The OnePlus 11 is already available in China, so while it’s not getting a global launch until February 7, we already know most of it – including its impressive 100W charging speeds . However, this may not be the case in the US.
According to both SnoopyTech (opens in a new tab) and Max Jambor (opens in a new tab) – a pair of whistleblowers with a good track record (via 91Mobiles (opens in a new tab)) – the US version of the OnePlus 11 will be limited to 80W charging.
The first of those leakers even backed up their claim with official marketing copy for the US model, which also mentions 16GB of RAM. There’s also a 16GB version for China, but sometimes different regions get different configurations, so it’s nice to know that the US will get this high spec version.
The charging is disappointing, but not surprising since the same thing happened with the OnePlus 10 Pro – most versions of that phone could charge up to 80W, but the US model stopped at 65W.
So at least 80W here would be an upgrade to the charging speeds of the OnePlus 10 Pro for US buyers, but it’s a shame that it won’t match the 100W global version, which OnePlus says delivers a full charge in just 25 minutes. Of course, we take this claim with a pinch of salt until we can test it for ourselves, but it seems likely.
Analysis: why are US buyers getting a slower charging version?
The decision to offer slower charging with the US versions of the OnePlus 11 will not be arbitrary. Rather, if this is the case it is almost certainly a technology issue.
The reason the OnePlus 10 Pro charges slower in the US is that the 80W SUPERVOOC charging technology used by the phone is designed to support 220V-240V power outlets, as that is the standard range used in Europe, China and in India.
However, in the United States, most outlets are 110V or 120V, and the technology does not fully support working with this lower voltage, which limits the charging speed.
We probably see the same issue here – OnePlus is using the upgraded 100W SuperVOOC charging technology in the OnePlus 11, which probably doesn’t fully support 110V or 120V yet, so the charging speed is higher than with 80W SUPERVOOC, but not as high as in other regions.
This is probably a problem that could be solved, but not by OnePlus itself, since the SuperVOOC technology is created by its corporate sister, Oppo and its parent company BBK Electronics. Considering Oppo’s limited presence in the US, it’s unlikely that this was a high priority for the company.
Still, it’s a shame, because it makes what is probably one of the best Android phones a little worse in that particular region.