The Apple iPhone 12 Series - the iPhone 12 is One Hell of an Upgrade over the 11 11

The Apple iPhone 12 Series – the iPhone 12 is One Hell of an Upgrade over the 11

So, folks, the iPhone 12 line-up is finally unveiled, and this year it was late, generally, the new iPhones are unveiled in September, but due to the pandemic going one, this year its shifted to October.
Also for the first time in Apple’s history, they unveiled 4 new smartphones together.
The iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max.
The iPhone 12 is a major upgrade over the 11, and the 12 Pro also has some upgrades over the 11 Pro, but not as major as the 12.

This post will be just for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini

Here is the Detailed Specification Overview of the iPhone 12 and 12 mini.

Apple iPhone 12 Specification Table

SpecificationsiPhone 12iPhone 12 Mini
Display6.1-Inch Super Retina XDR OLED, ~86% Screen to Body Ratio.
1170 x 2532 Pixels Resolution, 19.5:9 Aspect Ratio.
460 PPI Pixel Density.
True-tone
5.4-Inch Super Retina XDR OLED, ~85% Screen to Body Ratio.
1080 x 2340 Pixels Resolution, 19.5:9 Aspect Ratio.
476 PPI Pixel Density.
True-tone
CPUApple A14 Bionic
Hexa-core
Apple A14 Bionic
Hexa-core
GPUApple GPU (4-core graphics)Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
Memory——————
Storage64GB, 128GB, 256GB
NVMe
64GB, 128GB, 256GB
NVMe
Camera/Optics12 MP, f/1.6 (Wide Lens), dual pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, (Ultrawide Lens)
12 MP, f/1.6 (Wide Lens), dual pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, (Ultrawide Lens)
Video Recording Options4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 30fps)4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 30fps)
Front Camera12 MP, f/2.2(Wide Lens)
SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
12 MP, f/2.2(Wide Lens)
SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
BatteryLi-Ion, non-removable
Fast charging 20W, 50% in 30 min (advertised)
Li-Ion, non-removable
Fast charging 20W, 50% in 30 min (advertised)
ConnectivityWiFi 6.0
Bluetooh 5.0
WiFi 6.0
Bluetooh 5.0
SecurityFace-IDFace-ID
Headphone JackNoNo

Specification Details
https://www.apple.com/in/iphone-12/specs/

Design and Build Quality

iPhone 12

The Outer body of the new iPhone 12 is somewhat very similar to that of the iPhone 4 and 5, but in a bigger form factor, and obviously, the notch and camera bump is the same as that of the iPhone 11, but now its 11% thinner, 15% smaller, and 16% lighter, as compared to the iPhone 11.
The build quality is as always excellent, both the front and back are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, and it has an Aluminium Frame.

12 Mini

iPhone 12

Same as that of the vanilla 12, just in a smaller 5.4-inch form factor, and finally Apple heard their customer, not everybody likes those huge phones, some are comfortable with 5-5.5 inch range, and that is also the sweet spot for one-hand usage, and now we have it, Good Job Apple.

iPhone 12

Also now the Display is protected by Ceramic Shield.
which as Apple states that it is Clearly tougher than any smartphone glass.

Display

iPhone 12

12’s Display is the biggest upgrade over the 11, as now it has an OLED display as compared to the LCD, and I don’t have to tell you the huge difference between the OLED and LCD, you are getting better contrast ratio, deep blacks, higher brightness and much more.
It has a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED Display, with ~86% Screen to Body Ratio, a native resolution of 1170 x 2532 Pixels Resolution, a 19.5:9 Aspect Ratio, 460 PPI Pixel Density, and supports True-tone.

iPhone 12 Mini

12 Mini also has an OLED display
a 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR OLED, with ~85% Screen to Body Ratio, a native resolution of 1080 x 2340 Pixels Resolution, a 19.5:9 Aspect Ratio, 476 PPI Pixel Density, and supports True-tone.

Performance

The Apple A14 Bionic, which was in the iPad Air, is also powering the iPhone 12 Series line-up.
Now both the iPhone 12 and 12 mini are powered by the Apple A14 Bionic, a Hexa-Core CPU with Apple 4-Core GPU.
Also, it is stated by Apple that the A14 Bionic has 40% more transistors than the vanilla A14, which given the benchmarks of the vanilla A14, the A14 bionic should become the most powerful SoC out there, well just Apple things.

Memory and Storage

As always there is no information about the memory and will be available when we get the actual phone in hand, but both the 12 and 12 mini has 64/128/256GB of NVMe storage options.

Camera/Optics

Both the iPhone 12 and 12 mini has the same camera setup, and this time there is also a dedicated night filter on the ultrawide lens, which is a great improvement in its low light camera performance.

12 MP, f/1.6 (Wide Lens), dual pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, (Ultrawide Lens)

Video Recording Options include
4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 30fps)

Front Facing camera has two sensors, but only one lens
12 MP, f/2.2(Wide Lens)
SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps

Battery

iPhone 12

As of now, there is no information on the battery capacity, but as stated by Apple, it has
Video playback:
Up to 17 hours
Video playback (streamed):
Up to 11 hours
Audio playback:
Up to 65 hours

12 Mini

Video playback:
Up to 15 hours
Video playback (streamed):
Up to 10 hours
Audio playback:
Up to 50 hours

Audio

Spatial audio with Dolby Atmos
Sound moves around you in 3D space, so you feel like you’re inside the action.

Security

Face-ID

User-Interface

iOS 14

Extra

Now both the Phone have the MagSafe, which can be used to attach various things to the back of the smartphone, both the phones have WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.
And IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 6m for 30 mins)

Apple iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini Pricing

ModelPrice in IndiaPrice in the US
iPhone 12 mini 64GBRs. 69,900$699
iPhone 12 mini 128GBRs. 74,900$749
iPhone 12 mini 256GBRs. 84,900$849
iPhone 12 64GBRs. 79,900$799
iPhone 12 128GBRs. 84,900$849
iPhone 12 256GBRs. 94,900$949

Conclusion

iPhone 12

Well let’s start with the bad things, the Lack of a charger will be a very problematic for the first time iPhone buyers, but if you already owned an iPhone 6 and upper models, then you already have the appropriate charger for it.
You can buy a new charger at around $20, or ₹1,500
But the removal of earpods is gonna hurt.

That’s all of for the bad things, now Good things, in the previous iPhone model, the non-pro variant always had the LCD display which obviously was bad in comparison to the OLED on the Pro variant, and was a big deciding factor in buying, but now we have the OLED display on the non-pro variant a great move from Apple.
Other things like Build Quality, Design, Camera all are excellent, and if follow the iPhone 11 footstep then it should have excellent battery life.

iPhone 12 Mini

The 5.4 form factor is amazing for most of the people, as it’s kind of a sweet spot for one-hand usage, and feels just right in the hand, and if we compare the overall size of this smartphone then it’s smaller than the iPhone SE 2020.
Other things are the same as the vanilla iPhone 12, the only area where there can be a bit of problem is that battery as due to its small form factor there is a limit of how much battery can be put in, but it should have pretty good battery life.

Early Verdict

iPhone 12

  • One of the Best CPU/GPU out there(Probably the Most powerful SoC out there)
  • Excellent Camera Setup
  • Excellent Selfie Camera
  • Excellent Build Quality and Design
  • Excellent Display(XDR OLED)
  • Excellent Battery life
  • NVMe Storage
  • WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC Support,
  • Great Pricing
  • IP68 Rated(Up to 6M for 30 mins)
  • MagSafe
  • Lack of Charger in the Box

12 Mini

  • One of the Best CPU/GPU out there(Probably the Most powerful SoC out there)
  • Excellent Camera Setup
  • Excellent Selfie Camera
  • Excellent Build Quality and Design
  • Excellent 5.4-inch Form Factor
  • Excellent Display(XDR OLED)
  • Excellent Battery life
  • NVMe Storage
  • WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC Support,
  • Great Pricing
  • IP68 Rated(Up to 6M for 30 mins)
  • MagSafe
  • Lack of Charger in the Box

Visual Image Credits
https://www.apple.com/in/iphone-12/

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