iPhone 12 vs. Samsung Galaxy S20 vs. Pixel 5 and more: specs comparison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max vs. their top competitors

Specification iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Samsung Galaxy Note 20 OnePlus 8 Pro
Specification iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Samsung Galaxy Note 20 OnePlus 8 Pro
Display 5.8 inches, OLED 6.7 inches, OLED 6.9 inches, OLED 6.7 inches, OLED 6.2 inches, OLED 6.9 inches, OLED 6.7 inches, OLED 6.78 inches, OLED
Resolution 2532 x 1170 2778 x 1284 3200 x 1440 3040 x 1440 3040 x 1440 3088 x 1440 2400 x 1080 3168 x 1440
Max. refresh rate 60Hz 60Hz 120Hz 120Hz 120Hz 120Hz 60Hz 120Hz
Processor A14 Bionic A14 Bionic Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
5G support mmWave and sub-6GHz mmWave and sub-6GHz mmWave and sub-6GHz mmWave and sub-6GHz sub-6GHz mmWave and sub-6GHz mmWave and sub-6GHz sub-6GHz
RAM TBA TBA 12GB, 16GB 12GB 12GB 12GB 8GB 8GB, 12GB
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 512GB 128GB, 512GB 128GB 128GB, 512GB 128GB 128GB, 256GB
Rear camera 12MP (ultrawide), 12MP (wide), 12MP (telephoto) 12MP (ultrawide), 12MP (wide), 12MP (telephoto) 108MP (F/1.8, 1/1.33″) wide angle, 48MP (F/3.5, 1/2.0″) telephoto lens, 12MP (F/2.2, 1/2.55″) ultrawide, time-of-flight depth camera 12MP (F/1.8, 1/1.76″) wide angle, 64MP (F/2.0, 1/1.72″) telephoto lens, 12MP (F/2.2, 1/2.55″) ultra wide, time-of-flight depth camera 12MP (F/1.8, 1/1.76″) wide angle, 64MP (F/2.0, 1/1.72″) telephoto lens, 12MP (F/2.2, 1/2.55″) ultra wide 108MP (F/1.8, OIS, 79 degree, 1/1.33″) wide, 12MP (F/2.2, 120 degree) ultrawide, 12MP (F/3.0, 20 degree) telephoto, Laser AF 12MP (F/1.8, 79 degree, OIS, 1/1.76″) wide, 12MP (F/2.2, 120 degree) ultrawide, 64MP (F/2.0, 76 degree) 48MP (F/1.8, OIS, 1/1.43″) wide, 8MP (F/2.4, OIS) telephoto, 48MP (F/2.2, 116 degree, 1/2.0″) ultrawide, 5MP (F/2.4) color filter
Front camera 12MP 12MP 40MP (F/2.2) 10MP (F/2.2) 10MP (F/2.2) 10MP (F/2.2) 10MP (F/2.2) 16MP (F/2.5)
Battery TBA TBA 5,000mAh 4,500mAh 4,000mAh 4,500mAh 4,300mAh 4,510mAh
Water protection IP68 IP68 IP68 IP68 IP68 IP68 IP68 IP68
Wireless charging? Yes Yes Yes, also has reverse wireless charging Yes, also has reverse wireless charging Yes, also has reverse wireless charging Yes Yes Yes
Ports Lightning port Lightning port USB-C USB-C USB-C USB-C USB-C USB-C
Weight 189g 228g 222g 188g 163g 208g 192g 199g
Dimensions (in.) 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 6.33 x 3.07 x 0.29 6.57 x 2.99 x 0.35 6.37 x 2.90 x 0.31 5.97 x 2.72 x 0.31 6.49 x 3.04 x 0.32 6.36 x 2.96 x 0.33 6.51 x 2.93 x 0.33
Starting price $999 $1,099 $1,399 $1,199 $999 $1,299 $999 $799.00

iPhone 12 and 12 mini vs. their top competitors

Specification iPhone 12 iPhone 12 mini Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Pixel 5 Pixel 4a 5G OnePlus 8
Specification iPhone 12 iPhone 12 mini Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Pixel 5 Pixel 4a 5G OnePlus 8
Display 6.1 inches, OLED 5.4 inches, OLED 6.5 inches, OLED 6 inches, OLED 6.2 inches, OLED 6.55 inches, OLED
Resolution 2532 x 1170 2340 x 1080 2400 x 1080 2340 x 1080 2340 x 1080 2400 x 1080
Max. refresh rate 60Hz 60Hz 120Hz 90Hz 60Hz 90Hz
Processor A14 Bionic A14 Bionic Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
5G support mmWave and sub-6GHz mmWave and sub-6GHz sub-6GHz mmWave and sub-6GHz sub-6GHz sub-6GHz
RAM TBA TBA 6GB 8GB 6GB 8GB, 12GB
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 128GB 128GB 128GB 128GB, 256GB
Rear camera 12MP (ultrawide), 12MP (wide) 12MP (ultrawide), 12MP (wide) 12MP (F/1.8, 1/1.76″) wide, 8MP, (F/2.4, 1/4.5″) telephoto, 12 MP (F/2.2 1/3.0″) ultrawide 12.2MP (F/1.7, 1/2.55″) wide, 16MP (F/2.2)ultrawide 12.2MP (F/1.7, 1/2.55″) wide, 16MP (F/2.2)ultrawide 48MP (F/1.8, OIS, 1/2.0″) wide, 16MP (F/2.2, 116 degree) ultrawide, 2MP (F/2.4) macro
Front camera 12MP 12MP 32MP (F/2.2) 8MP (F/2.0) 8MP (F/2.0) 16MP (F/2.0)
Battery TBA TBA 4,500mAh 4,080mAh 3,885mAh 4,300mAh
Water protection IP68 IP68 IP68 IP68 No No
Wireless charging? Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Ports Lightning port Lightning port USB-C USB-C USB-C, headphone jack USB-C
Weight 164g 135g 168g 151g 168g 180g
Dimensions (in.) 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 5.18 x 2.53 x 0.29 5.97 x 2.72 x 0.31 5.70 x 2.77 x 0.31 6.1 x 2.9 x 0.32 6.31 x 2.87 x 0.31
Starting price $799 $699 $699 $699 $499 $699.00

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