OnePlus has launched multiple smartphones in its flagship number series. The company kicked off the year with the launch of the 10 Pro 5G, followed by the launch of the 10R 5G and the 10T 5G. There is no OnePlus 10 5G to date but the company is on track to launch the OnePlus 11 5G.
There is no official word from the brand. However, as always, the rumour mill has some details about the phone churned out months before its launch.
According to the latest leak, the OnePlus 11 5G will launch in the coming months. The device is likely to feature some of the specifications that are typically found in the Pro model. Tipster Max Jambor claims that the upcoming OnePlus 11 Pro model is actually called the OnePlus 11.
In other words, OnePlus could launch the baseline 11 5G as its first true flagship for the first half of 2023. The company is likely to delay the launch of the 11 Pro by a few months. One of the reasons could be to pack the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 SoC, which is likely to debut in June or July next year. While Jambor did not specifically mention any details, we can speculate the same based on the recent launches.
Why OnePlus Could Launch the OnePlus 11 5G First
The OnePlus 11 could well be the company’s first flagship smartphone for 2023 to feature the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC. While the chipset will be an upgrade over the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, it will sit below the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 SoC, which is likely to launch in the second half of 2023. Qualcomm’s strategy to refresh its flagship SoC with incremental upgrades over the non-Plus SoC could have led to many brands launching the Pro models a bit later than usual.
Xiaomi, for example, launched the Xiaomi 12S Ultra with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC in July 2022 instead of the usual March timeline. OnePlus too could have a similar approach and launch its Pro phone with top-of-the-line hardware next year. There is no official word from OnePlus or Qualcomm regarding the launch of the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2-powered 11 Pro. Therefore, we advise taking the suggestions with a pinch of salt.
The standard 11 5G, on the other hand, could feature a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC and launch either by the end of this year or in early 2023. If the device is indeed the 11 5G and not the 11 Pro 5G, it could come with a redesigned body. The camera module houses a triple-camera setup and an LED flash. The module also blends into the frame of the phone, which is likely made of metal.
It is likely to sport a 6.7-inch Full HD+ display with a hole-punch cutout at the top left corner. Lastly, the 11 5G could run Android 13-based Oxygen OS 13 out of the box.