OnePlus recently launched its new flagship, the OnePlus 11, in India (more than a month after launching it in China). The phone is very aggressively priced at Rs 56,999, which is not only almost Rs 10,000 lesser than the launch price of the OnePlus 10 Pro launched in 2022 but also makes it the most affordable phone running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. We, however, think that even at this price, the OnePlus 11 is not as good an option for the consumer as the first device to bring the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 to India was iQoo 11. The OnePlus 11 does come with some impressive features, including very good cameras as part of its Hasselblad partnership, but it still loses out to the iQoo 11 on many fronts.
These are five reasons why we think that getting iQoo 11 makes more sense than investing in the OnePlus 11:
The OnePlus 11 is a good-looking phone, but it sticks to the general Android flagship template of a curved display, front and back. Actually, what makes it stand out is the rather large and circular camera enclosure on the back, which some will like and some might not. Its back is also made of glass. The iQoo 11’s Legend model, on the other hand, is perhaps the most distinct Android flagship because of its white back with those iconic BMW vertical stripes. It is also made of vegan faux leather, which gives it a refreshingly different texture. If you want a phone that will turn heads, go for the iQoo 11. Simple.
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A better display
The OnePlus 11 has a 6.7-inch Fluid AMOLED display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and 2K resolution. The iQoo 11 has a slightly larger 6.78-inch display with 2K resolution and actually a higher refresh rate, 144 Hz. Not only that, the display of the iQoo 11 also has a higher maximum brightness of 1800 nits as compared to the 1300 nits of the OnePlus 11. Some might feel that the curved display of the OnePlus 11 looks more premium than the flat display of the iQoo 11, but you get more in terms of a viewing experience on the iQoo 11 – you can actually play Genshin Impact at 144 Hz on the iQoo 11 plus that curved display is more prone to damage as opposed to a flat one.
More onboard storage in base model
The days when flagship phones came with expandable memory are long gone. Which is why now it makes more sense to invest in a device with plenty of onboard memory. The OnePlus 11 might start at a lower price of Rs 56,999 as compared to the Rs 59,999 of the iQoo 11, but the point to note is that the base iQoo 11 model comes with a massive 256 GB of storage, which is twice that of the 128 GB on the base model of the OnePlus 11. Those extra bucks get you extra storage – if you want a 256 GB variant of the OnePlus 11, you will have to shell out Rs 61,999 for the 16 GB/ 256 GB variant, even if all you want is the extra storage!
Support for faster charging
The iQoo 11 and the OnePlus 11 both have 5000 mAh batteries. They also come with support for fast charging. But while the OnePlus 11 supports 100W charging and a 100W charger in the box, the iQoo 11 supports 120W charging and a 120W charger in the box. It is simple math – the iQoo 11 comes with faster charging and a charger that could charge other devices faster, too (if supported). It is also interesting to see how OnePlus has gone from 150W fast charging on the OnePlus 10T to 100W on the OnePlus 11.
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More feature-rich UI
All the geeks might like operating systems and interfaces that come with very few features, but most consumers actually like a device that lets you do more from the get-go. And in that regard, the iQoo 11 is far better equipped than the OnePlus 11. That is because the FunTouch OS 13 running on the iQoo 11 has way more features and functions than Oxygen OS on the OnePlus 11. You get more shooting and editing options and a whole lot more on your iQoo 11 from the moment you start using it than on the OnePlus 11. For us, that matters a lot.
In sum, the iQoo 11 has the same processor as the OnePlus 11 but boasts a better design, display, a more feature-rich interface on the latest Android 13, gets you more onboard storage without making you pay for RAM as well and also comes with faster charging are reasons enough for us to recommend it over the OnePlus 11, in spite of its slightly higher price.