2023 has gone disgustingly quickly — so quickly, in fact, that we’re preparing for the last big phone release of the year. OnePlus has announced that it will unveil the OnePlus 12 phone, just in time for its tenth anniversary year.
Yes, the maths of that statement sounds a bit iffy: blame Chinese superstition for the lack of a OnePlus 4 alongside a slightly faster than annual release schedule. The result is that 2024 will mark ten years since the OnePlus 1 launched in April 2014, and the OnePlus 12 will be unveiled on December 5 to celebrate.
Like a friend that can’t resist a bit of gossip, however, OnePlus has done its usual thing of leaking plenty of details about the handset ahead of time. We know it’s going to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor and pack a camera array featuring a Sony LYT-808 50-megapixel and a 64-megapixel 3X pericopic telephoto lens, for example.
It’ll also pack a 2K screen, which rather excitingly is optimised for use in the rain — a feature that could have saved me many an unfortunate typo-packed message over the years. It’ll come in black, white or green shades, and will come with wireless charging, which may not sound particuarly noteworthy, but it’s a feature that was oddly omitted for the last couple of OnePlus handsets.
The December 5 launch is aimed at the Chinese market, but OnePlus has told Engadget that it’ll be announcing more about an international release schedule ten days later on the 15th. So that could be something to look forward to, though you shouldn’t hold your breath for an official New Zealand release if the past decade is anything to go by.
If it sounds up your alley, you can always import one, of course. OnePlus Mobile NZ, for example, seems to be a reseller that’ll provide Kiwis with Singaporean models, if you don’t fancy something more readily available in New Zealand.