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How the iPhone 12 compares to the top Android devices

iPhone 12 vs. Pixel 5 vs. OnePlus 8 vs. Galaxy S20 vs. Galaxy Note 20

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Apple’s new iPhones have arrived (even if they’re a bit later than usual). And this year, Apple has launched four new phones: the iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max, its first iPhones with 5G and what Apple claims are the fastest smartphones ever made.

The new iPhone 12 and 12 mini effectively replace last year’s iPhone 11, but this year Apple is offering its cheaper iPhone in two sizes (something that the company has done with its higher-end models for the last two years). It’s also made some big upgrades on the hardware front: the display is now an OLED panel instead of LCD, there’s support for 5G, and an updated design.

The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max are more incremental updates, however, offering new designs with slightly larger displays (6.1 inches and 6.7 inches, respectively, compared to 5.8 inches and 6.5 inches on the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max) and a similar redesign, although all four phones still largely resemble the overall iPhone X design from 2017. The 12 Pro models will also feature 5G support, along with an additional LIDAR sensor (similar to the iPad Pro from earlier this year) for enhanced AR uses. Apple’s also made camera improvements, particularly on the larger iPhone 12 Pro Max.

All four iPhones will also feature Apple’s new A14 Bionic processor, which the company says is the “most powerful chip ever made” by Apple. Apple claims that both the new six-core CPU and the four-core GPU offer performance that’s up to 50 percent faster than “the fastest competing smartphone chips.”

As always, hard specifications don’t always tell the full story — especially with iPhones, where Apple’s control over the entire hardware and software experience generally tends to mean that it’s able to do more with less RAM and raw battery size compared to Android alternatives.

We’ll have a lot more to come on the new iPhone 12 lineup and how the phones compare both to each other and the top Android phones in the coming weeks. But if you want to start getting an idea of how things stack up, read on.

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iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max vs. their top competitors

SpecificationiPhone 12 ProiPhone 12 Pro MaxSamsung Galaxy S20 UltraSamsung Galaxy S20 PlusSamsung Galaxy S20Samsung Galaxy Note 20 UltraSamsung Galaxy Note 20OnePlus 8 Pro
Display6.1 inches, OLED6.7 inches, OLED6.9 inches, OLED6.7 inches, OLED6.2 inches, OLED6.9 inches, OLED6.7 inches, OLED6.78 inches, OLED
Resolution2532 x 11702778 x 12843200 x 14403040 x 14403040 x 14403088 x 14402400 x 10803168 x 1440
Max. refresh rate60Hz60Hz120Hz120Hz120Hz120Hz 60Hz120Hz
ProcessorA14 BionicA14 BionicQualcomm Snapdragon 865Qualcomm Snapdragon 865Qualcomm Snapdragon 865Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 PlusQualcomm Snapdragon 865 PlusQualcomm Snapdragon 865
5G supportmmWave and sub-6GHzmmWave and sub-6GHzmmWave and sub-6GHzmmWave and sub-6GHzsub-6GHzmmWave and sub-6GHzmmWave and sub-6GHzsub-6GHz
RAMTBATBA12GB, 16GB12GB12GB12GB 8GB8GB, 12GB
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB128GB, 512GB128GB, 512GB128GB128GB, 512GB128GB128GB, 256GB
Rear camera12MP (ultrawide), 12MP (wide), 12MP (telephoto)12MP (ultrawide), 12MP (wide), 12MP (telephoto)108MP (F/1.8, 1/1.33") wide angle, 48MP (F/3.5, 1/2.0") telephoto lens, 12MP (F/2.2, 1/2.55") ultrawide, time-of-flight depth camera 12MP (F/1.8, 1/1.76") wide angle, 64MP (F/2.0, 1/1.72") telephoto lens, 12MP (F/2.2, 1/2.55") ultra wide, time-of-flight depth camera12MP (F/1.8, 1/1.76") wide angle, 64MP (F/2.0, 1/1.72") telephoto lens, 12MP (F/2.2, 1/2.55") ultra wide108MP (F/1.8, OIS, 79 degree, 1/1.33") wide, 12MP (F/2.2, 120 degree) ultrawide, 12MP (F/3.0, 20 degree) telephoto, Laser AF 12MP (F/1.8, 79 degree, OIS, 1/1.76") wide, 12MP (F/2.2, 120 degree) ultrawide, 64MP (F/2.0, 76 degree) 48MP (F/1.8, OIS, 1/1.43") wide, 8MP (F/2.4, OIS) telephoto, 48MP (F/2.2, 116 degree, 1/2.0") ultrawide, 5MP (F/2.4) color filter
Front camera12MP12MP40MP (F/2.2) 10MP (F/2.2)10MP (F/2.2)10MP (F/2.2) 10MP (F/2.2) 16MP (F/2.5)
BatteryTBATBA5,000mAh4,500mAh4,000mAh4,500mAh4,300mAh4,510mAh
Water protectionIP68IP68IP68IP68IP68IP68IP68IP68
Wireless charging?YesYesYes, also has reverse wireless chargingYes, also has reverse wireless chargingYes, also has reverse wireless chargingYesYesYes
PortsLightning portLightning portUSB-CUSB-CUSB-CUSB-CUSB-CUSB-C
Weight189g228g222g188g163g208g192g199g
Dimensions (in.)5.78 x 2.82 x 0.296.33 x 3.07 x 0.296.57 x 2.99 x 0.356.37 x 2.90 x 0.315.97 x 2.72 x 0.316.49 x 3.04 x 0.32 6.36 x 2.96 x 0.336.51 x 2.93 x 0.33
Starting price$999$1,099$1,399$1,199$999$1,299$999$799.00

iPhone 12 and 12 mini vs. their top competitors

SpecificationiPhone 12iPhone 12 miniSamsung Galaxy S20 FEPixel 5Pixel 4a 5GOnePlus 8
Display6.1 inches, OLED5.4 inches, OLED6.5 inches, OLED6 inches, OLED6.2 inches, OLED6.55 inches, OLED
Resolution2532 x 11702340 x 10802400 x 10802340 x 10802340 x 10802400 x 1080
Max. refresh rate60Hz60Hz120Hz90Hz60Hz90Hz
ProcessorA14 BionicA14 BionicQualcomm Snapdragon 865Qualcomm Snapdragon 765GQualcomm Snapdragon 765GQualcomm Snapdragon 865
5G supportmmWave and sub-6GHzmmWave and sub-6GHzsub-6GHzmmWave and sub-6GHzsub-6GHzsub-6GHz
RAMTBATBA6GB8GB6GB8GB, 12GB
Storage64GB, 128GB, 256GB64GB, 128GB, 256GB128GB128GB128GB128GB, 256GB
Rear camera12MP (ultrawide), 12MP (wide)12MP (ultrawide), 12MP (wide)12MP (F/1.8, 1/1.76") wide, 8MP, (F/2.4, 1/4.5") telephoto, 12 MP (F/2.2 1/3.0") ultrawide12.2MP (F/1.7, 1/2.55") wide, 16MP (F/2.2)ultrawide12.2MP (F/1.7, 1/2.55") wide, 16MP (F/2.2)ultrawide48MP (F/1.8, OIS, 1/2.0") wide, 16MP (F/2.2, 116 degree) ultrawide, 2MP (F/2.4) macro
Front camera12MP12MP32MP (F/2.2)8MP (F/2.0)8MP (F/2.0)16MP (F/2.0)
BatteryTBATBA4,500mAh4,080mAh3,885mAh4,300mAh
Water protectionIP68IP68IP68IP68NoNo
Wireless charging?YesYesYesYesNoNo
PortsLightning portLightning portUSB-CUSB-CUSB-C, headphone jackUSB-C
Weight164g135g168g151g168g180g
Dimensions (in.)5.78 x 2.82 x 0.295.18 x 2.53 x 0.295.97 x 2.72 x 0.315.70 x 2.77 x 0.316.1 x 2.9 x 0.326.31 x 2.87 x 0.31
Starting price$829$729$699$699$499$699.00

Correction: Apple originally announced the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini would cost $799 and $699 respectively. The MSRP is actually $829 and $729 respectively. The lower prices only apply after a $30 discount from specific carriers.