OnePlus 12: Everything you need to know

OnePlus had a good 2023; it launched the phenomenal OnePlus Open foldable, rolled out the OnePlus Pad, and even made a high-end mechanical keyboard. But the focus is now on 2024, and there is a lot to be excited about: the OnePlus 12 has made its debut in China in early December, and the global launch event is slated for January 23. 

What’s particularly interesting about the OnePlus 12 launch is that we’ll also be getting the OnePlus 12R alongside the device. While this has been the case in years past, R series devices have been limited to India — that’s not the case with the OnePlus 12R, as it will be getting a global launch. 

This is a good move by OnePlus, and as I noted in my OnePlus 11R review, the R series devices are the best value in the manufacturer’s portfolio, so a global launch should make things very enticing. If you’re looking to know more about the OnePlus 12, you’ve come to the right place. 

OnePlus 12: Design

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OnePlus switched to a new design aesthetic with the OnePlus 11, and it is among the best designs the brand has introduced in its nine-year history. The large camera island at the back that seamlessly merges into the mid-frame is designed to turn heads, and the brand did a great job carrying a similar design over to the India-focused OnePlus 11R as well.

Although OnePlus is known to change the design of its phones yearly, it’s using a similar design with the OnePlus 12. OnePlus showed off official shots of the device, and they reveal a design that’s nearly identical to the OnePlus 11. 

I really like what OnePlus did this year on the design side of things — particularly with the Marble Odyssey version — and a similar-looking phone with upgraded camera hardware for 2024 should make for a potent combination. Basically, the OnePlus 11 is among the best OnePlus phones yet, and the OnePlus 12 is following suit. 

The big design change is that the alert slider is moving to the left of the phone; OnePlus says this is done so that it can accommodate a larger antenna on the right. 

There’s also going to be a Flowy Emerald color that has a unique texture meant to mimic the flow of a river. 

OnePlus 12: Specs

OnePlus 12: Everything you need to know

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OnePlus is known for delivering some of the best hardware, and that thankfully isn’t set to change. The OnePlus 12 is powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset paired with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and the storage now goes up to 1TB — there’s even a model with 24GB of RAM, if 16GB wasn’t adequate. 

The AMOLED screen is marginally larger at 6.82 inches, but what you’ll like more is that it goes up to an insane 4500 nits in HDR content. That’s down to a new BOE panel, and I’m interested in seeing how the screen holds up in real-world use. 

One area where the flagship differs is battery life. The OnePlus 12 has a larger 5400mAh battery, and that should give it much better battery life in daily use. Even with the current 5000mAh battery on the OnePlus 11, I get a day and a half worth of use between charges, so I’m excited to see what the OnePlus 12 has to offer.

And as for charging, the OnePlus 12 will use the same 100W charging tech, but it also has 50W wireless charging. While BBK now has 150W charging tech in its portfolio, it’s unlikely we’ll see that on the OnePlus numbered flagship series for one reason: North America. There’s no way to offer the 150W charging tech in the U.S., so it stands to reason that the OnePlus 12 has the same 100W standard.

OnePlus 12: Software

OnePlus 12: Everything you need to know

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With Android 14 now available, the OnePlus 12 will launch with OxygenOS 14 out of the box. The public beta of OxygenOS 14 is underway, and the stable build should roll out before the end of the year. 

The Android 14 build itself doesn’t offer too many changes as such, so it’s understandable that OxygenOS 14 doesn’t differ too much. OxygenOS 13 was a major step forward for OnePlus; the build delivered better stability and fixed a lot of lingering issues that arose following the merger of OxygenOS with ColorOS, so it stands to reason that this year’s update is incremental.

That said, there are changes to the design — including a clone of Dynamic Island on iOS — a suite of new ringtones, better lock screen customizability, and a new engine that makes using the interface smoother than earlier versions. 

OnePlus 12: Cameras

OnePlus 12: Everything you need to know

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Thanks to its partnership with Hasselblad, OnePlus was able to deliver sizeable gains on the camera front over the last 18 months. The results were evident when I used the OnePlus 11, with the phone taking stunning photos in most lighting situations. It still doesn’t quite come close to the best from Google, Samsung, and Xiaomi have to offer, but OnePlus is rolling out huge upgrades for 2024.

The biggest change is the introduction of a 64MP telephoto lens that delivers 3x optical zoom. This should allow the OnePlus 12 to be that much more versatile, and the primary 50MP camera also has a considerable upgrade. The 48MP wide-angle lens is largely unchanged, but the addition of a zoom lens and new hardware for the primary camera means the OnePlus 12 delivers better photos in most situations.

OnePlus 12: Price and release date

OnePlus 12: Everything you need to know

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One of the biggest selling points of the OnePlus 11 is its retail price. Debuting at just $699, the phone offers a better value than most of its immediate rivals, and that’s set to continue for 2024. The OnePlus 12 costs 4,299 RMB in China, and that comes out to just $605. 

While I don’t know what the OnePlus 12 will retail for, a key focus for the manufacturer is value, so it will broadly be within the same window as the
OnePlus 11. My guess would be $749 for the starting model and $849 for the 512GB version, increasing by $100 for each storage tier. Over in India, the OnePlus 12 should debut at ₹59,999 ($722) for the base version and ₹64,999 ($782) for the 16GB/512GB edition. 

With the launch slated for January 23, we don’t have to wait too long to know more about what the device costs globally.  

Via: Androidcentral

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