At the latest Unpacked event, Samsung unleashed the Galaxy S23 series of smartphones. The latter included three models: the vanilla variant, the Plus, and the Ultra models. One of the closest rivals of this brand is OnePlus. It’s going to host a mega event on February 7. At this conference, the China-based first-tier smartphone maker will uncover its own flagships in the OnePlus 11 lineup. By the way, the latter was announced in China not long ago.
That’s not difficult to guess that the Samsung Galaxy S23 and the OnePlus 11 are direct rivals. (Another competitor is the Xiaomi 13). So let’s see whether the OnePlus 11 can get out from this competition with head held high.
The Samsung Galaxy S23 is available at $799/$859 (128GB/256GB). The global version of the OnePlus 11 will cost more than the Chinese version. As it’s not launched yet, we can take the Chinese model’s price as a reference. The 12GB + 256GB variant is sold for 3,999 yuan ($589), while the 16GB + 256GB option is 4,399 yuan ($648). (There is also a 16GB + 512GB model priced at 4899 yuan ($722)).
The back of the Samsung Galaxy S23 carries the main camera module, which consists of three sensors. Each of them is built into its own individual round hole.
The design of the OnePlus 11 has many things in common with its predecessor. It combines all the camera sensors in a separate unit on the back. The camera module is shaped like a circle instead of a rectangle.
The OnePlus 11 also has a three-stage slider on the right.
The front panels of these two are protected with different glasses. The Galaxy S23 uses Corning Gorilla Victus 2, while the OnePlus 11 uses Corning Glass Victus. We should also note that the Galaxy S23 has the IP68 certification. Thus, it’s water- and dust-proof.
The OnePlus 11 comes with a much larger 6.7-inch 2K AMOLED display compared to the compact 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED FHD+ display used on the Galaxy S23. In addition, the OnePlus 11 supports LTPO 3.0 technology with an adaptive screen refresh rate from 1Hz to 120Hz, depending on the content. The Galaxy S23 display uses an adaptive refresh rate of 48 to 120Hz. At the same time, the front panels of both smartphones support HDR10+ and Always On Display. In addition to this, the OnePlus 11 also supports Dolby Vision.
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The Samsung smartphone comes with its own advantage. It overtakes the opponent in terms of brightness, offering a maximum brightness of 1750 nits. The peak brightness of the OnePlus 11 display is 1300 nits.
Samsung and OnePlus flagships use the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform. The Galaxy S23 uses a modified version of the chipset created specifically for the Galaxy S23 line (the processor clock frequency has been overclocked to 3.6 GHz). Due to a large evaporation chamber, both phones do not overheat. It maintains temperature balance under extreme workloads, including high-end gaming, video recording, and downloading large amounts of data. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC enables both devices to support multiple 5G bands.
The main camera module of the Samsung Galaxy S23 includes three sensors: the main 50Mp sensor with OIS support, a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens with a capture angle of 120°, and a 10MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom.
OnePlus, in collaboration with Hasselblad, released its flagship with a main camera module that also consists of three sensors: a 50MP main sensor, a 32MP telephoto lens, and a 48MP ultra-wide-angle sensor with a 115° viewing angle.
Both smartphones are capable of shooting videos with a resolution of up to 8K. The Galaxy S23 even supports HDR10+ recording.
Another aspect in the camera department where the S23 has an edge over the OnePlus 11 is its 12-megapixel selfie sensor that supports up to 4K video recording. The OnePlus 11’s front-facing camera only supports 1080P at 30fps.
The OnePlus 11 has a much larger 5,000mAh battery compared to the Galaxy S23’s 3,900mAh battery. However, OnePlus uses a 100W charger, while the S23 is limited to 25W charging. Unfortunately, in this flagship, OnePlus abandoned wireless charging. The previous OnePlus 10 Pro and the OnePlus 9 Pro support this feature. On the contrary, the Samsung flagship retained this feature. Apart from this, it supports wireless reverse charging with a power of 4.5W.
As compensation for the lack of wireless charging, OnePlus put a charger in the box, while Samsung does not.
Both flagships deserve attention and will definitely find their buyers. Of course, Samsung is the world’s leader. So it will ship mode devices. But if comparing the flagships of these two top brands, there is every reason to think that the OnePlus 11 doesn’t fall behind the Samsung Galaxy S23. In concrete cases, it even outruns its rival.