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What’s new in the next flagship?

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OnePlus has launched its latest flagship phone, the OnePlus 11, in China. Here’s what we know about the new device.

Fan-backed OnePlus smartphones have come a long way from their humble beginnings. The brand has now announced the launch of its latest flagship, the OnePlus 11. While we haven’t had a chance to test the latter yet, here are the three biggest changes compared to the OnePlus 10T.

Design

This time around, the design language has been seriously revised, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We weren’t huge fans of last year’s big and boxy camera module, describing it as “obtrusive”, but we did notice that the 10T’s module was a little smoother and less bulky than the 10’s module.

The back of the OnePlus 10T
OnePlus 10T

It has now been replaced by a large round unit to house the camera; OnePlus describes it as a “black hole” aesthetic, saying it’s “designed for those who want to stand out.” We’ll have to see and experience it in person before we say one is better than the other, but while the module remains very large, initial impressions are more positive just because of the smoother curves.

Productivity

Most smartphone generations receive annual performance upgrades, and this one is no different. OnePlus 10T worked on Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1and we found it to be “excellent” in CPU and GPU benchmarks, as well as in everyday use.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

Now this impressive chip will be replaced by Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, from which we have very high expectations. It is expected to boast a 35% CPU boost and a 25% GPU boost, along with improved power efficiency. We hope this leads to excellent performance standards in games and other activities on the OnePlus 11.

Camera

The camera in the OnePlus 11 not only looks different, but also has different specifications.

The OnePlus 11 featured a triple sensor system consisting of a 50-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. We rated the primary camera as “decent,” though we noticed tonal inconsistencies between the three lenses and were particularly disappointed that there was a macro rather than a telephoto lens.

The new phone has a 50-megapixel main sensor, a 48-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens and a 32-megapixel telephoto lens. We’ll have to wait and see exactly how they perform, especially given that the camera was a relatively weak sight on the OnePlus 10T; however, the characteristics may indicate a more versatile composition.

Early sentence

At first glance, there are encouraging signs that the OnePlus 11 may well improve on its predecessor. Among the complaints we had with the OnePlus 10T, including the camera performance and its design, have been changed, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed for game-changing improvements when it comes to the review. However, it is still too early to say what is better.

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