The key word of the new smartphone is Trinity Engine: a proprietary system developed by OnePlus itself which aims to guarantee – they explain – a fluid and fast experience even during the most tiring operations or when there are many apps open for a long time, thanks to a sort of “new synergy” hardware-software. The Trinity Engine affects the processor, RAM, storage space, processing speed and screen touch handling speed. During our tests we can confirm that the system has always behaved very well.
The system is managed by the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Mobile Platform processor, integrates 16 gigabytes of RAM (expandable via software by another 12) and a storage space of 512. OnePlus has worked a lot on the RAM, introducing technologies capable of managing the memory differently from what Android normally does: thanks to AI it is reallocated more carefully during the most energy-intensive processes. There is also a cooling system with a double vapor chamber capable of accelerating the entire dissipation process.
Much can also be said about the camera, which thanks to its housing inspired by luxury watches does not go unnoticed. The main sensor is a 50 megapixel Sony LYT-808, then there is a stabilized 64MP telephoto lens with periscopic lens (6x zoom, hybrid up to 120x) and a 48MP ultra-wide angle lens with a viewing angle of up to 114 degrees . All of this, enhanced by the latest HDR algorithm capable of improving light output, focus balance and exposure. The collaboration with Hasselblad continues, especially in portrait modes.
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The photos and videos we took during our tests were really of excellent quality. We really appreciated the night photos, the night portraits (excellent depth of field and background blur effect), the colors; even the zooms pushed to the maximum are quite satisfactory. Good video stabilization: OnePlus 12 is able to shoot in 4K Dolby Vision, while the maximum quality is 8K 24fps but only on the main lens.
Two other aspects that we appreciated are the screen and battery. The new smartphone integrates a 2K ProXDR Display with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz and LTPO technology: very bright even in strong sunlight, with always brilliant colors and realistic photos. We were also very satisfied with the 5,400 mAh super battery, well optimized and able to accompany us for two days. Thanks to the 100W SUPERVOOC technology, with the included charger it can be fully recharged in 26 minutes (in 10 minutes it reaches just under 50%).
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Of note is the always complete OxygenOS 14 software based on Android 14, the presence of special features such as multitasking, flexible windows, the sidebar. It features the ring-vibrate-silent selector that OnePlus users love so much, the infrared sensor, a double stereo speaker and a 360-degree antenna. Despite its large screen (6.82 inches), the phone is comfortable to hold, has a good grip and is not excessively bulky in the pocket (it weighs around 220 grams and is just over 9 millimeters thick).
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OnePlus 12 is a candidate to be one of the most interesting flagships in the Android world of 2024. We struggled in our test to find negative sides: what is perhaps missing – looking at the latest launches from Google and Samsung – are the software features linked to intelligence artificial (but the suitable processor is there, they just need to be implemented, perhaps with an update). Two colors (the very particular Flowy Emerald with shades of green) and the classic black, with an interesting starting price: 1,099 euros.
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