A smartphone like the OnePlus 11 5G can win with those looking for top-of-the-market performance. In this sense, the 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM variant (virtually expandable by an additional 12GB) and 256GB of UFS 4.0 internal memory (not expandable) proved perfect for conducting in-depth tests on what is offered by the expected Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Jan 2. The latest flagship solution offers performance with few rivals within the market, reaching 1,121,904 points on AnTuTu Benchmark v.9.5.6 during our tests.
For lovers of numbers, it also goes 1,153 points in single-core and 4,960 points in multi-core on Geekbench 5. In short, this smartphone could stand up to a Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, and there are very few doubts about the fact that the OnePlus 11 5G is a flagship in terms of performance. An interesting question is then linked to temperatures. The smartphone does not heat up too much, even in extreme conditions, leaving only minimal heat on the body to the touch. The Cryo-velocity VC cooling system manages to bear fruit: think that OnePlus cites an improvement of 92% in heat dissipation. This aspect is also noted in everyday life.
OnePlus has generally managed, even through special behind-the-scenes optimizations, to obtain a balanced experience on all fronts. On the one hand, the OnePlus 11 5G represents a device capable of running essentially any game on the Play Store properly, while on the other, the aim is for enviable autonomy. The 5,000 mAh battery has always allowed us to get through the day, even with a crucial residual charge. In specific contexts, we reached even the fateful two days without disturbing the 100W fast order, which takes from 0% to 100% in about 25 minutes. A quick connection to the power outlet can guarantee hours of use if you have only a few minutes available. It takes about 10 minutes to get to 50%.
Instead, the absence of wireless charging, which was present on the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G, turns up the nose. It must be said, however, that the 100W fast charging via cable can quickly turn a blind eye to this aspect. We appreciated the performance and energy efficiency management carried out behind the scenes by OnePlus, even in some contexts. Also, due to the preliminary version of the software, we noticed a slight slowdown in scrolling some web pages. Nothing can compromise the experience, and we are certainly finding the needle in the haystack. Still, in this range, it is always good to underline every aspect, even the least convincing.
It is interesting to highlight that the tests relating to 3DMark confirmed the excellent thermal efficiency of the flagship, however recording a drop in performance over the long term. For example, the fearsome WildLife Extreme Stress Test scored the best loop at 3,581 points, while the worst loop dropped to 2,072 points, for a stability of 57.9%. The Wild Life Stress Test instead saw the best circle in 12,703 points, falling to 4,316 points in the worst, for a strength of 34%. Net of the potential issues related to the preliminary version of the software, what seems to emerge is a conservative approach on the battery side aimed at keeping temperatures low (with other models, tests like these even crashed 3DMark due to excessive overheating).
It must be said that during our prolonged gaming sessions, we have only encountered a few problems (considering that the synthetic benchmarks are calibrated for extreme situations). Therefore, in practical scenarios, everything is much less evident. It must be said, then, that in the system settings, it is possible to enable a maximum performance mode, which consumes more battery but which does not seem to bring too many benefits, by starting a WildLife Extreme Stress Test in this context, we found ourselves faced with similar results, a sign that it is probably worth keeping the default settings.
The OnePlus 11 5G screen is an excellent 6.7-inch Super Fluid AMOLED LTPO with QHD+ resolution (3216 x 1440 pixels), 20.1:9 aspect ratio, 10-bit color depth, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection, support for all ‘HDR 10+, peak brightness of 1300 nits, dynamic refresh rate from 1 to 120Hz, touch response rate up to 1,000Hz and support for Dolby Vision. It is a top-of-the-market display, with well-balanced colors and good maximum brightness, which becomes a pleasure for the eyes also thanks to the slightly curved edges and the small-sized hole for the camera, which makes multimedia content immersive blackberries.
It’s not precisely a panel at the top of the market compared to other more expensive solutions, but it has its reason. The Widevine L1 DRMs are essential for viewing content from streaming services such as Netflix in Full HD. It should also be noted that the display resolution is managed automatically by default, leaving the user with the choice of whether to keep QHD+ or FHD+ permanently.
These are options that, as in the performance field, we recommend leaving unchanged, except in specific areas. OnePlus has calibrated everything to return the best energy efficiency conditions, and many of the users do not need to get their hands on these elements. Still alright. However, ample possibilities are granted regarding personalizing the experience so that everyone can choose what is suitable for him. In this regard, the Always On Display is present. The multimedia sector is completed by an exceptional audio department, supporting Dolby Atmos and Dual Reality Speaker.
The result is top of the range on all fronts in terms of sound performance and maximum volume. Another department with very little to complain about is connectivity, which sees the presence of 5G, Wi-Fi 7 (there is support for Wi-Fi 802.1 a/b/g/n/ac/ax/be ), NFC and Bluetooth 5.3. All right, currently, some standards are more technical than anything else, as you can learn from the presence of Wi-Fi 7 (which, in some areas, could be deactivated and re-enabled via OTA update). Still, the desire to look to the future by OnePlus stands out.
This is also noticeable in the photographic sector, starting with video support in 8K at 24fps. Yes, the triple rear camera from 50MP (Sony IMX890, OIS, EIS, f/1.8) + 48MP (Sony IMX581, f/2.2, ultra-wide, 115 degrees) + 32MP (Sony IMX709, tele, 2x optical zoom, f/2.0) is capable of doing this too. Still, we recommend staying on a lower resolution, from 4K to 1080p/60fps, to obtain an optimal result on the stabilization side. The photos of the block created in collaboration with Hasselblad are top-of-the-range in all contexts.
During the day, the images come out as expected from a flagship of this type. The intervention of the appropriate night mode improves, even with shots taken in low-light situations. Wide-angle and macro are in line with expectations. Of course, the digital noise in some areas is still noticeable, as is usual. Still, the quality of the photographic department of the OnePlus 11 5G, combined with exciting features such as XPan, make the device appreciable by a vast audience, placing it at the high end of the market also in these terms.
There is no reference to a total cameraphone, also considering that the maximum zoom that can be reached is 20x, but what is offered does not disappoint the expectations we had in this regard. Based on our analysis, you might be interested in taking a look at our Drive folder dedicated to the OnePlus 11 5G, containing several uncompressed shots. In this way, you can get a better idea of what is on offer. The front camera is 16MP (Sony IMX471, f/2.45) and guarantees good selfies, especially in good light conditions.