The OnePlus 11, the latest flagship smartphone from the Oppo sub-brand, has been announced for the Chinese market ahead of its global launch next month. The feature set doesn’t point to major departures from OnePlus’ previous flagships, but the company has opted for a bold new circular design for the phone’s rear camera, which the press release says is “inspired by black holes”. In addition, OnePlus has announced a new pair of true wireless earbuds, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2.
The specifications of the OnePlus 11 are largely in line with what we’ve come to expect from flagship smartphones in recent years. It is powered by Qualcomm’s latest high-end processor, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, comes with up to 16 GB of RAM and has a 6.7-inch 120 Hz OLED display. You get three rear cameras, again branded Hasselblad.
The OnePlus 11 has a 5,000mAh battery that charges up to 100W for the Chinese version of the device. That’s more than a maximum of 80W with the OnePlus 10 Pro, but slightly less than the 150W offered by the OnePlus 10T. Based on previous OnePlus releases, US customers are unlikely to get this full 100W charging speed thanks to the 110V outlets in North America, but that shouldn’t make too much of a difference to the number of minutes it takes to charge. load.
On the back, the phone has three cameras, a 50-megapixel main camera, a 48-megapixel ultrawide and a 32-megapixel sensor for portrait photos. There’s no mention of a telephoto lens, but you do get a “13-channel multi-spectral light color identification sensor”, which OnePlus ambiguously explains will allow the phone to handle “all photography scenarios”. A OnePlus spokesperson declined to provide further information on what this extra sensor does. The three rear cameras are housed in OnePlus’ black hole camera bump.
In addition to its new phone, OnePlus is also announcing a follow-up to its 2021 OnePlus Buds Pro true wireless earbuds, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2. There are some interesting differences between the two generations. For starters, the Buds Pro 2 use a dual-driver design consisting of 11mm drivers for bass and 6mm drivers for treble and mids (the original Buds Pro just had the 11mm driver). When handled well, these types of dual-driver setups can produce clearer, more detailed sound.
There’s also support for spatial audio, and the buds are equipped with six-axis motion sensors to track the position of the listener’s head (OnePlus declined to answer questions about which devices this spatial audio feature works with). Unlike their predecessors, the Buds Pro 2 feature user-selectable EQ settings, allowing you to choose from four presets to tailor their sound to your liking. It also supports active noise cancellation, as well as Bluetooth 5.3 LE audio, although there’s no word on support for codecs like AptX Lossless. Battery life is estimated at up to 39 hours.
While both the phone and earbuds will go on sale in China from January 9, customers in the rest of the world will have to wait a bit longer. OnePlus has previously announced that the global launch of the OnePlus 11 will be on February 7. It’s a similar launch strategy to what the company used for last year’s OnePlus 10 Pro, which launched on January 11, 2022 in China and March 31 globally. In China, the OnePlus 11 starts at ¥3,999 (about $580) for a model with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, rising to ¥4,899 (about $710) for the highest-end version with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.