iPhone 15 Plus vs OnePlus 11: more than one or just more than one?

iPhone 15 Plus vs OnePlus 11: more than one or just more than one?

Today we will be doing a preliminary comparison of two phones with “plus” in their names. The iPhone 15 Plus will be the second iteration of the revamped “Plus” model that Apple launched last year, and the OnePlus 11 is considered by many to be a back-to-roots phone for OnePlus.

The iPhone 15 Plus is still hidden away in Apple’s super secret labs, but thanks to the usual leaks and rumors, we know just about everything about the upcoming big but affordable iPhone model. Join us as we analyze both phones in various categories to find out which is better and which is worth your hard-earned cash. Here we are!

OnePlus 11 review: The best OnePlus flagship phone in years, and it’s priced right

Design and visualization

Same size, different smoothness

The OnePlus 11 boasts a 6.7-inch curved OLED display with 1440p resolution and LTPO technology, enabling a dynamic refresh rate ranging from 1Hz to a whopping 120Hz. This helps battery life and enables an always-on feature very efficient. The nominal brightness is around 800 nits and the color reproduction is also very accurate on OnePlus.

The iPhone 15 Plus is expected to feature a very similar display panel to its predecessor. The size should remain the same at 6.7 inches, as should the display refresh rate at 60Hz. Unlike the OnePlus 11, the iPhone 15 Plus is expected to have a flat screen. The brightness should be very similar between the two phones.

The OnePlus 11 has the edge here, thanks to LTPO technology and its ability to go from 1Hz to 120Hz (with everything else), but your choice will also come down to whether you like flat or curved screens.

In terms of design, there is a distinct difference between these two phones, one uses the flat back and flat front design with the square camera bump on the back (iPhone 15 Plus), while the other is much more rounded.

Expected colors for iPhone 15 Plus:

  • midnight
  • starlight
  • (PRODUCT)RED
  • dark pink
  • sky blue
  • yellow

Available colors for OnePlus 11:

Performance

A16 vs. Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

The iPhone 15 Plus is expected to inherit the A16 Bionic chipset from this year’s iPhone Pro models, and that’s not bad news. We’re tempted to include some benchmarks here, since we have the A16 results, but we’ll hold our horses until the iPhone 15 Plus comes out, as there are a lot of variables in this equation. What we can say is that the A16 is a very powerful chipset and still beats the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in some tests.

By the way, the OnePlus 11 features the aforementioned Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, and there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s the best Qualcomm has to offer at the moment. The RAM situation is very complex, the OnePlus 11 can be purchased with either 8GB or 16GB of RAM, while the iPhone 15 Plus is expected to keep the same 6GB of RAM as its predecessor. As strange as it sounds, we don’t expect the amount of RAM to make a significant difference in performance between the two phones.

Camera

Different on paper

The OnePlus 11 features an additional camera on the back, compared to what we’ve come to expect from the iPhone 15 Plus. There’s a 50MP main camera, a 48MP ultrawide, and a 32MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom. That might all sound like a lot of megapixels, but we’re not sure if there’s going to be a huge difference between the two phones in terms of actual photos.

The iPhone 15 Plus is expected to feature an updated 48MP primary camera that’s scaled down from this year’s iPhone Pro models. The ultrawide camera remains the same as the iPhone 14 Plus, but overall we expect very similar results. We don’t see the 32MP telephoto as a huge boon (pun intended) for OnePlus, the same (or very similar) results could be achieved using cropping.

Of course, computational photography is king these days, and we’ll have to see what trick is hiding up Apple’s sleeve with the iPhone 15 Plus and iOS 17. If you’re choosing between these two phones, the camera system probably shouldn’t be the deciding factor.

Audio quality

The OnePlus 11’s dual speakers have new magnets and new low-frequency NLC algorithms, so the phone sounds better than its predecessors.

Will it sound better than the iPhone 15 Plus? We’re not sure, but the iPhone 14 Plus has incredible sound and we expect the same from the successor. iPhones have always had decent speakers, and the size of the Plus model definitely helps with resonance and bass response.

Battery and charging

Super fast vs unknown

Therein lies the big unknown for the moment, as the iPhone 15 Plus will be one of the first iPhone models to feature a USB-C port. Theoretically, this allows for better reload speeds. Basically, we don’t expect Apple to go all-in and slap a 100-watt charger on the iPhone 15 Plus. And we’re mentioning 100W because that’s the blazingly fast charging capability of the OnePlus 11, and it’s hard to beat. Even with an 80W limit (in the US), the OnePlus 11 is able to charge its 5,000mAh battery in half an hour. By comparison, the iPhone 14 Plus charges its 4,325mAh battery to 50% in 30 minutes. Even if Apple decides to bump up the speed, we don’t expect the OnePlus 11 to lose that particular battle.

Specifications

Summary

The iPhone 15 Plus and the OnePlus 11 are very different animals, despite their morphological similarities. On paper, the OnePlus 11 offers better value for money and is packed with better features. It has an LTPO display, whereas the iPhone 15 Plus is supposed to be locked to 60Hz.

The OnePlus 11’s camera system is also a bit more flexible with the dedicated 32MP zoom lens. Whether or not this will translate into a real-life advantage is hard to say. When it comes to battery life and charging, things look even bleaker for the iPhone 15 Plus.

At the end of the day, the deciding factors will likely be price and preferred platform (Android or iOS). If you’re coming from an iPhone device and looking for a change, the OnePlus 11 could be a decent choice, especially at its current price point. If it’s the other way around, you have cheaper options with the vanilla iPhone 15.

The iPhone 15 Plus is actually a great upgrade if you’re coming from an older iPhone and want a big screen without the steep price tag.

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