OnePlus 11: Everything We Know So Far About the Next Flagship OnePlus PhoneReading Time: 4 minutes
OnePlus is set to launch its Android flagship phone for 2023 at its Cloud 11 event in February. Here’s what you can expect to see.
Curious about the upcoming OnePlus 11? Then you won’t want to miss the Cloud 11 event on February 7, 2023, beginning at 3:00 PM CET. That’s when OnePlus will officially unveil its latest flagship phone, the OnePlus 11.
With a tagline like ‘Witness the Shape of Power’, it’s clear that OnePlus wants Cloud 11 to be an evolutionary event for the brand that we’ll be talking about throughout 2023. Let’s take a look at what you can expect.
What to Expect From Cloud 11
Much can change between now and the Cloud 11 event in February. Even so, you can expect two things to be unveiled:
- OnePlus’ next flagship phone, the OnePlus 11.
- The next generation of OnePlus’s flagship headphones, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2.
On the official Cloud 11 event page, there are three tabs near the middle of the page, each signifying an announcement. The first two tabs feature the OnePlus 11 and OnePlus Buds Pro 2, respectively.
But the third tab is labeled ‘What’s More,’ with a text box below that reads:
‘What more can you expect? Boxes come in all shapes and sizes.’
What is OnePlus referring to exactly? Your guess is as good as ours.
OnePlus 11: What Features Can You Expect?
February 7 may be the official unveiling of the OnePlus 11, but we already know quite a few details about OnePlus’ upcoming flagship. PhoneArena has rounded up the leaks about the OnePlus 11 ahead of Cloud 11, and the details reveal a flagship phone that’s hungry to compete with heavy hitters like Google and Samsung. Expect the OnePlus 11 to sport:
- Up to 16GB of RAM/256GB flash storage
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip
- The return of the Alert Slider
- A display that’s as good/better than the OnePlus 10 Pro
- 5000mAh battery
- 100W charger
- Hasselblad-branded triple camera system
What does that mean for you? You get the fastest chip currently on Android, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, complete with plenty of memory and flash storage for gaming, apps, photos, and videos. With a whopping 5000mAh battery and a 100W charger capable of fully charging your phone in half an hour, the OnePlus 11 looks poised to always be ready when you are!
OnePlus 11’s Camera System
Let’s back up a moment and look at the OnePlus 11’s camera system. Like previous iterations of the OnePlus flagship line, the OnePlus 11 also features a Hasselblad-branded triple camera system. It’s no surprise considering that OnePlus and Hasselblad are in year two of their three-year partnership that began with the OnePlus 9 Pro.
Back in September, some of OnePlus11’s specs were leaked by @OnLeaks.
91Mobiles wrote a fantastic breakdown, including details about OnePlus 11’s camera system. As of this writing, here are the camera specs you’ll be playing with once the OnePlus 11 is released:
- 50 MP for the main camera
- 48 MP for the ultrawide camera
- 32 MP 2X zoom camera
- 16 MP selfie camera
Its impressive camera system may not be enough to differentiate it from other flagship phones in its price range. We’ll have to wait and see OnePlus 11’s camera system in action before we make a final decision. Still, it has our attention.
How the OnePlus 11 Will Be Different From Previous OnePlus Flagships
OnePlus 11 aims to be a return to form for OnePlus. The addition of the Alert Slider is a perfect example. This made its debut with the OnePlus 2 and remained a core OnePlus feature until bowing out with the release of the OnePlus 10T.
It’s been one of the most distinctive features over the course of OnePlus’ evolution. But does it belong on today’s phones, or is it a relic that should remain in the past? Time will tell.
But OnePlus also wants to move forward with fresh ideas. There’s no better proof of this than in the flagship’s amended name. Gone are the days of the ‘Pro’ brand. Now, OnePlus looks like it will have only one flagship phone per iteration, beginning with the OnePlus 11. Consolidating different flagship versions into one device eliminates the confusion among newcomers, so this seems like a smart move.
What About the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Headphones?
All the heavy hitters in the flagship phone space have their own brand of wireless headphones—and OnePlus wants a piece of that pie. They’ve released some fairly impressive wireless headphones over the years, including the exceptional OnePlus Buds Pro.
GSMArena reported that the OnePlus Buds Pro 2’s specs leaked back in October 2022, with active noise cancelation (ANC) increasing to an impressive 45dB.
Compared to the OnePlus Buds Pro’s current incarnation, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 looks relatively similar. You can still listen to audio for up to 38 hours, and it still supports wireless charging. We’ll have to wait to see if the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 is a step forward for OnePlus’ flagship wireless headphones or if it’s more of the same.
Will Cloud 11 Be Enough to Put OnePlus Fans on Cloud Nine?
It’s unclear. But what we do know is that OnePlus is positioning its flagship phone and wireless headphone brands to be competitive among the heaviest of hitters in the flagship phone space. We’ll have a better idea if they can pull it all off after February 7.