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OnePlus 12 vs OnePlus 11: What’s new?

OnePlus has just revealed the OnePlus 12, but how does the brand’s latest flagship compare to last year’s OnePlus 11?

The OnePlus 12 might share a lot of physical similarities with the OnePlus 11, but there are a good number of upgrades on offer worth getting excited about. That includes not only a unique new etched finish but significant display upgrades, a refreshed camera setup and, of course, the use of the latest Snapdragon chipset.

We’ve used both the OnePlus 12 and OnePlus 11 extensively, and with that in mind, here’s how these two OnePlus phones compare. 

The OnePlus 12 packs a more powerful processor 

As is the case with many flagship phone updates, the latest generation OnePlus 12 features a more powerful processor than its predecessor. 

The OnePlus 12 runs on Qualcomm’s latest chipset, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. The chip delivers a range of performance upgrades, including a 30% faster CPU, a 25% faster GPU and a 10% improvement in power efficiency. 

The OnePlus 11, meanwhile, is powered by the previous generation Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. 

Holding the OnePlus 12
OnePlus 12

The OnePlus 12 features a brighter display 

The OnePlus 12 also packs an upgraded display. 

The new 6.82-inch touchscreen features the same 2K resolution and Super Fluid AMOLED technology as the 6.7-inch display on the OnePlus 11, along with the same 120Hz variable refresh rate thanks to LTPO

However, one key difference here is the brightness. The OnePlus 12 can reach 4500 nits of peak brightness, whereas the OnePlus 11 peaks at 1300 nits. 

The OnePlus 12 has an upgraded telephoto camera 

Both the OnePlus 12 and the OnePlus 11 feature triple cameras, but where the OnePlus 11 comes with a 32-megapixel 2x portrait telephoto camera, the OnePlus 12 carries a larger, 64-megapixel 3x periscope telephoto camera. This allows you to get closer to subjects that are further away.

The OnePlus 12 also sports an upgraded primary camera matching that of the OnePlus Open complete with a fast f1/.6 aperture and an identical 48MP ultrawide to the OnePlus 11. There’s also a new 32MP selfie camera in place of the 16MP option of the 2023 model.

OnePlus 11 handset
OnePlus 11

The OnePlus 12 supports wireless charging 

Finally, the OnePlus 12 includes a bigger battery and support for wireless charging. 

The OnePlus 12 packs a 5400 mAh battery whereas the OnePlus 11 has a 5000 mAh cell. While both phones support fast 100W SuperVOOC wired charging, only the OnePlus 12 also benefits from 50W AirVOOC wireless charging. 

The OnePlus 12 is much more expensive

While the OnePlus 12 is now available to pre-order ahead of release on 6 February, it’s worth noting that it’s quite a bit more expensive than the OnePlus 11 at £849/$799. That’s £130/$100 more than the RRP of the OnePlus 11, and considering the 12 is now available, it’s likely that the price will drop even further.

The OnePlus 12 is the more capable of the two, but when there are potential money-saving deals for the older model on offer, it could well sway your decision.

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