OnePlus 12 review: Unveiling the powerhouse of innovation and style

The OnePlus 12 is OnePlus’ latest high-end device that upgrades the chipset, wireless induction charging, and telephoto camera while bringing a bigger display over its predecessor. It is priced at Rs. 64,999 for the base model and Rs. 69,999 for the higher model. Should you consider this over the OnePlus 11 or even the 12R? Let’s try and find out.

Design

In terms of looks, the OnePlus 12 is pretty similar to the 12R. It features a wheel-like camera and dual LED flash setup on the back, along with Hasselblad branding and OnePlus branding in the middle of the back itself. The phone comes in a shimmery Silky Black color and also in Emerald Green. The display features Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus 2 on top, while the back has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection. The phone weighs about 220 grams and measures around 9.2mm, making it somewhat big and heavy.

Display

The device boasts a 6.82-inch OLED QHD+ (3168×1440) ProXDR display that supports variable refresh rates up to 120Hz. The display is bright and usable under direct sunlight and has good viewing angles. It handles HDR content without sacrificing much in terms of contrast and dark scenes. The curved sides are reflective. Overall, it offers a sharp panel that handles high-resolution videos and images without any troubles.

Software and Performance

The phone comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 gen 3 chipset, paired with 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM (base model comes in 12GB + 128GB configuration). It’s running on OxygenOS 14 based on Android 14 with the January 2024 security patch in place. The phone handles games and app switching with ease, and it performs well in terms of software and performance.

Camera

Sporting a triple camera system on the back – a 50MP (f/1.6) main camera, a 64MP (f/2.6), and a 48MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide camera. The phone’s camera app is generally quick to capture shots, and the Master mode offers a lot of filters to choose from. The front-facing 32MP (f/2.4) camera also performs well in daylight and low-light conditions.

Battery

The OnePlus 12 features a 5,400mAh battery unit and a 100-watt SuperVOOC charger in the box. The phone lasted a full day most of the time and can be charged from 1% to full in about 40 minutes using the bundled charger. The phone also supports wireless induction charging at up to 50 watts using OnePlus’ new AirVOOC charger.

Other Features

Loudspeakers on the OnePlus 12 are crisp and loud, and the phone’s Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS/GLONASS performance, and call quality are top-notch. The phone does not support eSIM as of now.

Verdict

In terms of getting value for money, the OnePlus 12R does 90% of the things as well as the OnePlus 12, and now quite near to the OnePlus 12 for most people. The OnePlus 12’s camera and chip difference may not be for everybody. The OnePlus 12 is a solid smartphone that excels in areas such as battery life, design, and overall user experience, making it a recommendable choice for a smartphone around 65k.