The OnePlus 12 is here to take the haptics crown: iPhones better watch out

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The OnePlus 12 is here to take the haptics crown: iPhones better watch out!
OnePlus already had a good thing going with the OnePlus 11 in terms of haptics, boasting some of the best in the game. However, the company has just announced the OnePlus 12, managing to one-up itself by offering an even more powerful and comprehensive vibration motor named the 'Bionic Vibration Motor Turbo,' also known as the "motor ceiling."

Motor ceiling has a much nicer sound to it, but it is nicknamed like that for a very good reason. This new motor comes with tons of 'best/latest/strongest/largest in the industry' specs. For starters, it is has the widest bandwidth, the largest vibration motor, fastest start-stop speed, and the latest motor magnetic circuit.

Keep in mind, as this was the OnePlus 12's launch for the Chinese market only, there might be some rough translation from the official presentation, so the silly name might not be as funny-sounding in reality, and some of the information might not end up being exactly as described.

How is the new vibration motor better in the OnePlus 12?


The OnePlus 11 had one of the best haptics to grace an Android phone, but it still felt like it had some way to go before reaching the levels Apple's TapTic engine achieves in iPhones. However, that is no longer the case, as the new vibration motor inside the OnePlus 12 is even faster and more accurate, surpassing what Apple offers in its phones!

Specifically, the Bionic Vibration Motor Turbo boasts a higher vibration volume and bandwidth, as well as a faster start and stop speed. The primary reason for this level of performance seems to be the new magnetic material called N54, an upgrade from the N52 housed inside the OnePlus 11, in combination with the latest CSA motor.

Here's a quick look at all the nerd facts about the Bionic Vibration Motor Turbo:


The new motor is also larger, measuring at 602mm³, which is probably why the OnePlus 12 is so thick, the thickest among the rest of the flagship market in fact, at 9.15mm. The other reason might be the massive 5,400mAh battery. This size allows for versatile integration with various applications and games. Additionally, it has the capability to customize vibration effects across 72 categories within the extensive range of 700+ system functionalities.


Even more recently, a OnePlus 12 teardown video surfaced on YouTube, where we get to see the actual motor itself. Here's a snapshot from that video:


The video also shows what seems to be an official ranking for vibration motors, and, of course, the Bionic Vibration Motor Turbo stands at the top of that ranking:


How do you benefit from the OnePlus 12's improved haptics?

If we had to put it into one word, we would say 'control'! The Bionic Vibration Motor Turbo has so much potential and capability, that OnePlus has managed to create multiple presets for the user to set up and control how it feels, seemingly mimicking different types of real keyboards. Some of these include, and mind you the naming might be messed up with the automatic translation: black crystal red switch, tea, green, silver, silent red, yellow switch, etc.

Here are a few example screenshots from the folks at ITHome translated with Google Lens:


Besides the typing experience, gaming is supposedly also massively enhanced, with the motor allowing you to feel a car's acceleration and the uneven surfaces it drives over. If you enjoy first-person shooting games, then you will also be happy to hear that each weapon feels different as it recoils whilst being shot.

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