The OnePlus 11 gives us the affordable price and supreme battery life that the Galaxy S23 couldn't, but OnePlus is not ubiquitous and widely sold as Samsung or Google, especially here in the U.S. This means your buying options for OnePlus's super-shiny flagship are limited, especially as the preorder window has ended, and the phone is officially released for public purchase. We're still hunting for more, but with no carriers selling the phone this year, expect deals to be fewer and further between for the next couple of months.
If you own a Pixel or Moto phone, don't bother trading it in, you will not get enough to justify the hassle. Just keep your old phone as a backup or sell it separately on Swappa, Gazelle, or another used tech platform.
Amazon does not offer trade-ins, and now that preorders are over, the free $100 gift card promotion has expired, too. Amazon is more likely to have flash sales on the OnePlus 11 than OnePlus and Best Buy, especially once we start getting closer to the summer and Prime Day.
Best Buy's gift card preorder bonus has ended, but even weirder, there is still no trade-in option for the OnePlus 11. This is unfortunate as Best Buy seems to be valuing Samsung and Google phones better than OnePlus itself is.
We'll check back to see if it's added, later on, but as carriers are not carrying the OnePlus 11, it may not be added. Trade-in is all but required for any carrier phone Best Buy sells, but without that, there's little need for Best Buy to add that in for it.
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OnePlus 11 5G supports dual 5G and is powered by the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen2 processor with maximum frame rates and low latency, along with 12GB/16GB of DDR5X RAM delivering outstanding overall performance for opening and running applications, flipping through menus, running home screens and more.
OnePlus 11 5G features 6.7-inch QHD+ Fluid AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and LTPO 2.0, 1300 nits peak brightness, and HDR10+. It is also equipped with an in-display fingerprint reader. The display has other features like Vibrant Color Effect, Reading Mode, and Night Mode.
OnePlus 11 5G has a 5000mAh battery that supports 100W SuperVOOC wired charging and 50W AirVOOC wireless charging. Ultra Power Saving mode lets you keep your phone powered on for longer in between charges. This mode changes your screen to black and white and shuts down all unnecessary features to dramatically minimize battery consumption.
The OnePlus 10 Pro looks like an impressive handset on paper, packing the latest and greatest hardware, an impressive set of cameras, and superfast charging speeds. However, it is by no means perfect and has some weird quirks and issues.
For a flagship phone that costs nearly $900, the lack of mmWave 5G on the OnePlus 10 Pro is a surprising and notable omission. This means you won't get those 1Gbps+ download speeds over mobile data, as influencers and reviewers frequently show on social media.
mmWave 5G is most prominent in the US, so you won't miss out on much if you live in any other part of the world. Nonetheless, it is still surprising to see a flagship Android device launching without mmWave 5G support in this day and age.
As things currently stand, the OnePlus 10 Pro will work best on T-Mobile's network in the US. The phone is yet to be certified to work on Verizon's low and mid-band 5G, which is important since the phone lacks mmWave 5G support.
The company took its own time releasing the Android 12-based OxygenOS 12 update for the OnePlus 9 series. However, as The Verge reported, the build was so buggy that it had to be pulled within a few days of its release. Eventually, it took OnePlus more than a month to resolve all the issues.
Adding insult to injury, OxygenOS is now based on the same codebase as Oppo's ColorOS. It now merely exists as a skin on top of the latter's version of Android. The overall experience has taken a backseat due to this, with many ColorOS elements now being thrust upon OnePlus users.
IP68 dust and water resistance has become a common feature in premium and flagship Android smartphones. Despite its steep $900 price tag, the OnePlus 10 Pro does not officially carry an IP rating. The phone can survive being dunked in the water or exposed to dust since it has the necessary internal rubber protection, but is not officially certified for it.
This is because getting the device IP certified would have further increased the production cost for OnePlus and the company likely wanted to save on the associated cost. Do note that there's a difference between waterproof and water-resistant, and the certification only gives you additional peace of mind.
When you buy a flagship phone, you expect flagship software support. However, OnePlus' software support pales compared to flagship Samsung Galaxy devices. They will get four OS updates, while OnePlus only guarantees three Android updates for the 10 Pro.
For a phone that competes against the iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy S lineup, the OnePlus 10 Pro offers a very inconsistent camera experience. The 8MP telephoto camera is notably inferior to what other premium phones offer in this price segment. Reviews suggest that in low light, the sensor just does not stand up to the competition.
The macro functionality is also missing, so you cannot take extreme close-up shots of subjects. Instead, you get an extremely wide 150-degree field of view in which the photos are heavily warped at the edges.
There are other weird quirks as well that end up offering a sub-par and confusing camera experience, including being limited to recording videos in only Full HD resolution at 30fps from the front 32MP selfie shooter and the telephoto camera. The 8K video recording is also a downgrade from last year's 9 Pro, as it is now limited to 24fps instead of 30fps.
OnePlus phones are known for their superfast charging speeds, and the 10 Pro further raises the benchmark in this department with its 80W wired charging. However, this feature won't be available in the North American units of the device.
While 65W is still plenty fast and good enough to top up the 10 Pro's 5000mAh battery in just 32 minutes, it is annoying to see the same phone offer faster charging speeds in other parts of the world.
OnePlus phones were known for offering value for money back in the day. With a starting price tag of $900, though, the 10 Pro is not exactly a cheap phone in any way. For the price it commands, the OnePlus 10 Pro does not offer the same experience as other flagship devices in this segment. The camera experience, poor 5G support, and software support are the notable Achilles' Heel.
The current OnePlus is not the same company that once shook up the smartphone market with its impressive products. While the OnePlus 10 Pro packs an impressive specs sheet, some notable omissions mean that it doesn't compete with the best of Apple, Samsung, Google, and others as well as you might hope.
Rajesh Pandey started following the tech field right around the time Android devices were going mainstream. He closely follows the latest development in the world of smartphones and what the tech giants are up to. He loves to tinker around with the latest gadgets to see what they are capable of.
But since then we've seen the launch of phones like the Google Pixel 6, which also earned a glowing review thanks to its great camera, slick Android 12 interface and good overall performance. And at $599, the Pixel 6 is exactly the same price as the OnePlus 9. Undoubtedly the OnePlus 9's biggest competition today, the Pixel is the better choice if you want the neat features of Android 12 and a superior main camera.
Sure, Google's Tensor processor promises improvements to AI, but we haven't seen much of that yet. The OnePlus 9's top-end Qualcomm chip makes it an absolute powerhouse, while its stronger battery life and stellar fast charging makes it excel if power is an issue. That said, The Pixel 6's aluminum and glass design feels markedly more premium than the OnePlus 9's. Plus, the Pixel comes with an IP68 rating for waterproofing -- something not found on the OnePlus 9.
Then there's the newly-launched Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, which also performed well in our review and offers a lot of high-end features at a more reasonable price than the flagship S21. But it still costs $700, making the OnePlus 9 the more economical choice for cash-strapped buyers. And let's not forget the upcoming Galaxy S22, which is expected in February. While it's likely to pack some awesome features, we expect it to cost considerably more than the OnePlus 9, so it's not worth waiting for the launch if cost is a concern.
From its lightning-fast performance to its superb battery, the OnePlus 9 has strong features that make it an excellent everyday phone for 2022. Sure, it might not have some of the more glitzy elements or bleeding-edge mobile tech like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra or the iPhone 13 Pro, but its more approachable price tag makes it one of the best midrange handsets to consider.
The OnePlus 9 has the same size battery as its 9 Pro sibling, yet I found its battery life to be quite a bit better. Why is that It's probably all about the screen. At 6.55 inches and 2,400x1,080 pixels, it's slightly smaller and lower resolution than the 9 Pro. That means fewer pixels to light up so there's less of a drain on the battery. On our rundown tests it kept going for an impressive 23 hours, which puts it on par with the S21 Ultra and laughs in the face of the 15 hours the 9 Pro achieved. 59ce067264