When deciding to buy a mobile phone, we usually consider various models based on our budget. For most people, this is the case, while some others specifically want an iPhone or a particular Android phone, disregarding other options. In the case of Android phones, many Chinese brands offer excellent features for a lower price. OnePlus 12 was recently launched in China, with a global launch expected soon. However, before that, we should discuss the quality control issues surrounding this phone.
Since the arrival of the first Android mobile in 2008, we have witnessed significant changes in the smartphone industry. The most noticeable change is the immense popularity of this operating system, which dominates everything except iPhones with iOS. The second most crucial change over these years has been the increasing number of brands and the growing competition between them. The smartphone sector is filled with devices that have an excellent quality-price ratio, so almost all brands have something good to offer.
The OnePlus 12’s quality control is inadequate, with gaps found near the camera area. It is challenging to recommend one phone over another solely based on its features, as it entirely depends on what we want. There are phones with similar specifications and prices from different brands, and in these cases, the distinguishing factor may be the camera, battery, or screen. The OnePlus 12 had the potential to rank among the top Android devices, but it did not have a great debut. For now, it is only available in China, where quality control issues have already been revealed.
Several users in China uploaded pictures showing that their phones’ build quality did not match their class and price. There are gaps and holes near the camera module, which can allow dust or liquids to enter and damage the device. Additionally, these design issues do not inspire confidence in the phone’s durability in case of a fall.
The OnePlus 12 is expected to enter the international market on January 24, 2024. There are also construction issues found at the bottom and edges of the device. For a premium phone, it lacks that premium feel, at least in this initial Chinese launch. The OnePlus 12 is expected to reach the international market and become available outside China on January 24, 2024. These problems may only affect a small batch of devices, and the global version might be better.
In China, the OnePlus 12 is priced at approximately 4,299 yuan, which equals 555 euros, quite reasonable considering its specifications. It features a stunning 6.82-inch AMOLED Quad HD+ (3,168 x 1,440 pixels) display with a 1-120 Hz variable refresh rate and a maximum brightness of 4,500 nits. It uses a latest-generation Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC and employs a vapor chamber with dimensions of 9140mm² for cooling. The main camera features a 48 MP Sony LYTIA sensor, a 48 MP IMX581 for the wide-angle, and a 64 MP 3x OV64B telephoto lens. With a 5,400 mAh battery, 100W fast charging, and 16 GB of RAM (up to 24 GB maximum), this flagship device is complete.
The news of OnePlus 12 units in China having quality control issues raises concerns if these problems will persist when it reaches other countries such as Spain.