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Oneplus 11 Review

Oneplus 11 Review
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28 February 2023
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    Hear it or not, OnePlus held a global launch event in India on February 7th. What was shown there and how it was, I managed to tell in a separate article. In this, I want to devote time to the flagship – OnePlus 11.

    Design

    The size is big, but then I went with the iPhone 13 Pro, and now with the iPhone 14 Pro Max – in general, you can get used to it, but still, I would like something smaller. Distracted. The OnePlus 11 is similar to its predecessor, but with a few minor changes. Small and, in my opinion, not entirely successful. So, the block of cameras received rounding and a noticeable bulge, which, apparently, was not very appreciated by the same Carl Pei. I don't really like it either, plus the block has become even darker, and the back surface of the green version is glossy, the predecessor looked much more advantageous. But now you can clearly see the letter P in the outlines from behind.

    There are two body colors: black and green. It is worth looking exclusively at green, although black is matte. Again, this color looked better last year. Back glass Gorilla Glass 5 (as in the previous generation), front Gorilla Glass Victus, aluminum frame. Protection against moisture and dust has not been officially added, but unofficially it is at the IP54 level.

    Screen and speakers

    LTPO 3 Fluid AMOLED screen, Quad HD+ resolution (525 ppi), 10-bit support, Dolby Vision HDR, at the peak, the brightness reaches 1300 nits, the frequency varies from 1 to 120 Hz. The edges are slightly rounded. The hole for the camera is located in the left corner – not very convenient. The sound is stereo, the speakers are located in the upper and lower parts, the bass has become 50% better, in fact, just fine. Although, the presentation compared the quality with the speakers of laptops. Support for Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision is in place, a company representative spoke about this separately at the presentation.

    Performance

    Snapdragon 8 Gen 2Characteristics:

    • Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Inside, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is the most powerful in the world. Performance increased by 35%, graphics by 25%.
    • LPDDR5X. RAM from 8 to 16 GB LPDDR5X standard (33% faster), built-in from 128 to 512 GB, it is better to take 256 or 512, since these versions have the latest UFS 4.0 standard (we talked about why it is so good in a separate article). But that's not all. The 16 GB RAM version uses the patented RAM-Vita memory allocation system.
    • RAM-Vita. An algorithm analyzes application usage and reallocates power to keep things running fast. Up to 44 applications can be opened in the background, while the smartphone will work flawlessly – sounds like a challenge. But the most useful thing is that when you start the camera, 500 MB of RAM will be automatically allocated so that you can quickly take the right shot.
    • Heating. We also took care of heat dissipation. The 3685 square millimeter vapor chamber is complemented by a crystalline graphene frame, which in total is perfect at removing heat. During the tests, the phone warmed up noticeably, but the hand did not burn. In Antutu, the smartphone is quietly gaining over a million points.

    Autonomy and charging

    Oneplus 11 battery With charging this time, no 150 W, we decided to stop at 100 W. From 0 to 100%, a 5000 mAh battery will charge in 25 minutes. Not bad either, but here Realme showed 240W technology – this is the topic, we are waiting for the next OnePlus. In fact, they decided to refuse 150W because the difference in speed is insignificant.

    Feeling the new Wi-Fi speeds? And they are. Like having 5G on your phone but not actually using it. So with Wi-Fi 7, the same story is repeated. The implementation is lame, but smartphones already support it. OnePlus was one of the first to launch support for the new standard. But I liked the feature called Dual Wi-Fi Acceleration more.

    Cameras

    Oneplus 11 camerasCamera Modules:

    • IMX890. In general, OnePlus has always had problems with this, so they turned to Hasselblad for help. It seems very pompous every time. This time they said that this is the third generation of Hasselblad mobile cameras, and the resulting picture is comparable to that what happens with the XCD 3.5/30 and XCD 2.8/65 lenses – that's how it is! 50MP Sony IMX890 primary sensor with f/1.88 aperture, 24 mm focal length, PDAF, OIS.
    • Hasselblad. OnePlus (or Hasselblad) worked on the software to make the photos more saturated and bright. They didn’t say at the presentation what they compared it with, but the difference is somehow unrealistic. Now most smartphones turn up the saturation, more or less the original colors of the iPhone. They also added Turbo RAW HDR – it is not yet possible to shoot separately in RAW, this is apparently the name of HDR, in which shadows in the dark are highlighted.
    • Sony IMX709 RGBW. This is already 32 megapixels, the Sony IMX709 RGBW sensor gives only 2x zoom and is responsible for portraits. Just in this case, the picture is compared with the camera lenses, supposedly set up perfectly.
    • IMX581. But that's not all, there is also a 48 MP wide-angle lens, IMX581 sensor, f / 2.2 aperture, autofocus, 115-degree field of view. Perhaps, the only sensor that was not given attention at the presentation. Just like the 16MP front camera with f/2.5 aperture. There is a stabilization mode that writes exclusively in 1080p, without it 4K up to 60 frames, there is a special mode for improving image quality.

    Summary

    Overall, not bad, the fans will appreciate it. I won't jump to conclusions iron, as always, throttling, this is already the standard for Qualcomm chips, there was little time for tests, but the first impression is that I want to try again. Although outwardly I like the novelty less than its predecessor, nevertheless, the cameras have become better. I always liked the OxygenOS shell more (albeit there are many bugs), it remains to establish official sales with a guarantee and OnePlus has a chance to conquer the market. Wait for the final opinion in the full review, which we will definitely prepare.
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