OnePlus 12R: release date, price, features and everything you need to know

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The OnePlus 12 has gone global and it wasn't alone, because the OnePlus 12R launched alongside it.

This is especially notable because the R series usually isn’t widely available, but the OnePlus 12R has landed in the US and Europe, including the UK, so lots of people can buy this mid-range alternative to OnePlus’s flagship.

The OnePlus 12R is a notable phone in other ways too though, with an assortment of almost flagship specs at a far from flagship price.

Below then, you’ll find everything you need to know about the OnePlus 12R, including its design, its specs, and its price.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? A mid-range alternative to the OnePlus 12
  • When is it out? Pre-orders are open now, and it ships on February 13
  • How much does it cost? Starts at $499.99 / £649 (roughly AU$760)

OnePlus 12R: release date and price

The OnePlus 12R from the back

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  • Pre-orders opened on January 23
  • Ships on February 13
  • Starts at at $499.99 / £649 (roughly AU$760)

The OnePlus 12R was unveiled on January 23 alongside the OnePlus 12. The latter had actually already been unveiled in China, but this was its global launch.

Pre-orders opened that same day, and the OnePlus 12R will ship on February 13.

As for the OnePlus 12R’s price, it starts at $499.99 / £649 (around AU$760 but with no Australian availability). That's for a model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage if buying it in the US, but in the UK the only configuration is 16GB / 256GB. You can also get that model in the US though, where it costs $599.99.

For comparison, the OnePlus 12 starts at $799.99 / £849 (around AU$1,215), so the 12R is substantially cheaper.

OnePlus 12R: design and display

Close up early pics of the OnePlus 12R

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  • 6.78-inch 120Hz AMOLED screen
  • A OnePlus 12-like design

The OnePlus 12R has a slightly curved screen with a punch-hole camera, slim bezels, and a metal frame, as you can see from the images in this article. You can also see that it has the alert slider we’ve come to expect from the best OnePlus phones.

The OnePlus 12R is available in Iron Gray and Cool Blue shades, it comes in at 163.3 x 75.3 x 8.8mm and 207g, and it has a screen protected by tough Gorilla Glass Victus 2. What it doesn't have is any sort of water resistance rating.

As for the screen, the OnePlus 12R has a 6.78-inch 120Hz AMOLED display with a resolution of 1264 x 2780, 450 pixels per inch, and a peak brightness of 4,500 nits. That makes it brighter than most phones, including the iPhone 15 Pro Max, the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra, and the Pixel 8 Pro.

OnePlus 12R: cameras and battery

The OnePlus 12R from the back

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  • Has a 50MP main, 8MP ultra-wide, and 2MP macro camera
  • 5,500mAh battery with 100W charging (or 80W in the US)

The OnePlus 12R has a 50MP f/1.8 main camera with optical image stabilization, an 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide one with a 112-degree field of view, and a 2MP f/2.4 macro one, along with a 16MP f/2.4 camera on the front.

So those cameras are a step down from the OnePlus 12, and one of the main ways that this isn't quite a flagship.

For video recording, the OnePlus 12R can shoot in up to 4K quality at up to 60fps, or in 1080p at up to 240fps (which is used for slow motion footage).

Close up early pics of the OnePlus 12R

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The OnePlus 12R also has a 5,500mAh battery, which makes for the biggest juice pack ever put in a OnePlus phone.

It charges fast too, at 100W in most of the world or 80W for US models. However, there's no wireless charging on offer here.

OnePlus 12R: specs and features

The OnePlus 12R from the back

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  • Has a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset
  • Comes with up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage

The OnePlus 12R has a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset (which was one of the top smartphone chipsets in 2023), plus a choice of 8GB of LDDR5X RAM paired with 128GB of storage or 16GB of LDDR5X RAM along with 256GB of storage.

Beyond that, the OnePlus 12R unsurprisingly runs Android 14 with the company’s OxygenOS 14 UI.

It also supports 5G, has an under-display fingerprint sensor, and has a 'Dual Cryo-velocity VC Cooling System,' to help ensure smooth performance.

James Rogerson

James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to, and and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.