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OnePlus 11R Review – Solid Mid-Range Flagship

- Updated: 11th Mar 2023, 13:36 IST
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    Review Summary
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    OnePlus 11R Review: Price in India and Variants
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    OnePlus 11R Box Contents
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    OnePlus 11R Specs at a glance
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    OnePlus 11R Design and Build
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    OnePlus 11R Camera
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    OnePlus 11R Battery and Charging
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    OnePlus 11R Display
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    OnePlus 11R Performance
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    Verdict
Review Summary

OnePlus has launched its all-new 11R along with the vanilla OnePlus 11 and I have both the phones with me for review. The OnePlus 11 review is already live so you so go and check that out. But the focus of this review is the more affordable OnePlus 11R 5G.

The phone packs fantastic specs for its asking price. You get a big 120Hz curved AMOLED display and a powerful Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset. It has a good 50MP main camera and a solid 5000mAh battery paired with 100W fast charging.

All that comes inside a fresh design which is similar to its bigger brother. Sounds like a sweet deal right? Well, I’ll answer that and more of your questions in this OnePlus 11R 5G review.

PROS

  • Fresh design
  • 120Hz curved AMOLED display 
  • Good battery backup
  • 100W fast charging
  • Solid performance 
  • Good main camera

CONS

  • No IP rating
  • Average secondary cameras
  • No wireless charging
Key Specs
Battery Capacity5000 mAh
Operating SystemAndroid v13
Screen Size6.74 inches
Highlights:
  • 5000 mAh

  • Android v13

  • 6.74 inches

OnePlus 11R Review: Price in India and Variants

The OnePlus 11R 5G has been launched in India in two storage variants. The phone starts at a price of Rs. 39,999 for 8GB RAM and 128GB Storage and goes up to Rs. 44,999 for 16GB RAM and 256GB Storage.

The phone is available in two colour options: Galactic Silver and Sonic Black. You can buy the phone online directly from OnePlus’s official website and through e-commerce platforms like Amazon and JioMart.

OnePlus 11R Review: Price in India and Variants

OnePlus 11R Box Contents

The OnePlus 11R 5G packs the following items inside the box:

  • ‎Phone
  • Data cable (USB-A to USB Type-C)
  • Quick Guide
  • SIM ejector tool
  • Protective case
  • Welcome Letter
  • Brand sticker
  • SUPERVOOC 100W Charger
  • Safety Guide

OnePlus 11R Specs at a glance

Before we talk in detail about the OnePlus 11R, let’s see what the on-paper specs look like:

  • Display: 6.74 inches Super AMOLED
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
  • RAM & ROM: 8GB 128GB, 16GB 256 GB
  • Software: Android v13
  • Rear camera: 50MP + 8MP + 2MP
  • Selfie camera: 16 MP
  • Battery: 5000 mAh
  • Weight: 204 grams
  • Dimensions: 163.4 x 74.3 x 8.7 mm

OnePlus 11R Specs at a glance

OnePlus 11R Design and Build

With OnePlus 11 series, the brand has tried to bring a fresh design and it does look really good. It looks exactly like the OnePlus 11. It has a glass back with a matte finish and feels really premium in hands.

OnePlus 11R Design

The camera module at the back will catch your eyes the moment you look at the phone. The shiny circular camera unit blends seamlessly with the frame. I have the blue colour variant with me but the phone is also available in the black variant.

OnePlus 11R camera unit

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Both of them have the same finish on the back which does not attract fingerprints and smudges. You also get the beloved alert slider back in the 11 series. The only thing missing here is an IP rating.

The right side has the power button and alert slider while the left has the volume rockers. The top side has the mic and IR blaster. Lastly, the button side houses the type-C port, primary speaker, primary mic and SIM card slot.

OnePlus 11R sides

OnePlus 11R Camera

OnePlus 11R comes with a triple camera setup on the back. This includes a 50MP OIS main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 2MP macro sensor. The front side has a 16MP selfie camera.

OnePlus 11R Camera

The main camera takes some really impressive shots in daylight conditions. The images turned out well-detailed and punchy. The dynamic range was also wide. Although I felt the images were a bit saturated but they were pleasing to the eye.

The portrait shots were also really good. Edge detection was done well and the blur effect looked natural. The ultra-wide shots were pretty nice. The shots were clear but the colours looked a bit faded when compared to the main camera.

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The low-resolution macro lens clicks average shots in good lighting conditions. The macro shots were not very detailed. The output gets worse as the light drops.

The 16MP front camera takes good and sharp selfies in daylight. The selfies I took were crisp and the skin tones looked natural.

OnePlus 11R Battery and Charging

OnePlus 11R packs a big 5000mAh battery which is paired with 100W fast charging support. The phone delivers a good battery backup with casual use. I easily got more than one day of battery life.

I scrolled Instagram for a couple of hours and watched videos on YouTube. Then it was time to play games in order to deplete the battery. After all that, I got about 6-7 hours of screen on time. Well if you are a light user, you can even survive two days with this phone without the need for the charger.

OnePlus 11R Battery

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But in case you do, the 100W charger is fast enough to quickly charge your phone. It takes about 26 minutes to fully charge the phone from 0 to 100 per cent. A quick charge of just 10 minutes will get you near the 50 per cent mark.

OnePlus 11R Display

OnePlus 11R features a beautiful FHD+ curved 6.74 inches Super AMOLED display. It has a refresh rate of 120Hz and a peak brightness of 1,450 nits. The curved display gives the phone a very premium vibe and adds on to the user experience.

OnePlus 11R Display

It gets quite bright for outdoor use and I did not face any issues while using it under direct sunlight. It’s a fantastic screen for content consumption. I watched some episodes of Farzi and the dark scenes were really deep.

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Other than the display is quite punchy and vibrant. You’ll have a good and immersive gaming experience on the OnePlus 11R. It also has Widevine L1 support along with HDR10+ certification so you can watch high quality HDR content on OTT platforms.

OnePlus 11R Display quality

OnePlus 11R Performance

OnePlus 11R is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, the flagship chipset of last year. It is paired with up to 16GB of LPPDR5X RAM which is massive and 256GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage. Even though it’s not the latest chip, it is still powerful enough to handle anything you throw at it.

OnePlus 11R Performance

The phone runs smoothly in day to day activities. Even the intensive apps like Instagram and Snapchat open up quickly. Switching between apps was seamless and I did not notice any shutters or lags while navigating through the phone.

If we talk about gaming, the OnePlus 11R is a capable gaming smartphone. It can handle graphic intensive games without any issues. I ran Apec Legends Mobile and Genshin Impact on it. Both the games ran smoothly on high settings.

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OnePlus 11R runs on OxygenOS 13 skin which is based on Android 13. It’s good to see that it runs the latest Android version out of the box. You get a bunch of customisation and personalisation features including Material You.

OnePlus 11R Software

There are also features like Smart Sidebar, Flexible windows and very menial bloatware. OnePlus promises four years of major OS updates and five years of security updates.

Verdict

I have to say that OnePlus has forged a fantastic mid-range flagship phone this time. The phone not only looks premium but also performs the same way. With solid performance, stunning display, and good battery life with 100W fast charging, OnePlus has really tried not to cut any corners.

Even the main camera does a good job in most situations. But yes, no phone is perfect. The 11R also has some downsides, like it doesn’t have an IP rating and the secondary cameras are not up to the mark.

If you are fine with those, I see no other reason to avoid this. Overall, OnePlus 11R brings a great value for money proposition and gets a solid recommendation from me.



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