Apple iPhone 12 Specs

9.0
PhoneArena Score
Apple iPhone 12 Review
8.6

Description

Apple iPhone 12 is the bigger version of the regular iPhone 12 mini. The handset's hardware include a 6.1-inch OLED display, 5nm Apple A14 Bionic processor, and a dual-camera setup with a large sensor. 5G and Face ID are on board, too. The Apple iPhone 12 starting price is $829.

Pros

  • 5G ready
  • High screen-to-body ratio (87.24 %)
  • Supports wireless charging

Cons

  • 64GB basic storage (not expandable)

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Display

Benchmarks
Size: 6.1 inches
Resolution: 2532 x 1170 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio, 457 PPI
Technology: OLED
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Screen-to-body: 87.24 %
Peak brightness: 1200 cd/m2 (nit)
Features: HDR support, Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass (Ceramic Shield), Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

Benchmarks
System chip: Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm)
Processor: Hexa-core, 3100 MHz, 64-bit
GPU: Yes
RAM: 4GB LPDDR4
Internal storage: 64GB (NVMe), not expandable
OS: iOS (16.x, 15.x, 14.x)
Device type: Smartphone

Battery

Benchmarks
Capacity: 2815 mAh
Type: Li - Ion, Not user replaceable
Battery life test results: link
Charging: USB Power Delivery, Qi wireless charging, MagSafe wireless charging
Max charge speed: Wireless: 15.0W

Camera

Benchmarks
Rear: Dual camera Camera samples
Main camera: 12 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, OIS, PDAF)
Specifications: Aperture size: F1.6; Focal length: 26 mm
Second camera: 12 MP (Ultra-wide, Sapphire crystal lens cover)
Specifications: Aperture size: F2.4; Focal Length: 13 mm
Flash: LED
Video recording: 3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps)
Features: OIS, HDR, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording
Front: 12 MP (EIS, HDR, Slow-motion videos)
Video capture: 3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps)
Dimensions: 5.78 x 2.81 x 0.29 inches (146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm) , thickness with camera 0.35 inches (8.88 mm)
Weight: 5.78 oz (164.0 g)
Materials: Back: Glass; Frame: Aluminum
Resistance: Water, Dust; IP68
Biometrics: 3D Face unlock
Keys: Left: Volume control, Other; Right: Lock/Unlock key
Colors: Black, White, Red, Green, Blue, Purple

Cellular

5G: n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n20, n25, n28, n38, n40, n41, n66, n71, n77, n78, n79, n260, n261, Sub-6, mmWave
4G (FDD): Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(AWS-1), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700 a), 14(700 PS), 17(700 b), 18(800 Lower), 19(800 Upper), 20(800 DD), 25(1900+), 26(850+), 28(700 APT), 29(700 d), 30(2300 WCS), 32(1500 L-band), 66(AWS-3), 71(600)
4G (TDD): Bands 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900+), 40(2300), 41(2600+), 42(3500), 46, 48(3600)
3G: Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 8(900)
Data Speed: LTE-A, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s
Dual SIM: Yes
SIM type: Nano SIM, eSIM
HD Voice: Yes
VoLTE: Yes

Multimedia

Headphones: No 3.5mm jack
Speakers: Earpiece, Multiple speakers
Features: Dolby Atmos
Screen mirroring: Wireless screen share
Additional microphone(s): for Noise cancellation

Connectivity & Features

Bluetooth: 5.0
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, ax (Wi-Fi 6), dual-band; MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot
USB: Lightning
Features: Charging, Headphones port
Hearing aid compatible: M3, T4
Location: GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Galileo, BeiDou, QZSS, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning
Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer
Other: NFC, UMA (Wi-Fi Calling)

Buyers information

Price: $ 829
In The Box: USB-C to Lightning Cable, Documentation

Availability

Oct 13, 2020
Officially announced: Yes
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Alternative variants

Apple iPhone 12
with 128GB storage
Differences from the main variant:
Internal storage: 128GB
Price: $ 879
Apple iPhone 12
with 256GB storage
Differences from the main variant:
Internal storage: 256GB
Price: $ 979

Carrier Availability

Available

Verizon Since Oct 23, 2020
AT&T Since Oct 23, 2020
T-Mobile Since Oct 23, 2020
U.S. Cellular Since Oct 23, 2020
Metro by T-Mobile Since Apr 16, 2021
Cricket Since Apr 16, 2021
Boost Mobile Since Apr 16, 2021
Xfinity Mobile Since Apr 16, 2021

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User Reviews

Overall User Rating
Build quality
9.1
Camera quality
8.9
Performance
8.9
Display
8.4
Battery life and charging
8
Rating breakdown (out of 10)
10
iPhone 12 brilliant phone
Phone owned for less than 3 months

I am nothing but impressed with this phone. It’sa good solid all round phone. I really can’t recommend this phone enough it has very few floors and everything works perfectly most of the time with no issues. The phone has excellent speakers a great battery life a very fast processor the screen is amazing what more could you ask for?

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9
The iPhone that makes most sense to buy
Phone owned for less than a year

If you think about it, and really ask yourself what iPhone you really need as your daily driver, the answer for most people would be the iPhone 12. I tried all I could to rationalize the need for an iPhone 12 Pro, but I knew I didn't need it. Fortunately or unfortunately, the store did not have a Pro in stock, so I ended up settling for the 12. And it does everything I need it to do. I do miss the 3rd camera every now and then, and do wish it was a little more bulky in the hand, but otherwise, this is the device to own. The 12 Mini wouldn't have enough battery power to last a day, 12 Pro does not seem to justify the upgrade for the price it asks, and 12 Pro Max, way too bulky and overpriced, oh, especially here in India. So process of elimination suggests that 12 is the one to go with.

It's been amazing. Reliable. Few stutters. Some heating issues during charging that is to be expected. Battery could have been better, but the display is splendind and I don't mind the notch at all. Having moved from Android recently (for the nth time), the iPhone has been a brilliant device to keep my productive, engaged and entertained. I only wish it had better reception and internet, plus we don't really get 5G here despite the extra price we pay. But nothing to complain about.

Honestly, I am so much in love with this device that I pick it up JUST to use it even if I don't have the need for it.

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9
Normal user, no complaints!
Phone owned for less than a year

Purchasing this, I already knew the difference with the camera/zoom capabilities. The only thing I've noticed--items in the distance aren't as sharp, but it still captures them just fine. My battery lasts all day, typically at 72% when I plug in at night--pretty awesome IMO. 5G is quick--still being rolled out and updated by the carriers, so I can't fault speed differences with the phone itself. I love the boxy shape but agree it's not as hand friendly. But using an Apple case (leather or silicone) makes it very comfortable. The addition of MagSafe is awesome, I love the wallet and charger.

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