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In photos: the OnePlus 12R Genshin Influence Version is a shocking purple dream cellphone

As well as revealing the OnePlus Watch 2 this week, OnePlus has also shown off this special edition of the OnePlus 12R smartphone, themed around the hugely popular Genshin Impact RPG which boasts over 100 million players globally.

We really rather liked the OnePlus 12R when we reviewed it recently, and this striking ‘electro violet’ finish (inspired by character Keqing) we saw at MWC 2024 certainly gives it a new lease of life.

Pre-orders are now live, and it’ll be fully available from 31 March for $699/£699.

The theme is more than just skin-deep as well – OnePlus’ OxygenOS Android skin has also been given a Genshin Impact theme; with different icons and live wallpapers. There’s also a bespoke animations for things like charging or unlocking, while there’s a different always-on display graphic, too.

There’s also a bit of a design gimmick thanks to an etching process – Keqing is engraved on the top edge of the phone. This reflects light and so it can ‘project’ Keqing onto a wall or other surface. Don’t expect much though, we found you need quite a bright light to make it show up well.

If you buy one, you also get it in a huge gift box. This is better than it sounds and fans of the game will absolutely love it as it’s a really premium package. There’s a violet USB-C charging cable with a violet LED light with matching plug and even a Lightning Stiletto-shaped SIM tray ejector tool. You can also get a bespoke matching case.

I think the phone looked very cool when I got up close with it at a preview event during Mobile World Congress. The accessories and book are a great accompaniment, too. We weren’t so keen on the customisations to OxygenOS 14, especially the app icons. But of course, you can customise this.

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