After a couple of disappointing years marked by questionable software choices, OnePlus sort of made a comeback with the 11 series. It once again hit the right balance of specifications, cameras, and price. As a result, expectations have been high for the newly launched OnePlus 12. Here’s all you need to know about it.

When does the OnePlus 12 launch globally?

Similar to other Chinese companies, the OnePlus 12 first launched in China on December 5, followed by a global release scheduled on January 23rd. However, it is important to note that the global release date can change as the company unveils more information.

OnePlus 12: Design and Display

Taking a page out from Google’s book, OnePlus itself released the design of its new device days ahead of launch. And based on the photos, the OnePlus 12 looks to carry forward the familiar design language seen in the OnePlus 11. However, there are some design tweaks, including a camera block that seamlessly blends with the phone’s body. Additionally, OnePlus has also shifted the beloved alert slider to the opposite side.

The front view of the device features a centered punch-hole selfie camera and boasts a 6.82-inch QHD OLED 120Hz display, capable of reaching a peak brightness of 4,500 nits. However, it’s important to note that such high brightness levels are optimized for specific scenarios rather than continuous usage.

Furthermore, the device comes in three color variants: a classic black model, a glossy white variant, and an unconventional ‘Flowy Emerald’ option with a distinctive blue-green pattern on the glass back.

Specifications

As confirmed by OnePlus itself, the device houses the 8-core Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip, featuring one high-performance Cortex-X4 core at 3300 MHz, five medium-performance Cortex-A720 cores, and two efficiency Cortex-A520 cores running at 2260 MHz. Paired with up to a terabyte of storage, the device offers up to 24GB of RAM in certain regions. Moreover, the phone incorporates the Adreno 750 GPU, which now supports ray tracing.

Adding to the hype, new leaked details from Weibo suggest a benchmark score that’s off the charts. Allegedly, the OnePlus 12 has scored 2,333,033 points on AnTuTu v10, potentially marking the highest score ever recorded on the platform. Furthermore, the OnePlus 12 also supports USB 3.2, promising faster data transfer speeds.

Cameras

OnePlus’s cameras saw a significant improvement with the 11, bringing the phone at least on par with other flagship models. Thankfully, the OnePlus 12’s cameras also have some substantial upgrades, as the company has confirmed the inclusion of a new Sony 48MP LYT-808 main sensor. This sensor boasts an aperture of f/1.6 and a focal length of 23mm, a configuration similar to the one observed on the OnePlus Open.

Photo of OnePlus 12 cameras

Additionally, the telephoto sensor has received a significant enhancement in the form of a new 3x 64-megapixel OmniVision OV64B periscope camera. Moreover, the UltraWide camera features a 48-megapixel Sony IMX581 sensor. Finally, on the front, the phone has a 32MP selfie shooter.

Software

OnePlus’s software has been a topic of widespread discussion, especially after its merger with Oppo. This merger combined the codebases of two skins—OxygenOS and Oppo’s ColorOS—resulting in a change that led to OnePlus losing its biggest selling point of providing a near-stock Android experience. Nevertheless, the OnePlus 12 has launched with Android 14-based OxygenOS 14, with support for 4 OS updates.

Battery and Charging

The OnePlus 12 includes the biggest battery the company has ever put in a smartphone at 5,400 mAh. However, perhaps the most exciting addition is the return of wireless charging. This is because after omitting this feature in the 2023 release, OnePlus has reintroduced fast wireless capabilities, reaching up to 50W, and reverse wireless charging capability at 10W.

How much does the OnePlus 12 cost?

Pricing has been OnePlus’s strength as it has always undercut its competition. And the same case can be said for the OnePlus 12 since the company launched the device for 4,299 Yuan (roughly $600). However, it is important to note that international pricing always differs slightly from Chinese pricing.

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