OnePlus “The Lab” is accepting applications for the 12 & 12R

“The Lab” is a unique concept OnePlus first introduced in May 2016 with the OnePlus 3. The OnePlus 6/6T, 7- & 7T-series, 8T-series, 9-series, Nord 2 & Buds Pro, 10 Pro, Nord 2T, 10T, 11, the Pad (their first tablet), and the Open (first foldable) were a part of the program. This unique concept contains answering a few basic questions, including a relatively thorough review of your current device. We recommend taking your time to think about your answers, especially to stand out from the crowd. OnePlus decides which applications they approve, and they’ll send devices to the selected reviewers. Assuming all goes well and you complete your review on time, you get to keep the device.

Note: the 7T-series’ Lab had it slightly different — participants had to buy the device first, and winners could choose between a full reimbursement of their purchase, or a custom device with their name engraved. This year’s iteration (for the 12 & 12R) is similar to previous ones — there are 6 devices available.

What’s different this year though, is that there’s also an “External Community Review Program”, where users from Reddit, Discord, or Telegram can also apply. At the moment, it’s not clear if the 6 device limitation is separate from this program or not.

OnePlus also posted a very useful thread explaining the selection process (including dos & don’ts), so give that a read as well. At the time of writing this article, there are 6 days left to apply.

Timeline:

  • Jan 5: Applications open
  • Jan 11: Applications close
  • Jan 23: Selected users can commence posting their reviews

Given that only six reviewers will be selected, it’s crucial to make your application stand out. Consider including links to your previous work, whether it be in photography, news articles, blog posts, YouTube videos, etc. OnePlus also provided a thread from four years ago explaining the origin of The Lab, and a user from the OnePlus Community who served as a Lab Reviewer for the 7T shared tips on writing an application, applicable to the current process.

Who can apply? OnePlus specifies that only users aged 18 and above from Europe, India, or North America are eligible. At least three spots are reserved for existing community members, i.e., those who already had OnePlus Community accounts before this announcement. Additionally, it appears that only OnePlus Community members can apply, as the application form is hosted on the OnePlus Community platform, requiring user login. However, there are some positive changes from the previous third-party form:

  • Usernames are automatically added to the form.
  • The form can be edited until the deadline.
  • The OnePlus Community app will notify selected users.