OnePlus 12 gets a detailed look ahead of its global launch

OnePlus has OnePlus has officially launched the 12 in China, and its highest-end model comes with more RAM than I’ve had on my desktop gaming PC until recently. While the base model of the flagship smartphone comes with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, opting for the highest variant gets Chinese buyers 24GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. OnePlus is yet to confirm configurations for an international launch in “early 2024”.

The phone’s RAM isn’t the only eye-catching specification. Charging speed is also fast, with support for 100W wired fast charging and 50W wireless charging (a feature completely missing from the OnePlus 11). Based on our experience with the previous OnePlus 11, that 100W fast charging is likely to become 80W in the US. OnePlus 12 has a battery capacity of 5,400mAh.

Visually similar to the OnePlus 11, the 12’s innards offer interesting upgrades.
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In terms of cameras, the OnePlus 12 has a triple rear setup with a 50-megapixel main, a 64-megapixel periscope telephoto with 3x optical zoom, and a 48-megapixel ultrawide. Naturally they are once again Hasselblad-branded and paired with a 32-megapixel selfie camera. Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor, Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, powers the phone.

Available colors include green, white and black, and the phone has an IP65 rating for dust and water resistance, which is a step up from the IP64 rating found on the OnePlus 11. Practically it protects from dust and other solid particles. It’s the same, but now it needs to be protected against water jets, rather than just splashes.

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OnePlus has yet to confirm an exact date for the phone’s international launch of “early 2024,” but let’s take a look at the rumours. Starting at the end of January. In China, the phone starts at ¥4,299 (around $606) for the entry-level model with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, rising to ¥5,799 (around $818) if you want the full 24GB RAM / 1TB storage experience. International pricing is yet to be announced.

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