Review of the OnePlus 12R: good improvements all throughout, save for one

The OnePlus 11R (review) from the previous year was an excellent flagship phone that was affordable and hit many marks, making it a desirable purchase for enthusiasts unable to afford the more expensive OnePlus 11. The firm unveiled the OnePlus 12R and OnePlus 12 together a few weeks ago, indicating that it is satisfied with its approach of releasing a premium flagship and a bargain flagship.

Rating: 8 / 10         

Verdict

When compared to the OnePlus 11R, the OnePlus 12R is a great value flagship phone that offers significant improvements in practically every area. Better battery life, quicker performance, and a brighter display are all yours. For better or ill, the cameras, however, stay unaltered.

Design and display

OnePlus didn’t cut corners with the OnePlus 12R’s design or display. With curved glasses on the front and back and a solid matte aluminum frame—an improvement over the OnePlus 11R’s plastic frame—it has a high-end appearance all around. The Hasselblad logo is absent from the OnePlus 12R as it is a less expensive variant of the OnePlus 12.

The display on the OnePlus 12R is excellent and leaves no room for improvement. It is a bright panel with superb viewing angles and crispness. You also won’t have any trouble viewing the screen in the brightest sunlight because it has a brightness of up to 4,500 nits. Additionally, you get support for HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, which only serve to enhance the graphics of material on streaming services like Netflix and Prime Video that support these formats.

Performance and software

Similar to the display, the phone’s performance is really good. The processor powering the OnePlus 12R is the same one seen in 2023 flagship devices like the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, iQOO 11, and OnePlus 11. You should be able to tell from this what kind of performance to anticipate. Nevertheless, take a brief peek at some benchmark results for the OnePlus 12R below.

You can see that these are excellent scores and consistent with the chipset’s performance on last year’s flagships by taking a quick glance at the AnTuTu and Geekbench findings. Although some performance slowing is seen in the CPU Throttle test, it isn’t as bad as it was on the OnePlus 11, which implies OnePlus has enhanced optimizations for the OnePlus 12R.

When it comes to actual performance, the OnePlus 12R easily navigates through almost every program you may use on a daily basis. Additionally, you won’t experience any lag when multitasking thanks to up to 16GB of RAM. Additionally, the OnePlus 12R is an excellent gaming phone that can run demanding games without stuttering or overheating.

Cameras

Maybe the one area where the OnePlus 12R doesn’t feel like a flagship is the photography department. With plenty of light available, the primary 50MP IMX890 camera performs a respectable job of capturing details and colors. The OnePlus 12R will let you down if you adore taking pictures of the sun setting or rising, though, because its camera has a tendency to overexpose the sun in order to enhance contrast.

However, the primary camera performs admirably in low light, providing superb balance in ambient lighting circumstances without overshining highlights. You’ll be able to take stable shots because to the rapid shutter speed and OIS functionality.

Battery

The largest battery found in a OnePlus phone to date is found in the 12R. Excellent battery life follows naturally from this, especially with an optimized chipset. On days when I used it a lot—playing games for an hour and watching videos for a couple of hours—I still had about 20 percent battery life remaining at the end of the day. Because of its strong standby duration, the OnePlus 12R can run on a single charge for up to 1.5 days on milder days. You can use a screen for a minimum of six hours in either case. Additionally, the phone performed admirably in the PCMark battery test, lasting 20 hours.

Final verdict

The OnePlus R series has become so good that you may find yourself wondering if purchasing the company’s high-end flagship is really worth it. Because of its many fantastic updates, the OnePlus 12R is a better option than the OnePlus 12, only in terms of value. It has a brilliant flagship-grade display, a well-tuned Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 CPU with four major software upgrades promised, a premium design language with metal and glass, and an excellent battery life with 100W fast charging.

Its camera technology remains almost unaltered, which is the single drawback to an otherwise excellent phone from OnePlus. The secondary sensors are mediocre, even if the primary camera is usually dependable. To put it plainly, I would suggest the OnePlus 12R to anybody searching for a quick Android phone with a smooth software experience and a long battery life, but not to those seeking cameras of the highest caliber.

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