We’ve previously heard that the OnePlus 11 will use the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset directly from OnePlus, but that’s only scraping the surface of what we can anticipate from the company’s next flagship smartphone, according to a credible tipter.
According to Digital Chat Station, the OnePlus 11 will receive three significant enhancements.
OnePlus 11 could get 16GB of RAM
While the OnePlus 10 Pro already has 12GB of RAM, the OnePlus 11 will reportedly increase this to 16GB. That puts it on par with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (but not the S22 Ultra, which has a maximum storage capacity of 12GB) and the OnePlus 10T.
UFS 4.0: why does it matter?
An update to UFS (Universal Flash Storage) 4.0 is also on the agenda. That would make the OnePlus 11 one of the first phones to include it, and it should provide significant gains in terms of speed and efficiency.
While UFS 3.1 has read and write speeds of up to 2,100MB/s and 1,200MB/s, respectively, UFS 4.0 increases these to 4,200MB/s and 2,800MB/s. Per-lane speeds can also reach 23.2Gbps, more than double the previous record. You may also expect a 46% increase in efficiency, which means longer battery life.
OnePlus 11 could have a ceramic body
Finally, Digital Chat Station says that the OnePlus 11 will feature a metal frame with a ceramic body. OnePlus isn’t a stranger to this, using it on both 2015’s OnePlus X and a special edition version of last year’s OnePlus 10 Pro.
But note that this last tip is disputed. The well-informed Max Jambor popped up on Twitter to say that the ceramic body isn’t happening after all. Though he did back up the UFS 4.0 claim — which is more important in the greater scheme of things.
Speaking of Jambor, the leaker has a very good explanation for why these premium-sounding updates are headed to the OnePlus 11 rather than the OnePlus 11 Pro: they’re one and the same thanks to a rebranding.
OnePlus 11 is the OnePlus 11 Pro?
While this may cause some confusion in the short term, OnePlus is in desperate need of a simplified smartphone selection. In 2022, there was no OnePlus 10, but there was a OnePlus 10 Pro, a OnePlus 10T, a OnePlus Nord 2T, and a OnePlus Nord CE 2.
A reduced lineup may restrict consumer choice, but it will undoubtedly make things less complex in 2023.