Man, what is there not to love about the upcoming OnePlus 12? With a 6.82-inch OLED screen with 2K resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and peak brightness of 4,500 nits, the device is expected to be powered by one of the top application processors next year, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. Toss in up to 24GB of LPDDR5X RAM, up to 1TB of UFS 4.0 storage, a huge 5400mAh battery, and a 50MP primary camera, and there will be enough features to furrow some brows over at Samsung.
One feature allows the touchscreen to register touch input even when it is wet from the rain. The IR blaster will allow a user to employ the OnePlus 12 as a remote control for the television. Yes, the OnePlus 12 seems to have it all except in one area where it won't match the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra, water resistance. Ever since the beginning with the OnePlus One when the company tried to save money by not paying for IP certification, water protection wasn't so important as getting the phone down to a lower price point.
For the OnePlus 7 in 2019, the company created an ad (which we've embedded in this story) that showed the new phone getting submerged in a bucket full of water. That was cheaper than getting the phone certified with an IP rating and hinted that the device would still work after swimming in a bucketful of water. Eventually, OnePlus started paying for IP ratings; for example, OnePlus has started promoting the OnePlus 12's IP65 rating which is a slight improvement over the IP64 rating of the previous model.
IP65 means that the OnePlus 12 has the highest level of protection from dust (that is what the "6" rating means) and can withstand low-pressure water jets from all directions. We expect the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra to carry an IP68 rating which would make it impervious to dust and able to be submerged in up to 1.5 meters of fresh water (nearly 5 feet) for up to 30 minutes.
While the OnePlus 12 won't match the same level of water protection that the Samsung Galaxy 24 Ultra will have, the important thing for phone buyers to understand is that water damage still won't be covered by the warranty on any phone. As a result, no one should be using their phones in the swimming pool or in the shower (the hot steam is not good for the device). So if you like the OnePlus 12 more than the Galaxy S24 Ultra, that's the phone that you should buy next year; don't base your phone buying decisions on a handset's IP rating.
OnePlus is also promoting the USB 3.2 Gen 1 charging port for the phone. Like other flagships with it, with the right cable, this will allow fast data transfers up to 10Gbps. Once again, we must repeat that the OnePlus 12 will be as packed as any Android flagship including Samsung's top-of-the-line flagship.
OnePlus will be officially announcing the OnePlus 12 at an event on the 5th of December, 2023. This is according to a post on the company's Weibo page in which they also revealed the design of the upcoming phone.
At first glance, the OnePlus 12 doesn't look too different from its predecessor, the OnePlus 11. There are some minor revisions and changes, which includes moving the Alert Slider to the left of the phone along an integrated antenna, which according to OnePlus will help improve the gaming experience (presumably through a better connection).
The renders of the phone also suggest that the OnePlus 12 could feature a textured back, but other than that, it looks pretty much like the OnePlus 11 with the Hasselblad branding on its camera module. For those who own the OnePlus 11 or even OnePlus 10, we're not sure if it might be worth upgrading to the OnePlus 12.
So far based on the specs the main upgrade here will be on the chipset, where it will utilize the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. It will also come with a newer and brighter display courtesy of OnePlus' partnership with BOE, but otherwise there's really nothing particularly outstanding on paper.
The OnePlus 12 will be the company's next flagship phone, and it also seems that it will launch next month. This was confirmed by OnePlus on Weibo in which they revealed that the phone will be announced on the 4th of December, 2023.
This is interesting because OnePlus usually makes flagship announcements at the start of the new year, but we have been hearing rumors that OnePlus plans to launch their next flagship phone before the end of 2023 with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, and it looks like those rumors are true.
The phone was recently spotted on a certification website so we can't say we're too surprised by this announcement. Whether or not this announcement will cover global availability or just China availability remains to be seen. In the meantime, we have been hearing rumors that the OnePlus 12 could come with cameras that takes advantage of Sony's latest CMOS sensors.
OnePlus also recently confirmed a partnership with display maker BOE, where the handset could feature one of the brightest displays we've ever seen on a smartphone. Either way, we'll find out in the next couple of weeks so mark the date down on your calendar and check back with us on the 4th of December for the details.
Following the launch of MediaTek's latest high-powered mobile SoC not too long ago, Vivo finally announced its newest flagship Android phones, the Vivo X100 and X100 Pro. In addition to some impressive hardware components, the phone also marks the first appearance of the Dimensity 9300 in a commercially-available smartphone.
Aside from the Dimensity 9300 chip inside, the X100 handsets share some similarities, such as curved 6.78-inch AMOLED screens with 1260p resolution and a variable 120Hz refresh rate, and a rather similar design overall, which features a large circular camera module in the rear panel's center, a design element that's common on a lot of smartphones these days.
Both devices also come with Vivo's custom OriginOS, which is based on Android 14 and comes with some Vivo-exclusive apps and third-party software.
There are some notable differences though - for one, the X100 Pro does feature a triple-camera setup with a 1-inch Sony IMX989 main sensor, as well as a telephoto lens certified by Zeiss APO. Meanwhile, the base model X100 comes with a 50MP IMX920 main sensor, a 64MP 1/2" telephoto sensor, and an ultrawide lens.
As for battery specs, the regular X100 model packs a 5,000 mAh battery with 120W fast charging, while its Pro sibling omes with a slightly larger 5,400 mAh battery with 100W charging support, as well as 50W wireless fast charging. Both phones are currently exclusive for Chinese markets.
OnePlus launched its first foldable phone very recently, and it impressed the tech world with its combination of great hardware and outstanding camera system, but also with the level of polish on the software side of things. One feature related to the OnePlus Open's software experience is the multi-tasking tool called 'Open Canvas.' Now, Open Canvas is coming to the OnePlus Pad as well.
What is Open Canvas?
One of the main benefits of a larger screen is, of course, having more space to work with. Yes, having a big display is great for entertainment, but it also makes working and carrying out tasks a much more pleasant experience.
OnePlus' Open Canvas solution aims to make multi-window handling more seamless and natural. It allows users to customize the size and aspect ratio of app windows they have opened up. On the OnePlus Open, you have a cap of three apps in total that can be opened simultaneously: two are running side by side at all times, while a third one remains as a visual cue to the side, always a tap away.
Now, it would make sense if that cap increased for the OnePlus Tab, as the display is much larger than that of the OnePlus Open. Unfortunately, when OnePlus let owners of its first tablet know that Open Canvas is coming to the OnePlus Tab in an AMA on Reddit, it did not specify whether it would function the same way as on the OnePlus Open or if it has any differences and what they might be.
Nevertheless, this sounds like a potentially massive upgrade for the OnePlus Tab, making the tablet's potential as a productivity tool much more potent than it was during its launch at the beginning of this year. It seems like the company is catching the lead on large-screen Android devices.