OnePlus 12R: The 'New' Smartphone That's Anything but Revolutionary

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Ah, OnePlus, the master of subtlety and iteration. Just when we thought they were going to unleash a wave of revolutionary design changes with the OnePlus 12, they hit us with the OnePlus 12R – a sub-flagship Android smartphone that appears to be a carbon copy of its predecessor, the 11R. But hey, who needs radical redesigns when you can have the same curved edges we've seen since the dawn of time? Let's dive into the rumors and leaked renders of this alleged 12R!

First things first, OnePlus is not a stranger to the "R" variant game, having released the 11R back in 2023. And apparently, it did so well that OnePlus is treating us with the same phone all over again, but this time with the 12R moniker. Bravo, OnePlus, for recycling!

Now, feast your eyes on the leaked renders of the 12R, courtesy of the ever-enthusiastic partners in leaks, OnLeaks, and MySmartPrice. You'll be amazed at how similar it looks to the 11R! It's almost as if OnePlus is challenging us to spot the differences. We'll give you a hint: it's the processor… or maybe not much else?

So, here's what we know so far: the OnePlus 12R might just stick to its roots with a curved display – because why conform to the world of flat-edged frames when you can maintain an outdated, yet oddly charming, design? The display measures in at 6.7 inches, with a buttery-smooth 120Hz refresh rate and a not-so-sharp 1.5K AMOLED panel, powered by the same standard Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 that we saw in the 11R. Yawn.

And let's not forget about that camera hump! It's back and unchanged, just like your favorite TV show rerun. Rumors suggest there might be a 32MP telephoto lens hidden behind one of those circular cut-outs, but seriously, who needs innovative camera upgrades when you can have the same ol' hump?

But hey, the excitement doesn't end there! The 12R might just be the OnePlus PJA110, at least according to the clairvoyant Digital Chat Station. It's destined for the Chinese market as the Ace 2's Pro version. So, if you're a fan of the Ace 2 in China, prepare to be thrilled by the 12R's arrival…in early 2024! Way to keep the hype going, OnePlus.

Now, let's talk specs. Brace yourselves for predictability because the 12R will likely offer the standard (yet, let's admit, fairly premium) 8 Gen 2 with 16GB of RAM, running on Android 13, with a slight possibility of OxygenOS 14 sneaking in there. But wait, there's more! Digital Chat Station claims that there might be a revolutionary, never-before-seen 24GB RAM and a whopping 1TB of internal storage configuration! What are we going to do with all that space? Perhaps re-download every app we've ever deleted just because we can.

And oh boy, the charging game! The 12R will come equipped with the 11-series' typical 100W SuperVOOC charging tech. Woohoo! That, combined with the "beefy" 5,500mAh battery, will surely make us feel like we're waiting for eternity when compared to the Ace Pro/10T's 150W SuperVOOC. Slow and steady wins the race, right?

So, there you have it, folks! The OnePlus 12R, a shining example of OnePlus' ability to give us something old while pretending it's new. With a design that's stuck in the past, a processor that's barely an upgrade, and charging tech that's lagging behind the competition, the 12R is sure to win the hearts of OnePlus fans who just can't get enough of the same old, same old. Stay tuned for more updates on this thrillingly repetitive device – coming to you… well, eventually!

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