The Obasis 11: A Heavy-Energy Smartphone with a Strong Snapdragon 8 Generating Processor and a Super Fluid Screen
The successor to the 10 Pro is called the “Oasis 11.” Although the name is not clear, it is a successor. During my few weeks with the device, I’ve noticed that I have very similar feelings about it. It’s a solid choice for a modern flagship phone because it checks most of the boxes. However, it makes a few odd choices that make the experience a little less stellar than the competition. At least it is $100 less than the 10 Pro.
Look at this thing! The beauty of the OnePlus 11 is hard to deny. The unit I used in my review was more colorful than the official photos would lead you to believe. It comes in Titan Black, for those who want a sleek and plain look. The back glass on the Eternal Green and Titan Black was frosted, which I wish they had used on both.
I think the company succeeded in showcasing a “modern elegance” with this phone. The glass on the back blends with the aluminum frame and camera housing almost seamlessly, while the curved sides and corners help the phone feel more comfortable to hold. The device is very light. It is 205 grams lighter than the 202-gram iPhone 14 Pro Max and even heavier than the 212-gramPixel 7 Pro.
On the bottom there are four things: a physical sim tray, a radio, a mic and a port for charging. There’s also an alert slider on the right, which lets you toggle between ringer, vibrate and silent modes without having to turn your phone on. It was missing from last year’s OnePlus 10T to much outrage, so I’m glad to see it back on this year’s device.
The 6.7-inch Super Fluid display has a Quad HD+ resolution and is able to be refreshed at a variable refresh rate. What does that mean for the average user? You will be getting one of the best screens on a phone.
The latest processor inside the device is called the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. The model you get, the RAM, the storage and the amount of storage will depend on which model you get. I have a model with a capacity of sixteengigabytes, and it’s very good. Juggling multiple apps at once, playing games and getting work done on the go are no match for these beefy specifications. They handle anything I throw at them with ease.
The Cryovelocity VC cooling system is made up of a mixture of materials and is used to keep your device cool while playing games. I can tell you that it is very effective and the largest phone in the company to date. I didn’t have the phone get too hot. It helps the phone with performance, since the chip won’t have to be turned off in extreme heat.
The OnePlus 11 features a bionic vibration motor that greatly improves the quality of vibrations and haptic feedback on the device. Typing on the keyboard, using quick shortcuts and the subtle vibrations from different interface elements all feel a lot stronger and higher quality than most other vibration motors. The phone is still better at vibrating and sweltering than the other one, the OnePlus 11. Other Android smartphones should take note of what OnePlus has done here.
It’s not uncommon to hear about three names that are the best in the game when it comes to smartphone cameras. I can tell you that is is about time that we add the person to that list.
A new 50-megapixel main camera comes with a slightly larger sensor and an f/2.0 lens. It helps the camera gather more light and detail when there’s a bright sunny day or midnight. I tested this sensor the most to see whether it could keep up with my iPhone 14 Pro Max and Pixel 7 Pro, and I was surprised to find that it could. Sure, there’s a slight dip in the amount of detail it could capture (I’m assuming this has to do with how OnePlus processes images), but the device could hold its own in side-by-side comparisons.
At night, the camera is destroyed by the Pixel 7 Pro, which is my favorite phone to use. However, it’s still good enough if you want to take pictures at night without completely losing your subject to the darkness. The improved OIS (otherwise known as optical image stabilization) helps to keep the camera steady, which is especially important at night when capturing longer exposures.
The main camera takes a step down in quality, but the ultrawide camera is still fine for taking pictures during the day. They tend to fall apart pretty quickly, so try not to take many wide-angle nighttime photos.
There is a 32-Megahertz long distance lens which comes with 2x optical zoom and up to 20x hybrid zoom. That’s notably far behind other smartphones like the iPhone 14 Pro, Pixel 7 Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Ultra, which can zoom in a staggering 100x.
I can tell you this doesn’t make a difference, at least not to the extent that the company wants. It’s hard to discern which extra adjustments were made to these cameras. The partnership has brought about the Hasselblad- branded Pro mode, which gives you total control over how your photo will look. You can even shoot RAW photos, which is ideal for folks who like to edit their shots after the fact in programs like Photoshop.
The video quality is okay, but the video is not as good as it could be. The footage I recorded with the new phone was very similar to footage I recorded on the Pro, with good color and not too much artifacts.
Of course, the big story isn’t how long it’ll last, but how quickly it can recharge. The 80W SuperVOOC fast charging on the OnePlus 11 can juice your phone up from zero to 100% in as little as 30 minutes. It did that but in 32 minutes in our tests. To get to 50%, it only took 13 minutes and 43 seconds.
These are some of the fastest charging speeds of any phone in the United States. The 10T smartphone from OnePlus includes 120W recharging, which is second only to it. It’s way faster than any iPhone, any Galaxy or any Pixel you can find. If you’re constantly plugging your phone in, these charging speeds could legitimately change your life.
OxygenOS feels a little lower than it should feel: a battery-efficient, slow system that feels awful when you’re going to use it
OxygenOS doesn’t feel like it’s up to date with the latest trends in design or performance, and feels like an inferior experience compared to the best of both worlds. It’s by no means the same system OnePlus became famous for, and that’s a shame.
During my time with the phone, I couldn’t wait to switch away to something else. It seems that the entire system feels low-level to the point that it’s value on battery life over performance is questionable. The phone has a good chip, 16GB of memory, and fast UFS storage, but the software is choppy, making it feel slow.
When I scroll through menu, social media and websites, I notice that the interface gets choppier and choppier until it catches up with itself. This seems like a problem with the variable refresh rate of the screen, with OxygenOS aggressively slowing it down at the wrong times to save battery life. I’ve also noticed that apps won’t stay awake in the background as long as they should given the amount of RAM on this phone.
Even if it means hanging behind your finger on the screen, there seems to be an overarchingUI element that forces things to scroll smoothly, even if it means it has to hang behind your finger. It’s kind of like smooth scrolling in a web browser, except everywhere — not just vertical lists, but also folders, settings, the notification pane and more.
The Slipperiest Smartphone I Have Ever Owned (and I HAVE BEEN AWAY FROM THE COMPATIBLE OnePlus 11’S EASY PROBE)
It is weird to see wireless charging missing from the new flagship phone, the OnePlus 11. It was available on the OnePlus 10 Pro last year, even going as fast as 50W with OnePlus’ proprietary charger. If you rely on wireless charging a lot to juice up during the day, don’t buy the OnePlus 11.
The speakers on the device provide ground-breaking audio quality, and the structure of a premium laptop, according to the company. They also support Dolby Atmos, further pushing the company’s dedication to integrating Dolby technologies. I played a lot of music on these speakers, from Morgan Wallen’s “Last Night” and Frank Sinatra’s “Summer Wind” to Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones, Pt. II” and The Association’s “Along Comes Mary.” None of it sounded exceptional, with each track feeling a bit hollow and muddy, especially at higher volumes.
If you choose to play a majority of the content on these speakers, you can expect subpar quality. I much prefer the speakers on the Pixel 7 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
This phone is one of the slipperiest I have ever used. The back glass has a glossy finish and no grippability. What’s more, it loves to slide off any table or soft surface that isn’t perfectly level, so expect to be catching this phone a lot if you’ll be setting it on armrests and crooked counters.
The Strange Case of the OnePlus 11 5G: a Recommendation for all-around Rectifiable Smartphones
I say “might” because the trade-offs here are really strange. No wireless charging, a clunky interface on top of Android and underwhelming speakers are just some of the oddities associated with the OnePlus 11. A slippery design is another issue you have to deal with.
Samsung and Apple have flagship smartphones that start at $800, but pay a little extra and you can get even more of a flagship phone (flagshippier?) with the words “Ultra” or “Pro” attached at the end. OnePlus used to follow the same strategy, but it’s changing things up this year with its new OnePlus 11 5G. Instead of making you pay more for the mark, there won’t be a OnePlus 11 “Pro” at all. The standard flagship should have everything you need and more, right? It is like the company was taken with Marty DiBergi’s question from This is Spinal Tap.
The new handset is pretty darn good. It omits a few features you’d expect to find at its $699 base price, like wireless charging and an IP68 water-resistance rating. It competes with most other high end phones from performance to battery life to the cameras. It’s not my first recommendation if you’re looking for a new smartphone, nor is it my second, but it’s still an all-around respectable device.
The base model of the phone has Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 3.0, whereas the 16Gig RAM upgrade nets you Ufs 4.0. The latter storage option offers faster data transfer speeds with improved power efficiency, so apps and games should load faster while costing you less battery life, though you’ll likely only notice the difference when you put these devices side by side. They’re fast for most tasks.
OnePlus Wireless Charging on the Way Out of the Misfortune: Why USB-C to USB-A is a Step Back
Do you worry about damaging the battery? The phone will intelligently recharge at slower speeds when it detects that you’re juicing up at bedtime, but if you forgot to plug it in and are rushing to head out the door at 8:45 am, it’ll know to crank things up. Weirdly, OnePlus has omitted wireless charging, a staple on all flagship phones, claiming that most people will rely on speedy wired charging instead. Perhaps, but I don’t know why both can’t coexist since it wasn’t a problem on the OnePlus 10 Pro. I like to put my phone on the bedside wireless charge, rather than fumbling for a cable. Oh well. Time to fumble.
Perhaps even stranger is the company’s decision to move back from a USB-C charging adapter to a USB-A. The older port is still common enough that this might not be an issue for you, but with most new devices going exclusively with USB-C ports and cables, it feels like a step back. I once brought the OnePlus 11’s adapter and cable to a coffee shop, hoping to use it on my MacBook. I couldn’t swap the MacBook’s long cable for the shorter one because theusb-c plug couldn’t be used with the OnePlus adapter. I know, but it’s silly to have first-world problems.
Then there’s the IP64 water- and dust-resistance rating. The OnePlus 11 will be fine against dust and rain, but it might not be as protected if you drop it in the pool as a phone with an IP68 rating (which is, er, most flagship smartphones). It’s very strange that the company couldn’t get a better rating. Also, the screen is wrapped in Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass Victus, but the rear glass employs the older Gorilla Glass 5. The more durableVictus on both sides is what the cheaper Pixel 7 uses.