After weeks of anticipation, OnePlus has officially introduced its 10th-anniversary flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 12. Making its global debut in China, following the footsteps of its predecessors, the OnePlus 11 and OnePlus 10 Pro, this latest offering is touted as the brand’s most advanced slab-style smartphone to date.
The OnePlus 12 showcases many high-end features synonymous with premium phones, addressing some of the brand’s previous missteps. Notable improvements include reintroducing wireless charging, a faster USB port, and an enhanced camera system.
With a commitment to rectifying past shortcomings, OnePlus aims to elevate the user experience with its latest flagship, marking a significant milestone in its decade-long journey. Tech enthusiasts and consumers can expect a device that combines cutting-edge technology with the celebrated design language that OnePlus is known for.
OnePlus 12 China Launch: Design and Specifications
The OnePlus 12 design maintains continuity with its well-received predecessor, the OnePlus 11, while introducing purposeful refinements. Notably, the alert slider has been relocated from the right to the left side, aiming to enhance the gaming antenna signal by 3dB and reduce game latency by 15 percent. The phone will be available in matte black, glossy white, and a green variant with a 3D depth effect called “flowy emerald.”
Coming to the display, the OnePlus 12 boasts a 2K LTPO OLED display sourced from BOE, likely measuring 6.82 inches. Its peak brightness of 4,500 nits surpasses current industry standards, incorporating rainwater touch technology for smooth touch responses in rainy conditions. Support for 2,160Hz PWM dimming is also confirmed.
The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor will drive the device, with memory configurations of 16GB+512GB, 16GB+1TB, and 24GB+1TB. It uses LPDDR5x RAM and UFS 4.0 storage standards. The device also has a 9140 sq. mm Vapour Chamber cooling system, which can cover an area of 38,547 sq. mm.
The device is expected to run on ColorOS 14 (OxygenOS 14 globally) based on Android 14.
As for the cameras, the OnePlus 12 features a robust camera setup, including a 50MP primary Sony LYT-808 sensor, a 48MP Sony IMX581 sensor for the ultrawide lens, and a 64MP OmniVision OV64B sensor for the 3x periscope telephoto lens. The front camera is anticipated to be a 32MP selfie shooter. Moreover, we also get to see Hasselblad working their magic on the camera yet again.
This hardware will draw its power from a massive 5,400mAh battery, which supports 100W fast wired charging. The OnePlus 12 has a USB Type-C port compliant with USB 3.2 Gen 1 for up to 10Gbps transfer speed. We also get to see 50W wireless charging with reverse wireless charging. Additional features include an IR blaster, “full-area multi-function NFC,” Bluetooth 5.4, and WiFi 7 connectivity.
OnePlus 12 China Launch: OnePlus 12: Pricing in China
These price configurations for the OnePlus 12 have been revealed:
12GB RAM + 256GB Storage: 4,299 Yuan or roughly $606 or Rs 50,750
16GB RAM + 512GB Storage: 4,799 Yuan or approximately $677 or Rs 56,650
16GB RAM + 1TB Storage: 5,299 Yuan or roughly $748 or Rs 62,550
24GB RAM + 1TB Storage: 5,799 Yuan or roughly $818 or Rs 68,500
OnePlus 12 India Launch and Potential Pricing
OnePlus will launch the device in China first and then bring it to the rest of the world, as has been its practice. The device will be available for sale in China right after the launch. However, the device will be launched in India and the rest of the world later.
Reports suggest that the device will launch in India sometime around mid-January 2024, almost a month after it did in China. This is mainly because of the resurgence of the smartphone market in the country after a slump of two years.
As for the pricing of the OnePlus 12 in India, it is likely to go higher than the OnePlus 11, but not by a lot. The base variant, with the 16GB+512GB variant, will likely start at around Rs 65,000. The top-end 24GB+1TB variant will probably cross the Rs 80,000 mark, making it the most expensive device from OnePlus yet.
There are reports that OnePlus may charge north of Rs 1.00 Lakhs for the top variant, but that is highly unlikely and contrary to OnePlus’ pricing strategy that we have seen so far.