OnePlus 12 tipped to be all about that camera

The new Android phone is also set to see a boost in other areas

OnePlus 11 review: close up of smartphone camera
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The race to be crowned the best Android phone on the market is fierce right now. A whole host of brands have entered the fray with impressive handsets, making it tough to decipher what is worth your hard earned cash.

That shows no sign of slowing down. Hot off the heels of the OnePlus 11, specs have leaked about the follow up from the brand. The OnePlus 12 is expected to launch towards the end of the year, and could feature a suite of upgrades.

Chief among them is the camera. According to a leak on the Chinese social media site, Weibo, the new device will pack a Sony IMX9 series main sensor. We'd assume that could be the IMX989, as found on the Xiaomi 13 Pro. If so, that's a significant boost. That sensor is truly magnificent and captures some brilliant photographs.

That's not all, either. The same leak suggests that a 64MP periscope telephoto lens will also be present. That's a big deal, and should make for some seriously impressive zoomed shots. A 50MP ultrawide camera is said to round out the set.

If that proves true, the OnePlus 12 could pack one of the most impressive camera modules of any phone on the market. The combination of a strong periscope lens with one of the most impressive main sensors we've seen would be a formidable offering.

It's not just the camera specs which have leaked, either. The same source suggests that the device will pack a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset. A processor with that name hasn't been released yet, but it's a fair assumption to make given the previous naming conventions employed by Qualcomm.

The leaker also suggests charging speed could see a boost. It's listed at 150W, up from the 100W rating on the current generation. They also suggest that the battery capacity could be larger. No definitive value is given, but it is listed as 5,000mAh+. 

That would be a worthwhile upgrade. While our reviewer enjoyed the current model, the battery life was lacking compared to the competition. It's not clear how much of a difference this would make in real terms, but a combination of a larger battery capacity and faster charging speeds should make for improved performance.

Sam Cross
Staff Writer

Online news writer at, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.