OnePlus 11, the new flagship from Oppo’s secondary brand, has officially arrived in Europe. The phone is similar in design and hardware specs to the variant announced last month for China and comes to Europe as the brand’s only flagship model for this year. The price drops a bit from last year’s Pro model, but some of the hardware features lag behind. Somehow this seems to be a return to the brand’s “traditions”, offering an interesting balance of high-end hardware specs at a price below the direct competition.
OnePlus 11 adopts many high-end technologies from the upper price range
The price is still a big one, but easier to digest for those who have no more than 1,000 euros (4,699 lei, to be exact) for a phone and want as many top features as possible in that amount.
For example, the OnePlus 11 comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, the most powerful processor on the market, along with a 6.7″ screen with QHD+ LTPO 3.0 resolution at 120 Hz (variable down to 1 Hz). Most “non-ultra” phones come with Full HD+ screens and lower brightness than the 1,300 nits offered by OnePlus.
What’s more, this model comes in a single configuration, with 16GB of RAM, double that of direct competitors in this price range, which offer 8 or at most 12GB. Unfortunately, there’s also a single storage configuration, 256 GB, which might be enough for many, but a bit short for those coming from phones that already have 256 GB. Without a memory card, this amount of storage could become problematic in the future.
The construction is Gorilla Glass Victus and metal on the edges, and the camera module is again an “extended” one from the edge to the back. This year a circle has been chosen for the camera framing, something that makes the phone stand out. There are only two colour options, a glossy textured green and a more “anti-clash” matte black.
Where the OnePlus 11 wins hands down is in the battery and charging department. The 5,000 mAh battery can be charged at 100W with the charger that comes in the box. That charger is also a universal one and can also be used for other devices, such as a laptop or tablet.
Compromises have been made to achieve a lower price than competing flagships
Of course, there are a few points where the OnePlus 11 comes at a disadvantage compared to models on the market. Despite the partnership with Hasselblad, it’s equipped with rather small sensor cameras from older generations. We have a 50-megapixel Sony IMX890 for the main camera, a 48-megapixel Sony IMX581 sensor ultra-wide camera for ultrawide, and a 2x zoom, billed as a portrait camera, with the 32-megapixel Sony IMX709. Basically, we’re talking more like a mid-range camera system on a phone that’s otherwise kinda flagship. We don’t have any IP rating for water resistance either.
But the most important announcement about the OnePlus 11’s availability in Europe is that it will get software support at the highest Android standards. The Chinese brand promises the same extensive support as Samsung, with 4 years of system updates and 5 years of security updates on this model. Being equipped with OxygenOS 13, based on Android 13 from the factory, it will receive all versions up to and including Android 17.
For the 4,699 lei on pre-order, customers will also get the Oppo Enco X2 true wireless headphones, which are kind of necessary considering the phone doesn’t include a headphone jack. The official launch on the Romanian market is set for February 16.