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Apple iPhone 12 price and review

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It’s been a tough year for the whole world, and fancy gadgets aren’t something you buy in times of crisis. The iPhone production wasn’t affected by the pandemic that much, and we still saw the iPhone 12 generation premiere last October. It was interesting, sure, but also very conservative and… unoriginal if you will. But it’s been quite a while we’ve seen big technological leaps, so a new design and 5G connectivity will have to do.

The iPhone 12 is yet another glass phone with an OLED screen, a couple of cameras, and speedy hardware. In fact, the 1080p OLED screen is probably the iPhone 12 (and 12 mini) most attractive feature, a very welcome upgrade over the iPhone 11’s 720p LCD.

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But when a company can’t offer noticeable improvements over the previous generation and knows that very well, then what happens? Well, a redesign, of course, and if done right – voila – we have a winner.

First, we want to thank Apple for not naming its latest phones iPhone 12 5G, iPhone 12 mini 5G, and so on. We get why makers want to stress on the 5G capability, but c’mon – it’s not the big deal companies are trying to make it, not just yet anyway.

Well, even if it isn’t a giant technological leap, and despite the ongoing pandemic, the iPhone 12 series received a very warm welcome. The new iPhone 12, in particular, was out of stock for quite some time, and there is a good reason for that – it has most of the Series 12’s new features at a reasonable price. It has the new OLED, a good pick of cameras, a flagship chipset, the new nostalgic design, and, oh well, 5G.

Sadly, we saw a severe reduction of the retail bundle – gone are the charger and the headphones. And if you thought this would not spread onto the Android market, Samsung and Xiaomi – its biggest players – are already making the same moves.

So, it’s been four months since this reviewer had replaced his iPhone 11 Pro Max with the iPhone 12, and we can now get a thorough look at whether the generation jump was worth it and if we made the right purchase by choosing this particular model. Yay or nay? This is the iPhone 12 long-term review.

Versions: A2403 (International); A2172 (USA); A2402 (Canada, Japan); A2404 (China, Hong Kong)

NETWORK Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G
LAUNCH Announced 2020, October 13
Status Available. Released 2020, October 23
BODY Dimensions 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm (5.78 x 2.81 x 0.29 in)
Weight 164 g (5.78 oz)
Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), aluminum frame
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM and/or eSIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) – for China
IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 6m for 30 mins)
Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
DISPLAY Type Super Retina XDR OLED, HDR10, 625 nits (typ), 1200 nits (peak)
Size 6.1 inches, 90.2 cm2 (~86.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1170 x 2532 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~460 ppi density)
Protection Scratch-resistant ceramic glass, oleophobic coating
Dolby Vision
Wide color gamut
True-tone
PLATFORM OS iOS 14.1, upgradable to iOS 14.4
Chipset Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm)
CPU Hexa-core (2×3.1 GHz Firestorm + 4×1.8 GHz Icestorm)
GPU Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 4GB RAM
NVMe
MAIN CAMERA Dual 12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/3.6″
Features Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama)
Video [email protected]/30/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps, HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 30fps), stereo sound rec.
SELFIE CAMERA Dual 12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6″
SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
Features HDR
Video [email protected]/30/60fps, [email protected]/60/120fps, gyro-EIS
SOUND Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack No
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS
NFC Yes
Radio No
USB Lightning, USB 2.0
FEATURES Sensors Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Siri natural language commands and dictation
Ultra Wideband (UWB) support
BATTERY Type Li-Ion 2815 mAh, non-removable (10.78 Wh)
Charging Fast charging 20W, 50% in 30 min (advertised)
USB Power Delivery 2.0
Qi magnetic fast wireless charging 15W
Stand-by Up to 17 h (multimedia)
Music play Up to 65 h
MISC Colors Black, White, Red, Green, Blue
Models A2403, A2172, A2402, A2404
SAR EU 0.99 W/kg (head)     0.99 W/kg (body)
Price $ 749.00 / € 808.00 / £ 715.00 / ₹ 79,449
TESTS Performance AnTuTu: 568674 (v8)
GeekBench: 4067 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 58fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
Display Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker -24.4 LUFS (Very good)
Battery life
Endurance rating 84h

Disclaimer. We can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct.

Pricing

64GB 4GB RAM $ 749.00 $ 829.00
128GB 4GB RAM $ 879.00 € 888.00
256GB 4GB RAM $ 979.00 € 999.01
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