OnePlus 11 finally launched in China as the brand’s latest flagship offering with the mighty Snapdragon 8 Gen2 SoC, QHD+ 120Hz OLED display, and 100W fast charging support. While everything looks solid on paper, the reality is quite different, as per initial reviews. The flagship has only managed to achieve a screen-on-time of 5 hours and 33 minutes, according to noted Chinese tech reviewer, Xiaobai’s Tech Reviews. This is claimed to be the worst battery life on a flagship with Snapdragon 8 Gen2 SoC.
The reviewer collected the battery life details of all notable smartphones released in the past 5 months, among which the OnePlus 11 has the least impressive battery life (when compared to other Snapdragon 8 Gen2 models).
OnePlus 11 battery life
The battery endurance test consisted of mixed usages such as social media, video and music streaming, video recording, as well as heavy smartphone gaming, including Genshin Impact, Honor of Kings, and Game For Peace (PUBG rebrand in China). It’s possible that the global/Indian variant might have different software and battery optimisation.
The reviewer points out that the main culprit behind the mediocre life is that the battery is poorly optimised for music streaming and social media browsing. The video showed that OnePlus 11 consumed up to 80 percent more battery than the Xiaomi 13 Pro on Chinese social media.
Despite having a large 5,000mAh battery, the OnePlus 11 lasted less than Redmi K60 Pro with the same-sized battery, Xiaomi 13 Pro with a 4,820mAh battery, and the Vivo X90 Pro+ with a 4,700mAh cell. There are chances that the battery drain problem could be fixed with a future software update but for now, this is what it is.
OnePlus 11 specifications
- 6.7-inch QHD+ E4 OLED display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen2 SoC
- Up to 16GB RAM, 512GB storage
- Android 13 OS
- 50MP + 48MP + 32MP triple cameras
- 16MP front camera
- 5,000mAh battery with 100W fast charging
OnePlus 11 sports a 6.7-inch QHD+ E4 OLED LTPO 3.0 display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 3216×1440 pixels resolution, a punch-hole cutout for the selfie snapper, and HDR10+. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen2 SoC paired with Adreno GPU, up to 16GB LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB UFS 4.0 storage that will not be expandable further. The handset is likely to boot Android 13-based OxygenOS custom skin out of the box.
The OnePlus 11 packs a 5,000mAh battery with 100W fast charging support. Connectivity options include 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, and a USB Type-C port. The phone measures 163.1×74.1×8.53mm and weighs 205 grams. There is an in-display fingerprint sensor for security, an IP54 rating, and an alert slider.
As for the cameras, the OnePlus 11 features triple cameras on the back, with a 50MP Sony IMX890 sensor with OIS, a 48MP Sony IMX581 ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 32MP Sony IMX709 2x telephoto camera. The phone packs a 16MP snapper on the front for selfies and video chats.