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Apple iPhone 12 Smartphone Review - Apple phone with 5G

New old look. The iPhone 12 is more angular than its predecessor and finally features 5G and an OLDED display. It is a lot lighter and slimmer than last year's model. Find out whether Apple has once again landed a big hit in our review.
Florian Schmitt, 👁 Florian Schmitt (translated by Katherine Bodner),
Apple iPhone 12

Even 13 years after their first smartphone was revealed, Apple still manages to make the launch of their new iPhone generation very exciting. In 2020, Apple launched four different iPhone models. The two more expensive models are the Pro and Pro Max while the more affordable options are the smaller iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12. The latter is what we will be looking at in today's review.

The new model has a number of innovations to offer. For example, it now features an OLED display instead of the usual IPS screen and also supports 5G for the first time. Apple seems to have gone back to its roots in terms of design. Let's take a closer look!

Apple iPhone 12 (iPhone Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
6.10 inch 21.1:9.75, 2532 x 1170 pixel 457 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, OLED, True Tone, glossy: yes, HDR, 60 Hz
Storage
64 GB SSD, 64 GB 
, 57 GB free
Connections
Audio Connections: audio via lightning port, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, barometer
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G, 3G, 4G (1/2/​3/​4/​5/​7/​8/​12/13/​17/​18/​19/​20/​25/​26/​28/​30/​32/​34/​38/​39/​40/​41/​42/​46/​48/​66), 5G (1/​2/​3/​5/​7/​8/​12/​20/​25/​28/​38/​40/​41/​66/77/78/79), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.4 x 146.7 x 71.5 ( = 0.29 x 5.78 x 2.81 in)
Battery
2815 mAh Lithium-Ion, charging: 20W, 15W (MagSafe), 7.5W (Qi)
Charging
wireless charging, fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Apple iOS 14
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix f/​1.6, phase comparison-AF (Dual-pixel), OIS, dual LED-flash, videos @2160p/​60fps (camera 1); 12.0MP, f/​2.4, wide angle lens (camera 2)
Secondary Camera: 12 MPix f/​2.2, videos @2160p/​60fps
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, Lightning to USB-C cable, SIM needle, 12 Months Warranty, eSIM, IP68-certified, SAR: 1.19 W/kg (head), 1.17 W/kg (body), fanless, waterproof
Weight
162 g ( = 5.71 oz / 0.36 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
876 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Comparison devices

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
88 %
11/2020
Apple iPhone 12
A14, A14 Bionic GPU
162 g64 GB SSD6.10"2532x1170
87 %
09/2019
Apple iPhone 11
A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU
194 g64 GB SSD6.10"1792x828
87 %
10/2020
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
SD 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650
235 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.67"2400x1080
89 %
04/2020
Huawei P40 Pro
Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16
209 g256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash6.58"2640x1200
88 %
10/2020
OnePlus 8T
SD 865, Adreno 650
188 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.55"2400x1080
88 %
10/2020
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11
192 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.70"2400x1080

Case - Smart retro look

Traditionalists will be pleased. The shape of the new iPhone 12 is strongly reminiscent of early iPhones with rounded corners and clear-cut edges. After having experimented with more rounded sides in the last generation, this change is quite a statement. Whether you like it or not will depend on your personal preference. We are very pleased with the new old design. As usual, the iPhone is available in a range of colors: white, black, blue, green and product red. 

The workmanship and stability of the case leave nothing to be desired. Apple has created a new type of ceramic glass, which the manufacturer has named "ceramic shield". It is supposed to better protect the front of the phone compared to its predecessors. Initial drop tests on the internet seem to confirm that the iPhone 12 is fairly robust while the larger variants, also equipped with the ceramic shield, are more sensitive. iFixit has pointed out, however, that the back glass can break as well, which would then require the entire case to be replaced anyway.

The frame is once again made of aluminum and the hardware buttons are fitted very precisely. Apple has also made quite extensive claims in terms of the environmental friendliness of their products and says that they now use a lot of recycled materials, for example when it comes to rare earth elements or tin for soldering. Some components are made up of up to 35 percent recycled plastics as well. You can read up on Apple's detailed environmental report on the product here

The case is protected from water and dust according to IP68.

Apple iPhone 12
Apple iPhone 12
Apple iPhone 12
Apple iPhone 12
Apple iPhone 12
Apple iPhone 12

Size comparison

165 mm / 6.5 inch 77.2 mm / 3.04 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 235 g0.518 lbs161.6 mm / 6.36 inch 75.2 mm / 2.96 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 192 g0.4233 lbs160.7 mm / 6.33 inch 74.1 mm / 2.92 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 188 g0.4145 lbs158.2 mm / 6.23 inch 72.6 mm / 2.86 inch 8.95 mm / 0.3524 inch 209 g0.4608 lbs150.9 mm / 5.94 inch 75.7 mm / 2.98 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 194 g0.4277 lbs146.7 mm / 5.78 inch 71.5 mm / 2.81 inch 7.4 mm / 0.2913 inch 162 g0.3571 lbs

Connectivity - Expensive and with limited storage

All iPhone 12 devices are equipped with 4 GB of RAM, which wouldn't be a lot for an Android phone but seems to be enough for Apple's iOS. Buyers can choose the size of their storage, which cannot be expanded by microSD:

  • iPhone 12 64 GB: $830
  • iPhone 12 128 GB: $880
  • iPhone 12 256 GB: $980

This makes the iPhone 12 quite a bit more expensive than its predecessor.

The new MagSafe connector is quite interesting. It's a magnet on the back of the iPhone that can be used to connect a range of accessories as well as to recharge the iPhone. If you were hoping for a switch to USB-C, you will be disappointed. The iPhone has a lightning connector again. At least this means that any accessories users may have from old iPhones will continue to work with the iPhone 12. 

Although the phone only has one SIM slot, the device also supports an eSIM, which means you can still use two networks simultaneously on this smartphone.

Left: ringtone slider, volume buttons, SIM slot
Left: ringtone slider, volume buttons, SIM slot
Right: standby button
Right: standby button
Bottom: microphone, lightning connector, speaker
Bottom: microphone, lightning connector, speaker
Top: no ports
Top: no ports

Software - Updates for years to come

Of course, iOS 14 also has several new features. For example, the new app library automatically sorts all available apps into suitable groups. Calls no longer take up the entire display. The corona pandemic has inspired new memojis with masks and Apple maps now lets you plan special routes for electric cars that include charging stations along the way. A new translator app makes it easy to communicate with people in other languages. The wallet now also lets you store virtual car keys, so that you can open your car with your iPhone. This feature even works when the battery is flat.

Apple has also rethought some aspects of their data protection features. For example, you can see whether the camera or a microphone is in use via a symbol on the display and can choose to only pass on your approximate location in weather apps, for example.

The iPhone 12 should be well-equipped for the coming years in terms of software updates. iOS14 even works with the iPhone 6S, which was first released 5 years ago. 

Software Apple iPhone 12
Software Apple iPhone 12
Software Apple iPhone 12

Communcation and GPS - Fast, but not the fastest

The 2020 iPhone generation is the first to support 5G. Apple has chosen to cover a number of 5G and LTE frequencies, which means that the smartphone can be used to access mobile internet in a lot of countries. The iPhone works at gigabit speeds in the LTE network - but that is all Apple will tell us. But 4x4 MIMO can support very fast connections in general.  

iPhones sold in Europe do not support 5G mmWave, which means that you can't use ultrafast 5G networks with a small range. This function is only available for iPhones purchased in the US.

The phone also supports fast WiFi 6 with MIMO 2x2. The iPhone 12 is faster than its predecessor according to our test results, although it only really impresses when sending data leaving most Android competitors behind. The reception rates fluctuate a lot; the average we measured is 566 MBit/s. That still is quite a good value, but Android smartphones generally achieve even higher rates. 

So while the iPhone 12 certainly isn't a slow smartphone when it comes to WiFi connection, it isn't the fastest device on the market either. 

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Mali-G77 MP11, Exynos 990, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
864 (802min - 879max) MBit/s ∼100% +53%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
856 (776min - 899max) MBit/s ∼99% +51%
Huawei P40 Pro
Mali-G76 MP16, Kirin 990 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
821 (388min - 998max) MBit/s ∼95% +45%
OnePlus 8T
Adreno 650, SD 865, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
767 (611min - 837max) MBit/s ∼89% +36%
Apple iPhone 12
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 64 GB SSD
566 (363min - 614max) MBit/s ∼66%
Apple iPhone 11
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
563 (490min - 597max) MBit/s ∼65% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 1414, n=623)
288 MBit/s ∼33% -49%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei P40 Pro
Mali-G76 MP16, Kirin 990 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
1544 (797min - 1619max) MBit/s ∼100% +84%
Apple iPhone 12
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 64 GB SSD
840 (797min - 876max) MBit/s ∼54%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Mali-G77 MP11, Exynos 990, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
833 (418min - 883max) MBit/s ∼54% -1%
OnePlus 8T
Adreno 650, SD 865, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
716 (679min - 724max) MBit/s ∼46% -15%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
693 (354min - 711max) MBit/s ∼45% -17%
Apple iPhone 11
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
529 (204min - 603max) MBit/s ∼34% -37%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 1599, n=623)
274 MBit/s ∼18% -67%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø566 (363-614)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø840 (797-876)

The iPhone 12 is a reliable navigator: Our practical test, a bike ride on which we took the Garmin Edge 520 along as a comparison device, revealed that the iPhone 12 was very precise with only minimal occasional deviations. Nothing major. This means that we can definitely recommend the 2020 iPhone as a navigation system. 

Positioning Apple iPhone 12 – Overview
Positioning Apple iPhone 12 – Overview
Positioning Apple iPhone 12 – Turn
Positioning Apple iPhone 12 – Turn
Positioning Apple iPhone 12 – Bridge
Positioning Apple iPhone 12 – Bridge
Garmin Edge 520 – Overview
Garmin Edge 520 – Overview
Garmin Edge 520 – Bridge
Garmin Edge 520 – Bridge
Garmin Edge 520 – Turn
Garmin Edge 520 – Turn

Telephony and Call Quality - Good microphone in the iPhone 12

Apple's telephony app is clear and easy to use. VoWiFi and VoLTE have been in use for many iPhone generations.

Our evaluation of sound quality when telephoning with the iPhone 12 is divided. While we were fairly pleased with the microphone, which transmits our voice clearly, even when you speak quietly, the earpiece didn't do a particularly good job at transmitting our call partner's voice, which sounds distant, thin and slightly droning. The sound is better on speakerphone but still can't quite compare with other smartphones.

Cameras - Two lenses are enough

Photo taken with front camera
Photo taken with front camera

The iPhone 12 keeps its simple: You only have to remember one MP number as this remains the same for the main lens, the wide-angle camera and the front camera. All three lenses offer 12 megapixels. This means that not much has changed since last year's iPhone. Only the main camera's light intensity has improved from f/1.8 to f/1.6.

Further differences to predecessors can be found in terms of software: For example, we now have an improved night mode that also works for the wide-angle and front lens and enables you to record traces of light on video. Videos can also be recoded in the improved HDR mode Dolby Vision - in 4K and 60 fps.

The fact that there are only two lenses might appear to be a disadvantage compared to other high-end smartphones. Often, however, these additional lenses have very low resolutions and only have a supporting function, which is why we wouldn't consider this aspect to be a real limitation.

The 12-MP resolution also seems to be lower than on other smartphones but is entirely sufficient as long as you aren't planning to blow photos up for an enormous wall poster. Plus, other smartphones often cheat: While they might offer 64 or more MP, they then combine several pixels to one to increase light intensity, effectively reaching 16 MP. Still, the iPhone 12 isn't quite as flexible as other phones that are at least capable of taking higher resolution photos.

Let's take a look at the iPhone's image quality itself. We were very pleased with the photos taken in normal daylight with structures being displayed nicely and both bright and dark areas offering high details and good sharpness. 

Videos can be recorded at a maximum resolution of 4K and 60 fps. We were pleased by the stabilization and the sharpness of the recorded videos.

The front camera also creates decent images and manages to display fine details.

A few words on Apple's camera app: The automatic mode often takes very good photos and videos, but settings are limited. If you would rather have a stronger influence on image quality, you can download a range of professional camera apps.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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We also tested the iPhone 12's camera under controlled lighting in our lab. There was hardly anything to criticize in even, bright lighting. The test image has high details and good contrasts and remains sharp in the corners and at the edges. The subject is still recognizable in low lighting, but there is a certain unavoidable amount of image noise.   

ColorChecker
25.2 ∆E
41 ∆E
31.3 ∆E
28.3 ∆E
35.1 ∆E
47.8 ∆E
38.6 ∆E
26.6 ∆E
29.9 ∆E
26.8 ∆E
46.9 ∆E
48 ∆E
24 ∆E
35.1 ∆E
26.1 ∆E
47.6 ∆E
32.3 ∆E
33.1 ∆E
46.7 ∆E
46.7 ∆E
40.4 ∆E
30.7 ∆E
22.2 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPhone 12: 34.33 ∆E min: 13.35 - max: 48.04 ∆E
ColorChecker
14.6 ∆E
10 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
18.3 ∆E
12 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
12.5 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
7 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
12 ∆E
12.4 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
3.6 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPhone 12: 9.78 ∆E min: 3.58 - max: 18.29 ∆E

Accessories and Warranty - MagSafe on the new iPhone

There's a lot to say about the iPhone 12 when it comes to accessories. Apple has decided to no longer include a charger and headset. Buyers who would need these accessories will have to buy them separately. Apple claims that this is due to environmental concerns, because most customers already have a charger at home anyway. The missing accessories also mean that Apple can make the box smaller, reducing CO2 emissions during transport.

That makes sense, particularly as Apple tended to include weaker chargers than what the iPhone could actually handle. If users wanted to quick charge a device, they had to purchase an additional charger anyway. The price, however, doesn't reflect these missing accessories, but has actually increased. Make of that what you will.

So the smartphone comes equipped only with a USB C to lightning cable and a SIM tool to open the SIM drawer.

Apple themselves prefer to talk about a less controversial subject - the new MagSafe connector. The manufacturer has installed a magnet on the back of the iPhone that automatically connects to compatible accessories. For example, there's a special wallet for credit cards (the credit cards are protected from the magnet, of course). Apple charges $60 for the wallets, $50 for normal cases with MagSafe and $40 for a MagSafe charger.

Cases without MagSafe are available from third parties in the Apple store, as are various other accessories such as camera lenses, gimbals, gamepads and more.

Apple offers a 12 month warranty for iPhones. If you would like to stay on the safe side, you can purchase an AppleCare+ package from the Apple store. For $150, you will only pay a flat rate for repairs and premium support - however this is only valid for 12 months.

Silicon case with MagSafe
Silicon case with MagSafe
Clear case with MagSafe
Clear case with MagSafe
20-Watt AC adaptor
20-Watt AC adaptor
MagSafe charger
MagSafe charger

Input Devices & Handling - Reliable FaceID

The Super Retina XDR display continues to only offer a 60 Hz refresh rate. This is a shame as scrolling isn't quite as smooth as on screens with higher frequencies and the speed of response also feels slower because of it. That doesn't mean that the iPhone isn't very smooth to use. We're really talking about details here - but that's what it all depends on in this price range.

Apple's high-end smartphones haven't included fingerprint readers for a while now with the manufacturer instead using FaceID - face recognition with a 3D camera, which is a lot more precise and secure than the normal face recognition that other front cameras have to offer. This technology works fine in the dark as well. The phone unlocks as soon as you look at the display. However, you will still have to swipe up to release the screen. 

The hardware buttons on the side are standby and volume buttons. Of course the famous slider to set the phone to silent and back ist still there as well. All keys are of very high quality and sit tight in the case with a good pressure point.  

Keyboard portrait mode
Keyboard portrait mode
Keyboard landscape mode
Keyboard landscape mode

Display - iPhone now with OLED

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

Apple smartphones used to only be equipped with LED displays. However, the manufacturer has had some kind of on-off relationship with the high-color and potentially more energy-efficient OLED displays for a number of years. While the iPhone 11, for example, didn't feature this kind of display, last year's iPhone Pro models did.

This year, the more affordable iPhone 12 is also equipped with an OLED display with a resolution of 2532 x 1170 pixels, which means it is suitable for native Full-HD content. The display also has an HDR certification and should offer up to 1200 nits brightness. Our test with an all-white display results in just over half of this value while brightness can actually be higher on smaller lit-up areas on the display. 

The brightness distribution is very even at 97 percent.

646
cd/m²
638
cd/m²
637
cd/m²
644
cd/m²
642
cd/m²
637
cd/m²
642
cd/m²
636
cd/m²
627
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 646 cd/m² Average: 638.8 cd/m² Minimum: 6.95 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 97 %
Center on Battery: 642 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 0.9 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.7
ΔE Greyscale 0.8 | 0.64-98 Ø5.9
99.4% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.188
Apple iPhone 12
OLED, 2532x1170, 6.10
Apple iPhone 11
IPS, 1792x828, 6.10
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Super AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
Huawei P40 Pro
OLED, 2640x1200, 6.58
OnePlus 8T
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.55
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Super AMOLED Plus, 2400x1080, 6.70
Screen
-3%
-29%
-27%
-3%
-84%
Brightness middle
642
679
6%
684
7%
584
-9%
743
16%
610
-5%
Brightness
639
671
5%
690
8%
576
-10%
734
15%
621
-3%
Brightness Distribution
97
93
-4%
95
-2%
95
-2%
91
-6%
95
-2%
Black Level *
0.68
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
0.9
0.8
11%
1.3
-44%
1.1
-22%
0.89
1%
2.4
-167%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
2.42
2.4
1%
2.5
-3%
2.3
5%
1.69
30%
4.3
-78%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
0.8
1.1
-38%
1.9
-138%
1.8
-125%
1.4
-75%
2.8
-250%
Gamma
2.188 101%
2.24 98%
2.29 96%
2.16 102%
2.199 100%
2.09 105%
CCT
6404 101%
6610 98%
6475 100%
6355 102%
6423 101%
6368 102%
Contrast
999

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 226.2 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 226.2 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 226.2 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9653 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

As OLEDs can be turned off, they offer perfect black in theory, which means that the contrast ratio is very high, basically infinite. This, in turn, means that colors are displayed very nicely on the display. Our CalMAN test also showed that the iPhone 12's panel has very accurate colors. Whether you turn on the TrueTone function, which adjusts the colors on the screen to ambient light, is a matter of taste. Colors are more accurate without the function.

Because OLEDs don't have background lighting that you could dimm, the entire screen has to be turned on and off all the time to achieve a lower brightness. This causes flickering, which we measured at 226.2 Hz on the iPhone 12. It only stops at maximum brightness. 

Because the screen's response times are only average, we would recommend fans of fast action games to try out the display before purchase.

CalMAN grayscales
CalMAN grayscales
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space AdobeRGB
CalMAN color space AdobeRGB
CalMAN color space DCI P3
CalMAN color space DCI P3
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN grayscales TrueTone
CalMAN grayscales TrueTone
CalMAN color accuracy TrueTone
CalMAN color accuracy TrueTone

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
22 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 3 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 29 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (24.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
10 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5 ms rise
↘ 5 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 9 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (38.6 ms).

The OLED display can be used outdoors and only reaches its limits under direct sunlight.

The viewing angles of the display are great: No matter from which side you look at the iPhone 12, colors and brightness remain unchanged.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Outdoor use
Outdoor use

Performance - Apple A14 is good, but it isn't a milestone

The Apple A14 Bionic processor is responsible for running the Apple iPhone 12. The SoC developed by Apple themselves is manufactured in a 5-nm process by TSMC. This makes the structures even smaller than on the Apple A13. The SoC includes 11.8 billion transistors. That's around 40 percent more than on last year's chip. The neural engine, which is responsible for AI features such as the smart photo album, has also been expanded. The AIMark benchmark, a benchmark designed specifically for this area of use, indicates significant differences between the two chips in terms of AI performance.

The performance difference to the predecessor in terms of pure processing and graphics power is noticeable but not really significant. The iPhone 11 actually achieves higher frame rates in the graphics benchmarks. How is that possible? Well, the predecessor has a lower display resolution, which means the iPhone 11 has to calculate less pixels during onscreen tests.

Overall, the A14 can't really offer anything new in terms of performance, although it does boast some detail improvements, for example in the area of AI.

Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
3913 Points ∼99%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
3300 Points ∼83% -16%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
3165 Points ∼80% -19%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3164 Points ∼80% -19%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
2766 Points ∼70% -29%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (3476 - 4334, n=4)
3971 Points ∼100% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (421 - 4160, n=151)
1959 Points ∼49% -50%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
1584 Points ∼100%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
1006 Points ∼64% -36%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
779 Points ∼49% -51%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
889 Points ∼56% -44%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
917 Points ∼58% -42%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (1326 - 1604, n=4)
1527 Points ∼96% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (124 - 1604, n=151)
567 Points ∼36% -64%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
2635 Points ∼46%
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
3219 Points ∼56% +22%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
5406 Points ∼94% +105%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
5728 Points ∼100% +117%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5485 Points ∼96% +108%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
4143 Points ∼72% +57%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (2631 - 3187, n=4)
2892 Points ∼50% +10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (573 - 5780, n=558)
2276 Points ∼40% -14%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
9833 Points ∼89%
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
8119 Points ∼74% -17%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
9953 Points ∼90% +1%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6771 Points ∼61% -31%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9420 Points ∼85% -4%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
870 Points ∼8% -91%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (9833 - 12112, n=4)
11029 Points ∼100% +12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (75 - 12146, n=558)
2271 Points ∼21% -77%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
6119 Points ∼73%
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
6067 Points ∼72% -1%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
8386 Points ∼100% +37%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6508 Points ∼78% +6%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8125 Points ∼97% +33%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
7076 Points ∼84% +16%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (6119 - 7294, n=4)
6761 Points ∼81% +10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (93 - 9643, n=559)
2099 Points ∼25% -66%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
3053 Points ∼53%
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
3411 Points ∼60% +12%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
5361 Points ∼94% +76%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
5718 Points ∼100% +87%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5468 Points ∼96% +79%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
4247 Points ∼74% +39%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (2622 - 3084, n=4)
2923 Points ∼51% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (375 - 5765, n=590)
2193 Points ∼38% -28%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
21465 Points ∼99%
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
17853 Points ∼82% -17%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
13419 Points ∼62% -37%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
7905 Points ∼36% -63%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
12878 Points ∼59% -40%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
11868 Points ∼54% -45%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (20511 - 23094, n=4)
21781 Points ∼100% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 22052, n=590)
3096 Points ∼14% -86%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
9173 Points ∼91%
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
9199 Points ∼91% 0%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
10059 Points ∼100% +10%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
7286 Points ∼72% -21%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9897 Points ∼98% +8%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
8485 Points ∼84% -8%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (8333 - 9173, n=4)
8934 Points ∼89% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (88 - 11895, n=590)
2550 Points ∼25% -72%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
3054 Points ∼61%
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
2429 Points ∼48% -20%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
5035 Points ∼100% +65%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4971 Points ∼99% +63%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
4900 Points ∼97% +60%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
3993 Points ∼79% +31%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (2975 - 3161, n=3)
3063 Points ∼61% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5318, n=638)
2149 Points ∼43% -30%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
7282 Points ∼81%
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
5726 Points ∼63% -21%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
9032 Points ∼100% +24%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6465 Points ∼72% -11%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8222 Points ∼91% +13%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
8005 Points ∼89% +10%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (6917 - 9612, n=3)
7937 Points ∼88% +9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53 - 11573, n=638)
1894 Points ∼21% -74%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
5569 Points ∼73%
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
4400 Points ∼57% -21%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
7678 Points ∼100% +38%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6060 Points ∼79% +9%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
7145 Points ∼93% +28%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
6544 Points ∼85% +18%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (5344 - 6614, n=3)
5842 Points ∼76% +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 9138, n=639)
1795 Points ∼23% -68%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
3153 Points ∼63%
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
Points ∼0% -100%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
4911 Points ∼99% +56%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4975 Points ∼100% +58%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
4882 Points ∼98% +55%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
4077 Points ∼82% +29%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (3008 - 3153, n=2)
3081 Points ∼62% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (293 - 5301, n=680)
2020 Points ∼41% -36%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
10963 Points ∼87%
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
Points ∼0% -100%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
12632 Points ∼100% +15%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
7499 Points ∼59% -32%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
11586 Points ∼92% +6%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
11272 Points ∼89% +3%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (10963 - 13334, n=2)
12149 Points ∼96% +11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 16670, n=679)
2514 Points ∼20% -77%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
7072 Points ∼76%
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
Points ∼0% -100%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
9361 Points ∼100% +32%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6739 Points ∼72% -5%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8877 Points ∼95% +26%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
8097 Points ∼86% +14%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (7072 - 7564, n=2)
7318 Points ∼78% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (55 - 11256, n=682)
2148 Points ∼23% -70%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
319.1 fps ∼99%
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
322 fps ∼100% +1%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
222 fps ∼69% -30%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
152 fps ∼47% -52%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
207 fps ∼64% -35%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
191 fps ∼59% -40%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (314 - 325, n=4)
319 fps ∼99% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.5 - 322, n=822)
47.9 fps ∼15% -85%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
59.3 fps ∼99%
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
60 fps ∼100% +1%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
60 fps ∼100% +1%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
60 fps ∼100% +1%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
60 fps ∼100% +1%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
60 fps ∼100% +1%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (40 - 60, n=4)
54.8 fps ∼91% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 142, n=831)
32.2 fps ∼54% -46%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
174.7 fps ∼99%
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
175 fps ∼99% 0%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
132 fps ∼75% -24%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
118 fps ∼67% -32%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
127 fps ∼72% -27%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
114 fps ∼65% -35%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (170 - 180, n=4)
176 fps ∼100% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.8 - 180, n=727)
28.5 fps ∼16% -84%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
59.8 fps ∼100%
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
60 fps ∼100% 0%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
60 fps ∼100% 0%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
59 fps ∼98% -1%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
60 fps ∼100% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
60 fps ∼100% 0%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (52 - 60, n=4)
57.9 fps ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 117, n=735)
23.4 fps ∼39% -61%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
114.2 fps ∼98%
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
117 fps ∼100% +2%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
93 fps ∼79% -19%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
75 fps ∼64% -34%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
88 fps ∼75% -23%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
80 fps ∼68% -30%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (106 - 137, n=4)
117 fps ∼100% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.87 - 117, n=590)
22.8 fps ∼19% -80%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
59.6 fps ∼99%
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
60 fps ∼100% +1%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
60 fps ∼100% +1%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
52 fps ∼87% -13%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
60 fps ∼100% +1%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
58 fps ∼97% -3%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (45.4 - 59.6, n=4)
54.3 fps ∼91% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 110, n=592)
20.3 fps ∼34% -66%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
46.9 fps ∼78%
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
60 fps ∼100% +28%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
35 fps ∼58% -25%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
23 fps ∼38% -51%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
30 fps ∼50% -36%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
27 fps ∼45% -42%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (35.6 - 47.5, n=4)
42.5 fps ∼71% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.61 - 60, n=350)
11.7 fps ∼20% -75%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
30.1 fps ∼91%
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
33 fps ∼100% +10%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
22 fps ∼67% -27%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
19 fps ∼58% -37%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
20 fps ∼61% -34%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
23 fps ∼70% -24%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (30 - 32.9, n=4)
31.1 fps ∼94% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.21 - 101, n=348)
8.25 fps ∼25% -73%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
57.7 fps ∼96%
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
60 fps ∼100% +4%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
54 fps ∼90% -6%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
36 fps ∼60% -38%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
47 fps ∼78% -19%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
52 fps ∼87% -10%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (40.5 - 58.6, n=4)
52.6 fps ∼88% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 60, n=354)
17.5 fps ∼29% -70%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
84.8 fps ∼94%
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
87 fps ∼97% +3%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
58 fps ∼65% -32%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
50 fps ∼56% -41%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
55 fps ∼61% -35%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
56 fps ∼62% -34%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (84.1 - 106, n=4)
89.9 fps ∼100% +6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 257, n=353)
20.1 fps ∼22% -76%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
68.5 fps ∼90%
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
73 fps ∼96% +7%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
55 fps ∼72% -20%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
44 fps ∼58% -36%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
53 fps ∼69% -23%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
49 fps ∼64% -28%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (68.5 - 87.2, n=4)
76.4 fps ∼100% +12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 75, n=515)
15.2 fps ∼20% -78%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
51.5 fps ∼86%
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
60 fps ∼100% +17%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
52 fps ∼87% +1%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
31 fps ∼52% -40%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
46 fps ∼77% -11%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
44 fps ∼73% -15%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (40 - 51.8, n=4)
46.6 fps ∼78% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.1 - 60, n=519)
13.4 fps ∼22% -74%
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
552897 Points ∼89%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 8192
622888 Points ∼100% +13%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
496966 Points ∼80% -10%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
576457 Points ∼93% +4%
Samsung Galaxy Note20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
522516 Points ∼84% -5%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (510245 - 647374, n=4)
569996 Points ∼92% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53335 - 622888, n=139)
326530 Points ∼52% -41%
Basemark GPU 1.2
3840x2160 Metal High Offscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
50.27 fps ∼99%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (50.3 - 51.5, n=2)
50.9 fps ∼100% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (50.3 - 51.5, n=2)
50.9 fps ∼100% +1%
Metal Medium Native (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
136.03 fps ∼99%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (120 - 136, n=2)
128 fps ∼93% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (80.8 - 211, n=4)
137 fps ∼100% +1%
1920x1080 Metal Medium Offscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
168.3 fps ∼100%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (168 - 169, n=2)
169 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (113 - 169, n=4)
147 fps ∼87% -13%
AImark - Score v2.x (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
92705 Points ∼100%
Apple iPhone 11
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
58380 Points ∼63% -37%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
73666 Points ∼79% -21%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (92533 - 92916, n=3)
92718 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4489 - 107945, n=23)
39427 Points ∼43% -57%

The iPhone 12 is very fast when it comes to browsing the web. It manages to make first place in all benchmarks. In practice, the smartphone loads webpages very quickly and also makes images available immediately.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Average Apple A14 Bionic (158 - 167, n=4)
161 Points ∼100% +2%
Apple iPhone 12 (Safari 14)
158.543 Points ∼98%
Apple iPhone 11 (Safari Mobile 13.0)
132.886 Points ∼83% -16%
Huawei P40 Pro (Huawei Browser 10.1)
69.956 Points ∼43% -56%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS (Chrome 81.0.4044.138)
69.825 Points ∼43% -56%
OnePlus 8T (Chrome 86)
69.401 Points ∼43% -56%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 (Samsung Browser 12.1)
56.102 Points ∼35% -65%
Average of class Smartphone (9.13 - 161, n=213)
42.5 Points ∼26% -73%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Average Apple A14 Bionic (305 - 376, n=4)
350 Points ∼100% +15%
Apple iPhone 12 (Safari 14)
305.3 Points ∼87%
Apple iPhone 11 (Safari Mobile 13.0)
293.36 Points ∼84% -4%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS (Chrome 81.0.4044.138)
121.69 Points ∼35% -60%
OnePlus 8T (Chrome 86)
118.7 Points ∼34% -61%
Huawei P40 Pro (Huawei Browser 10.1)
116.61 Points ∼33% -62%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 (Samsung Browser 12.1)
95.185 Points ∼27% -69%
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 375, n=647)
49.6 Points ∼14% -84%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Average Apple A14 Bionic (188 - 198, n=4)
194 runs/min ∼100% +1%
Apple iPhone 12 (Safari 14)
193 runs/min ∼99%
Apple iPhone 11 (Safari Mobile 13.0)
157 runs/min ∼81% -19%
Huawei P40 Pro (Huawei Browser 10.1)
71.8 runs/min ∼37% -63%
OnePlus 8T (Chome 86)
71.3 runs/min ∼37% -63%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 (Samsung Browser 12.1)
64.4 runs/min ∼33% -67%
Average of class Smartphone (6.42 - 196, n=194)
44.9 runs/min ∼23% -77%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS (Chrome 81.0.4044.138)
41.2 runs/min ∼21% -79%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Apple iPhone 12 (Safari 14)
194 Points ∼100%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (191 - 195, n=4)
193 Points ∼99% -1%
Apple iPhone 11 (Safari Mobile 13.0)
184 Points ∼95% -5%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS (Chrome 81.0.4044.138)
123 Points ∼63% -37%
OnePlus 8T (Chrome 86)
108 Points ∼56% -44%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 (Samsung Browser 12.1)
101 Points ∼52% -48%
Average of class Smartphone (19 - 194, n=284)
71 Points ∼37% -63%
Huawei P40 Pro
Points ∼0% -100%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average Apple A14 Bionic (55710 - 58632, n=4)
57850 Points ∼100% +4%
Apple iPhone 12 (Safari 14)
55710 Points ∼96%
Apple iPhone 11 (Safari Mobile 13.0)
48819 Points ∼84% -12%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
25953 Points ∼45% -53%
Huawei P40 Pro (Huawei Browser 10.1)
23690 Points ∼41% -57%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 (Samsung Browser 12.1)
20022 Points ∼35% -64%
OnePlus 8T (Chrome 86)
19915 Points ∼34% -64%
Average of class Smartphone (894 - 58632, n=816)
8273 Points ∼14% -85%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (460 - 59466, n=842)
9571 ms * ∼100% -1974%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 (Samsung Browser 12.1)
2293.6 ms * ∼24% -397%
Huawei P40 Pro (Huawei Browser 10.1)
1913.7 ms * ∼20% -315%
OnePlus 8T (Chrome 86)
1860.1 ms * ∼19% -303%
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS (Chrome 81.0.4044.138)
1853.7 ms * ∼19% -302%
Apple iPhone 11 (Safari Mobile 13.0)
572.8 ms * ∼6% -24%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (460 - 467, n=4)
463 ms * ∼5% -0%
Apple iPhone 12 (Safari 14)
461.4 ms * ∼5%

* ... smaller is better

Games - Fast gaming

The iPhone 12 does well in our gaming benchmarks, too. It displays a constant 60 fps in the graphically less demanding MOBA Arena of Valor, but has to limit its frame rate to 40 fps when playing PUBG Mobile at high settings. Demanding games shouldn't be an issue for the iPhone in the medium term. Frame rates were measured with GameBench software.

The position sensor and touchscreen can be used as controls and work well, although the large notch is in the way occasionally when a game is played in full screen mode. The rounded corners can also occasionally cover some control elements. 

PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Asphalt 9
Asphalt 9
Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor
0102030405060Tooltip
; PUBG Mobile; 1.0.0: Ø42.5 (38-45)
; Arena of Valor; min; 1.36.1460240: Ø59.2 (57-60)
; Arena of Valor; high HD; 1.36.1460240: Ø59.2 (55-60)
; Asphalt 9: Legends; 2.5.3: Ø58.4 (49-60)

Emissions - Hardly any heat development, no throttling

Temperature

GFXBench battery test
GFXBench battery test

The iPhone's maximum temperature after prolonged load was 37.8 C in our test. That is low and means that the device should not become uncomfortable to hold even on very warm days. Low loads cause surface temperatures of 30.7 °C, which is hardly noticeable.

The system's performance is not impacted by long loads, which we tested with the GFXBench battery test.

Max. Load
 34.3 °C
94 F
35.8 °C
96 F
36.1 °C
97 F
 
 36.1 °C
97 F
36.7 °C
98 F
36.2 °C
97 F
 
 36.6 °C
98 F
37.8 °C
100 F
35.7 °C
96 F
 
Maximum: 37.8 °C = 100 F
Average: 36.1 °C = 97 F
34.4 °C
94 F
37.1 °C
99 F
34 °C
93 F
35 °C
95 F
37.3 °C
99 F
36.3 °C
97 F
35.3 °C
96 F
35.4 °C
96 F
37.1 °C
99 F
Maximum: 37.3 °C = 99 F
Average: 35.8 °C = 96 F
Power Supply (max.)  39.9 °C = 104 F | Room Temperature 21.9 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.1 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 37.8 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 35.3 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 37.3 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 30 °C / 86 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.
Heat map front
Heat map front
Heat map back
Heat map back

Speakers

Speaker test Pink Noise
Speaker test Pink Noise

The iPhone 12 uses a speaker on the bottom and the earpiece to output audio and can therefore even produce a stereo effect. Apple has not made any major changes to the sound pattern since the iPhone 11, where it was rather average. The speakers sound OK at medium volume, but sounds are distorted at higher volumes, with highs becoming very strong.

To get the best sound quality out of the iPhone, you will have to connect wired headphones or speakers, as Bluetooth still doesn't really support sound-improving codecs. You will need to either have headphones with a lightning connector or purchase a 3.5-mm-to-lightning adapter from the Apple store.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2042.838.52537.535.53129.330.44031.931.75037.8356329.127.68019.524.810019.931.512516.539.316014.845.620013.144.325012.545.131510.848.840010.551.150014.857.36301457.880013.457.9100013.561.5125012.163160011.76820001270.6250013.175.4315013.574.1400014.566.4500015.463.9630016.364.9800016.9651000017.866.81250018.461.41600019.251.6SPL71.626.681.1N24.90.843.2median 14median 61.4Delta1.98.435.729.227.628.130.624.324.828.332.735.224.624.923.224.119.23317.943.216.55415.250.217.352.217.254.316.856.614.658.71461.314.760.114.767.814.868.71571.314.971.81573.614.674.31475.515.172.114.671.514.870.115.164.315.155.515.544.72783.40.953.8median 15median 61.30.49.1hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseApple iPhone 12Apple iPhone 11
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Apple iPhone 12 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.6% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 12% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 80% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 39% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 54% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Apple iPhone 11 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 13.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.3% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 10.3% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 20% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 70% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 47% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 44% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Battery Life - Small battery that lasts long

Power Consumption

The efficient 5-nm architecture of the SoC and the OLED screen seem to really make a difference in terms of power consumption. The iPhone 12 consumes significantly less power that its predecessor at low loads. If you push the new iPhone to its limits, however, its power consumption races past that of the iPhone 11. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.9 / 1.5 / 1.8 Watt
Load midlight 5.5 / 10.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Apple iPhone 12
2815 mAh
Apple iPhone 11
3110 mAh
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
5000 mAh
Huawei P40 Pro
4200 mAh
OnePlus 8T
4500 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Note20
4300 mAh
Average Apple A14 Bionic
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-11%
-3%
20%
2%
3%
-30%
7%
Idle Minimum *
0.9
0.56
38%
0.63
30%
0.92
-2%
1.1
-22%
0.92
-2%
0.91 (0.64 - 1.3, n=4)
-1%
0.892 (0.2 - 3.4, n=911)
1%
Idle Average *
1.5
2.99
-99%
2.06
-37%
1.41
6%
1.5
-0%
1.5
-0%
3.03 (1.22 - 7.89, n=4)
-102%
1.758 (0.6 - 6.2, n=910)
-17%
Idle Maximum *
1.8
3.02
-68%
2.08
-16%
1.47
18%
1.7
6%
1.54
14%
3.21 (1.24 - 7.91, n=4)
-78%
2.04 (0.74 - 6.6, n=911)
-13%
Load Average *
5.5
4.17
24%
5.55
-1%
3.35
39%
4.6
16%
5.49
-0%
5.31 (3.04 - 9.28, n=4)
3%
4.12 (0.8 - 10.8, n=905)
25%
Load Maximum *
10.4
5.44
48%
9.71
7%
6.37
39%
9.4
10%
9.99
4%
7.44 (3.86 - 10.8, n=4)
28%
6.12 (1.2 - 14.2, n=905)
41%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Apple has never been known for oversized batteries, but they have always known how to make good use of the capacity that is available. The iPhone 12 actually has a slightly smaller capacity than its predecessor. Compared to Android competitors, the battery seems tiny. Nonetheless, Apple manages to get a decent battery life of 15:45 hours out of it in our WiFi test. Overall, the battery life is definitely suitable for everyday use and similar to that of the iPhone 11.

The device can be recharged via Apple's 20-Watt charger (which is not included with the iPhone 12 but can be purchased for another $20) or via MagSafe with a maximum speed of 15 Watt. Wireless charging is available at 7.5 Watt as per Qi standard. The 2020 iPhone recharges within 1.5 hours when charging by cable.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
43h 22min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
15h 45min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
18h 55min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 43min
Apple iPhone 12
2815 mAh
Apple iPhone 11
3110 mAh
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro ZS671KS
5000 mAh
Huawei P40 Pro
4200 mAh
OnePlus 8T
4500 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Note20
4300 mAh
Battery Runtime
-2%
-32%
-24%
-16%
-11%
Reader / Idle
2602
2765
6%
1211
-53%
1474
-43%
1539
-41%
2067
-21%
H.264
1135
1147
1%
997
-12%
1137
0%
1103
-3%
1123
-1%
WiFi v1.3
945
866
-8%
677
-28%
743
-21%
1023
8%
589
-38%
Load
283
267
-6%
184
-35%
198
-30%
203
-28%
326
15%

Pros

+ very accurate OLED display
+ case has good workmanship
+ camera takes sharp photos
+ good performance
+ long runtimes
+ hardly any heat development
+ precise localisation
+ wide range of accessories
+ covers a lot of LTE and 5G frequencies

Cons

- PWM flickering
- average speakers
- limited storage capacity for this price
- limited NFC usability
- display only has 60 Hz
- no 5G mmWave in Europe

Verdict - Useful improvements

Review: Apple iPhone 12
Review: Apple iPhone 12

Of course, Apple's smartphones always have a unique selling point just by coming from Apple. But still, the iPhone 12 has quite a few improvements to offer in 2020, what with its OLED display, improved performance and 5G support.  

Once again, Apple doesn't really bother with the current standards for high-end smartphones, which is why the iPhone 12 still doesn't feature a 90 or 120-Hz display and the basic model also has a rather small storage capacity. The Apple smartphone can keep up in terms of wireless charging and IP certification.

The fact that the price of Apple's new smartphone has increased again compared to its predecessor and doesn't even include an AC adaptor or a headset is rather annoying, even if Apple's environmental concerns are valid.

The iPhone 12 is another high-quality smartphone with a lot of power and a great case. The new features might not be revolutionary, but they are very useful.

Viewed on its own, the iPhone 12 once again impresses with its great workmanship and beautiful design. The new MagSafe port will probably soon bring a lot of third-party accessories, as we have seen in the past, and can even be used to charge the smartphone.

Apple has released a good update that might not be considered a revolution but is a sensible next step that fulfills the high standards Apple buyers are used to and expect.

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Apple iPhone 12 - 11/04/2020 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
89%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
95%
Connectivity
46 / 70 → 66%
Weight
91%
Battery
91%
Display
92%
Games Performance
63 / 64 → 98%
Application Performance
91 / 86 → 100%
Temperature
91%
Noise
100%
Audio
62 / 90 → 69%
Camera
77%
Average
81%
88%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt, 2020-11- 7 (Update: 2020-11- 7)
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Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile
When I was 12, the first computer came into the house and immediately I started tinkering around, taking it apart, getting new parts and replacing them - after all, there always had to be enough power for the current games. When I came to Notebookcheck in 2009, I was passionate about testing gaming notebooks. Since 2012, my attention has been focused on smartphones, tablets and future technologies.