Almost all of the key OnePlus 11 specs are now etched in stone
Rumored at one point to go official... five days ago, the next main OnePlus flagship has been scheduled in the meantime for a February 7, 2023 debut. Knowing the company, we can expect essentially all the key OnePlus 11 info to be revealed, teased, or even fully detailed well ahead of that formal announcement date, and in fact, if we are to rely on "unofficial" sources, a lot of stuff is already out of the bag.
On the software side of things, the OnePlus 11 is all but guaranteed to run Android 13 out the box, and in terms of "other" features not mentioned by Tenaa's docs, we should probably highlight the presence of an in-display fingerprint sensor and the return of the iconic Alert Slider.
The latest such source to join the OnePlus 11 preview games is never wrong about a phone's specifications and features, at least as far as Chinese releases are concerned. That's because device manufacturers send their products to Tenaa for regulatory approval before they can start selling said products in the world's single largest smartphone market, and the agency often publishes revealing documents shortly after reviewing them.
This is pretty much the final and official OnePlus 11 spec sheet in full
- 6.7-inch AMOLED display with 3216 x 1440 pixel resolution (and 120Hz refresh rate technology)
- 163.1 x 74.1 x 8.53mm dimensions
- 205 grams weight
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor with 8 CPU cores clocked at up to 3.2GHz
- 12 and 16GB RAM options
- 256 and 512GB internal storage space
- 50 + 48 + 32MP rear-facing camera system
- 16MP front-facing shooter
- 4,870mAh battery
While there are certainly a few pieces missing from Tenaa's puzzle, other similarly reliable sources have spoiled those surprises as well in recent weeks, disclosing, for instance, the mind-blowing 100W charging capabilities of OnePlus 11's sub-5,000mAh cell.
Technically, the battery is listed at 2,435mAh, but that's clearly only half of its real capacity, which still falls short of OnePlus 10 Pro's 5,000mAh cell size. The (admittedly tiny) downgrade is a bit of an unpleasant surprise given that the OnePlus 11 is expected to more or less retain the overall measurements of its Pro-branded predecessor while keeping the screen diagonal (and resolution) completely unchanged.
Of course, the difference in real-life endurance between charges might be barely noticeable or even totally unnoticeable, especially with a new state-of-the-art SoC under the hood that's somehow both faster and (reportedly) more frugal than all of its forerunners.
OnePlus 11 vs the competition
Is it too early to predict how this bad boy will hold up against other top candidates for the title of best Android phone in 2023? Perhaps. But we do happen to know a lot about the Galaxy S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra already in addition to the OnePlus 11, and strictly speaking from a specification standpoint, we might not be looking at a direct rival to Samsung's most advanced upcoming handset here.
Even with a renewed focus on Hasselblad technology and an absolutely massive camera module, something tells us the OnePlus 11's overall photography skills will not be able to match the imaging capabilities of a Galaxy S23 Ultra beast with a 200MP primary rear-facing snapper.
That may leave the OnePlus 11 duking it out with the 6.6-inch Galaxy S23 Plus for the love, attention, and hard-earned money of Android power users on (slightly) tighter budgets.
It remains to be seen if this thing will start at a lower price than the OnePlus 10 Pro, which is a theory seemingly supported by the lack of Pro branding and certain cost-cutting specs like a 16MP selfie camera but possibly debunked by the absence of 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variants, at least in China.
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