However, such software promises still do not guarantee timely updates, as older phones are often pushed down the priority list after a few years as new models roll out. It’s great to see OnePlus catch up and match Samsung’s update schedule, at least for its handsets from 2023. We still don’t know if OnePlus will stick to the same four-year update cycle for its upcoming Nord series budget phones this year.
In November, OnePlus announced a new update policy that promised four major Android updates and five years of security updates (sent every two months). While it’s a much-loved move by OnePlus after its lackluster track record, this update commitment only applies to a select number of phones launching in 2023 or later, excluding even those that don’t. OnePlus 10 series flagship from last year. The OnePlus 11 5G is covered natively, but the company has confirmed that it will also extend the same update policy to the lower-end OnePlus 11R (via Android Authority). This means that the OnePlus 11R will also be eligible for at least four major Android upgrades over its lifetime. It comes with Android 13 pre-installed and will receive updates through Android 17, which is a big deal since the 11R is essentially a mid-range product.
The OnePlus 11R manages to keep the price under $500 by using last year’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor and a Full HD OLED display instead of the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and QHD LTPO 3.0 display found on OnePlus 11 is more expensive. the company also announced its first tablet, the OnePlus Pad, which we quite like for what it has to offer.