It may only have been a few months since the OnePlus 11 made its debut, but as the company motto is ‘Never Settle’, it should come as no surprise that rumours are already emerging around its successor.
Here’s all we know so far about the upcoming OnePlus 12.
When will the OnePlus 12 be released?
There’s no official word from OnePlus yet on when we’ll see the new model, but so far all signs point to a reveal right at the end of the year.
Both Max Jambor and Yogesh Brar have reported that OnePlus will reveal the 12 in China this December, with Brar adding that the global launch will follow in February 2024.
The OnePlus 11 received its Chinese market launch in January 2023, with the global release following in February.
How much will the OnePlus 12 cost?
Again, no solid details about pricing has been made available from OnePlus at the time of writing. For some clues, we can look to the previous models to see how they line up:
- OnePlus 11 (8GB/128GB) – $699/£729/€849
- OnePlus 11 (16GB/256GB) – $799/£799/€919
There wasn’t a OnePlus 10 model, as instead we were treated to a OnePlus 10 Pro model and the OnePlus 10T follow-up. Here’s how those two models were priced:
- OnePlus 10 Pro (8GB/128GB) -$899/£799/€899
- OnePlus 10 Pro (12GB/256GB) – $969/£899/€899
- OnePlus 10T (8GB/128GB) – $649/£629/€699
- OnePlus 10T (16GB/256GB) – $749/£729/€799
We can’t see OnePlus straying too far from the OnePlus 11 figures with the new device. So, depending on the configuration you desire, you should still have plenty of change from a grand after you’ve made your purchase of the OnePlus 12.
What new features will we see in the OnePlus 12?
The release may still be a way off, but leakers have already revealed what they think will be the design and spec sheet of the OnePlus 12.
Let’s start with the design, which we’ve seen in renders created by OnLeaks and released by SmartPrix:
The renders reveal a design that’s similar to the OnePlus 11, but with a few key changes. On the front, the bezel around the display is thinner, and the punch-hole selfie camera has moved from the corner of the screen into the centre.
More interestingly, on the back we can see a long periscope zoom lens on the camera island, matching rumours that OnePlus will adopt this more advanced style of telephoto lens. The extra space it takes up also means the flash has been moved off the main island, and into the mount at the top-left.
As for the specs, both SmartPrix and Yogesh Brar have reported that the display will be a 6.7in, 2K AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate. That’s the same as the OnePlus 11, though Brar has since tweeted that the phone will have an “improved new gen display,” so there must be some subtler upgrades in store.
Under the hood, the phone will switch from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in the OnePlus 11 to the as-yet unreleased Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. SmartPrix adds that this will be combined with 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 256GB of UFS 4.0 storage, though it’s unclear if this is the starting spec or not.
As for battery, while Brar points to a fairly standard 5000mAh battery, SmartPrix expects an unusually large 5400mAh cell instead. Both agree that there will be 100W wired charging though, plus the return of wireless charging. Brar has separately suggested that the phone will have “faster charging” however, so it sounds like there could still be another upgrade to come there, which has been rumoured elsewhere to be as fast as 150W.
Then there are the cameras.
The 50Mp (main), 48Mp (ultrawide), and 32Mp (telephoto) configuration of the OnePlus 11 looks like it will be replaced by a 50Mp (main), 50Mp (ultrawide), and 64Mp (periscope) arrangement.
The latter is obviously the headline, with its ability to provide deeper optical zoom. This would bring the OnePlus 12 into line with some top tier phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, Honor Magic 5 Pro and Google Pixel 7 Pro, all of which have periscope lenses. Perhaps oddly, SmartPrix predicts that it will still only be a 3x zoom periscope however, below the magnification of some of the key rivals.
Brar has also tweeted that the main camera will be getting a new imaging sensor, so there should be some sort of upgrade there too. A Weibo leak claims that this will be an IMX9 sensor, possibly the 1in IMX989.
Finally, SmartPrix adds that the selfie camera should use a 32Mp sensor.
It’s still a while before we’ll see the model, so things could of course change. With that in mind, do check back regularly as we’ll be updating this article as more details become clear. Until then, take a look at our pick of the current best Android phones to see what else is out there.