For the last few years, OnePlus has been getting a severe amount of flak for not being the flagship killer it once was. The OnePlus 10R further added to its woes last year, but 2023 seems promising for the company. In the Cloud 11 event, along with the OnePlus Buds 2 Pro, OnePlus 11, and OnePlus Pad, the company brought the OnePlus 11R, which seems like a redeemer of its lost status. Read the article to know in detail about all the specifications and performance, and how it could become one of the outstanding mid-range smartphones of 2023.
Build And Design
The OnePlus 11R comes with a sturdy built-on plastic frame with a sandstone-like matte finish on the rear, which is made of Gorilla Glass 5. The device weighs 204 g and is available in Sonic Black and Galactic Silver colors. The circular camera module on the back of the device protrudes and makes the phone wobble when kept on a flat surface, but the premium build with the curved edges helps the user get a comfortable grip. The alert slider, which was omitted in the previous generation, has made a return and is placed on the right side along with the power button. The OnePlus 11R has not advertised any IP rating, which is a bit of a setback for the device.
A stunning 6.74 in curved Fluid AMOLED display is equipped in the OnePlus 11R, which supports 1 billion colors. You can manually set 60 Hz and 120 Hz of refresh rates on the device, but it has the ability to adjust automatically to varying refresh rates like 40 Hz, 45 Hz, 60 Hz, 90 Hz, and 120 Hz according to the content. The screen’s visibility on a bright day is not a problem thanks to its peak brightness of 1450 nits. When viewing content, the colors of the display are overall vibrant and punchy and provide decently deep blacks. The screen-to-body ratio is 90%, with thin bezels on three sides and a bit thicker on the bottom. The OnePlus 11R comes with a resolution of 1240 x 2772 p and even offers three display color modes, which include Natural, Vivid, and Pro.
The OnePlus 11R is equipped with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor and runs on Android 13 with a patch of Oxygen OS. With an octa-core CPU and an Adreno 730 GPU, the 4 nm processor is able to clock at 3.0 GHz. The base variant of the OnePlus 11R has 8 GB RAM (LPPDR5X) and 128 GB internal storage (UFS 3.1) and the device is free from any bloatware. The processor not only performs magnificently while handling day-to-day work and multitasking but also has pretty neat RAM management. The haptic feedback is decent, while the face unlock feature is really good in well-lit conditions. The benchmark scores reflect the ability of the processor, with the AnTuTu scoring 856,065 points. On the Geekbench 6, the OnePlus 11R scored 919 and 3614, respectively, on single-core and multi-core tests. The device throttled 80% of its performance, and the better part of it was in the green zone of the graph. Though not a gaming phone, it can handle games like BGMI, Apex Legends, and COD, among many others, but in a few instances, you can encounter frame drops. The OnePlus 11R does not abruptly heat up during any of the tests, and that is quite commendable.
The OnePlus 11R has a triple camera setup in the rear, which includes 50 MP (wide), 8 MP (ultrawide), and 2 MP (macro). The 16 MP selfie camera is placed pretty awkwardly in the device and can often get you distracted while watching content. The primary wide camera is equipped with the Sony IMX890 sensor, similar to the Realme GT 3, and takes well-detailed images that are a bit on the warm side. The snaps from the rear tend to align a bit with the red color and sometimes overdo the skin tones in tricky scenarios. The night mode is not bad at all, as it provides enough details and fewer grains. Natural skin tones and crisp image quality are provided by the selfie camera, and the portrait modes also work splendidly. OIS is offered by the primary shooter along with the ability to take 4K videos at 30/60 FPS.
Battery And Connectivity
The company has promised that the OnePlus 11R’s battery will provide the same performance even after 4 years as it is implemented with a Smart Battery Health Algorithm. The 5000 mAh battery provides decent backup and can last a day with a single charge for most users. It can be juiced up from 1% to 100% within 30 minutes with the 100 W wired charger. But the implementation of wireless charging for the device would have been the cherry on top of the cake. The OnePlus 11R comes with the latest WiFi 6, NFC support, and Bluetooth 5.3. It has also got an infrared port, but the under-display fingerprint scanner is pretty weirdly placed at the bottom.
If you see the OnePlus 11R at a glance, it hits the perfect sweet spot of the flagship killer and is even priced at ₹39,999 which is extremely competitive. The pros of the device seamlessly outweigh the cons when we compare it with other smartphones in this price segment. OnePlus even has now promised 4 years of security updates and 3 major Android updates, and the device also boasts 11 5G bands. The OnePlus 11R makes the best value-for-money smartphone list of 2023 without a doubt.