If there’s one thing you can be certain about with the OnePlus 12, it’s that it will work like a proper flagship smartphone. It’s fast and smooth, and everyday usage is a breeze. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is not overclocked or anything but it’s here to dabble work, play and content effortlessly.
You get up to 16GB LPDDR5X RAM and 512GB UFS 4 storage with RAM-Vitalization and ROM-Vitalization. The last two features are not technical but just marketing jargon. OnePlus says the 12 can now run up to seven apps in the background for 72 hours without any hiccups. The software has been tuned to recognise your most used apps and maintain frame rate and power consumption accordingly. In short, the OS and hardware are better optimised, and even if we can’t put a benchmark on it, the state of OxygenOS is clutter-free and extremely smooth for all tasks.
Call of Duty: Mobile is hella addictive on this device. It maintains a solid 60fps on the highest settings for a couple of hours without any issues. Heat and battery drain is also minimal and the performance is very close to the iQOO 12 we reviewed this month. Of the two smartphones, the OnePlus 12 has a better OS which should make the user experience much nicer, but the iQOO 12 has better gaming features, like better haptics and frame interpolation.