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The OnePlus 11 may perform worse in the US than other countries

Even while the OnePlus 11 won’t be officially released outside of China until February 7, its availability in China means that we already know a lot about it, including the fact that it has a 100W fast charger. This may not be the case, however, in the USA.

One of the leakers provided what looks to be official marketing literature for the US model, in which the number of RAM slots is similarly stated to be 16. Also available in China is a 16GB model, but it’s great to hear that the United States is likely to get the higher-end variant.

However, the charging is disappointing, but not too unexpected given that the same problem occurred with the OnePlus 10 Pro: although most variants of that phone could charge at up to 80W, the US model could charge at just 65W.

The 100W worldwide version of the OnePlus 10 Pro, which OnePlus claims can fully charge the phone in only 25 minutes, would be a significant improvement for US customers. Until we do our own tests, we have to take this assertion with a grain of salt, although it does seem probable.

Why are customers in the United States receiving a model with slower charging?

The choice to include reduced charging speeds with OnePlus 11 US models is not being done at random. Instead, this is most likely a fault with the technology involved.

The 80W SUPERVOOC charging technology used by the OnePlus 10 Pro is optimised for 220V-240V power outlets, the usual range used in Europe, China, and India, which is why charging the phone in the United States takes longer.

However, most outlets in the United States are either 110V or 120V, and the technology does not completely allow operating with this lower voltage.

Probably the same thing is happening here: the OnePlus 11 has improved 100W SuperVOOC charging technology, but it still doesn’t completely support 110V or 120V, therefore the charging speed is faster than with 80W SUPERVOOC but lower than in other locations.

Since OnePlus’s corporate brother Oppo and its parent company BBK Electronics are responsible for developing the SuperVOOC technology, it’s possible that OnePlus wasn’t the one responsible for fixing this issue. Considering Oppo’s low profile in the United States, this was probably not a top concern.