OnePlus confirms OnePlus 12R uses UFS 3.1 storage on all models
The OnePlus 12R was launched globally as a lower-cost alternative to the OnePlus 12. Specs-wise, it is identical to the recently unveiled OnePlus Ace 3 in China. However, there is a major difference between the two devices that was unearthed by vigilant users on Reddit and YouTube. Unlike the OnePlus Ace 3, the OnePlus 12R does not ship with UFS 4.0 storage.
As pointed out by X user Aryan Gupta, OnePlus' website initially stated the OnePlus 12R's 256 GB variant used UFS 4.0 storage. After it was found to be UFS 3.1, it resulted in OnePlus receiving backlash from disgruntled users. OnePlus has now issued a statement clarifying the situation on its official forum which says:
Due to an error, we stated that the storage enhanced by Trinity Engine would be UFS 4.0 in some variants. I can now confirm that the storage in all variants of the OnePlus 12R is still enhanced by Trinity Engine but is actually UFS 3.1.
The listing has now been corrected to show UFS 3.1 on all SKUs, and the company representative asked users dissatisfied with their purchase to reach out to customer care. Whether or not it will issue refunds for OnePlus 12R ($600 on Amazon) units remains to be seen. It is understandable for the 128 GB variant to use UFS 3.1 storage because UFS 4.0 modules start at 256 GB. Why OnePlus decided to stick with UFS 3.1 for higher storage tier remains a mystery.