We’re probably a long way from seeing the upcoming OnePlus 12 in the wild for the first time. Earlier rumors have suggested that the company is focused on a real upgrade rather than a half-baked one in the second half of the year. In fact, according to a new tip from Yogesh Brar, we won’t see the OnePlus smartphone in Europe until early Q1 2024, after its debut in China in December 2023.
In any case, the report promises some important improvements. Perhaps the most notable upgrade concerns the cameras. The main camera gets a new sensor. Possibly the 1-inch Sony IMX989, which sister company Oppo also uses in their current flagship, the Find X6 Pro. The leak also mentions a new telephoto lens. This could indicate that Oppo is still using the 32-megapixel Sony IMX709 RGBW sensor for the telephoto camera, but combining it with a new lens. Hopefully that includes a larger optical zoom, since the OnePlus 11 only has a 2x optical zoom.
The display also gets an upgrade with a new panel. It could be one of the brand new LTPO4 OLED panels, but that’s just speculation so far. The OnePlus 12 is also rumored to have faster charging (the OnePlus 11 charges at 100 watts) and a new, symmetrical design. The last point can actually only refer to the camera module on the back, which is currently installed flush left.