The OnePlus 12 is all set for its global launch on January 23, and as such everyone’s excited for the prospective OnePlus flagship. Expectations are high, and with the device already having received an official unveiling in China, we practically know everything we need to know about the upcoming device. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the OnePlus 12, breaking down all the information we know about the smartphone so far.
Design and Build
Looking at the OnePlus 12, it becomes immediately apparent that we’re getting a continuation of the “TIME” design theme from the OnePlus 11. It’s based on the concept of luxury watches, taking inspiration from them and incorporating those design elements into a smartphone design. The OnePlus Open carried over this philosophy, and now the OnePlus 12 embodies it.
While it’s visually the same as its predecessor, there are some key changes when it comes to OnePlus 12’s build features. The most prominent of these is that the OnePlus 12 is now IP65 certified, a marked improvement. We’ve also got a brand new ‘Flowy Emerald’ colour option, which goes along with the standard black and white. One other small change is the presence of a slightly larger 6.82-inch display.
Other changes include a new 164.3 x 75.8 x 9.2mm footprint and a weight of 220g. It’s a tad bit heavier than last year’s OnePlus 11, which came in at 205g, but that naturally comes with it being a larger device with a bigger battery. If you liked the designs of the OnePlus 11 or OnePlus Open, then the OnePlus 12 will be right up your alley.
Ahead of the global launch, OnePlus has already revealed all of the new flagship smartphone’s specs, including the phone’s use of Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset. RAM configurations range from 16 GB all the way up to 24 GB, while internal UFS 4.0 storage tops out at 1 TB. Over on the inside, we have a relatively large 5,400 mAh battery, which boasts 100w wired charging speeds and 50W wireless charging speeds.
Sitting on the front of the smartphone, we’ve got a 6.82-inch QHD+ LTPO ‘Super Fluid’ AMOLED display with a peak brightness of 4,500 nits and a refresh rate of 120Hz. The device will also have other features like an IR blaster, stereo speakers, a new alert slider on its left side, and dual nano SIM card slots with 5G support on both slots. The specs befit a brand-new flagship device, and it should perform admirably well.
OnePlus always impresses when it comes to its cameras, and the OnePlus 12 seems to keep that tradition going strong. The OnePlus 12 features a 50MP primary shooter, a 48MP ultra-wide lens, and a 64MP 3x telephoto rear camera. Both the primary shooter and telephoto camera come with OIS. It’s a pretty impressive set of shooters, so let’s take a closer look at the specifics of these sensors.
The main camera is the 50MP Sony LYT-T808 “Pixel Stacked” sensor that OnePlus reportedly collaborated with Sony on. This is paired with the 64MP OV64B 3x telephoto lens, which will outperform last year’s OnePlus 11. While the zoom level won’t be as good as the Google Pixel 8 Pro or the Galaxy S23 Ultra, the 3x telephoto should capture notably better photos than what the OnePlus 11 can currently manage.
The final sensor on the OnePlus 12 is a 48MP Sony IMX581 ultra-wide shooter. On the front of the smartphone, you’ll find a 32MP front-facing camera. Overall a pretty impressive camera setup and again, a marked improvement over the OnePlus 11’s already great configuration.
Naturally, the OnePlus 12 will run the company’s latest OxygenOS 14, built on Android 14. It brings plenty of new security features to OnePlus devices, along with a fresh coat of paint thanks to the software’s new aquamorphic design elements. As is typical with OnePlus flagships, we can expect four Android OS upgrades down the line, as well as a consistent five years of security updates.
Of course, the big question on everyone’s mind when it comes to the OnePlus 12 is how much will it cost. In China, The OnePlus 12 starts from CNY¥4,299 for the 12GB RAM and 256GB model, which directly puts it at $605 or Rs 50,240. These go up to CNY¥4,799 ($675) for the 16GB + 512GB model, CNY¥5,299 ($745) for the 16GB + 1TB model, and CNY¥5,799 ($815) or ₹68,400 for the top of the line 24GB + 1TB model.
The OnePlus 11 launched for the exact same price in China, so we expect the global pricing to follow suit. Thus, the OnePlus 12 will probably start at $699 in the US, or Rs 56,999 in India. It’s a decent price for a flagship device, and we’d love to be surprised with a lower price.
Keep in mind these prices are directly converted from Chinese prices. So, we will have to wait for the OnePlus 12 to launch in India to know their correct prices.
The OnePlus 12 is all set to impress, with some of the best specifications in the smartphone market right now. Everyone’s looking forward to the official launch on the 23rd of January. We’re personally eager to see how it reviews, especially with all the hype surrounding the device. We know a fair amount about it, so it’s about time.
The OnePlus 12 will launch in India on the 23rd of January, alongside a slightly cheaper, weaker variant called the OnePlus 12R.
Yes, the OnePlus 12 will have wireless charging. It supports 50W wireless charging via the company’s ever-popular AirVOOC technology. Normal wireless chargers will also supposedly work with the device, just without the sheer speed that comes from AirVOOC.
No, the OnePlus 12 is only IP65 certified, meaning it’s water resistant but not necessarily waterproof. If you really need a waterproof smartphone, then the OnePlus 12 might not be for you.