Plus version.

2. A less convoluted launch

When phone makers launch their devices with a lot of fanfare and fanfare, it can really spark excitement for mobile…but the exact opposite happened with the OnePlus 10 Pro.

The device was originally launched in January, but that was only for the Chinese market – it was launched for the global market in February at MWC 2022 and then saw another unveiling event in April, which was actually followed by a release for some markets.

This is very confusing for the average buyer and meant that when it was actually available to buy, the OnePlus 10 Pro was old news. We would like this whole procedure to be more condensed in 2023 so that we don’t have to wait months to buy the OnePlus 11.

OnePlus 10 Pro

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3. Equal charges

The OnePlus 10 Pro had a nice 80W fast charge, ensuring the device could go from 0% to 100% at the same time you need to watch an episode of your favorite sit-com…

…that is, unless you live in the United States. The OnePlus 10 Pro only runs at 65W, which is still fast, but definitely not at 80W.

We’d like charging speeds to be equal for the OnePlus 11, so people in the US don’t get an inferior phone.

4. A better zoom camera

The OnePlus 10 Pro isn’t the best phone for zoom photography – although its 3.3x telephoto lens lets you zoom farther than some similarly priced rivals, we like to see “Pro” devices that take you 5x out or even 10x (though maybe the latter is more of an “Ultra” feature).

What’s not as great is the 8MP sensor that accompanies this lens – not only is that a bit low resolution for a smartphone camera, but it reduces the possibility of digital zoom beyond the limit optical.

We’d like to see more emphasis on zoom photography in the OnePlus 11, to give photographers the chance to shine.

5. A smaller alternative

The OnePlus 10 Pro is a big phone, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as you get plenty of screen real estate – but it does make the device difficult to hold for people with small hands.

If the OnePlus 11 comes with multiple versions as we’ve already wished for, we’d like one to be smaller, to meet the needs of people who don’t want a giant monster.

We’ve seen Xiaomi take that step with the Xiaomi 12, offering a smaller handset than it’s done before, and Samsung did too for a while. Hopefully OnePlus will follow suit.

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