Determining the phone’s fate based on a single render

As we approach the new year, we’re getting an early peek at what we can look forward to in 2023, the latest OnePlus 11 From OnePlus. What does OnePlus have in store for us? Are they going to revert to their aggressive nature of years past, looking to recapture the spark they once had? If you can determine the answer to that question with a single report render of the device, today is your day. Spoiler alert, what I’m about to do.

In this render, we see OnePlus continuing its deal with Hasselblad, sticking to a massive camera module on the back of this phone. We’re seeing a total of 3 cameras, reported to be a 50-megapixel lens, 48MP lens and 32MP lens. Other specs posted alongside this image include Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, a 6.7-inch QHD+ AMOLED display, an option for up to 16GB of RAM, and a full 5,000mAh battery with support for up to 100W charging speeds.

Looking at OPPO’s recent devices, I’m yet to see a twin sibling device in its lineup, but I’m guessing we’ll see one that matches this phone in the same way very soon. This has been a turn-off for OnePlus as of late, with OPPO and OnePlus sharing hardware and software with different branding for different markets. I’ll be honest, it makes a phone feel a lot less special. It’s more like OnePlus’ antipathy was crushed a long time ago and now they slap their and Hasselblad’s names on OPPO hardware and call it good. I’m not trying to be rude, but it’s my opinion, sorry.

2022 was not OnePlus’ year here in the US. The company’s release schedule for the OnePlus 10 and OnePlus 10 Pro was perhaps the worst, with the company releasing its Pro model first, but only in China. Later down the road it came to the US ( review here ), but by then, the market was consumed by genuine Samsung purchases and Google Pixel 7 hype. OnePlus has no room for error in the US market. This market needs a new and exciting (and unique) approach, but if I had to make a guess based on a single image of a reported device, I’d say this isn’t it. I hope I’m wrong, though. I’m sick and tired of this being a 2 Android OEM show.

What is your take on this render? Is it hot or not?

// Gadget Gang

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