OnePlus 11 5G, OnePlus Buds Pro 2: Incremental but noteworthy updates

OnePlus 11 5G, OnePlus Buds Pro 2: Incremental but noteworthy updates

The OnePlus 11 5G – the successor to the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G launched last year – debuted in India on Tuesday. This handset may not have the word “Pro” in its name, but it is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and supports 100W fast charging. The company also launched the OnePlus Buds Pro 2, which supposedly offers huge improvements over its predecessor. Meanwhile, the company has also announced several other devices that will be available in the coming months, including the OnePlus 11R 5G, a new OnePlus Pad, the OnePlus TV 65 Q2 Pro, and the OnePlus Keyboard 81 Pro.

This week on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast, host Siddharth Suvarna speaks with Reviews Editor Roydon Cerejo and Senior Reviewer Ali Pardiwala to discuss the OnePlus 11 5G and OnePlus Buds Pro 2 TWS headphones that launched on Tuesday . We also discussed the other new OnePlus devices that were announced during the Cloud 11 launch event coming in the coming months.

The OnePlus 11 5G is the company’s most powerful smartphone yet, and it hasn’t had to make many changes over its predecessor, the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G. The company has also fixed some of our complaints that were present on the previous generation smartphone. You get a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC at a lower price than the iQoo 11 5G and entry-level Samsung Galaxy S23. The company also launched another handset with a similar design, the OnePlus 11R, at the event.

Interestingly, the OnePlus 11 5G does not support wireless charging, a feature that was present on last year’s model. All cameras have been updated by the company, however. Macro mode is back and the ultrawide camera is better, as we noted in our review. However, it only has an (unofficial) IP64 rating and the selfie camera is considerably worse than that of the OnePlus 10 Pro. If things like wireless charging and better waterproofing are important to you, should you still be considering last year’s model?

OnePlus 11 5G review: The one to beat?

The OnePlus Buds Pro 2 was released two years after the company released its first high-end headphones, and it brings notable upgrades like dual-driver configuration and spatial audio with head tracking. These TWS headphones are great headphones out of the box, unlike the older model which has been updated with support for more codecs. Hi-res audio streaming is blocked for now for phones that support the LHDC audio codec, which includes phones from Xiaomi, Oppo, or OnePlus.

We also saw the OnePlus Pad, the company’s first tablet, at the event. This device will arrive in April and seems to be aimed at productivity users with its squarer aspect ratio (7:5). We didn’t have much time to use the device, but stay tuned to our website and YouTube channel for a review in the coming months. There are some features that will be exclusive to OnePlus phones like connecting your OnePlus phone to share your 5G connection or copy and paste between devices.

OnePlus Buds Pro 2 review: Making a good thing even better

OnePlus has also launched a new smart TV, the OnePlus TV 65 Q2 Pro, which is available in a single 65-inch screen size. This TV costs around Rs. 1 lakh and it doesn’t have a retractable soundbar like its predecessor. It has a 70W speaker setup and a QLED display panel. It will also support Dolby Atmos, HDR content, and we expect to have a review for this device in the coming months.

Another pair of more affordable TWS earbuds was also announced by the company at the event – the OnePlus Buds Pro 2R. It doesn’t support spatial audio with head tracking like the OnePlus Buds Pro 2, and it doesn’t support wireless charging either. OnePlus’ new mechanical keyboard and wireless router were also announced, but we didn’t get any hands-on contact with them at the launch event.

Lastly, OnePlus said it would be showing a new OnePlus concept smartphone at Mobile World Congress (MWC 2023) and teased what appears to be a foldable phone that could arrive in Q3 2023, but we don’t have any more details on those phones at this time. time.

You can hear all of this in detail and more in our episode by hitting the play button on the Spotify player embedded above.

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