Following its launch for buyers in China a few months ago, OnePlus has finally brought its latest flagship smartphone – the OnePlus 12 – to international markets, marking the arrival of its new premium handset for more people worldwide. With that being said, the OnePlus 12 packs some rather impressive hardware in addition to Android 14, which should give fans (as well as new adopters) a lot to like. What can you expect from the OnePlus 12 though? Let’s take a look.
Design and Display
As seen before in OnePlus’ early design previews, the phone does borrow a lot of familiar-looking design elements from previous OnePlus flagships, most notably the circular camera module on the rear panel. The off-centre look does take a bit of time to get used to, but it helps to set the device apart from competing handsets, a lot of which settle for rectangular or squared-off camera bumps on the upper left corner.
The OnePlus 12 also retains a curved-edge display, which is surrounded by a metal frame that goes around the sides of the handset. In a time when brands such as Samsung and Google have moved on from curved displays on premium phones, it’s certainly interesting to see OnePlus retain this feature on its flagship model. The display features an LTPO AMOLED panel that measures 6.82 inches, with a sharp 2K resolution in addition to a smooth 120Hz refresh rate, and an insanely-bright 4,500 nits of peak brightness.
Inside the OnePlus 12 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, which is one of the best mobile SoCs on the market right now. The 8 Gen 3 comes with enhancements for performance as well as graphical capabilities, and works with OnePlus’ own “Trinity Engine,” in addition to 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 512GB of UFS 4.0 storage. The phone can supposedly keep apps running in the background for up to 72 hours, which we suppose should be handy for certain users out there.
Given that most users will undoubtedly play games on the OnePlus 12 (or at least use it for performance-heavy apps), OnePlus has included a Dual Cryo-velocity VC Cooling System, which the company says packs a 3D capillary dissipation structure, allowing it reduce overheating. This system allows the larger VC to absorb heat from the smaller VC for faster heat dissipation.
The phone is powered by a 5,400 mAh battery, which is designed to support OnePlus’ 100W SUPERVOOC Endurance Edition – this enables the phone to charge from 1 to 100% in as quickly as 26 minutes. It’s worth noting however that different regions will get slightly different battery configurations; for example, North American variants will instead feature 80W SUPERVOOC Endurance Edition charging, that will take 30 minutes to charge up to 100% (not a big difference to be honest). There’s also OnePlus’ patented 50W AIRVOOC wireless charging, which is a much-welcome feature.
For optics, the OnePlus 12 features Sony’s LYT-808 wide-angle camera, with a 1/1.4-inch sensor size and up to 24,600 FWC. A larger sensor size should provide better low-light performance, and also comes with an ALC Coating IR filter that helps reduce red glare and artifacts in images. Additionally, the OnePlus 12 also comes with a 64MP OV64B 3X periscope telephoto lens with a 1/2-inch sensor size and ƒ/2.6 aperture, a 48MP f/2.2 ultrawide sensor, as well as a 32MP front camera.
The phone is able to shoot video at a maximum of 8K resolution at 24 frames per second, with support for gyro-EIS and Dolby Vision. Meanwhile, videos shot on the front camera max out at 4K resolution at 30 fps.
Pricing and Availability
As for pricing, the OnePlus 12 will go on sale on 6th February, and will come in the following configurations:
- 512GB – £999 / EUR 1099 / USD $899
- 256GB £849 / EUR 949 / USD $799