OnePlus 12: Does the new flagship keep pace with other brands?

OnePlus 12. Photo: OnePlus China
OnePlus 12. Photo: OnePlus China

OnePlus’s flagship for 2024, the OnePlus 12 has been made official in China. The smartphone is the successor of last year’s OnePlus 11 which did okay in the market.

It has been a while since OnePlus truly lived up to its ‘Flagship Killer’ nickname. The OnePlus Open, the company’s inaugural foldable, unveiled at the end of October, has reignited excitement with its plethora of features, setting it apart from other brands in the market. However, how does OnePlus fare in delivering a standard flagship experience with its non-foldable offerings?

With a few major upgrades like the latest flagship chipset and telephoto camera, the OnePlus 12 looks to pack quite some punch.

Let us see what the smartphone provides in terms of specs.

Specifications of OnePlus 12

DimensionsHeight: 164.3mm
Width: 75.8mm
Thickness: 9.15mm
Weight 220 grams
Display size6.82-inch
Display typeAMOLED
ResolutionQHD+ (3,168 × 1,440)
Refresh rateUp to 120Hz, 1-120Hz adaptive refresh
BrightnessNormal: 1600nits
Peak: 4500nits
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla Glass Victus® 2
IP ratingIP65 waterproof and dustproof
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon® 8 Gen 3 (4nm)
CPUOcta-core (1×3.3 GHz Cortex-X4 & 5×3.2 GHz Cortex-A720 & 2×2.3 GHz Cortex-A520)
GPUAdreno 750
OSAndroid 14, OxygenOS 14
RAM12GB | 16GB | 24GB
Storage256GB | 512GB | 1TB
Rear camera50MP main camera
64MP telephoto camera
48MP ultra-wide-angle camera
Selfie camera32MP
Wi-FiWi-Fi 7 (802.11be), Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and 802.11a/b/g/n/
AudioSuper linear stereo dual speakers
Dual microphone
Support Dolby Atmos
Support spatial audio
SensorsGeomagnetic Induction | Under-Screen Proximity Sensor | Under-Screen Light Sensor | Acceleration Sensor | Gravity Sensor | Gyroscope | Support Step Counting Function | Infrared Remote Control | Under-Screen Colour Temperature Sensor | Rear Spectrum Sensor | Hall Sensor | Fingerprint (under display) sensor
Vibration motorCustomized upgraded version of the extra large X-axis linear motor (bionic vibration motor Turbo)
ChargingWired fast charging: 100W
Wireless fast charging: 50W
Wireless reverse charging: 10W
ColoursWhite | Black | Green
Price (expected)Rs 105,000 (12/256GB)
Rs 115,000 (16/512GB)
Rs 125,000 (16GB/1TB)
Rs 140,000 (24GB/1TB)

Design and Display

The OnePlus 12’s design is very similar to the OnePlus 11. The back has a large camera module with a Hasselblad logo. The camera module is larger than that of the OnePlus 11. There are three main rear camera lenses along with a 13-channel multi-spectral colour sensor in a square-shaped placement. The flash is just above the main camera which previously in the OnePlus 11 was in the camera module itself. The rings surrounding the camera lens are circular while there is a scaled shiny ring on the camera module itself.

OnePlus 12 back design. Photo: OnePlus China
Photo: OnePlus China

The back of the OnePLus 12 is made up of glass and is curved along with the frame. The frame is shiny and is made up of an aluminium alloy. It is also a bit thicker and wider than the OnePlus 11. The overall design of the smartphone is quite premium.

OnePlus 12 back design. Photo: OnePlus China
Photo: OnePlus China

On the display side, the OnePlus has increased the display size by a bit from the OnePlus 11. The hole-punch camera cutout on the OnePlus 11 which was on the left side has been changed and now is in the centre.

OnePlus 12 display. Photo: OnePlus China
Photo: OnePlus China

The OnePlus 12 has a 6.82-inch 3D AMOLED flexible curved screen with a screen-to-body ratio of 93.5 per cent. The display has a QHD+ resolution of 3,168×1,440 with a pixel density of 510 PPI. Its adaptive refresh rate, ranging from 1Hz to 120Hz helps the smartphone save battery when the screen is not in use.

The screen’s brightness has a global excitation maximum brightness of 1,600nit typical value, with a local peak maximum brightness of 4,500nit typical value. It supports 1.07 billion colours and 100 per cent coverage in various colour gamut modes (Natural, Professional, and Vivid).

OnePlus 12 display. Photo: OnePlus China

Additionally, the OnePlus 12’s screen prioritizes user comfort and eye protection. It features an eye protection mode by default, supporting both bright eyes and low-frequency flicker reduction, along with a dimming mode that utilises a 3Pulse+1Pulse DC-like dimming/high-frequency PWM at 2160Hz, ensuring comfortable viewing experiences in various lighting conditions.

OnePlus 12. Photo: OnePlus China

Moreover, the OnePlus 12’s display has a lot of features for excellent viewing experience, including screen colour mode adjustments, automatic and manual brightness adjustments, screen colour temperature customisation, ultra-clear picture quality enhancement, video colour enhancement, HDR video highlight mode, screen refresh rate flexibility, and support for Dolby Vision.

OnePlus 12 IP rating. Photo: OnePlus China
OnePlus 12 IP rating. Photo: OnePlus China

The display is protected with the help of the Corning Gorilla Glass Victus® 2 for accidental dropping and scratches. It also has an IP rating of IP65 which makes it dust and waterproof.

Performance and Storage

The OnePlus 12 is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 flagship chipset built on a 4nm architecture. Its octa-core CPU doesn’t compromise either, featuring a Cortex-X4 core clocked at 3.3 GHz for high-performance tasks, five Cortex-A720 cores running at 3.2 GHz for balanced performance, and two Cortex-A520 cores at 2.3 GHz for power efficiency. It is supported by the Adreno 750 GPU, which handles the graphics processing. It runs on Android 14 with OxygenOS 14 operating system for the global version whereas uses ColorOS 14 in China.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset. Photo: OnePlus
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset. Photo: OnePlus

Cooling performance on the OnePlus 12 is also increased for prolonged high performance, using a massive 10,000-grade VC, dual-circulation heat dissipation, and aerospace-grade materials to efficiently manage heat with a 38,547mm² dissipation area. It has improved the thermal conductivity by 41 per cent and cooling efficiency by 400 per cent compared to traditional systems.

Cooling system on the OnePlus 12. Photo: OnePlus China
Cooling system on the OnePlus 12. Photo: OnePlus China

The OnePlus 12 is available in 12 GB, 16 GB, or 24 GB RAM options. As for storage, the 12 GB option is paired with the base 256 GB option, whereas the 16 GB option is paired with the 512 GB and 1 TB options and the top 24 GB option is paired with the 1 TB storage option.


The OnePlus 12 features a triple rear camera setup with a 50MP Sony Lightyu LYT-808 main camera sensor with a wide ƒ/1.6 aperture and optical image stabilization. The 64MP telephoto camera has 3x optical zoom and OIS for stable long-distance shots. Additionally, the 48MP ultra-wide-angle camera with a 114° field of view and macro capability at 3.5cm offers versatility for a wide view of landscapes and closeup details. The rear camera also supports 6x optical quality zoom and a staggering 120x digital zoom.

OnePlus 12 rear camera. Photo: OnePlus China
Photo: OnePlus China

The OnePlus 12’s rear camera has a wide range of features including professional, photo, video, portrait, night scene, high pixel, panorama, movie, slow motion, time-lapse photography, long exposure, multi-view video, cute photo, AI ID photo, super text, tilt shift and XPAN.

OnePlus 12 rear camera specs. Photo: OnePlus China
OnePlus 12 rear camera specs. Photo: OnePlus China

The rear camera can capture detailed 8K videos at 24fps, along with 4K, 1,080P, and 720P videos at 60fps and 30fps. It also supports slow-motion video shooting at 1,080P (240fps) and 720P (480fps, 240fps), Dolby Vision shooting in 4K (30fps) and 1,080P (30fps), movie mode shooting in 4K (30fps), time-lapse photography shooting in 4K (30fps) and 1,080P (30fps) and multi-view video shooting in 1,080P (30fps). It has video anti-shake shooting for stable shots while video zoom extends to 3x optical zoom and up to 18x digital zoom.

OnePlus 12 rear camera. Photo: OnePlus China
Photo: OnePlus China

The OnePlus 12 has a 32MP selfie camera with a ƒ/2.4 aperture. It also has features such as photos, videos, night scenes, panorama, portraits, time-lapse photography, multi-scene video, cute photos and AI ID photos. Video shooting capabilities include 4K at 30fps, 1,080p at 30fps and 720p at 30fps along with anti-shake capability for stable selfie videos.

OnePlus 12 rear camera. Photo: OnePlus China
Photo: OnePlus China

Battery and Others

The OnePlus 12 features a 5,400mAh non-removable battery that easily lasts the day without hesitation. For charging, it boasts a wired fast charging capability at 100W. The device also brings back wireless charging, supporting speeds of 50W, along with a 10W wireless reverse charging feature.

OnePlus 12 charging. Photo: OnePlus China
OnePlus 12 charging. Photo: OnePlus China

For connectivity it supports Wi-Fi 7 (802.11be), Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), and 802.11a/b/g/n, covering a wide range of Wi-Fi standards and Bluetooth 5.4 for wireless connectivity with other devices. The audio system is also impressive with super linear stereo dual speakers, Dolby Atmos support, and spatial audio.

Dual stereo speakers on the OnePlus 12. Photo: OnePlus China
Dual stereo speakers on the OnePlus 12. Photo: OnePlus China

It also features a range of sensors, including geomagnetic induction, under-screen proximity sensor, under-screen light sensor, acceleration sensor, gravity sensor, gyroscope, support step counting function, infrared remote control, under-screen colour temperature sensor, rear spectrum sensor, hall sensor and an under-display optical fingerprint sensor. Its vibration motor has a customised upgraded version of the extra-large X-axis linear motor, known as the bionic vibration motor Turbo, offering enhanced haptic feedback.

The OnePlus 12 is available in three colour options; White, Black and Green.

OnePlus 12 colour option. Photo: OnePlus China
Photo: OnePlus China

The expected prices for the OnePlus 12 in Nepal are Rs 105,000 for the 12GB/256GB option, Rs 115,000 for the 16GB/512GB option, Rs 125,000 for the 16GB/1TB option, and Rs 140,000 for the 24GB/1TB option.

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Dahal is a gadget/auto writer at Onlinekhabar.

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