OnePlus has fine tuned its approach to performance rather well over the last few years, and you can expect a certain level of reliability in this department. It’s what makes OnePlus flagship smartphones such a good recommendation for anyone looking for something with Android; everything from the software to the processor and RAM specifications are on point. That said, the ‘R’ series doesn’t quite go full flagship, as is the case with the regular number series devices.
This isn’t a bad thing at all, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is still an entirely capable smartphone chipset - especially when you consider that you’re paying under ₹50,000 for it, even with more RAM and storage (and you really should get the 16GB RAM/256GB storage variant). Software-based features launched with the OnePlus 12 such as Trinity Engine also come to the OnePlus 12R, to good effect.
Trinity Engine itself is a rather promising bit of tech, making good use of the smartphone’s more-than-capable hardware to improve practical performance. This includes keeping up to six background apps running for up to 72 hours so you don’t have to deal with reloads, optimisations and enhancements for the processor, and boosts for specific functions which require more processing power, such as gaming.
My testing showed that the OnePlus 12R is more than capable of handling everything tasks, including heavy multi-tasking and gaming. While benchmarks and measured tests will reveal the obvious differences between the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and the newer Gen 3, on a practical and everyday level you won’t really find any shortcomings in the OnePlus 12R with 16GB of RAM.
Battery life on the OnePlus 12R is impressive, offering close to two days of real-world usage time even with heavy use, thanks to the 5500mAh battery. Usefully, charging up the large battery is also a breeze thanks to 100W SuperVOOC charging, which can get the device charged fully in less than 30 minutes. The smart rapid charging feature can also speed things up a bit further if needed, especially when you’re trying to quickly top up from a not-quite-drained level. All in all, the battery and charging on the OnePlus 12R won’t let you down.