OnePlus 11R: Review

The OnePlus 11R has recently hit the market, aiming to disrupt the mid-range smartphone segment with its powerful specs and reasonable price point. As a long-time OnePlus fan, I was eager to test out their latest offering and see how it stacks up against the competition.

A Familiar Yet Refined Design

At first glance, the OnePlus 11R looks very similar to previous OnePlus phones, featuring a rectangular camera module on the back and a hole-punch selfie camera. However, upon closer inspection, you can see the refinements OnePlus has made to their tried-and-true formula.

The back of the phone has a matte glass finish that feels smooth yet grippy in the hand. The rectangular camera module blends seamlessly into the back panel. On the front, OnePlus has reduced the size of the hole-punch camera for a more streamlined look. The alert slider, a beloved OnePlus feature, is still present on the right side of the phone.

Overall, while not a major departure from previous OnePlus designs, the 11R refines the details to achieve a more cohesive and premium aesthetic.

Packed with Power

Under the hood, the OnePlus 11R is a beast, powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset. This is Qualcomm’s most powerful processor available for Android phones today.

It also comes with up to 16GB of speedy LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. These specs translate to incredible speed and responsiveness when launching apps, multitasking, and playing graphics-intensive games.

In my testing, the OnePlus 11R handled everything I threw at it without breaking a sweat. From juggling multiple apps to playing Call of Duty Mobile at max settings, the phone didn’t miss a beat thanks to its processing muscle.

All-Day Battery Life

One area that OnePlus phones have excelled in is battery life, and the 11R is no exception. It packs a sizable 5,000 mAh battery that easily lasted me a full day of heavy use.

Even with gaming, streaming videos, and constantly snapping photos, I never felt range anxiety with the 11R. When you do need to top up, the included 100W SUPERVOOC fast charger juices up the phone from 0 to 100% in just 32 minutes.

After a long day, it was nice knowing I could quickly recharge and get back out the door. The 11R’s excellent battery life and charging speed are a winning combination.

Capable Triple Camera System

The OnePlus 11R has a triple camera array on the back, consisting of:

  • Main: 50MP, f/1.8 aperture, Sony IMX890 sensor, OIS
  • Ultrawide: 8MP, f/2.2 aperture, 119° field of view
  • Macro: 2MP

In daytime, the main camera captures sharp, vivid photos with excellent detail and dynamic range. The ultrawide lets you fit more into the frame but loses some detail. The 2MP macro is fun for close-ups but image quality is limited.

Portrait mode produces pleasing background blur, while the 16MP selfie camera takes decent shots. Low light photos can be noisy, but Nightscape mode helps improve things. Video maxes out at 4K 60fps across the cameras.

While not best-in-class, the 11R’s versatile camera system should satisfy most users’ needs. Enthusiasts may want to look at pricier options for better low light and zoom performance.

OxygenOS Brings a Clean Software Experience

The OnePlus 11R ships with OxygenOS based on Android 13. As always, OnePlus delivers a clean, near stock Android experience with thoughtful customizations and optimizations.

Navigating the OS feels snappy, settings are easy to find, and theming options allow heavy customization. Handy features like three-finger screenshots and an always-on display are present. OnePlus promises 3 major Android version updates and 4 years of security patches for the 11R.

If a clutter-free UI is important to you, OxygenOS is one of the best Android skins around. OnePlus’ solid update policy also provides peace of mind.

Delivers Strong Value for the Price

The OnePlus 11R starts at just ₹39,999 in India for the base 8GB/128GB model. For ₹44,999 you can bump up to 16GB/256GB. At this pricing, the 11R brings extremely competitive specs and performance to the mid-range category.

Compared to rivals like the iQOO Neo 7 and Realme 10 Pro+, the OnePlus 11R packs a more powerful chip, faster charging, better software, and 5G support in its price bracket. As long as you don’t need the best camera, it’s hard to beat the 11R’s value proposition. OnePlus continues to shake up the mid-range space by offering flagship-level power at reasonable prices. If you want a future-proof performer without breaking the bank, the 11R is a new contender to beat.

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