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OnePlus 12 Review: Almost Perfect (But Not Quite)

The OnePlus 12 is the latest and greatest flagship phone from the company that made its name on "flagship killers." But can it still compete with the likes of Samsung and Apple in 2024? Let's dive into a detailed review to find out.


Design and Display

At first glance, the OnePlus 12 doesn't stray too far from its predecessor. We have the same familiar curved glass back with a glossy aluminum frame and a circular camera bump. However, the new frosted glass finish with a wavy pattern on the green model feels much more premium and grippy than the slippery glass back of the OnePlus 11.

The display is a stunner. It's a 6.82-inch OLED panel with a QHD+ resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, and support for HDR10+ and Dolby Vision. It's incredibly bright, sharp, and smooth, making it a joy to watch videos and play games on.

Performance and Battery Life

The OnePlus 12 is powered by the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, which is paired with 8GB, 12GB, or 16GB of RAM. This combination makes the phone an absolute powerhouse. It can handle anything you throw at it, from multitasking to gaming, without breaking a sweat.

Battery life is also excellent. The 5000mAh battery easily lasts a full day on a single charge, even with heavy use. And when you do need to top up, the 50W wired charging and 50W wireless charging will get you back to 100% in no time.

Camera

The camera system on the OnePlus 12 has been upgraded, but it's not a major leap forward. We still have a triple-lens setup with a 50MP main sensor, a 48MP ultrawide sensor, and a 32MP telephoto sensor. Photos taken in good lighting conditions are generally good, but they can lack detail and HDR can be overzealous at times. Low-light performance is also just average.


Overall, the camera is good enough for most users, but it's not going to compete with the best camera phones on the market.

Other Features

The OnePlus 12 comes with all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a flagship phone, including an in-display fingerprint sensor, face unlock, stereo speakers, and IP68 water resistance. OxygenOS 13, based on Android 13, is also on board, and it's one of the cleanest and most customizable Android skins out there.

Price and Verdict

The OnePlus 12 starts at $800 for the 8GB/128GB model, which is $100 more than the starting price of the OnePlus 11. This price hike makes it harder to justify buying the OnePlus 12, especially considering the camera is only a marginal improvement.

For power users who demand the best performance and battery life, the OnePlus 12 is still a great option. However, if you're on a budget or looking for the best camera phone, you might want to look elsewhere.

Pros:

  • Excellent performance and battery life

  • Beautiful display

  • Clean and customizable software

  • Fast charging

Cons:

  • Price hike compared to OnePlus 11

  • Camera is only a marginal improvement

  • No UWB or aptX Lossless

Overall, the OnePlus 12 is a great phone, but it's not perfect. The price hike makes it a tougher sell than its predecessor, and the camera is still not quite up to par with the best. However, if you're looking for a powerful and stylish phone with excellent battery life, the OnePlus 12 is still a good option.

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