OnePlus 13 Leak Suggests New Upgrades & Key Downgrade

Written on 06/03/2024
Taylor Bell

The phone's display is also getting a significant makeover. But that is not all...

  • OnePlus 13 may feature a flat display with a micro-curved glass cover, deviating from earlier quad-curved rumors.
  • The leak also hints at a massive 6,000mAh battery, but potentially at the expense of wireless charging.
  • The camera setup is expected to see minor upgrades, focusing mainly on the periscope lens.

While the OnePlus 12 was a true return to form for the brand, it looks like the company is shaking things up for its successor. While we already knew what to expect from the OnePlus 13, new leaks have surfaced that suggest exciting upgrades and some controversial changes.

Well-known tipster Digital Chat Station has revealed some new information about the OnePlus 13 on Weibo. This article has been translated from Chinese, so there may be differences in interpretation. The OnePlus 13 appears to feature a "straight screen" with a "micro-curved glass cover design," which is a bit different from previous rumors that the phone will feature a quad-curved display.

This new information suggests that the OnePlus phone's display may be flat, but covered with curved glass on all four sides, creating a symmetrical, frameless look. Xiaomi and HONOR have used this "rectangular curved" design in their recent phones, but even on those phones, the screen itself was slightly curved on all four sides. We'll have to wait and see how OnePlus' implementation compares.

Two days ago, DCS claimed that the OnePlus 13 won't have wireless charging, but will come with a larger 6,000mAh battery and 100W wired charging. This could give the OnePlus 13 two days of battery life, a significant improvement over the already-stellar OnePlus 12 with its 5,400mAh battery.

Packing a 6,000mAh battery into a mainstream flagship model would be an amazing achievement.

However, abandoning wireless charging is a controversial decision. OnePlus has been criticized in the past for omitting a feature that is considered standard in flagship phones. The rationale for this is usually to prioritize faster wired charging speeds, as seen in the $1,700 OnePlus Fold, which also lacked wireless charging capabilities.

The OnePlus 12 was the first OnePlus smartphone since the OnePlus 10 Pro to offer wireless charging, supporting speeds of up to 50W with the AirVOOC standard. Top flagship phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra and iPhone 15 Pro Max can charge with wireless charging up to 15W.

It is unclear why OnePlus would remove this feature from the OnePlus 13. One possibility is the larger 6,000 mAh battery. Increasing the battery size could increase the weight of the phone, and adding wireless charging to an already heavy device may not be desirable.

Additionally, the whistleblower post suggests that the OnePlus 13 will likely feature the same triple camera setup as the OnePlus 12, with a minor upgrade to the periscope camera. The OnePlus 13 is expected to launch in December 2024 or January 2025, so hopefully the company will find a way to make it a true flagship without limitations.