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Apple iPhone 13 Smartphone Review - High-quality Apple phone with an even brighter display

Unlucky number? Doesn't matter! The 13th generation of one of the mainstays among smartphones is now once again trying to appease Apple fans and convert Android disciples. To accomplish this, it features a new processor, longer battery life and sensor shift image stabilization. In the following review, we will take a closer look at the latest iPhone.
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Apple iPhone 13

Luckily, Apple has improved the iPhone with its 13th generation by making small, but meaningful upgrades. On top of that, users will receive more storage for the same base price as in 2020, a new processor, and an updated iOS version.

However, the iPhone 13 once again does not come with a high refresh rate, which is exclusive to this year's "Pro" models. Similarly, there is still a large notch at the top of the screen, although it is slightly smaller compared to the predecessor's. In this in-depth review, we will determine whether this year's iPhone continues to be one of the best smartphones available.

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Apple iPhone 13 (iPhone Series)
Processor
Apple A15 Bionic 6 x - 3.2 GHz
Graphics adapter
Apple A15 GPU 4-Core
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
6.10 inch 19:9, 2532 x 1170 pixel 457 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, OLED, HDR (HDR10, Dolby Vision), glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
128 GB NVMe, 128 GB 
, 110 GB free
Connections
Audio Connections: Audio via Lightning port, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor,compass, barometer, face scanner (3D)
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 (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B12/​B13/​B17/​B18/​B19/​B20/​B25/​B26/​B28/​B30/​B32/​B34/​B38/​B39/​B40/​B41/​B42/​B46/​B48/​B66), 5G (n1/​n2/​n3/​n5/​n7/​n8/​n12/​n20/​n25/​n28/​n38/​n40/​n41/​n48/​n66/​n77/​n78/​n79), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.7 x 146.7 x 71.5 ( = 0.3 x 5.78 x 2.81 in)
Battery
3240 mAh Lithium-Ion, Charging: 20W (Lightning), 15W (MagSafe), 7.5W (Qi)
Charging
wireless charging, fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Apple iOS 15
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 (hybrid), Keyboard: virtual keyboard, Lightning-to-USB-C cable, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, IP68-certified; 0.99W/​kg (Head), 0.98W/​kg (Body); , fanless, waterproof
Weight
173 g ( = 6.1 oz / 0.38 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
899 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Potential Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
88.6 %
10/2021
Apple iPhone 13
A15, A15 GPU 4-Core
173 g128 GB NVMe6.10"2532x1170
88 %
11/2020
Apple iPhone 12
A14, A14 Bionic GPU
162 g64 GB SSD6.10"2532x1170
89.4 %
02/2021
Samsung Galaxy S21
Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14
169 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.20"2400x1080
87.1 %
04/2021
OnePlus 9
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
192 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.55"2400x1080
87.1 %
02/2021
Xiaomi Mi 11
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
196 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.81"3200x1440
86.8 %
10/2021
Sony Xperia 5 III
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
168 g128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash6.10"2520x1080

Case - Yay, a Smaller Notch!

Since the iPhone 12 came with a major design overhaul for the iPhone series, the current generation features more tame changes: The iPhone 12 only differs from the iPhone 13 in small details such as the diagonal arrangement of the cameras on the back and the notch for the front camera and sensors, which is now finally smaller. That being said, it is still quite visible compared to other smartphones with a hole-punch camera or a waterdrop notch. The earpiece has been moved towards the top edge, which may be an indication of an even smaller notch or perhaps its outright disappearance in the future.

There are also only small adjustments in terms of the colors: Blue, black, white, and red is once again available with the rose color being a new option that we are already familiar with from other Apple devices.

This year's model also once again comes with IP68 water and dust protection. Furthermore, the front and back are supposedly relatively robust thanks to Ceramic Shield, Apple's ceramic glass developed in collaboration with Corning. While initial drop tests on the Internet seem to indicate that the iPhone 13 is in fact able to withstand falls from moderate heights with barely any scratches, using a case is still recommended due to the high price.

Users also will not have to make any compromises in terms of the iPhone's stability and build quality: The aluminum case achieves a premium look regardless of the color choice and the clearances are extremely tight. The center of the display only slightly yields under pressure.

Compared to its predecessor, the iPhone 13 is slightly heavier and marginally thicker.

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Size Comparison

164.3 mm / 6.47 inch 74.6 mm / 2.94 inch 8.06 mm / 0.3173 inch 196 g0.4321 lbs160 mm / 6.3 inch 74.2 mm / 2.92 inch 8.7 mm / 0.3425 inch 192 g0.4233 lbs157 mm / 6.18 inch 68 mm / 2.68 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 168 g0.3704 lbs151.7 mm / 5.97 inch 71.2 mm / 2.8 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 169 g0.3726 lbs146.7 mm / 5.78 inch 71.5 mm / 2.81 inch 7.7 mm / 0.3031 inch 173 g0.3814 lbs146.7 mm / 5.78 inch 71.5 mm / 2.81 inch 7.4 mm / 0.2913 inch 162 g0.3571 lbs

Connectivity – More Storage for the Same Price

The new iPhone comes in three different capacities:

  • Apple iPhone 13 128 GB NVMe storage: $799 USD
  • Apple iPhone 13 256 GB NVMe storage: $899 USD
  • Apple iPhone 13 512 GB NVMe storage: $1099 USD

Each model includes 4 GB of RAM.

While Apple has phased out its smallest, 64 GB version, the price for the (now 128 GB) base model remains unchanged. Similarly, the 256 GB model is now also cheaper compared to last year's iPhone launch. Meanwhile, the 512 GB version is a new addition to the lineup.

NFC continues to be on board to allow for payments via Apple Pay. We would like to see a more up-to-date Bluetooth version, since Bluetooth 5.0 has been around for 5 years already and superseded by two updates.

Even though the EU would like to see things done differently, Apple continues to use its proprietary Lightning connector instead of USB-C and thus accessories from previous iPhones will still work.

Left: Ring/silent switch, volume buttons, SIM slot
Left: Ring/silent switch, volume buttons, SIM slot
Right: Power button
Right: Power button
Bottom: Microphone, Lightning port, Speaker
Bottom: Microphone, Lightning port, Speaker
Top: No ports
Top: No ports

Software – Facetime Focus

New iPhone, new iOS - Apple of course has not broken with this tradition in 2021. This time around, there have not been any design changes.

However, iOS 15 once again introduces a few novelties, particularly for the preinstalled system apps. Due to the home office boom, Apple's app for video conferences is the point of focus in this version: It is now possible to watch movies or listen to music together, voices appear to come from where the conversational partner is on the screen thanks to 3D audio, and calls can now be scheduled and shared via a link.

A focus mode can now filter out distractions and notifications were updated to look more organized, partially thanks to smart sorting and automatic summaries. The wallet app can now hold keys for your home or hotel. The new text recognition allows users to directly interact with the text and for example call a phone number in a picture. Live translations are supported as well.

Apps are now even more closely monitored in terms of data collection and a privacy report shows a simple summary of the results. Additionally, there are further changes for iCloud, photos and many other apps and services.

Software Apple iPhone 13 iOS 15
Software Apple iPhone 13 iOS 15
Software Apple iPhone 13 iOS 15

Communication and GNSS – 4 Antennas with Good Signal Strength

The iPhone 13 is once again a 5G phone with support for a wide variety of frequencies. Similarly, 4G cellular networks all around the world are available for use thanks to its great LTE frequency spectrum. To achieve even faster transfer speeds, the iPhone uses 4x4 MIMO, which translates to four antennas with parallel data transfers.

In our random sample test, the Apple iPhone 13's signal strength within the 4G network is on par with other high-end smartphones: In urban areas, the signal strength is excellent even indoors, where all four bars light up.

In terms of Wi-Fi, the Apple smartphone uses Wi-Fi 6 with two antennas. Compared to other high-end smartphones, the transfer speeds match our expectations and slightly exceed those of the iPhone 12.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Apple iPhone 12
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 64 GB SSD
840 (797min - 876max) MBit/s ∼100% +1%
Apple iPhone 13
A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
833 (794min - 859max) MBit/s ∼99%
Samsung Galaxy S21
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
789 (613min - 870max) MBit/s ∼94% -5%
Samsung Galaxy S21
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
500 (390min - 572max) MBit/s ∼60% -40%
OnePlus 9
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
685 (654min - 709max) MBit/s ∼82% -18%
Sony Xperia 5 III
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
680 (620min - 701max) MBit/s ∼81% -18%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
519 (391min - 604max) MBit/s ∼62% -38%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.59 - 1599, n=286, last 2 years)
454 MBit/s ∼54% -45%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Xiaomi Mi 11
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
842 (329min - 976max) MBit/s ∼100% +18%
Sony Xperia 5 III
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
839 (805min - 859max) MBit/s ∼100% +17%
Samsung Galaxy S21
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
778 (678min - 837max) MBit/s ∼92% +9%
Samsung Galaxy S21
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
650 (249min - 792max) MBit/s ∼77% -9%
OnePlus 9
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
777 (623min - 829max) MBit/s ∼92% +9%
Apple iPhone 13
A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
715 (672min - 723max) MBit/s ∼85%
Apple iPhone 12
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 64 GB SSD
566 (363min - 614max) MBit/s ∼67% -21%
Average of class Smartphone
  (15.5 - 1414, n=286, last 2 years)
449 MBit/s ∼53% -37%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø715 (672-723)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø833 (794-859)

Outdoors, the GPS is able to instantly locate us with an accuracy of within three meters (~10 feet).

In our real-world test, a bike ride that is simultaneously recorded with the Garmin Edge 520 for comparison purposes, the iPhone 13's measured distance only slightly deviates from that of the professional navi. There were slight inaccuracies when crossing the bridge, where we appear to be on the pavement instead of the road and one instance where we appear to float through houses. That being said, the iPhone fares very well in terms of navigation otherwise and can be used for precise geolocation.

Garmin Edge 520 - Overview
Garmin Edge 520 - Overview
Garmin Edge 520 - Turn
Garmin Edge 520 - Turn
Garmin Edge 520 - Bridge
Garmin Edge 520 - Bridge
Apple iPhone 13 - Overview
Apple iPhone 13 - Overview
Apple iPhone 13 - Turn
Apple iPhone 13 - Turn
Apple iPhone 13 - Bridge
Apple iPhone 13 - Bridge

Telephony and Call Quality – Good Microphone

Apple's telephony app is well organized and offers the required functionality including favorites and a call history. VoLTE and VoWiFi are, of course, also available. Conveniently, it is possible to directly start a Facetime video call from a contact tab.

The call quality is decent. Although the microphone captures our voice even when speaking quietly, it can suffer from droning. The earpiece sounds quite good at medium volume. However, higher volume levels also introduce significant droning. Our conversational partner's voice sounds clearer when using the speakerphone and the microphone does a particularly good job of capturing our voice in this scenario. 

Cameras – iPhone 13 with SensorShift

Front camera picture
Front camera picture

At first glance, it appears like Apple has not made any changes to the camera system. There is still a 12 MP main camera and a wide-angle camera with the same resolution. To be fair, they are now arranged diagonally instead of vertically, but is that all there is to it? Of course not! According to Apple, the new iPhone uses new sensors that are able to capture more light and detail and benefit for optical image stabilization through sensor shifting, which used to be exclusive to the "Pro" models.

This year, Apple takes pride in the cinema mode for video recordings. It automatically recognizes faces and blurs the background, which looks great. The twist: Since all sharpness data is preserved and can be altered retroactively, the focus can for example be shifted to someone else who is talking. The cinema mode is also available for the front camera. Videos can be captured at up to 4K and 60 FPS with excellent sharpness and stabilization.

The main camera captures great pictures: They shine with great sharpness, colors and accurate details. However, the colors may look over-exaggerated to some users. In order to appease a wide variety of tastes, Apple has included the photographic styles feature, which includes various presets that can also be used globally for all pictures. The results look impressive even in low-light situations, where many details are preserved.

Although the wide-angle camera also performs well, details are still not quite captured with satisfactory accuracy. Numbers on distant digital displays often become unrecognizable.

While the quality of the front camera is good as well, its sharpness is even lower and areas can look slightly smeared.

Our minor complaints from last year still stand: There is no real macro mode and while the camera offers a great auto mode, there is little room for professional photographers to adjust settings. This is where apps from the App Store can come in handy.

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.

Main camera flowerMain camera environmentMain camera Low LightWide-angle camera

Under controlled lighting conditions, Apple's smartphone camera still performs well: Although pictures are slightly less sharp in good lighting compared to a daylight scene, they continue to be rich in both contrast and clarity. A lot remains discernible in the pictures at 1 lux, although areas then naturally appear more grainy and the sharpness decreases.

ColorChecker
14.4 ∆E
11 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
19.6 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
11 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
15.4 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPhone 13: 11.2 ∆E min: 3.13 - max: 19.56 ∆E
ColorChecker
11.5 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
2.7 ∆E
7.1 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPhone 13: 7.68 ∆E min: 2.65 - max: 12.9 ∆E

Accessories and Warranty – Still no Charger Included

The 13th generation of the iPhone once again features the MagSafe interface, a magnet on the back that can be used for charging or attaching the iPhone to a mount. Aside from MagSafe cases in numerous colors for $49 USD each, an external battery for longer battery life is also available for $99 USD. The MagSafe charger can be purchased for $39 USD, while the Duo Charger with MagSafe and Qi costs $129 USD. Speaking of which: A wired charger, which again, is not included, costs $19 USD.

Apple offers a standard 1-year limited warranty for customers in the US. The device can be sent in for repairs or repaired directly at a certified partner or Apple Store.

For non-warranty cases, an official price list is available: A new display costs $279 USD, for example. For a new battery, Apple demands $69 USD. Additionally, users can purchase Apple Care+, an extended warranty that covers damages within the first year and, if desired, theft. However, there is still a service fee.

Input Devices & Handling – FaceID for Authentication

Since the display's refresh rate remains fixed at 60 Hz, the user experience is ever so slightly less responsive compared to the iPhone Pro models. Regardless, the touchscreen of the Apple smartphone responds accurately and quickly to inputs. Meanwhile, the strong vibration motor conveys the feeling of an actual key press when tapping on the display.

Those hoping for a finger print sensor will be disappointed: Apple continues to rely on FaceID, a facial recognition technology that is assisted by a 3D camera on the front and regarded as relatively secure.

In our testing, we were able to unlock the smartphone quickly and reliably with FaceID, which was not fooled by pictures of our face. For FaceID to work, the smartphone has to be upright, since the feature does not work in landscape mode. Thanks to infrared light, the system works flawlessly in the dark.

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

Display – Even Brighter, but not Faster

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

Compared to last year's model, the resolution, size and aspect ratio of the iPhone 13's OLED display is identical. At up to 800 nits, the maximum brightness is slightly higher. In our measurements with a spectrophotometer, the Apple device even exceeds this value with 830.4 nits on average.

The illumination is very even and the display is HDR10 and Dolby Vision certified. Since the display is still limited to 60 Hz, users of the non-Pro models will not benefit from smoother scrolling.

836
cd/m²
833
cd/m²
826
cd/m²
830
cd/m²
831
cd/m²
823
cd/m²
833
cd/m²
832
cd/m²
830
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 836 cd/m² Average: 830.4 cd/m² Minimum: 5.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 98 %
Center on Battery: 831 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 0.77 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5
ΔE Greyscale 1.2 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
129% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.209
Apple iPhone 13
OLED, 2532x1170, 6.10
Apple iPhone 12
OLED, 2532x1170, 6.10
Samsung Galaxy S21
Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 2400x1080, 6.20
OnePlus 9
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.55
Xiaomi Mi 11
LED DotDisplay, 3200x1440, 6.81
Sony Xperia 5 III
OLED, 2520x1080, 6.10
Screen
-15%
-68%
6%
-33%
-125%
Brightness middle
831
642
-23%
790
-5%
731
-12%
840
1%
554
-33%
Brightness
830
639
-23%
793
-4%
739
-11%
845
2%
559
-33%
Brightness Distribution
98
97
-1%
97
-1%
96
-2%
98
0%
95
-3%
Black Level *
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
0.77
0.9
-17%
2.2
-186%
0.59
23%
1.2
-56%
2.22
-188%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
1.52
2.42
-59%
4.2
-176%
1.3
14%
2.7
-78%
5.94
-291%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.2
0.8
33%
1.6
-33%
0.9
25%
2
-67%
3.6
-200%
Gamma
2.209 100%
2.188 101%
2.13 103%
2.243 98%
2.26 97%
2.193 100%
CCT
6501 100%
6404 101%
6497 100%
6573 99%
6492 100%
7000 93%

* ... 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 609.8 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 609.8 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 609.8 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17031 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

Apple's TrueTone technology continuously adjusts the screen's colors to the ambient lighting conditions, in order to preserve their fidelity. Since this of course alters the colors, however, our measuring device uncovers the true potential of the display with TrueTone disabled: With the colors being displayed with only minor deviations from their ideals, the display is well-suited to the evaluation of print colors.

At the lowest brightness setting, the display exhibits a flickering that is indicative of PWM being used to regulate the display's brightness. However, just slightly increasing the brightness makes the flickering disappear. Regardless, we recommend sensitive users to take a look at the display before buying.

CalMAN grayscale with TrueTone
CalMAN grayscale with TrueTone
CalMAN grayscale without TrueTone
CalMAN grayscale without TrueTone
CalMAN color accuracy with TrueTone
CalMAN color accuracy with TrueTone
CalMAN color accuracy without TrueTone
CalMAN color accuracy without TrueTone
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

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
6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 3 ms rise
↘ 3 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 7 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
9 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5 ms rise
↘ 4 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 10 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (37.7 ms).

The display looks even better outdoors than those of previous iPhones and even bright ambient lighting is not an issue.

The viewing angles warrant no criticism.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Outdoor use
Outdoor use

Performance – Even More Power for the iPhone 13

While the latest Apple A15 Bionic comes with even more transistors, it still has six cores. The clock speed of the processor, which is based on the 5-nm process, making it comparable to other high-end SoCs, has been increased to up to 3230 MHz.

Since it is only about 10-20% faster than its predecessor, the Apple A14 Bionic, the difference will likely only become apparent in very demanding apps. That being said, the iPhone 13 is once again the clear winner in terms of high-end smartphone performance and sets the bar for other devices.

There are a few compromises when it comes to the GPU: Unlike the "Pro" models, the iPhone 13 only gets one graphics unit with four cores. Our offscreen benchmarks produce record-setting graphics performance results. It will be interesting to see how much of a lead the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max gain from their additional core.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
1755 Points ∼100%
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
1584 Points ∼90% -10%
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
1003 Points ∼57% -43%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1124 Points ∼64% -36%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
1136 Points ∼65% -35%
Sony Xperia 5 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
1137 Points ∼65% -35%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (1590 - 1755, n=6)
1717 Points ∼98% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=250, last 2 years)
601 Points ∼34% -66%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
4820 Points ∼100%
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
3913 Points ∼81% -19%
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
3228 Points ∼67% -33%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
3653 Points ∼76% -24%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
3784 Points ∼79% -21%
Sony Xperia 5 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
3572 Points ∼74% -26%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (4559 - 4914, n=6)
4763 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=250, last 2 years)
2039 Points ∼42% -58%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
5713 Points ∼61%
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
6119 Points ∼65% +7%
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
6717 Points ∼72% +18%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
0 Points ∼0% -100%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
9343 Points ∼100% +64%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (5713 - 6175, n=5)
5870 Points ∼63% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 9839, n=261, last 2 years)
3469 Points ∼37% -39%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
9878 Points ∼74%
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
9833 Points ∼74% 0%
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
7680 Points ∼58% -22%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
12023 Points ∼91% +22%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (9878 - 16221, n=5)
13273 Points ∼100% +34%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 16221, n=261, last 2 years)
4031 Points ∼30% -59%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
2307 Points ∼44%
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
2635 Points ∼50% +14%
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
4668 Points ∼89% +102%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
5249 Points ∼100% +128%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (1852 - 2307, n=5)
2027 Points ∼39% -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (620 - 5793, n=261, last 2 years)
3051 Points ∼58% +32%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
8788 Points ∼95%
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
6068 Points ∼65% -31%
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
5815 Points ∼63% -34%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
5786 Points ∼62% -34%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
5599 Points ∼60% -36%
Sony Xperia 5 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
5787 Points ∼62% -34%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (8788 - 9680, n=5)
9295 Points ∼100% +6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (153 - 9680, n=114, last 2 years)
3027 Points ∼33% -66%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
9979 Points ∼92%
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
7100 Points ∼66% -29%
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
5966 Points ∼55% -40%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
5751 Points ∼53% -42%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
5678 Points ∼52% -43%
Sony Xperia 5 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
5064 Points ∼47% -49%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (9881 - 11700, n=5)
10833 Points ∼100% +9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (174 - 11700, n=110, last 2 years)
3178 Points ∼29% -68%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
2470 Points ∼90%
Sony Xperia 5 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
1456 Points ∼53% -41%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (2243 - 3080, n=5)
2744 Points ∼100% +11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (83 - 3080, n=62, last 2 years)
988 Points ∼36% -60%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
1256 Points ∼50%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (2151 - 2864, n=4)
2533 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 2864, n=59, last 2 years)
957 Points ∼38%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
60.1 fps ∼50%
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
59.3 fps ∼49% -1%
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
110 fps ∼92% +83%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
61 fps ∼51% +1%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
120 fps ∼100% +100%
Sony Xperia 5 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
117 fps ∼98% +95%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (60 - 60.1, n=5)
60 fps ∼50% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (8.2 - 143, n=204, last 2 years)
61.7 fps ∼51% +3%
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
416.3 fps ∼100%
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
319.1 fps ∼77% -23%
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
137 fps ∼33% -67%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
275 fps ∼66% -34%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
268 fps ∼64% -36%
Sony Xperia 5 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
202 fps ∼49% -51%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (375 - 440, n=5)
412 fps ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.3 - 417, n=204, last 2 years)
117 fps ∼28% -72%
GFXBench 3.0
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
60.2 fps ∼51%
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
59.8 fps ∼50% -1%
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
119 fps ∼100% +98%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
60 fps ∼50% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
91 fps ∼76% +51%
Sony Xperia 5 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
113 fps ∼95% +88%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (60 - 60.2, n=5)
60.1 fps ∼51% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.5 - 120, n=202, last 2 years)
49.3 fps ∼41% -18%
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
217.4 fps ∼100%
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
174.7 fps ∼80% -20%
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
143 fps ∼66% -34%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
101 fps ∼46% -54%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
158 fps ∼73% -27%
Sony Xperia 5 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
129 fps ∼59% -41%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (166 - 237, n=5)
215 fps ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 229, n=203, last 2 years)
68.1 fps ∼31% -69%
GFXBench 3.1
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
60.1 fps ∼57%
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
59.6 fps ∼56% -1%
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
106 fps ∼100% +76%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
57 fps ∼54% -5%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
59 fps ∼56% -2%
Sony Xperia 5 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
58 fps ∼55% -3%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (60 - 60.1, n=5)
60 fps ∼57% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.1 - 106, n=201, last 2 years)
38.4 fps ∼36% -36%
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
138.6 fps ∼97%
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
114.2 fps ∼80% -18%
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
83 fps ∼58% -40%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
96 fps ∼67% -31%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
111 fps ∼78% -20%
Sony Xperia 5 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
71 fps ∼50% -49%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (125 - 154, n=5)
143 fps ∼100% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 151, n=201, last 2 years)
46.8 fps ∼33% -66%
GFXBench
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
58.5 fps ∼100%
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
51.5 fps ∼88% -12%
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
58 fps ∼99% -1%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
48 fps ∼82% -18%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
33 fps ∼56% -44%
Sony Xperia 5 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
39 fps ∼67% -33%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (53.2 - 60, n=5)
56.7 fps ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.3 - 61, n=200, last 2 years)
24.1 fps ∼41% -59%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
96.6 fps ∼100%
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
68.5 fps ∼71% -29%
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
42 fps ∼43% -57%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
42 fps ∼43% -57%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
67 fps ∼69% -31%
Sony Xperia 5 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
48 fps ∼50% -50%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (68.8 - 99.2, n=5)
90.5 fps ∼94% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.8 - 96.6, n=200, last 2 years)
28.2 fps ∼29% -71%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
57.7 fps ∼97%
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
46 fps ∼77%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
58 fps ∼97%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
41 fps ∼69%
Sony Xperia 5 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
45 fps ∼75%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (59.1 - 60.1, n=4)
59.7 fps ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 73, n=267, last 2 years)
24.1 fps ∼40%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
112.9 fps ∼100%
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
84.8 fps ∼75% -25%
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
49 fps ∼43% -57%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
57 fps ∼50% -50%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
79 fps ∼70% -30%
Sony Xperia 5 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
57 fps ∼50% -50%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (95.9 - 119, n=5)
110 fps ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.95 - 257, n=267, last 2 years)
28.4 fps ∼25% -75%
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
54.9 fps ∼99%
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
46.9 fps ∼84% -15%
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
45 fps ∼81% -18%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
41 fps ∼74% -25%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
25 fps ∼45% -54%
Sony Xperia 5 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
37 fps ∼67% -33%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (51.8 - 60, n=5)
55.6 fps ∼100% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 60, n=268, last 2 years)
16.2 fps ∼29% -70%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
37.2 fps ∼98%
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
30.1 fps ∼79% -19%
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
25 fps ∼66% -33%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
28 fps ∼74% -25%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
29 fps ∼76% -22%
Sony Xperia 5 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
23 fps ∼61% -38%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (34.6 - 41.2, n=5)
38 fps ∼100% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.35 - 101, n=268, last 2 years)
11 fps ∼29% -70%
Antutu v9 - Total Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
813876 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia 5 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
714551 Points ∼88% -12%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (722973 - 813876, n=5)
782472 Points ∼96% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (121238 - 815441, n=59, last 2 years)
507660 Points ∼62% -38%
AImark - Score v2.x (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
105623 Points ∼40%
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
92705 Points ∼35% -12%
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
228879 Points ∼87% +117%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
Points ∼0% -100%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
209984 Points ∼80% +99%
Sony Xperia 5 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
261820 Points ∼100% +148%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (105536 - 107460, n=4)
106113 Points ∼41% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4293 - 273221, n=80, last 2 years)
70033 Points ∼27% -34%
Basemark GPU 1.2
Metal Medium Native (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
155.41 fps ∼95%
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
136.03 fps ∼83% -12%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (155 - 168, n=3)
163 fps ∼100% +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (120 - 168, n=5, last 2 years)
149 fps ∼91% -4%
1920x1080 Metal Medium Offscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
212.87 fps ∼100%
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 4096
168.3 fps ∼79% -21%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (203 - 220, n=3)
212 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (168 - 220, n=5, last 2 years)
195 fps ∼92% -8%

So far, the iPhone 13 is unmatched when it comes to web browsing: In our benchmarks, no other device comes close. During daily use, this results in pictures that are already loaded when scrolling through web pages and barely any delays from loading content. Even demanding HTML 5 pages are loaded very quickly.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 13 (Safari 15)
180.028 Points ∼100%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (173 - 182, n=5)
179 Points ∼99% -1%
Apple iPhone 12 (Safari 14)
158.543 Points ∼88% -12%
Sony Xperia 5 III (Chrome93)
119.264 Points ∼66% -34%
Xiaomi Mi 11 (Chrome 88)
83.152 Points ∼46% -54%
Samsung Galaxy S21 (Chrome 88.0.4324.152)
65.132 Points ∼36% -64%
OnePlus 9 (MS Edge)
61.34 Points ∼34% -66%
Average of class Smartphone (12.4 - 182, n=178, last 2 years)
53.4 Points ∼30% -70%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 13 (Safari 15)
399.81 Points ∼100%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (383 - 414, n=5)
398 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple iPhone 12 (Safari 14)
305.3 Points ∼76% -24%
Sony Xperia 5 III (Chrome93)
209.282 Points ∼52% -48%
Xiaomi Mi 11 (Chrome 88)
137.89 Points ∼34% -66%
OnePlus 9 (MS Edge)
119.23 Points ∼30% -70%
Samsung Galaxy S21 (Chrome 88.0.4324.152)
98.787 Points ∼25% -75%
Average of class Smartphone (10.8 - 414, n=188, last 2 years)
97.2 Points ∼24% -76%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPhone 13 (Safari 15)
244 runs/min ∼100%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (228 - 244, n=5)
239 runs/min ∼98% -2%
Apple iPhone 12 (Safari 14)
193 runs/min ∼79% -21%
Samsung Galaxy S21 (Chrome 88.0.4324.152)
74.1 runs/min ∼30% -70%
Xiaomi Mi 11 (Chrome 88)
62.8 runs/min ∼26% -74%
OnePlus 9 (MS Edge)
54.65 runs/min ∼22% -78%
Average of class Smartphone (9 - 244, n=164, last 2 years)
53.4 runs/min ∼22% -78%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Average Apple A15 Bionic (219 - 252, n=5)
243 Points ∼100% +11%
Apple iPhone 13 (Safari 15)
219 Points ∼90%
Apple iPhone 12 (Safari 14)
194 Points ∼80% -11%
Xiaomi Mi 11 (Chrome 88)
124 Points ∼51% -43%
OnePlus 9 (MS Edge)
119 Points ∼49% -46%
Samsung Galaxy S21 (Chrome 88.0.4324.152)
114 Points ∼47% -48%
Average of class Smartphone (20 - 252, n=194, last 2 years)
81.8 Points ∼34% -63%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 13 (Safari 15)
62664 Points ∼100%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (57143 - 64222, n=5)
62098 Points ∼99% -1%
Apple iPhone 12 (Safari 14)
55710 Points ∼89% -11%
Sony Xperia 5 III (Chrome93)
45930 Points ∼73% -27%
Xiaomi Mi 11 (Chrome 88)
27539 Points ∼44% -56%
Samsung Galaxy S21 (Chrome 88.0.4324.152)
25656 Points ∼41% -59%
OnePlus 9 (Chrome89)
23843 Points ∼38% -62%
Average of class Smartphone (1986 - 64222, n=202, last 2 years)
18944 Points ∼30% -70%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (414 - 29635, n=204, last 2 years)
3748 ms * ∼100% -806%
Samsung Galaxy S21 (Chrome 88.0.4324.152)
1809.6 ms * ∼48% -338%
Xiaomi Mi 11 (Chrome 88)
1721.5 ms * ∼46% -316%
OnePlus 9 (Chrome89)
1692.34 ms * ∼45% -309%
Sony Xperia 5 III (Chrome93)
919.22 ms * ∼25% -122%
Apple iPhone 12 (Safari 14)
461.4 ms * ∼12% -12%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (414 - 455, n=5)
429 ms * ∼11% -4%
Apple iPhone 13 (Safari 15)
413.6 ms * ∼11%

* ... smaller is better

Gaming – iPhone Gaming at 60 FPS?

Unfortunately, the app of our partner GameBench currently is not yet fully compatible with iOS 15. Thus, we cannot provide detailed FPS measurements.

However, judging from our first impressions and experience with the previous model, gaming at 60 FPS should not be a challenge, provided the title supports it. We will of course publish our results in this review, as soon as the GameBench app is updated.

The controls are not an issue, either: The accurate touchscreen and gyroscope work flawlessly. Most games have also been updated to not hide any control elements behind the notch or rounded off corners of the display.

Armajet
Armajet
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile

Emissions – iPhone 13 with Higher Temperatures

Temperature

Under load, the iPhone 13 becomes noticeably warm with up to 43.6 °C (~110.5 °F). Although this is not a problem at room temperature, the case's temperature will likely increase further under warmer conditions, which may become uncomfortable.

As the 3DMark stress tests show, this also adversely affects the long-term performance: After just a few loops, the performance already drops by 10-15%. Although this is clearly visible in the graph, this should only become apparent in very demanding apps due to the high overall performance level of the Apple A15. Still, the iPhone 12 remained significantly cooler and did not suffer from throttling.

3DMark Wild Life Stresstest

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Apple iPhone 13 A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø47 (44.5-55.5)
Sony Xperia 5 III Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø21.3 (19.4-30.7)
Apple iPhone 13 A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 0.0.0.0: Ø13.1 (12.3-16)
Sony Xperia 5 III Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.5.1: Ø6.51 (5.08-9.2)
Max. Load
 36.2 °C
97 F
38.5 °C
101 F
36.7 °C
98 F
 
 38.8 °C
102 F
39.3 °C
103 F
37.4 °C
99 F
 
 40.3 °C
105 F
41.7 °C
107 F
37.8 °C
100 F
 
Maximum: 41.7 °C = 107 F
Average: 38.5 °C = 101 F
36.5 °C
98 F
39 °C
102 F
35.8 °C
96 F
37.9 °C
100 F
40.3 °C
105 F
39.6 °C
103 F
38.8 °C
102 F
43.6 °C
110 F
42.4 °C
108 F
Maximum: 43.6 °C = 110 F
Average: 39.3 °C = 103 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.6 °C = 107 F | Room Temperature 21.5 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 38.5 °C / 101 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 41.7 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 35.2 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.4 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 43.6 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25 °C / 77 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.

Speakers

Like its predecessor, the iPhone 13 comes with the familiar speaker setup that includes a speaker near the bottom edge and the earpiece as a hybrid speaker for a stereo effect. The iPhone 13 has a slightly higher maximum volume than the iPhone 12 with slightly more balanced sound overall according to our measurements. Whether this is noticeable in practice remains in question.

At maximum volume, the sound is very treble-heavy and, when playing speech and music simultaneously, turns into an undiscernible mess. However, the iPhone 13 appears to introduce this effect at a significantly higher volume level than the iPhone 12, which is a clear improvement.

Lastly, a Lightning-to-3.5-mm adapter is required to use analog headphones. Alternatively, Bluetooth 5.0 is also available. For Bluetooth headphones, users should ensure Apple's AAC codec is supported for an optimal audio experience. Qualcomm's aptX codecs remain unsupported.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2029.5382533.134.33127.4284031.331.75030.332.76329.628.98024.124.510020.730.412517.639.416014.845.720012.34925012.853.431510.453.9400957.650011.363.263014.464.880017.166.310001469.1125010.471.216009.472.3200010.671250011.473.8315013.676.7400013.768.2500015.370.7630015.467.7800016.6671000017.6701250017.366.91600017.662.7SPL26.383.2N0.754.5median 14median 66.9Delta2.88.142.838.537.535.529.330.431.931.737.83529.127.619.524.819.931.516.539.314.845.613.144.312.545.110.848.810.551.114.857.31457.813.457.913.561.512.16311.7681270.613.175.413.574.114.566.415.463.916.364.916.96517.866.818.461.419.251.671.626.681.124.90.843.2median 14median 61.41.98.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseApple iPhone 13Apple iPhone 12
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Apple iPhone 13 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 3% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 21% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 75% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

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
» 16% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 76% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 43% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 50% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery Life – Lower Consumption

Energy Consumption

The A15 Bionic is supposed to be more energy efficient according to Apple and our consumption measurements clearly confirm this: There are significant differences compared to the iPhone 12's A14 Bionic in every scenario. Similarly, Apple's processor is more economical than the Android competition, which mostly contains the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.6 / 1 / 1.3 Watt
Load midlight 4.5 / 7.8 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Apple iPhone 13
3240 mAh
Apple iPhone 12
2815 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S21
4000 mAh
OnePlus 9
4500 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 11
4600 mAh
Sony Xperia 5 III
4500 mAh
Average Apple A15 Bionic
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-39%
-51%
-58%
-78%
-113%
-19%
-38%
Idle Minimum *
0.6
0.9
-50%
1.1
-83%
0.9
-50%
1.57
-162%
1.8
-200%
0.676 ?(0.51 - 1.1, n=5)
-13%
0.951 ?(0.37 - 2.5, n=218, last 2 years)
-59%
Idle Average *
1
1.5
-50%
1.61
-61%
1.7
-70%
1.92
-92%
2.6
-160%
1.524 ?(1 - 2.2, n=5)
-52%
1.804 ?(0.65 - 3.94, n=218, last 2 years)
-80%
Idle Maximum *
1.3
1.8
-38%
1.78
-37%
2.7
-108%
1.94
-49%
3.1
-138%
2.02 ?(1.3 - 4.2, n=5)
-55%
2.04 ?(0.69 - 4.2, n=218, last 2 years)
-57%
Load Average *
4.5
5.5
-22%
6.47
-44%
5.4
-20%
6.32
-40%
5.3
-18%
4.08 ?(2.65 - 6.7, n=5)
9%
4.48 ?(2.1 - 8.4, n=218, last 2 years)
-0%
Load Maximum *
7.8
10.4
-33%
10.12
-30%
11.1
-42%
11.65
-49%
11.5
-47%
6.43 ?(3.56 - 11.4, n=5)
18%
7.31 ?(3.56 - 12.3, n=218, last 2 years)
6%

* ... smaller is better

Consumption: Geekbench (150 nits)

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: Ø4.54 (0.574-10.7)

Consumption: GFXBench (150 nits)

01234567898.518.598.949.149.449.1197.767.98.178.788.958.918.758.678.748.68.378.418.138.597.957.998.128.48.258.347.998.168.158.357.878.018.198.097.897.627.767.757.716.887.227.778.088.057.146.265.394.84.8755.375.555.746.086.128.518.598.949.149.449.1197.767.98.178.788.958.918.758.678.748.68.378.418.138.597.957.998.128.48.258.347.998.168.158.357.878.018.198.097.897.627.767.757.716.887.227.778.088.057.146.265.394.84.8755.375.555.746.086.120.9110.80.6530.8540.6960.6650.6990.6940.6630.6650.6510.6810.6970.9461.3680.6890.7540.6860.6520.710.6960.6640.6580.6450.7150.6630.7980.6460.6790.6860.7350.7350.7230.6570.7120.640.6490.6550.6580.6890.6970.6370.7030.7060.6670.6480.6820.6730.6530.6810.6730.6590.6990.660.7150.8690.6580.680.6790.7050.662Tooltip
; Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø7.76 (4.8-9.44)
; Idle 1min: Ø0.709 (0.637-1.368)

Battery Life

The battery size of the iPhone has increased noticeably with the 13th generation: The capacity is now 3240 mAh. Although this is still fairly low compared to Android smartphones, size does not matter as much as the technology in this case and the Californians are very good at the latter. In the runtime department, no other smartphone can hold a candle to the iPhone 13 and the Samsung Galaxy S21 notably only lasts half as long in our Wi-Fi test.

With the latest iPhone, we were able to browse the web for more than 17 hours. In practice, users will not have to worry about forgetting their charger: With normal use, the iPhone 13's battery should last for multiple days.

While a charger is not included in the scope of delivery, previously purchased chargers can be used. Apple's iPhone 13 can be charged at up to 20 watts. At this rate, the battery can be charged from 0 to 100% in just above one hour. Alternatively, the iPhone can be charged via the MagSafe interface on the back at up to 15 watts or via the wireless Qi standard at 7.5 watts. In these cases, the charging times will increase accordingly.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
45h 34min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
16h 59min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
20h 24min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 59min
Apple iPhone 13
3240 mAh
Apple iPhone 12
2815 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S21
4000 mAh
OnePlus 9
4500 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 11
4600 mAh
Sony Xperia 5 III
4500 mAh
Battery Runtime
-6%
-30%
-31%
-39%
-29%
Reader / Idle
2734
2602
-5%
1713
-37%
1623
-41%
1144
-58%
H.264
1224
1135
-7%
941
-23%
928
-24%
971
-21%
WiFi v1.3
1019
945
-7%
544
-47%
854
-16%
527
-48%
727
-29%
Load
299
283
-5%
267
-11%
168
-44%
214
-28%

Pros

+ very bright OLED display...
+ ...with excellent color accuracy
+ sharp pictures with good contrast
+ one of the fastest smartphones
+ good battery life
+ wide variety of accessories available
+ good signal strength
+ fast Wi-Fi

Cons

- display limited to 60 Hz
- mediocre sound at maximum volume
- no macro lens
- case noticeably warm under load
- wide notch

Verdict – Familiar and New

In review: Apple iPhone 13
In review: Apple iPhone 13

This year's iPhone comes with numerous welcome upgrades: Better battery life, a brighter screen, slightly better speakers, a slightly smaller notch. Of course, there are also new iOS features as well as a new, more powerful CPU.

The design of the case still follows a sleek and fairly rectangular approach, while offering a great build quality, an IP certification and a robust display to meet the current standards. There is also fast Wi-Fi and support for all current mobile communications standards.

Compared to the previous model, the iPhone 13's case temperatures are not quite as low, which adversely affects the long-term performance. Furthermore, users will have to contend with a comparatively slower quick charging standard and a maximum display refresh rate of 60 Hz. The 120-Hz Pro Motion feature is exclusive to the "Pro" models.

The iPhone 13's main advantages are its fast performance and bright display.

The iPhone 13 is still a great choice regardless, since it includes more storage than its predecessor for the same price as well as sensible upgrades, enabling it to better compete with current alternatives.

Although the Samsung Galaxy S21 is slightly more flexible when it comes to pictures thanks to its third camera, its battery life is significantly shorter. Similarly, the OnePlus 9 is a lot cheaper, which is apparent from its chassis, among other things. Last year's iPhone 12 can be found for a significantly cheaper price and be a compelling alternative, since there are only a few, relatively minor differences.

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Price and Availability

The Apple iPhone 13 is available starting from $799 USD directly from the manufacturer. Alternatively, various online retailers such as BestBuy, Walmart, or Amazon also list the Apple smartphone.

Apple iPhone 13 - 10/11/2021 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
90%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
95%
Connectivity
48 / 70 → 69%
Weight
90%
Battery
92%
Display
93%
Games Performance
65 / 64 → 100%
Application Performance
94 / 86 → 100%
Temperature
89%
Noise
100%
Audio
66 / 90 → 73%
Camera
78%
Average
82%
89%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt
Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile - 881 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I initially wrote about gaming laptops when I joined Notebookcheck in 2009. I was then involved with the setup of the comparison portal Notebookinfo and worked with social media concepts for large companies like BMW and Adidas, while also returning to work for Notebookcheck in 2012. Nowadays, I focus on smartphones, tablets, and future technologies. Since 2018 I have been Managing Editor for mobile device reviews, working alongside my colleague Daniel Schmidt.
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