One Plus 12: The best affordable Android smartphone in 2024?

OnePlus 12 also launched the OnePlus 12R, which is a more budget-focused device with lower specs and a cheaper starting price.

A picture of One Plus 12 devices
One Plus 12

The latest One Plus 12 flagship smartphone has arrived with lots of internal improvements. While it still maintains the sleek and minimalist design with a matte finish on the back panel from its predecessor One Plus 11, its slightly curved display gives the phone a more premium look and feel.

OnePlus 12 also launched the OnePlus 12R, which is a more budget-focused device with lower specs and a cheaper starting price. The 12R runs the older Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor and has a pared-back camera setup and a shorter software support period. 

How much does the OnePlus 12 cost?

The base model offers 256GB of storage and 12GB of RAM for $800 (₦1,120,000), or you can upgrade for an additional $100 to the more robust model, which offers 512GB of storage and 16GB RAM 

The cheaper OnePlus 12R starts at $500 (₦700,000) for the 128GB model with 8GB RAM. For $100 more you can upgrade up to 256GB of storage and 16GB RAM.


Powerful performance: The OnePlus 12 features the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, offering smooth and fast performance for all tasks, including gaming.

Stunning display: The 6.8-inch AMOLED display boasts a QHD+ resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and HDR support, delivering a vibrant and immersive viewing experience.

Improved camera system: The OnePlus 12 comes with three rear Hasselblad-branded cameras including a 64-megapixel sensor that offers 3x optical zoom that captures decent photos and videos in most lighting conditions.

One Plus 12 Camera

Longer battery life: The phone packs a 5400mAh battery, which is larger than previous OnePlus models and should provide ample power for a full day of use.

Faster charging: The phone supports 100W wired charging and 50W wireless charging, allowing you to quickly top up the battery when needed.

Return of features: The alert slider and headphone jack, which were missing in previous models, have made a comeback in the OnePlus 12.


Lower IP rating: The OnePlus 12 has an IP65 water and dust resistance rating, which is decent but the leading smartphones on the market offer better protection.

No expandable storage: The phone does not offer expandable storage, so you need to choose the storage option that best suits your needs.

Price: At $799, it’s not the most expensive flagship phone but it may not be as budget-friendly as some other options. Good thing they have a cheaper option with the One Plus 12R.


The OnePlus 12 is a solid flagship smartphone offering a powerful processor, a gorgeous display, and a long-lasting battery. However, a lower water resistance level, and non-expandable storage, might be dealbreakers for some users.

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