How many years of updates will the OnePlus 12 get? | Digital Trends

How many years of updates will the OnePlus 12 get? | Digital Trends

OnePlus 12 Christine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

OnePlus has started the year off strong with the launch of its signature flagship, the OnePlus 12. It packs in the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip, at least 12GB RAM, a powerful triple-lens camera system, and a gorgeous high-resolution AMOLED display that gets up to 120Hz refresh rates and reaches a whopping 4,500 nits of peak brightness. Plus, it’s an absolutely beautiful phone.

The OnePlus 12 really does offer a lot of bang for your buck. It’s a flagship packed with a ton of great features and actually costs less than the competition. But how long will it get software updates for? That’s what we’re here to determine.

The OnePlus 12 will get five years of updates

The OnePlus 12's camera module.
OnePlus 12 Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

In 2022, OnePlus confirmed that it would commit to four years of major Android/OxygenOS updates and five years of security updates, beginning with its 2023 lineup. This commitment applies to the OnePlus 12, meaning it will receive four years of major Android updates and five years of security patches.

Prior to that announcement, OnePlus was only doing three years of major updates and four years of security updates. At the time, this new policy matched Samsung’s and was actually better than Google’s old software update policy.

How this compares to Google, Samsung, and Apple

A person holding the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra and Google Pixel 8 Pro.
The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra (left) and Google Pixel 8 Pro Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

When Google launched the Google Pixel 8 and Google Pixel 8 Pro, it also announced that it was improving its software update policy. The Pixel 8 lineup will receive seven years of major software updates and security patches.

Samsung launched the Galaxy S24 series (Galaxy S24, Galaxy S24 Plus, and Galaxy S24 Ultra) shortly after the OnePlus 12. Samsung also revealed that it would support seven years of major updates and security patches for the S24, which puts it in line with Google’s Pixel 8.

On the flip side, Apple has never made any guarantees on how long it supports older iPhones. However, based on Apple’s track record, iPhones get around five full years of major iOS updates and Apple issues security updates regularly for older devices. Apple’s longevity with the iPhone has set a standard that Android makers are also trying to follow.

Is five years enough for the OnePlus 12?

Gray Samsung Galaxy S24 (left), Rose Gold Google Pixel 8, Flowy Emerald OnePlus 12, Green iPhone 15, Titanium Gray iPhone 15 Pro on a pink and red heart blanket.
The Samsung Galaxy S24 (from left), Google Pixel 8, OnePlus 12, iPhone 15, and iPhone 15 Pro Christine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

Though OnePlus’ five-year update policy for the OnePlus 12 may seem worse than what Google and Samsung are offering, there’s a reason behind it: the hardware likely won’t last seven years.

Of course, the first thing that may come to mind is that, yes, brands want to sell new hardware down the road rather than support old devices (that’s what businesses do). But also keep in mind that as new software features come along, it becomes harder to support it on older devices.

And let’s also consider the hardware itself. Battery capacities degrade over time — the more you use and charge it, the less charge it will hold down the road. At some point, you may even want to replace the battery once it gets bad enough. And there are other components to the phone that aren’t guaranteed to still work. At some point, it would just be easier to replace the phone with a new one rather than continuing to buy replacement parts.

While not everyone upgrades annually, most people tend to upgrade their phone every few years. A four-year policy makes the most sense logistically with that in mind, rather than seven. But who knows — OnePlus could offer a longer update policy later to rival its competition.

In the end, the consumer wins either way, as five years is still a solid length of time.

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OnePlus rejoins the smartwatch scene with the promise of a 100-hour battery life

OnePlus rejoins the smartwatch scene with the promise of a 100-hour battery life

After months of rumors, OnePlus has announced its second smartwatch. It will formally debut the OnePlus Watch 2 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month. The company is notorious for drip feeding details about its products and while it has yet to reveal some key information about the wearable, OnePlus has offered up a few juicy morsels.

For one thing, the company has made the lofty claim that the OnePlus Watch 2 will run for up to 100 hours on a single charge. That’s with “full Smart Mode” enabled rather than a battery saver mode, according to OnePlus.

Obviously, we’ll need to see how well the OnePlus Watch 2 actually fares in the wild, but that purported battery life far exceeds that of most mainstream smartwatches, such as the Apple Watch Series 9 (18 hours) and Pixel Watch 2 (24 hours with always-on display enabled). OnePlus president Kinder Liu says the company’s goal for the device is to “win the title of the Best Flagship Smartwatch of the year with its market-beating battery life.”

The wearable apes the design language of the OnePlus 12 series, according to the company. It has a stainless steel chassis and a sapphire crystal watch face. The OnePlus Watch 2 will be available in two colorways, Black Steel and Radiant Steel.

OnePlus promises “unparalleled reliability for everyday use and meticulous health monitoring” too, but it’s keeping other key details under wraps for now, including pricing and the release date. One other factor the company hasn’t confirmed is what operating system the OnePlus Watch 2 will use. Reports have suggested that it will run on Wear OS, which will hopefully help the smartwatch fare much better than its poorly received predecessor. Liu indicated the company was aware of the tepid response to the OnePlus Watch, noting that it took a “three-year hiatus and a reflective pause” between wearables.

Catch up on all of the news from MWC 2024 right here!

This is the OnePlus Watch 2, and it looks incredible | Digital Trends

This is the OnePlus Watch 2, and it looks incredible | Digital Trends


OnePlus has just dropped the first official look at its upcoming smartwatch ahead of the official reveal later this month at Mobile World Congress 2024. But more than looks, what really caught our attention was the brand’s bold claims about battery life.

“With up to 100-hour battery life in Smart Mode, it sets a new industry standard, ensuring that your watch keeps pace with your life, uninterrupted,” says the company. Now, that’s a rather ambitious claim, irrespective of the operating system  that powers the watch.

OnePlus hasn’t officially confirmed the operating system of its next smartwatch, but leaks suggest it is going to side with Google’s Wear OS this time around. The company’s official teaser line — it’s time to do it right — is also a sign that the company plans to go all the way this time around.

Wear OS naturally means a much deeper integration with the Android ecosystem, but all that functional boost comes at the cost of battery life. And that makes the 100-hour battery claim sound almost outlandish, even as it instills a whole new world of hope.

OnePlus Watch in green.
I won’t quite sell my soul for it, but this silver-green combo has my heart. OnePlus

In my experience with Wear OS smartwatches made by the likes of Samsung or Google, I can barely touch two days without having to find a charging plug. And that’s when activity tracking or workout logging is not active. Yes, I am lazy. When pushing all its bells and whistles, though, with GPS and phone syncing working at full steam, the battery needs to be topped up every night.

Now, the OnePlus Watch 2’s 100-hour battery claim comes with a Smart Mode battery caveat, which should ideally tone down some “smart” functions. But if OnePlus manages to achieve even two-thirds of that moonshot without nuking a whole bunch of “smart” capabilities, I can see it setting a new standard in the segment.

As far as the design goes, OnePlus appears to be chasing the look of classic timepieces rather than the overtly nerdy screen-heavy aesthetics of modern-day smartwatches. That’s a breath of fresh air, and I quite like the barrel-shaped design on the side, which hosts the round dial and a multifunction button.

The official renders show the OnePlus Watch 2 in two color options. There’s a classic all-black color, and then we have a raw stainless steel finish married to a green strap. OnePlus has slotted the latter in the same aesthetic as the cool new emerald green shade of the OnePlus 12. Neat job there, OnePlus!

For now, we don’t have any credible leaks that could offer us a peek inside the device’s chassis. But MWC 2024 is right around the corner, and Digital Trends will be on the show floor to get hands-on insight and a provide full-fledged review exploring all the nooks and crannies of the OnePlus Watch 2. Stay tuned for that!

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EXCLUSIVE: Nothing told us some big secrets about the Nothing Phone 2a | Digital Trends

EXCLUSIVE: Nothing told us some big secrets about the Nothing Phone 2a | Digital Trends

Nothing CEO Carl Pei Nothing

“The Nothing Phone 2a targets people less concerned about the latest specs, and more about core functionalities matched with great performance and Nothing’s signature design both inside and out.”

That’s how Carl Pei, CEO of Nothing, described the forthcoming Nothing Phone 2a in an exclusive Q&A with Digital Trends via email ahead of the phone’s launch. While he didn’t give everything away about the Nothing Phone 2a, there’s plenty here to leave us very excited about the brand’s next device.

The first Nothing Phone powered by MediaTek

Image showing the internal structure of the Nothing Phone 2a, provided by Nothing to Digital Trends
EXCLUSIVE: The Nothing Phone 2a internal layout showing the MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro chip. Nothing

Nothing provided Digital Trends with an exclusive image of the Nothing Phone 2a’s insides, revealing the phone will be powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro processor. This is the first time Nothing has worked with MediaTek, as it chose Qualcomm Snapdragon processors for the Nothing Phone 1 and the Nothing Phone 2. Pei explained the thinking behind the decision:

“In the early stages of Phone 2a’s development, and understanding our desire to introduce it to a new market segment, performance was an area we knew we needed to nail. The question we needed to answer was, how could we ensure a strong balance between power efficiency and speed? Ultimately, working with MediaTek became that answer.”

Pei called MediaTek “the right partner to help us achieve our overall goals,” but it didn’t just choose an off-the-shelf chip for the Nothing Phone 2a. If you’re familiar with MediaTek’s chip range, the Dimensity 7200 Pro may not be one you recognize, and that’s because it has been exclusively designed by the two companies for the 2a.

“Co-engineered with MediaTek, the custom Dimensity 7200 Pro processor elevates Phone 2a by delivering the best performance with optimal power consumption,” Pei said. “Built on TSMC’s latest second-generation 4nm process technology, it effortlessly powers through any task with unparalleled power efficiency and blazing speed. Together, we have brought optimizations such as Smart Clean (+200% UFS read/write speed over prolonged usage) and Adaptive NTFS (+100% file transfer speeds with Windows computers, as our internal research shows this platform is important to our target user base), and have been able to reduce power consumption of specific components by up to 10%.”

Smooth collaborator

Nothing CEO Carl Pei.
Nothing CEO Carl Pei Nothing

MediaTek has a long history of working closely with brands to ensure the chosen processor performs best in the areas most important to the manufacturer, something it has done in the past for Pei’s previous company, OnePlus, and its close relation Oppo, among others. Pei made it clear working with MediaTek has been a great experience.

“From the very beginning, MediaTek understood what we are looking to achieve with Phone 2a, which gave us great confidence in co-engineering a custom chipset with them. Overall, it was a smooth process and true collaboration  — you will see results for yourself when you start using the phone.”

MediaTek echoed Pei’s words, with MediaTek’s Corporate Senior Vice President JC Hsu also telling Digital Trends, “We value the collaboration we have with Nothing, and co-working with their team to bring the advanced MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro to the Nothing Phone 2a has been a fantastic experience — one that we are looking forward to expanding in the near future.”

Great expectations

A person holding the Nothing Phone 2, showing the back panel.
Nothing Phone 2 Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

“We knew performance would be a crucial element, and we needed a partner that would work closely with us to achieve our goals,” Pei continued, saying the Nothing Phone 2a will “deliver core functionalities,” with the “unique and innovative hardware and software design” many love about the brand. When asked for more details on the performance, Pei made an interesting comparison:

“The Phone 2a is a clear upgrade from Phone 1, particularly in terms of performance. Phone 2a is 18% more powerful than Phone 1 and 16% more efficient in terms of battery consumption compared to Phone 1.”

With no mention of the Nothing Phone 2 — and the Nothing Phone 1 still available to buy through Nothing’s online store — Pei’s words suggest the Nothing Phone 2a should replace the brand’s first model in its range rather than live alongside it or be considered a lesser Nothing Phone 2. When pressed about the Nothing Phone 2a’s place in the range, Pei said the phone was made for those less interested in the latest specs and more in performance and Nothing’s design.

“This year, we will be widening our product portfolio, leveraging our strong product capabilities we’ve built across the years to enter new product segments and categories in order to increase Nothing’s footprint and further scaling, which is key to exist as a company in this industry and keep driving innovation,” he added.

Will this include an even higher-spec Nothing Phone, perhaps a Pro or an Ultra, to join the new a-series? Pei wasn’t going to be drawn into revealing more company secrets.

“Only time will tell,” he said about other, future Nothing Phone models. “For now, we are focused on our latest device, Phone 2a, and bringing it to market. We are really excited about this device and can’t wait to hear our users’ feedback on it!”

Nothing Phone 2a design secrets

Image showing the internal structure of the Nothing Phone 2a, provided by Nothing to Digital Trends
EXCLUSIVE: The internal layout of the Nothing Phone (2a). Nothing

What else have we learned? Our first image shows the top of the Nothing Phone 2a revealed in all its naked glory, and while our eyes are naturally drawn to the MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro, the 12GB of RAM, and the RAM Booster features — Pei confirmed you can pick between two, four, and 8GB of RAM using the Booster, subject to storage capacity — there’s also quite a bit more to the image than what’s visible at first glance.

For example, in another image provided to Digital Trends by Nothing, a single camera lens is clearly visible in the middle of what we assume is the top third of the phone, alongside what appears to be the edge of another camera. The Phone 1 and Phone 2’s cameras are set in the top corner, meaning the Phone 2a has a very different design and is unlikely to match one of the earlier debunked design leaks. There’s also an unusual lens-like component near the top of the phone and no obvious integration of Nothing’s famous Glyph lighting structure.

Some rumors suggested the Glyph lights may not be a part of the Phone 2a, but in a recent Nothing Community update video, Nothing designer Chris Weightman said that “the function [Glyph] provides is really important. We definitely didn’t want to lose that, but with the overall kind of design of the phone being quite different to the Phone 2, we had to work a little bit to figure out exactly where the Glyphs fit in this time.”

Using what we can see in the image of the Nothing Phone 2a’s internal layout, Weightman’s words confirming the Glyph lights will be part of the phone (but in a new way), and even the leaked renders from last year with the “see the world through fresh eyes” tagline for the phone, it seems like the new MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro chip is only the start of what will make the Phone 2a worth our attention. What did Pei have to say about all our questions and speculation about the design, what the image of the internals (almost) shows us, and the various leaked renders?

“Don’t believe everything you read!” he told us, adding, “Tune in on March 5 to find out more.”

We’ll be doing exactly that. The Nothing Phone 2a will be announced on March 5, but it won’t see a wide release in the U.S. However, dedicated fans may find a way to still get one.

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OnePlus Watch 2 Officially Teased; Tipped to Launch on February 26

OnePlus Watch 2 Officially Teased; Tipped to Launch on February 26

OnePlus Watch 2 is expected to launch soon. Details about the smartwatch have been doing rounds of the rumour mill for the past few weeks. It is expected to succeed the OnePlus Watch, which was unveiled in India in April 2021. OnePlus Watch 2 has been tipped to come with upgrades over the preceding model. Previous leaks have suggested key features of the smart wearable, its design renders, and hinted at its launch timeline. Now the company has officially teased the watch.

In a post on X, OnePlus shared an image with the outline of a watch dial alongside the caption “It’s about time,” suggesting the launch of a new smartwatch, possibly the OnePlus Watch 2. The circular body is seen with two buttons on the right side – one likely the home button while the other one looks like a rotating crown, which may also be functional. 

The teaser was also shared by the company in a OnePlus Community post, where they asked people to guess what the product is and noted that only “wrong answers” are acceptable and the “best wrong answer wins the right prize.” Open to all users from India, North America and Europe, this contest will close on February 26, at 5pm IST, which could be the date when OnePlus launches the product.

Backing this theory is a claim by tipster Max Jambor (@MaxJmb) who states that the OnePlus Watch 2 will be introduced on February 26. This also aligns with the tipster’s previous claim that the smartwatch will launch during Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2024 that is being held in Barcelona from February 26 to February 29.

The OnePlus Watch 2 has earlier been tipped to come with a 1.43-inch AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 chipset, and is expected to ship with WearOS 3 or WearOS 4. It has also been spotted on the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) website suggesting an imminent India launch.

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OnePlus 12R Buyers Can Seek a Full Refund Until This Date

OnePlus 12R Buyers Can Seek a Full Refund Until This Date

OnePlus 12R buyers who purchased the higher storage configuration of the handset are eligible to seek a full refund until mid-March, the company said on Friday. The company erroneously listed the recently launched smartphone with UFS 4.0 storage, instead of UFS 3.1 — the same as the base storage option. Launched alongside the flagship OnePlus 12 handset, OnePlus 12R is powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset along with 16GB of RAM and up to 256GB of inbuilt storage.

Adding to his previous clarification on the situation posted to the OnePlus Community forum earlier this week, OnePlus President and COO Kinder Liu stated on Friday that customers who purchased the 256GB storage variant of the OnePlus 12R could get a refund on the handset until March 16. Liu also said that the company’s customer service teams have been “fully briefed” on the situation.

Kinder Liu’s clarification on the company’s online forum
Photo Credit: Screenshot/ OnePlus Community


According to Liu’s post, buyers will have to contact OnePlus’ customer service in order to discuss the file system issue and seek a refund. This means that buyers who have purchased the OnePlus 12R can return their handset during the one-month refund period that ends on March 16.

Launched in India and global markets last month, OnePlus 12R runs on Android 14-based OxygenOS 14 out-of-the-box and sports a 6.78-inch LTPO 4.0 AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and Gorilla Glass Victus 2 protection. This handset is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip alongside up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

For photos and videos, the OnePlus 12R is equipped with a 50-megapixel primary camera with a Sony IMX890 sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. It also features a front-facing 16-megapixel selfie camera. The handset packs a 5,000mAh battery with 100W SuperVOOC charging support.  

OnePlus just did something unexpected with the OnePlus 12R | Digital Trends

OnePlus just did something unexpected with the OnePlus 12R | Digital Trends

OnePlus 12R Prakhar Khanna / Digital Trends

OnePlus is taking a bold move regarding a marketing flub it made earlier this month. The company initially claimed that the OnePlus 12R comes with UFS 4.0 storage when, in reality, the phone still relies on the slower UFS 3.1 standard. The company issued a public apology for it, as well.

Today, in an update on the official community blog, OnePlus CEO Kinder Liu announced that the company will issue a full refund to buyers who were swayed primarily by fast storage to buy the OnePlus 12R. That’s a rather generous assumption from a buyer’s perspective, but OnePlus’ decision is unprecedented.

Here’s Liu’s statement:

“If you’ve received a OnePlus 12R 256GB variant and want to discuss the situation with the file system type on your phone, please contact Customer Service through your usual channel. They will be able to discuss next steps with you, up to and including a refund until 16th March 2024.”

The marketing mistake led to quite some uproar on the internet, and demands for a refund were quite apparent. That’s primarily because the gulf between a UFS 4.0 and UFS 3.1-compliant storage is quite hefty, reaching up to 2x on certain speed test metrics.

It’s not solely about the speed

OnePlus 12R display.
OnePlus 12R display Joe Maring / Digital Trends

The jump to a next-gen storage standard is not merely about faster sequential read and write speeds. Functionally, UFS 4.0 leads to quicker application launch, lower latency, and faster system startup times. Samsung asserts that its UFS 4.0 technology achieves approximately 46% better power efficiency.

The UFS 4.0 storage technology from Samsung is also known for a roughly 2x efficiency boost in protecting important data stored on devices, like passwords and personal images.

It is also said to improve user interaction by allowing smoother app switching owing to reduced latency. Moreover, it enhances performance in situations like rapid photo capturing or creating complex images such as panoramas, thanks to its increased memory interface bandwidth.

For any buyer aware of the holistic benefits, OnePlus’ stumble could be anything from an honest miscommunication to outright false marketing.

Regardless, it’s good to see that the company has admitted the mistake and is taking a route that prioritizes audience faith over profits. On its own merit, the OnePlus 12R is one of the most rewarding phones from a value perspective — even with UFS 3.1 storage.

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OnePlus 12 vs. OnePlus 12R: don’t buy the wrong phone | Digital Trends

OnePlus 12 vs. OnePlus 12R: don’t buy the wrong phone | Digital Trends

OnePlus 12R (left) and OnePlus 12 Prakhar Khanna / Digital Trends

Last year’s OnePlus 11R was the “value phone you’ve been waiting for.” Unfortunately, it wasn’t available in the U.S. However, things have changed with the OnePlus 12 series. Both the OnePlus 12 and 12R are available here at different price points. The OnePlus 12R being cheaper but offering flagship specifications raises the question if you should spend extra on the OnePlus 12.

So, should you? Here’s what you need to know about both devices before making your decision.

OnePlus 12 vs. OnePlus 12R: specs

OnePlus 12 OnePlus 12R
Size 164.3 x 75.8 x 9.2 mm (6.47 x 2.98 x 0.36 inches) 163.3 x 75.3 x 8.8mm (6.43 x 2.96 x 0.34 inches)
Weight 220 grams (7.76 ounces) 207 grams (7.30 ounces)
Screen size 6.82-inch LTPO AMOLED (Dynamic 1-120Hz) 6.78-inch LTPO AMOLED (Dynamic 1-120Hz)
Screen resolution 3168 x 1440 resolution at 510 pixels per inch 2780 × 1264 resolution at 450 pixels per inch
Operating system Android 14 with OxygenOS 14 Android 14 with OxygenOS 14
Storage 256GB, 512GB UFS 4.0 128GB, 256GB UFS 3.1
MicroSD card slot No No
Tap-to-pay services Google Pay Google Pay
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
Cameras Rear: 50MP primary, 48MP ultrawide, and 64MP periscope telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom

Front: 32MP

Rear: 50MP primary, 8MP ultrawide, and 2MP macro

Front: 16MP

Video Rear: Up to 8K at 24 frames per second (fps), 4K at up to 60 fps, and FHD at up to 480 fps

Front: Up to 4K at 30 fps

Rear: 4K at up to 60 fps, and FHD at up to 480 fps

Front: Up to 1080p at 30 fps

Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth 5.3 Yes, Bluetooth 5.3
Biometrics Optical in-display fingerprint sensor Optical in-display fingerprint sensor
Water resistance IP65 IP54
Battery 5,400mAh

Fast charging 100W (80W in the U.S.)

Fast wireless charging (50W)

Reverse wireless charging (10W)


Fast charging 100W (80W in the U.S.)

App marketplace Google Play Store Google Play Store
Network support 5G 5G
Colors Flowy Emerald, Silky Black Cool Blue, Iron Gray
Price From $800 From $500
Available from OnePlus, Amazon, Best Buy OnePlus, Amazon, Best Buy

OnePlus 12 vs. OnePlus 12R: design

Both the OnePlus 12 and OnePlus 12R follow design language similar to last year’s OnePlus 11. It gives them a distinct look, the primary difference being the back panel design.

The Flowy Emerald OnePlus 12 is absolutely gorgeous. It seems to take inspiration from the Marble Odyssey Edition of the OnePlus 11 to give a textured matte look on the back. It also comes in Silky Black, which looks similar to last year’s flagship but lacks the “Hasselblad” font on the camera module for just the logo. By contrast, the OnePlus 12R has a glossy finish on the back for the Cool Blue color, but a matte finish if you get the phone in Iron Gray.

OnePlus has also redesigned the button placement on its new phones. The OnePlus 12 series now sports the power button and volume rockers on the right side, while the Alert Slider has been relocated to the left edge. If you are coming from any of the old OnePlus phones, this might be a learning curve, but you’ll get adjusted to it within a day or two.

This change has pros and cons. Having volume buttons on the other side allowed me to take screenshots with a single hand, but now I have to use both hands. And I take a lot of screenshots because I like sharing memes with my friends. That being said, I like the placement because it has become easier to adjust the volume when I’m watching movies now.

OnePlus 12 vs. OnePlus 12R: display

The OnePlus 12 features a 6.8-inch LTPO AMOLED display with a 1440 x 3168-pixel resolution at 510 ppi (pixels per inch) and support for a 120Hz refresh rate, both Dolby Vision and HDR10+, which can go up to 4,500 nits.

On the other hand, the OnePlus 12R comes equipped with a 6.78-inch AMOLED display with a 2780 x 1264 resolution (at 450 ppi). Interestingly, it supports the same peak brightness for Dolby Vision and HDR10+ content and dynamic refresh rate.

Both these displays are sharp and vivid, especially on the OnePlus 12R. It was best put in words by Digital Trends’ Mobile Editor Joe Maring, “This is a screen I’d expect on a $1000 phone – not one that costs half a price.” Both these phones feature curved displays, which give them a premium look, in my opinion.

These are both “ProXDR displays,” which means they can display HDR content (like photos) within the app – similar to iPhones. They also have a feature called “Aqua Touch” that allows the phone to detect droplets on the screen, so it can distinguish a finger touch and mistouch from droplets. It works well most of the time.

OnePlus 12 vs. OnePlus 12R: performance

OnePlus 12R and OnePlus 12 back.
Prakhar Khanna / Digital Trends

One of the key differences between the two phones is the chipset. While the OnePlus 12 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, the OnePlus 12R relies on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, the same chip found on the OnePlus 11. It may be over a year old at this point in time, but it’s still an excellent performer — especially for the OnePlus 12R’s price.

Everything is super fast and fluid on both phones. From app loading speeds to zero stutter in everyday use, they do well, and the OnePlus 12R is more than capable of handling your favorite games at 60fps at least, with Call of Duty: Mobile playing smoothly at 120fps at Medium graphics. Both phones can get warm during extensive gaming sessions but don’t get to a point where they’re uncomfortable to hold.

They come in different storage and RAM configurations, though. The OnePlus 12 gets UFS 4.0 storage, while the OnePlus 12R gets UFS 3.1 storage, but both with LPDDR5X RAM. You won’t notice the difference in most day-to-day tasks. In the long run, the OnePlus 12 base variant might fare better because it carries 12GB of RAM by default instead of 8GB of RAM found inside the OnePlus 12R. However, both phones can be upgraded with an optional 16GB RAM model.

OnePlus 12 vs. OnePlus 12R: battery and charging

The battery settings page on a OnePlus 12R.
Joe Maring / Digital Trends

The OnePlus 12 packs a 5,400mAh battery with support for 100W fast charging and 50W wireless charging, which was absent on the OnePlus 11 as well as the OnePlus Open. It’s a welcome addition. By contrast, the OnePlus 12R gets a bigger 5,500 mAh battery with the same 100W fast charging support. However, it lacks wireless charging capabilities. Notably, the fast charging is capped at 80W for both phones in the U.S. It’s slightly disappointing, but that’s still much faster than competing phones from Samsung, Apple, and others.

Both phones come with the 100W charger in the box, so you don’t need to spare extra dollars on a supported charging brick. They will last you an entire day with ease, and you shouldn’t have trouble getting through the day with either of the two. And when needed, they charge super quickly.

OnePlus 12 vs. OnePlus 12R: cameras

OnePlus 12R and OnePlus 12 camera modules.
Prakhar Khanna / Digital Trends

Another difference comes in the form of cameras – both sensors and Hasselblad support. The OnePlus 12 has a 50MP primary camera (Sony LYT-808 sensor), a 64MP periscope sensor with 3x optical zoom support, and a 48MP ultrawide camera with a 114-degree field of view. On the other hand, the OnePlus 12R sports a 50MP main camera (Sony IMX890 sensor) alongside a weaker 8MP ultrawide camera with a 112-degree field of view and a better-ignored 2MP macro sensor.

The OnePlus 12 captures bright, detailed images with good dynamic range and impressive shots even in low light. I really like the color science. The Portrait mode gets the edge detection right (for the most part), and the bokeh feels natural. You can also click some pretty good-looking macro shots with it.

I like the addition of the 3x periscope telephoto camera on the OnePlus 12, as I use it more than the ultrawide camera. It can also capture a good amount of details in 6x due to the in-sensor zoom and social media-worthy photos up to 15x. I would confidently carry it to concerts. You also get the 3x option in Portrait mode, which is missing on the OnePlus 12R.

As for the OnePlus 12R, the primary camera captures good-looking photos with pleasing color science in plenty of light. However, there were times when the phone gave me washed-out shots, but that was mostly fixed with a recent update. The ultrawide camera is decent but not great, and the 2MP macro sensor isn’t worth talking about. It’s still a good camera setup for the price.

On the front, you get a 32MP selfie shooter on the OnePlus 12 versus a 16MP camera on the OnePlus 12R. The former is better, while the 16MP shoots average stills.

OnePlus 12 vs. OnePlus 12R: software and updates

Screenshots of Android 14 software from the OnePlus 12R.
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The OnePlus 12 series runs OxygenOS 14 based on Android 14. While the more expensive flagship is slated to get four years of major Android OS updates and five years of security patches, the OnePlus 12R is promised to receive three years of OS updates and four years of security patches.

As for the user interface and animations, they’re fast and fluid. OxygenOS is filled to the brim with features but doesn’t feel overwhelming. There’s a lot of variety, whether AOD customizations or multitasking with “Special Features” like Split View and Flexible Windows.

OnePlus 12 vs. OnePlus 12R: price and availability

The OnePlus 12's camera module.
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The OnePlus 12 is available in two colors, Silky Black and Flowy Emerald, and starts at $800 for the 12GB RAM/256GB storage version, while the 16GB RAM/512GB storage version costs $900.

The OnePlus 12R is priced at $500 for the base model with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage and $600 for the 16GB RAM/256GB storage version. Both phones are available from Amazon, Best Buy, and directly from the OnePlus website. Moreover, you can get a minimum $100 discount on the OnePlus 12 series if you trade in any phone in any condition to OnePlus.

OnePlus 12 vs. OnePlus 12R: verdict

OnePlus 12 and OnePlus 12R camera modules.
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My experience with both phones has been highly enjoyable. You can still get more capable phones if you spend over $1,000, but the OnePlus 12 is the most value-for-money flagship you can buy right now. Similarly, the OnePlus 12R is an excellent phone for its price.

As for comparing the two devices, if you want better cameras, a faster processor, and wireless charging, you should opt for the OnePlus 12. But if you are OK with having a good primary camera and don’t have much use case for a zoom lens, the OnePlus 12R is an unbelievably good value.

Both devices are comfortable to hold, feature a great display, smooth performance, a lightning-fast charging battery, and last an entire day. You can’t go wrong with either.

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Best OnePlus Open Deals: Save $200+ on the Foldable Phone | Digital Trends

Best OnePlus Open Deals: Save $200+ on the Foldable Phone | Digital Trends

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If you didn’t get the memo, folding phones are in. They’re all the rage, and for good reason. They’re no longer just a gimmick but add tons of functionality to create a whole new experience in the smartphone world. Imagine opening your candybar-style phone so it expands into a phablet, giving you a larger screen to watch movies, multi-task, or play games. That’s precisely what you can expect from a folding phone like the OnePlus Open, which is the brand’s titular — and first-ever — folding phone. It rivals the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold series in design, features, and performance. But also, just like Samsung’s folding phones, the OnePlus Open can be quite expensive at full price. That’s why it makes sense to shop around and look for some juicy OnePlus Open deals. Don’t worry, we’ve already scooped up the best ones for you right here.

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Should you buy the OnePlus Open?

OnePlus Open black color held in hand and being used by a man wearing a blue hoodie.
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Do you ever have the desire to swap between a smaller, more manageable phone and something bigger, like a phablet or a slightly smaller device than a tablet? That extra screen real estate is a huge benefit if you’re watching HD movies and shows, trying to multi-task with several apps open, or want to play games on a larger display. That is exactly what a folding phone like the OnePlus Open can offer.

The Flexion hinge in the middle of the phone splits the two screens in half effectively. When it’s open, the hinge is practically seamless, giving you one extra-large 7.82-inch Flexi-fluid AMOLED. When it’s closed, the outer screen is a 6.31-inch portrait-style Super Fluid AMOLED. So, you could technically say you’re getting two devices in one. It’s smaller when the screens are closed but opens up to a larger device. You can start to see how it stacks up in a OnePlus Open vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 mashup. It’s a really close call in short.

OnePlus Open supports up to three app windows open at a time, with two in split-screen and a third floating. That allows you to, for example, continue chatting in text or in chat apps with friends while watching videos, playing a game, or browsing the web. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor ensures that you won’t experience slowdown even when multiple apps are open, right alongside the 16GB of RAM.

The cameras are nothing to scoff at, either. The main camera is a 48-megapixel Sony Sony LYTIA-T808 “Pixel Stacked” sensor, the ultrawide is 48 megapixels, and the 64-megapixel telephoto camera is capable of 3x optical, 6x in-sensor zoom, and up to 120x Ultra Res zoom. Basically, you’re going to get some great shots with this phone, even if you’re not a professional photographer.

All in all- there’s a lot to love about it and with the deals you see here, you can pick up the OnePlus Open for a phenomenal price and maybe even with a few extra perks.

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OnePlus 12R Supports UFS 3.1 Storage, Not UFS 4.0

OnePlus 12R Supports UFS 3.1 Storage, Not UFS 4.0

OnePlus 12R was launched in India alongside the flagship OnePlus 12 in January. The handset is powered by the previous-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 chipset and is backed by a 5,000mAh battery with SuperVOOC charging support. It is equipped with a triple rear camera unit and an AMOLED panel with a 1.5K resolution. The phone launched with two colour options in the country and is available in two RAM and storage configurations. At launch, the phone was said to support UFS 4.0 onboard storage but now the company president has confirmed that it only supports UFS 3.1, similar to its preceding OnePlus 11R and some variants of the OnePlus 11.

OnePlus President and COO Kinder Liu explained in a OnePlus Community post that “due to an error” OnePlus 12R was wrongly listed to support UFS 4.0 storage on some variants. He clarified that all variants of the OnePlus 12R support UFS 3.1 and are backed by the company’s Trinity Engine software, which is claimed to enhance the performance of the phone. Currently, the listing of the handset has been changed to reflect the correct information.

Liu also issued a formal apology in the post and assured that the company’s Customer Service team will address any grievances that people who have already purchased or pre-ordered OnePlus 12R may have regarding this matter.

The OnePlus 12R comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC paired with an Adreno 740 GPU, up to 16GB of LPDDR5x RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 inbuilt storage. The handset ships with Android 14-based OxygenOS 14 and sports a 6.78-inch 1.5K (1,264×2,780 pixels) LTPO 4.0 AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and Gorilla Glass Victus 2 protection.

In the camera department, the OnePlus 12R carries a triple rear camera system which includes a 50-megapixel Sony IMX890 primary sensor, an 8-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide-angle lens and a 2-megapixel macro shooter. Meanwhile, the front camera of the phone houses a 16-megapixel sensor.

OnePlus packs a 5,000mAh battery into the OnePlus 12R model with support for 100W SuperVOOC wired charging. It also supports 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth 5.3, GPS, NFC and USB Type-C connectivity. Weighing 207g, the handset measures 163.3mm x 75.3mm x 8.8mm in size. 

The OnePlus 12R is currently offered in the country in Cool Blue and Iron Gray colour options. It launched at Rs. 39,999 and Rs. 45,999 for the 8GB + 128GB and the 16GB + 256GB variants, respectively.

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