The leak suggests new upgrades and a trade-off

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Aamir Siddiqui / Android Authority TL;DR 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.
While we already had some idea about what to expect from the OnePlus 13, a new set of leaks has surfaced, hinting at exciting upgrades and some controversial changes.
Renowned tipster Digital Chat Station took to Weibo to drop some new hints about the OnePlus 13.
It could potentially give the OnePlus 13 two-day battery life, a marked improvement over the already impressive OnePlus 12 with its 5,400mAh battery.
The OnePlus 12 was the first OnePlus phone since the OnePlus 10 Pro to offer wireless charging, supporting speeds up to 50W using the AirVOOC standard.
It’s unclear why OnePlus would remove this feature from the OnePlus 13.
Additionally, the tipster’s posts indicate that the OnePlus 13 will likely carry over the same triple camera setup from the OnePlus 12, with a minor upgrade to the periscope camera.


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In contrast to earlier quad-curved rumors, the OnePlus 13 might have a flat display with a micro-curved glass cover.

A massive 6,000mAh battery is also hinted at by the leak, though maybe at the expense of wireless charging.

Minor improvements to the camera setup are anticipated, with the periscope lens receiving the majority of the attention.

While the OnePlus 12 marked a genuine comeback for the company, it appears that significant changes are being made for its replacement. Although we already knew a little bit about what to anticipate from the OnePlus 13, fresh leaks have emerged, indicating both intriguing enhancements and some contentious modifications.

Famous leaker Digital Chat Station used Weibo to reveal a few fresh leaks regarding the OnePlus 13. There may be some differences in interpretation because the post has been translated from Chinese. This appears to be a slight departure from earlier rumors that the OnePlus 13 would have a quad-curved display in favor of a “straight screen” with a “micro-curved glass cover design.”.

According to this new information, the OnePlus phone may have a flat display that is concealed by glass that is curved on all four sides to give the appearance of being symmetrical and bezel-less. Recent phones from Xiaomi and HONOR have this “quad-curved” design, but they also have small curves on all four sides of the screen. We’ll have to wait and observe how the implementation by OnePlus stacks up.

Although DCS stated two days ago that the OnePlus 13 would not support wireless charging, it will have a sizable 6,000mAh battery and support 100W wired charging. It might provide the OnePlus 13 with a two-day battery life, which would be a significant improvement over the 5,400mAh battery that the OnePlus 12 already had.

It would be remarkable if a mainstream flagship phone could accommodate a 6,000mAh battery.

It is a controversial decision to remove wireless charging, though. For not including this feature, which is frequently seen as standard in flagship phones, OnePlus has already come under fire. As demonstrated by the $1,700 OnePlus Fold, which likewise lacked wireless charging, its rationale usually revolves around giving priority to faster wired charging speeds.

With support for AirVOOC standard, the OnePlus 12 was the first OnePlus phone to offer wireless charging at speeds of up to 50W, making it the first since the OnePlus 10 Pro. The top flagship phones have a maximum wireless charging capacity of 15W, including the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra and the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

The reason behind OnePlus’ decision to eliminate this feature from the OnePlus 13 is unknown. The bigger 6,000mAh battery is one option. Adding wireless charging to a device that is already heavy may not be desirable, and increasing the battery size could make the phone heavier.

With a slight improvement to the periscope camera, the tipster’s posts also suggest that the OnePlus 13 will probably retain the same triple camera configuration as the OnePlus 12. We’re hoping the company finds a way to make the OnePlus 13 a true flagship device, with no compromises, when it launches in December 2024 or January 2025.

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