OnePlus surprised many of us in 2022 by not releasing a standard version of the OnePlus 10, but instead going straight to the OnePlus 10 Pro. What does that mean for the OnePlus 11?
Rumours have already hinted at a similar set-up, with only signs of one phone so far. But this time the naming might be reversed, with no Pro to speak of. Here’s all we know so far about the OnePlus 11.
When will the OnePlus 11 be released?
There’s been no word from OnePlus about when the 11 or 11 Pro will arrive. Early 2023 would be a good guess though – OnePlus normally launches flagships each Spring, and in fact the OnePlus 10 Pro was revealed as early as January 2022 in China.
We may see it even sooner than that though. The usually reliable leaker Digital Chat Station reports that the next OnePlus flagship will launch “at the end of the year” (machine translated from Chinese), and has since suggested it may even be as soon as this month, November.
If that sounds implausible, remember that the phone is likely to feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, which itself is expected to launch this month, a few weeks earlier than normal, to give Chinese phone manufacturers time to get products to market ahead of the Chinese New Year sales season in January.
That’s just China though. If we look at the previous global release schedules for the numbered OnePlus flagships (not counting the ‘T’ models, which launch later in the year), it works out like this:
- OnePlus 10 Pro – March 2022
- OnePlus 9 & 9 Pro – March 2021
- OnePlus 8 & 8 Pro – April 2020
So, if OnePlus holds to this new schedule, it would be March 2023 when we see the OnePlus 11 and/or 11 Pro globally, but we might see it arrive in China as early as November 2022.
How much will the OnePlus 11 cost?
As there’s no confirmation from OnePlus yet about pricing, we’ll use the previous models to put us in the picture. Here’s the pricing of the last few flagships:
- OnePlus 10T – $649/£629/€699
- OnePlus 10 Pro – $899/£799/€899
- OnePlus 9 – $729/£629/€699
- OnePlus 9 Pro – $999/£829/€899
- OnePlus 8T – $649/£549/€649
If OnePlus only goes with a Pro model for the 11-series, then it will probably be close to the price of the current 10 Pro, otherwise we’ll hope to see something a bit cheaper, along the lines of the OnePlus 10T. This might not quite work out this simply though, as the world-wide chip shortage, plus the disruptions to manufacturing and distribution caused by Covid and the Ukrainian invasion by Russia are all beginning to drive up prices.
What features and specs will we see in the OnePlus 11?
So far there have been few concrete leaks about the OnePlus 11 series, but details are beginning to emerge.
The first thing to note is the name. In 2022 OnePlus launched the 10 Pro with no 10, and all the leaks we’ve seen so far this year point to a repeat, with a single phone boasting Pro-level specs. However, leakers Max Jambor and OnLeaks have suggested that this time around the naming will change, with this phone set to be called the OnePlus 11 despite boasting specs on a par with the company’s Pro phones.
So what about those specs? First up, OnLeaks has revealed the first look at what he claims is the design of the phone – then believe to be the OnePlus 11 Pro – in partnership with SmartPrix. If you’re on desktop, you may have to click and drag to swipe through the images below:
These renders, made by OnLeaks based on an “early prototype,” reveal a few key details. First up, the phone includes both the alert slider and Hasselblad branding found on the 10 Pro, but missing from autumn’s 10T.
We also see a new camera module, a circular design that still features the wraparound element introduced in the 10 Pro. Three cameras and a flash are included, which should come as no surprise.
OnLeaks has since partnered with another site, 91Mobiles, to share more concrete specs too. The key one is that the phone will use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, which always seemed to be a safe bet – it’s set to be the next flagship chipset from Qualcomm and will power most high-end Android phones in the first half of 2023.
He also predicts the return of the 6.7in 120Hz QHD+ AMOLED display, an increase to up to 16GB of RAM, and a big 5000mAh battery with 100W fast charging – curiously slower than the 150W speeds in the OnePlus 10T.
As for camera, OnLeaks predicts that the punch-hole selfie camera will be 16Mp, while the rear three lenses will be made up of a 50Mp main camera, 48Mp ultrawide, and 32Mp 2x telephoto
That’s since been corroborated by leaker Digital Chat Station, who’s expanded on that prediction to specify the sensors: a 50Mp Sony IMX890 main camera, 48Mp Sony IMX851 ultrawide, and 32Mp IMX709 2x telephoto. He also added that the exact same setup could be seen in the Oppo Find N2 foldable, though the Find N2 may get the addition of optical image stabilisation (OIS) that might not feature on the OnePlus.
Whether we see the 11, 11 Pro, or both, we’re looking forward to what the next generation may bring. Until then, you can peruse our roundups of the best smartphones and best OnePlus smartphones to see what you can buy today.