April 15, 2024

How do mid-range Androids compare?

OnePlus has announced two new phones, including the mid-range OnePlus 12R. But how does it compare to Google’s excellent Pixel 8?

The Google Pixel 8 is one of the easiest phone recommendations at its starting price of $699/£699. That could all change with the launch of the OnePlus 12R, which looks to offer a more spec-laden approach for £649/$599.

Here we’ll compare some of the biggest differences between the two phones, and you’ll be able to see a full spec comparison at the bottom of the page.

The Pixel 8 has a big emphasis on AI

One of the biggest selling points of the Pixel 8, and its bigger brother 8 Pro, is the host of AI-enabled features Google has added. From the in-camera Magic Eraser that can remove unwanted guests to smart transcription and translation features, the Pixel 8 is more about how the software works than performance metrics.

These AI abilities are powered by the Tensor G3 chipset, which isn’t as powerful in raw numbers as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip you’ll find in the OnePlus 12R. However, OnePlus lacks any of these AI benefits, so you need to weigh which is more important to you.

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If you’re looking for gaming performance and benchmarks, the OnePlus 12R is the best option. If useful AI software additions are more of your interest, you might be better off with the Pixel 8.

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The OnePlus 12R is bigger and has more screen features

Of the two, the OnePlus 12R is the larger device. It has a 6.78-inch screen as opposed to the 6.2-inch version of the Pixel 8 and is noticeably heavier (207g vs. 187g). This will be an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on how you use the phone.

The OnePlus 12R’s display generally appears to be more feature-packed than the Pixel 8. While both are FHD+, 120Hz, and OLED, OnePlus uses LTPO 4 technology to alter the refresh rate depending on specific tasks. The OnePlus 12R also has a neat trick that helps the screen work better when wet.

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We always recommend the Pixel for camera performance.

While we haven’t fully reviewed the OnePlus 12R yet, based on our experience, we’d be surprised if the camera performance matches the Pixel 8, at least in terms of pure image quality.

Google’s offering includes a 50 MP main sensor, a 12 MP ultra-wide angle and a 10.5 MP selfie sensor. OnePlus, on the other hand, also uses a 50MP main sensor, but switches to an 8MP ultrawide and then adds a 2MP macro sensor which we doubt many will use properly.

Google’s camera processing technology and color balance have always been some of the best in this range of Android phones and unless OnePlus has seriously upped its game, the Pixel 8 should remain the choice for performance of the camera.

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You will go from 0 to 100% much faster with the OnePlus 12R

The OnePlus 12R beats the Pixel 8 when it comes to battery. Not only is the cell itself much larger (5,500 mAh vs. 4,575 mAh) and you’ll find a charger included in the box, but the speed at which it charges is much faster.

The OnePlus 12R includes 100W wired charging, allowing the device to go from 0 to 100% in about 25 minutes. The Pixel 8, on the other hand, needs about 90 minutes.

The Pixel 8 has wireless charging, a feature missing from the OnePlus 12R.

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