OnePlus has finally brought its latest flagship, the OnePlus 12, to global markets. As a reminder, the phone launched in China in early December. It took OnePlus almost two months to make it official outside of its homeland.
The company did that on purpose, as the same happened with the OnePlus 11 last year. Having said that, the global model is now official, as it will be available in the US, Canada, Europe, and more regions.
The global variant of the OnePlus 12 is finally official
In regards to the differences between the Chinese variant and the global one. Well, the global model doesn’t come with up to 24GB of RAM, it caps out at 16GB. It also includes Google Play Services out of the box, of course, and a global version of OnePlus’ software. Everything else is the same.
This smartphone does look very similar to its predecessor. It’s made out of metal and glass, and it has a curved display on the front. A centered display camera hole sits at the very top of the display. The bezels around the display are extremely thin.
The alert slider is now moved to the left-hand side, while all the physical buttons sit on the left. The camera oreo on the back does look similar to last year’s, but it’s larger now, due to the company’s new camera hardware.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 fuels the phone, while you’re getting up to 16GB of RAM
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 fuels the OnePlus 12, Qualcomm’s new processor. It offers a 30% improvement in CPU performance and a 25% enhancement in GPU performance. Those are Qualcomm’s claims, and OnePlus only relayed them. OnePlus also made sure to keep the phone cool at all times by including a Dual Cryo-velocity VC Cooling System. OnePlus actually has some big claims when it comes to gaming with this phone.
The OnePlus 12 comes with 12GB or 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM, depending on the model you choose. Those two RAM variants include 256GB and 512GB of UFS 4.0 flash storage, respectively.
On the front, you’ll find a 6.82-inch QHD+ display, and this an LTPO AMOLED display. In other words, you’re getting an adaptive refresh rate here, as it can jump between 1Hz and 120Hz. Its theoretical max brightness is 4,500, and this display got an A+ rating from DisplayMate.
OnePlus included a noticeably bigger battery pack than last year
The phone’s battery is also bigger than last year. It includes a 5,400mAh battery pack and supports 80W SuperVOOC wired charging in the US. It goes up to 100W in Europe. 50W AirVOOC wireless charging is also on board. Do note that the charger is on board too.
There are also a total of 16 antennas included in the phone. OnePlus says that this will enable “the full potential of high-speed connectivity”, and also enable stability when it comes to those connections.
There are three cameras included on the back. The main one is a 50-megapixel LYT-808 unit from Sony. It has a large f/1.6 aperture, and this is a 1/1.4-inch sensor. The second camera on the back is a 64-megapixel periscope telephoto unit from OmniVision. It’s the OV64B unit with 3x zoom capability, and 6x “in-sensor zoom”. This phone can zoom up to 120x, and OIS is supported, as is in the main camera. The third camera on the back is a 48-megapixel ultrawide unit. That camera offers a wide field of view of 114 degrees.
Android 14 comes pre-installed, along with OnePlus’ OxygenOS 14
Android 14 comes pre-installed on the global OnePlus 12 variant, along with OxgygenOS 14. OnePlus announced two colors for the phone, Flowy Emerald and Silky Black.
The OnePlus 12 with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage is priced at $799.99/CAD$1,069. The variant with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage will set you back $899.99/CAD$1,199.99. Do note that you can offer ANY phone in ANY condition in order to get a $100 discount over at OnePlus.com.
In addition to OnePlus.com, the OnePlus 12 will also sell through Amazon and Best Buy in the US and Canada. It will go on sale starting on February 6. The pre-orders are kicking off today, though.