The Endurance Evolution: A Closer Look at the Longevity of the OnePlus 11 5G

Here's how the OnePlus 11 5G fares in terms of build quality, hardware and software to understand how it is set to last longer than other smartphones.

When it comes to smartphones, longevity is one of the key factors that most consumers consider. A phone that can offer consistently good performance for years is always a better investment than a device that starts presenting issues just a year or two after the purchase. This is precisely why the OnePlus 11 5G is worth talking about, as it is a device that promises to provide longevity and solid performance.

There are three key aspects of a smartphone that determines its longevity: The build quality, the hardware, and the software. Let’s see how the OnePlus 11 5G fares in these three aspects to understand how it is set to last longer than other smartphones.

Build Quality

The OnePlus 11 5G has an industrial design that has been tweaked to ensure that it is comfortable to hold, and at the same time durable enough to resist everyday bumps and accidental drops. The smartphone has a glass sandwich design, with the front glass protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, and the rear glass protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The middle frame is made out of aluminium, and the camera bump is made out of stainless steel.

The front display as well as the rear glass have a distinct curvature at the edges, making the phone feel actually more compact than it is in reality. The OnePlus 11 is also IP64 rated for water and dust resistance, which means if you get a splash or end up calling on rainy days, it will be just fine.

Overall, with excellent build quality, it is clear that the OnePlus 11 5G has been constructed to last for years and can easily stand the test of time.

Latest hardware that delivers extended usage

The OnePlus 11 5G is packed to the brim with the latest hardware advancements to make sure that the smartphone stays fast and smooth for a really long time. Powering the smartphone is the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, which is the most advanced chipset released by Qualcomm to date. It is 40 percent more efficient and 35 percent faster than the chipset’s previous generation.

Apart from that, the OnePlus 11 5G also has support for up to 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 256GB of UFS 4.0 storage (which gives better power efficiency, wider bandwidth, and improved read and write speeds compared to UFS 3.1).

The company has developed an in-house machine learning technology called RAM Vita. This expands the maximum data limit between CPU and 16GB of RAM by 16 times, accelerating every layer of the RAM allocation process, including selecting the resident RAM already in use.

From the available RAM, 500MB RAM is allocated to accelerate individual resource-intensive tasks such as camera, which will experience faster launch times and image processing.
Apart from these nifty features, the smartphone also got TÜV SÜD 48-month Fluency Rating A as it withstood stringent tests with an ageing model to evaluate its fluency rate in terms of some common user scenarios such as opening the Dialpad, camera, and reading photos. So, you can be rest assured that this phone will remain fast and smooth for the next 4 years at the very least.

Talking about battery, if you are concerned that the 100W fast charging could negatively impact the long-term health of the battery inside the OnePlus 11, you can put these concerns aside. This phone is fully TÜV Rheinland safety certified. With more than 10 sensors, IC and temperature monitoring, you don’t have to worry about your battery life for the foreseeable future.

On top of this, the OnePlus 11 5G has also passed pressure tests, drop tests, and can efficiently operate in fluctuating high and low temperatures.

Software that will keep you updated

In the current market, apart from specifications and features, the next big differentiator is the software. What is more important now, is how long will you get support for your smartphone.

While the Android market has traditionally been extremely dynamic and it has been difficult for brands to offer a long term software support, this trend is changing. OnePlus has promised that both the OnePlus 11 as well as the OnePlus 11R will receive 4 years of OS updates and 5 years of security patches. This is an incredible show of support for these phones and will give users a tremendous amount of confidence regarding their purchase.

Out of the box, the OnePlus 11 comes with Android 13 based on OxygenOS. So you can expect to get up to Android 17 and another year of security updates. Now that’s what we call a peace of mind, as it’s not easy to buy a smartphone until and unless you are sure it’s going to be with you for foreseeable future.

Other features that make it a true flagship

Now, apart from these 3 key differences, there are various other features that make the OnePlus 11 stand out from the competition. For instance, the display of the smartphone is a beautiful 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz and can dynamically switch from 10Hz to 120Hz thanks to the LTPO technology.

That’s not all, this display is also Dolby Vision certified. So, now you can even watch Dolby Vision content right on your smartphone. Combine that with the loud stereo speakers that are Dolby Atmos certified, you have got a multimedia powerhouse with you. The third generation Hasselblad rear camera system has also been updated this year, with a 50MP Sony IMX 890 sensor, a 48MP Sony IMX 581 sensor, and a 32MP 2X telephoto camera with the Sony IMX 709 sensor. There are various improvements such as improved HDR performance, and an all-new Hasselblad portrait system that takes bokeh shots similar to a DSLR camera. Rounding off with the connectivity features, the OnePlus 11 5G has all 13 bands of 5G, as well as support for Wi-Fi 7 and NFC so you are never outdated 4 years down the line.

How to get your hands on the OnePlus 11 5G?

The OnePlus 11 5G in India starts at Rs 56,999 for the 8GB+128GB variant and Rs 61,999 for the 16GB+256GB variant. As part of its launch promotion, the smartphone brand is offering a flat discount of Rs 1,000 with ICICI Bank Credit Card (on both EMI/Non-EMI) and Debit Card (EMI only) transactions. The smartphone can now be availed via Amazon and OnePlus Store.