Has a OnePlus 12 Pro just been spotted?

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OnePlus pulled out all the stops with its latest OnePlus 12 flagship, with the device getting a roundup of positive reviews that praise its wealth of features and affordable price. However, could it be the case that we get an even higher-end OnePlus 12 Pro? Recent reports seem to suggest the possibility that this could be the case – at least in India.

The company has previously released ‘Pro’ variants of their flagship phones, with the last one being the OnePlus 10 Pro that came out back in 2022. After a two-year hiatus, perhaps OnePlus has decided to bring back a premium model of its lineup, following the success of competitors such as the Galaxy S24 Ultra and the iPhone 15 Pro Max. So, in this article, we’ll explore the rumor of there being a OnePlus 12 Pro, and if this elusive smartphone might ever get a global release.

Is there a OnePlus 12 Pro coming?

Despite there currently being no official information on a OnePlus 12 Pro, the consumer tech website 91Mobiles has a listing for a OnePlus 12 Pro on a comparison page with the OnePlus 12R. The site gives the device an unofficial release date of April 10th, 2024, which does lend to the case of there being an actual OnePlus 12 Pro coming. In terms of upgrades from the existing OnePlus 12, this rumored model allegedly comes set with a higher resolution display of 1440×3200 px / 524 PPI, and a more decked out quad-camera system with a 64 MP + 50 MP + 8 MP + 5 MP setup.

While this might plant seeds of the possibility of there being a OnePlus Pro, 91Mobiles does specifically state that its information is “based on unofficial preliminary specifications”; further suspicion is added due to the fact that clicking through to ‘View Details’ of the 12 Pro leads you to a page that has now been deleted. Additionally, a OnePlus executive Li Jie detailed in a Weibo post precisely why it no longer makes use of ‘Pro’ models, reasoning that having a ‘Pro’ model usually means a compromise to the ‘standard’ model. So, rather than adjust to this compromise, the OnePlus 12 packages all the features of a more premium model but at a lower price point and without the ‘Pro’ suffix.

For the time being, there is no official OnePlus 12 Pro model, and no word from OnePlus itself on a Pro model existing or coming out anytime soon. On the other hand, what we do know is that OnePlus has chosen to release the OnePlus 12 as their flagship device, offering top-tier features and performance without compromising on any aspect of the device. Instead of making a more premium model too, OnePlus has focused on delivering exceptional performance, display quality, camera capabilities, and overall user experience with the OnePlus 12. 

While some may argue that the upgraded model should exist, OnePlus has made it clear that they are not compromising on any aspect of the OnePlus 12 to create a standard version: the OnePlus 12 is truly a flagship killer in its own right. So, could there be an actual OnePlus 12 Pro coming? Well, nothing can be ruled out, but it’s probably unlikely that these rumors will come to anything significant, but we’ll be on the look out for any further rumors that might suggest a OnePlus 12 Pro.

Was there a OnePlus 11 Pro?

No. To put it short, there is no OnePlus 11 Pro. While OnePlus did release a Pro model for the OnePlus 10, the OnePlus 11 was the first flagship lineup from OnePlus to no longer have a Pro, debuting the company’s new strategy to put all their eggs in one basket and stick with one smartphone that focuses on having high-end features at a more affordable price point than other ‘Pro’ models.

How does the OnePlus 12 compare to other flagship smartphones?

The OnePlus 12 is considered a flagship killer, offering features and performance that rival or even surpass other Pro smartphones, with its dominant rivals being the S24 Ultra and the iPhone 15 Pro Max despite them being significantly more expensive. With its powerful processor, stunning display, versatile camera system, and long-lasting battery, the OnePlus 12 stands out in the highly competitive smartphone market.

Conclusion

The OnePlus 12 Pro may not be officially released globally, but the OnePlus 12 is more than capable of challenging other Pro smartphones. With its exceptional design, stunning display, powerful performance, and impressive camera capabilities, the OnePlus 12 is a true flagship killer. So, is it likely that OnePlus would launch another, more impressive flagship just months after the release of the successful OnePlus 12? Probably not, but that doesn’t stop rumors from circulating, and if there are any further developments concerning a OnePlus 12 Pro we’ll be sure to cover it.

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