OnePlus 11 vs Google Pixel 7 Pro: what to expect?

an introduction

Speaking of the best phones, you have the iPhone Pro Maxes and Galaxy Ultras in the world, but they cost an arm and a leg. But what if you don’t want to spend that much money?

This is where two names stand tall: OnePlus and Google. The new OnePlus 11 is the company’s next 2023 flagship, cream of the crop with a top-tier Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip on board and all the bells and whistles, but can it match the $900 Google Pixel 7 Pro, a bargain in the flagship space?

We look at performance, cameras, design, and all the other interesting details to see how these more affordable devices than mainstream flagships compare to each other.

OnePlus 11 vs Google Pixel 7 Pro in a nutshell:

  • The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 on OnePlus is expected to be faster
  • OnePlus has a 12GB RAM option
  • Both have triple rear camera systems
  • The Pixel has a 5X periscope zoom camera with a longer range
  • OnePlus has a 2X camera, which is great for selfies
  • OnePlus has much faster charging
  • Both are expected to cost around $900 (OnePlus will be slightly more expensive)

table of contents:

Design and presentation quality

Big phones with distinctive designs

Design is a subjective matter, but what’s undeniable is that both are built to high quality standards with a sturdy aluminum frame and glass on the front and back.

OnePlus has a circular camera system that stands out in a crowd, as does the Pixel’s signature camera strip.

The Pixel has its power and volume keys all on the right side, while the OnePlus has the power key on the right and the volume buttons on the left which makes a little more sense for us. We also like having the physical notification bar (aka mute switch) on the OnePlus 11, so you can quickly jump between silent, vibrate only, and sound mode.

Both phones have an IP68 rating for protection against water and dust, which has become pretty much expected for flagship phones and even more affordable devices.

We don’t yet know the color options for the OnePlus 11, but the black version is pretty much a given. The Pixel 7 Pro comes in three colors, black, white, and then this very premium model, which we like a lot.

When it comes to displays, they both have a large 6.7-inch OLED screen, but with a slightly different aspect ratio. The OnePlus screen is taller and narrower with a 20:9 ratio, while the Pixel has a wider screen with a 19.5:9 ratio. Both feature a crispy 1440p resolution and both support a dynamic refresh rate that can go up to 120Hz for buttery smooth scrolling.

For biometrics, the OnePlus 11 is expected to have an under-display fingerprint scanner, which was fast and reliable on the previous OnePlus, while the Pixel 7 Pro also has a fingerprint reader, but for some reason it’s still a bit on the slower side. This is still a bit of an annoyance with the Pixel.

performance and software

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is faster than Google Tensor G2

Equipped with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, the OnePlus 11 has a huge advantage over the Pixel and its in-house Google Tensor G2 chip when it comes to firepower.

The new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is shaping up to be an obnoxious performer with good power efficiency.

However, the base model of the OnePlus 11 is expected to come with 8GB of RAM, and you’ll need to move up to the top-of-the-line version with 12GB of RAM to match the memory on the Pixel 7 Pro.

There is also a difference in the software. While both phones technically feature Android 13, OnePlus has a custom skin on top, while the Pixel is running its own version of clean Android.

The difference lies not only in the appearance, but also in the software updates. Pixel gets updates on the first day of their release, while OnePlus takes an extra two months to deliver them. Both phones are expected to support 3 years of major software updates. OnePlus should get 4 years of security updates, while the Pixel promises 5 years of security updates.

camera

Can OnePlus run a Google Pixel game?

While they both have great looking cameras, we all know the Pixel has the edge in superior processing.

OnePlus has partnered with Hasselblad again, but we’re not expecting miracles.

Looking at the camera hardware, both phones have a triple rear camera system, but the main camera in the Pixel uses a larger sensor, and the zoom camera is a 5X periscope that gives you an excellent zoom range, while OnePlus only has a 2X zoom camera.

We have not yet seen camera samples from OnePlus, so one should not rush to conclusions. Check back here in a while to see a more detailed analysis of camera quality on these two.

Sound quality and tactile sensation

With dual speaker systems the norm these days, you pretty much have the same audio hardware on the OnePlus 11 and Pixel 7 Pro with a main speaker, and an auxiliary speaker in the earpiece.

It’s still too early to tell much about the quality of the OnePlus 11 speaker. We’ll update this section with more details after we test the OnePlus 11, so stay tuned.

Battery life and charging

Could OnePlus’ more energy-efficient chip help it extend battery life?

The OnePlus 11 and Pixel 7 Pro both come with the same battery size of 5,000mAh.

This is a solid size, which has become a benchmark for flagships, and is a guarantee of a very good battery life.

However, with OnePlus’ newer, more power-efficient Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, we’d expect it to have an edge in battery life in the real world.

We’ll be testing this with our own independent battery tests once we get our hands on the OnePlus 11, so this section will be updated with more interesting details in the near future.

However, the big difference between OnePlus and most other mainstream phone makers is still shipping and that difference will only get bigger. The OnePlus 11 is expected to support up to 100W charging speeds (with the charger in the box), which means a full charge will take about half an hour, while the Pixel with 23W charging speeds will take about an hour and 40 minutes.

Both phones will also support wireless charging, and again, OnePlus has faster speeds (we expect 50W+ wireless charging speeds) versus 23W again on the Pixel (with Pixel stand). Keep in mind that OnePlus uses its own proprietary charging technology, so you need to get both wired and wireless OnePlus chargers, if you want to reach those extreme charging speeds.

Compare specs

Here’s a quick overview of the spec differences between the two:

Summary

So at the end of the day, the OnePlus 11 is shaping up to be another reliable and fast performer with fast charging, excellent screen quality, and an improved camera.

The leaked specs don’t point to a camera revolution, however, for those who appreciate a great camera, the scales tip in favor of the Pixel 7 Pro.

Last but not least, the success of the OnePlus 11 will depend a lot on its price. The Pixel 7 Pro is an incredibly lucrative proposition at just $900, and if the OnePlus 11 costs much more than that, it will be hard to find the economic reasons to justify the purchase.

Whatever happens, we will know all the official details very soon as the OnePlus 11 is expected to be officially unveiled at the end of 2023. We will update this article as soon as those official details become available.

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