OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei reviews OnePlus 11, says it has ‘no real identity’

Check out Carl Pei reviewing OnePlus 11 flagship.

  • After iPhone 14, Carl Pei now reviews OnePlus 11 flagship.
  • The 12-minute long video shows the reactions of Carl Pei to the hardware and software of the flagship.
  • Carl Pei calls the OnePlus 11 phone beautiful but points out some sensible flaws with the flagship.

Carl Pei, who is the co-founder of OnePlus, left the company to launch Nothing wherein he has unveiled two TWS earbuds and a smartphone, the Nothing Phone (1). When the new iPhones came out, Carl Pei, who is a self-proclaimed Apple fan, reviewed the iPhone 14 and shared his insights about the phone. Now, Carl Pei has shared his review of the recent flagship OnePlus 11 on Nothing’s YouTube channel. The 12-minute long video shows the reactions of Carl Pei to the hardware and software of the flagship.

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Carl Pei calls the OnePlus 11 phone “beautiful” and talks about the details of the design that most consumers might be attracted to at first. He talks about the subtle textures of the camera module and how the edges of the phone appear thinner than they actually are.

Carl Pei OnePlus 11 review

However, the Nothing CEO shares his share of criticism about the phone’s corner-cutting. This includes how the camera module appears to be connected to the side frame of the phone but isn’t really, and some misaligned button placement. Regardless of this, Pei says that he is impressed with the overall premium feel of the OnePlus 11.

Moving aside from hardware, Carl Pei gets more critical of software. This is apparently the first time he is using OxygenOS since the UI switches over to the codebase of ColorOS. He says that he’s clueless about why the company would take something that worked and mess with it. He also points out some problems such as the usability of the software, opening the app drawer, and text blocks that were designed with Chinese characters in mind.

Concluding the review, Carl Pei says the OnePlus 11 is a great phone but has “no real identity.” Physically, the phone apparently doesn’t have the brand cohesiveness that he looks for when it comes to the companies he supports. Furthermore, the software is also not as polished as he would want despite having numerous helpful functionalities.

Our OnePlus 11 review

Our review of the OnePlus 11 says the phone has a stunning 2K Fluid AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, premium build quality, impressive 100W fast charging support, and a very capable primary camera on the back that can click good photos in most scenarios. On the flip side, the phone doesn’t come with an IP rating, which is a big downgrade considering the price range it is placed. There is some throttling issue, especially under load. Check out our first impressions of the OnePlus 11 in this video.

Key Specs

OnePlus 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 | 8 GBProcessor
6.7 inches (17.02 cm) Display
50 MP + 48 MP + 32 MPRear camera
16 MPSelfie camera
5000 mAh Battery
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OnePlus 11 Price
Rs. 56,999
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Rs. 56,999
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Review Summary

Expert Rating3.5/5



  • Premium design 
  • Splendid display
  • Fast charging 
  • Capable main camera


  • No IP rating
  • Macro shooting can be cumbersome
  • Can throttle under load

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