Samsung Galaxy S23 vs OnePlus 11: Will the Chinese prodigy take on the Korean giant?

Will OnePlus rule the market again?

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This week at the Unpacked event, Samsung officially announced the Galaxy S23 series, introducing the regular Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus, and the Galaxy S23 Ultra. OnePlus created a Twitter thread mocking the South Korean giant during their unpacked event. 

Now, OnePlus is line to launch its flagship for 2023, i.e., OnePlus 11, after making it available in China.  OnePlus, on February 7, is hosting a Cloud 11 launch event where it will showcase and reveal OnePlus 11 price and availability details. The OnePlus 11 could be priced as a Galaxy S23 competitor. 

Both these phones have many similarities, but some striking differences also exist. We decided to compare these phones to help you understand which one you buy. 

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs OnePlus 11: Pricing and availability

The 8GB RAM variant of the Samsung Galaxy 23 with 128GB internal storage is available in the Indian market at a starting price of Rs 79,999. In the International market, Galaxy S23 can be purchased for $799. As for the OnePlus 11, its 12GB RAM variant with 256GB internal storage may enter the international market for a price of $799 (expected). We can expect it to reach the Indian shores at a similar price point.

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs OnePlus 11: Design

The Samsung Galaxy S23 comes with a minimalistic design and brilliant finishing. Starting with the rear panel, the device has three sensors aligned at the top left corner, with the flash placed next to the first one. This time, Samsung has tried its best to keep the back panel clean, due to which the camera island has also been removed. The power button and the volume rockers of the smartphone can be seen on the right spine. The speaker grille, SIM tray, and USB Type-C port can be seen at the bottom.

Coming to OnePlus 11 5G, the device has a glossy finish rear panel with OnePlus branding at the center of the phone. The device’s camera island, which looks like half a part of a capsule, is placed at the top left corner. Furthermore, you can see a circular island protruding from the camera section consisting of all the sensors and the flash. The phone’s alert slider is located at the right spine, and the power button and volume rockers can be seen on the left side.

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs OnePlus 11: Display

The Samsung Galaxy S23 comes with a Dynamic AMOLED 2X display coupled with a 120Hz refresh rate for a seamless experience. It has 1750 nits of peak brightness, which means the user will be able to see the screen content clearly in direct sunlight too. The device also gets an HDR10+ certification to support streaming in high quality. We are already sure that this offering by Samsung will take the viewing and streaming experience of the users to the next level. The screen of the handset is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2.

The OnePlus 11 5G gets a 6.7-inch LTPO3 AMOLED display complemented with a 120Hz refresh rate. It has 1300 nits of peak brightness and support for 1 Billion colours. The Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protect the screen of the phone. It also has an always-on display. To support high-definition streaming, the phone also has HDR10+ certification.

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs OnePlus 11: Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S23 works on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor especially built for Samsung by Qualcomm. It custom chip ensures better GPU, NPU, and ISP performance. The handset also has 8GB RAM and 128GB in the regular variant, and the top variant comes with 8GB RAM and 512GB internal storage. The flagship processor is paired with high-capacity RAM and ample storage. Smartphone connectivity options include WiFi 802, GPS, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC support, etc. It operates on Samsung’s One UI 5.1 based on the Android 13 operating system. Samsung has promised four years of software upgrades and 5 years of security updates for the Galaxy S23 series.

The OnePlus 11 5G runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC paired with 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage in the regular variant, and it goes up to 16GB RAM and 512GB internal storage in the high-end variant. Undoubtedly, it is going to be pretty difficult for any other phone to compete with OnePlus in terms of gaming performance. The handset works on the Oxygen OS 13 based on the Android 13 operating system. For one-of-a-kind audio output, it also includes stereo speakers.

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs OnePlus 11: Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S23 flaunts a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 50MP primary shooter, a 10MP telephoto shooter, and a 12MP ultra wide-angle shooter with a 120-degree field of view. The rear camera setup of the device has the ability to shoot super steady videos along with access to multiple modes that enhance the quality of clicked pictures. For the sake of selfies and video calls, the handset rocks a 12MP snapper that has features like an auto-HDR and dual video call. Samsung has made enhancements in its OIS technology also and the S23 cameras can compensate for up to 3 degrees of handshakes or movement.

The OnePlus 11 5G sports a triple rear camera setup comprising a 50MP primary snapper, a 48MP ultra-wide angle snapper with a 115-degree field of view, and a 32MP telephoto sensor. It also has features like HDR mode, panorama, Dual-LED flash, and Hasselblad colour calibration. On the front, the phone includes a 16MP sensor for capturing selfies and attending video calls, along with modes like auto-HDR and panorama.

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs OnePlus 11: Battery

The Samsung Galaxy S23 draws power from a 3900mAh Li-Ion battery that supports 25W fast charging. The company claims that the device gets charged up to 50% in 30 minutes. A major highlight regarding the smartphone is that it also supports wireless charging. Not only this, it also has support for 4.5W reverse wireless charging.

The OnePlus 11 5G is powered by a 5000mAh Li-Po battery that supports 100W super fast charging. As claimed by the company, the device gets up to 50% charged in 10 minutes, and it gets fully fueled up in 25 minutes max. We will update the battery drainage speed of the phone as soon as we practically test it.

We can see that both smartphones possess decent specifications and features. The Samsung device outclasses the OnePlus offering in the design and display department as. Furthermore, the sensors used by Samsung deliver apt results as compared to what we get to see in OnePlus. On the other hand, OnePlus 11 5G is the perfect device for you if you are looking for faster charging speeds than Samsung Galaxy S23.

Nishit Raghuwanshi RudraNishit Raghuwanshi Rudra
A career journalist who spent three plus years playing around with smartphones, associated apps and more. As a hobby, Rudra enjoys researching mobile games. When he's not busy in the world of gadgets, he is busy with a paper and pen writing poems or engaging with his growing digital audience on the Hindi rap circuit.

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