Best Alternatives to OnePlus 12 5G That You Can Buy in India

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OnePlus has recently launched the successor to the flagship OnePlus 11 smartphone. OnePlus 12 5G has arrived in the country along with affordable OnePlus 12R and OnePlus Buds 3. The newest flagship smartphone by OnePlus comes with top-of-the-line features like the recently launched Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, 16GB LPDDR5X RAM, 512GB UFS 4.0 storage, and a 50MP rear camera setup. OnePlus 12 is currently available in India in 2 variants- 12GB/256GB for Rs. 64,999 and 16GB/512GB for Rs. 69,999. It comes in flowy emerald and silky black shades.

However, if you want to buy a premium flagship smartphone and are not sure about the OnePlus 12, some other alternatives can be considered as well. In this article, we will talk about some of the best alternatives that are currently available in India.

Best Alternatives to OnePlus 12 5G

1. iQOO 12 5G

iQOO 12 5G was the first smartphone with Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset to launch in India. The device comes with premium-grade features and yet falls in the category of under 55k price range. It can be a good alternative to the OnePlus 12, and that too at a lesser price as it costs 12,000 less than the OnePlus 12. iQOO 12 5G is available for Rs. 52,999 for the 12GB/256GB model and Rs. 57,999 for the 16GB/512GB variant.

What’s Better on iQOO 12?

  • iQOO 12 5G has a slightly better rear camera setup as it has 50MP+50MP+64MP lenses at the back as opposed to the OnePlus 12 which has 50MP+48MP+64MP rear cameras.
  • iQOO 12 5G weighs 17-18 grams less than OnePlus 12 which means it will feel less bulky in hand. Its weight is 203.7 grams while OnePlus 12 weighs 220 grams.
  • OnePlus 12 might have a bigger display panel but iQOO 12 comes with a higher 144Hz refresh rate as opposed to 120Hz for OnePlus 12.
  • iQOO 12 5G has 120W fast charging capability while OnePlus 12 has a 100W fast charging possibility.

What’s Not Better?

  • The chipset is the same- Snapdragon 8 gen 3 octa-core processor with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage.
  • The display is bigger in OnePlus 12 measuring 6.82 inches as opposed to 6.78 inches for iqoo 12.
  • OnePlus 12 packs a bigger 5400mAh battery while the iQOO 12 packs a 5000mAh battery. Also, OnePlus 12 features 50W wireless charging capability.
  • OnePlus 12 is IP65 rated as opposed to iQoo 12 which is IP64 rated.
  • The Selfie camera is better on the OnePlus 12 (32MP) while iQoo 12 has a 16MP selfie lens.

2. Vivo X100 5G

For those who want the best photography features, Vivo has launched the X100 Series including Vivo X100 and Vivo X100 Pro 5G. Vivo X100 5G can be a good replacement for OnePlus 12 as it has slightly better specs in some departments with pricing being almost similar to OnePlus 12. Vivo X100 comes with a Zeiss multifocal portrait that allows shooting at various focal lengths-24mm, 35mm,50mm,85mm, and 100mm. Vivo X100 is available for Rs. 63,999 for the 12GB/256GB variant and Rs. 69,999 for the 16GB/512GB variant.

What’s better on Vivo X100?

  • Vivo X100 is powered by a Dimensity 9300 chipset as opposed to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for the OnePlus 12. Since Dimensity chipset offers faster speeds than the Qualcomm SoC, it is better.
  • Vivo X100 features a triple rear camera setup with two 50MP and one 64MP lens while OnePlus 12 has a triple-lens setup at the back with 50MP+48MP+64MP sensors.
  • Vivo X100 5G weighs 206 grams, which is 14 grams lesser than OnePlus 12.
  • Vivo X100 5G supports 120W wired fast charging while OnePlus 12 supports 100W fast charging.

What’s Not Better?

  • OnePlus 12 has a larger 6.82-inch display as opposed to the Vivo X100 which has a 6.78-inch panel.
  • OnePlus 12 has a larger 5400mAh battery and Vivo X100 packs a 5000mAh battery. Also, OnePlus 12 supports 50W fast wireless charging.
  • OnePlus 12 has Gorilla Glass back panel whereas Vivo X100 has a mineral glass back panel.
  • The front camera is same-32MP and both run Android 14 OS.

3. Apple iPhone 15

Launched in 2023, the base model of the latest iPhone Series can also be a reasonable alternative to the OnePlus 12 5G. Apple iPhone 15 comes with various upgrades over its predecessor for better performance and though it costs almost 10,000 more than OnePlus 12, it might be worth taking a look at. Apple iPhone 15 can be purchased for Rs. 79,900 for the 128GB model, Rs. 89,900 for the 256GB model, and Rs. 1,09,900 for the 512GB model.

What’s Better on iPhone 15?

  • Apple iPhone 15 has a much smaller form factor and is way lighter than OnePlus 12. It weighs 171 grams while OnePlus 12 weighs 220 grams.
  • Apple iPhone 15 is IP68 rated which is better than the IP65 rating for OnePlus 12.
  • The display supports 2000 nits brightness while the OnePlus 12 supports 600 nits brightness.
  • Ios 17 comes with tons of innovative features that aren’t present in OxygenOS running on the OnePlus 12.

What’s Not Better?

  • OnePlus 12 is powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 which is better than the A16 Bionic chipset that powers iPhone 15. Also, OnePlus 12 has more RAM (16GB) than the iPhone 15 (6GB RAM).
  • The rear camera setup on OnePlus 12 includes 50MP+48MP+64MP sensors which are better than iPhone 15’s 48MP+12MP sensors. Also, the front camera is 32MP on OnePlus 12 while it is 12MP on iPhone 15.
  • OnePlus 12 has a much larger 6.82-inch display than the iPhone 15’s 6.1-inch panel.
  • The size of the battery on the OnePlus 12 is 5400mAh which is much larger than the iPhone 15’s 3349mAh battery. The fast charging speed is also much higher on the OnePlus 12. This is because OnePlus 12 supports 100W fast charging while iPhone 15 supports 20W fast charging.

4. Google Pixel 8

For those who are Android enthusiasts and love Google’s features, Google Pixel 8 needs no introduction. The latest smartphone by Google comes with iconic Pixel design language and a host of AI features that make the experience even better. Google Pixel 8 costs at least 11,000 more than the OnePlus 12 5G as its 8GB/128G model is priced at Rs. 75,999 while the 8GB/256GB model is priced at Rs. 82,999.

What’s Better on Pixel 8?

  • The back panel of the Pixel 8 is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus while on OnePlus 12 it is made of Gorilla Glass.
  • Google Pixel 8 weighs 187 grams, 33 grams less than OnePlus 12 which weighs 220 grams. This means the Pixel 8 is less bulky.
  • Google’s Android 14 OS gives a better experience than Oxygen OS 14.

What’s Not Better?

  • Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset powering OnePlus 12 is better than Tensor G3 powering Pixel 8. RAM and Storage is also more in OnePlus 12. It has up to 12GB RAM and up to 512GB storage while Pixel 8 has up to 8GB RAM and up to 256GB storage.
  • OnePlus 12 has a 50MP+48MP+64MP camera setup at the back while Pixel 8 has a 50MP+12MP rear lens setup. At the front, OnePlus 12 has a 32MP sensor while Pixel 8 has a 10.5MP sensor.
  • The display on the OnePlus 12 is 6.82-inch AMOLED, much larger than the Pixel 8 (6.2-inch).
  • OnePlus 12 packs a 5400mAh battery while Pixel 8 packs a 4575mAh battery. Fast charging speed is also higher on OnePlus 12 (100W) than Pixel 8 (27W).

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Shivangi is an honours graduate in English from Delhi University with a passion for reading and writing. Always keen to know more about the latest gadgets, when she is not reading about tech, she loves listening to Hindi music and grooving to the latest Hindi beats.

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