Oppo Unveils ColorOS 12 Based on Android 12; Lists Oppo, OnePlus Phones Getting Update

ColorOS 12 is first coming to Oppo and OnePlus smartphones in China.

Oppo Unveils ColorOS 12 Based on Android 12; Lists Oppo, OnePlus Phones Getting Update

ColorOS 12 will be first released for the Oppo Find X3 Pro smartphone

Highlights
  • Oppo unveiled ColorOS 12 based on Android 12
  • ColorOS 12 has used new Quantum Animation Engine 3.0
  • ColorOS 12 comes with a new feature called Omoji

Oppo has unveiled all the features of ColorOS 12, the latest version of its Android 12-based operating system. The new UI layer will come to Oppo phones as well as OnePlus phones that have been using ColorOS in China. The smartphone maker has revealed the names of the devices that will receive new versions of ColorOS 12 starting October this year. The new update comes with a fresh design and improved privacy security features. ColorOS 12 features Quick View cards, which can display details about applications in the card window in real-time. With the new Android skin, Oppo is adding the facility to operate its phones through a Windows 10 or 11 laptop, too. For security, ColorOS 12 brings a new feature to get a notification in the status bar when apps activate the camera or microphone.

The Oppo ColorOS 12 skin comes with a new 3D avatar feature called Omoji that users can customise. To operate the handset easily, the ColorOS 12 has introduced new shortcuts too. This includes a click to switch to a small window, a double click to switch to full-screen, and the option to drag the corners to adjust the size. This allows users to manage the smartphone better using one hand. A new Smart Sidebar 2 that will help users perform multitask. ColorOS 12 packs Oppo's Quantum Animation Engine that brings improved animations to the software.

ColorOS 12 release timeline, supported phones

ColorOS 12 will be first released for Oppo's Find X3 Pro flagship phone, along with the OnePlus 9 Pro 5G and the OnePlus 9 5G in China. The Find X2 series, the Reno 6 series, and the Reno 5 series will get the update in November and December, followed by older Oppo and OnePlus phones in 2022. 

Here is the list of smartphones that will be updated to ColorOS 12 along with their scheduled rollout timeline as per Oppo's official website (in Chinese). 

Early October 2021

November 2021

December 2021

First half of 2022


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  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Good ergonomics
  • Competent ultra-wide camera
  • Vivid 120Hz display
  • Speedy overall performance
  • Bad
  • Lacks IP rating, wireless charging
  • Average selfie camera
  • No OIS for main camera
  • Plastic frame instead of metal
Display 6.55-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Front Camera 16-megapixel
Rear Camera 48-megapixel + 50-megapixel + 2-megapixel
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4500mAh
OS Android 11
Resolution 1080x2400 pixels
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