Apple iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11

Here we compared two flagship smartphones: the 6.1-inch Apple iPhone 12 (with Apple A14 Bionic) that was released on October 13, 2020, against the Apple iPhone 11, which is powered by Apple A13 Bionic and came out 13 months before. On this page, you will find tests, full specs, strengths, and weaknesses of each of the gadgets.

Key differences

An overview of the main advantages of each smartphone
Reasons to consider the Apple iPhone 12
  • 41% higher pixel density (460 vs 326 PPI)
  • Thinner bezels – 7% more screen real estate
  • OLED display (versus competitor's IPS LCD)
  • The phone is 1-year and 1-month newer
  • More energy-efficient CPU – Apple A14 Bionic
  • Weighs 30 grams less
  • 21% faster in single-core GeekBench 5 test: 1617 and 1335 points
Reasons to consider the Apple iPhone 11
  • Shows 12% longer battery life (94 vs 84 hours)
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Review

Display
Screen quality, color accuracy, brightness
Performance
CPU/GPU performance in apps and games
Battery
Battery life, charging type and speed
Camera
Photo and video recording quality
Connectivity
Networks, ports, data transmission
NanoReview score
Final comparison evaluation

Value for money

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Price

Tests and specifications

Comparison table of technical specifications and tests
Phone:
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Display

Type OLED IPS LCD
Size 6.1 inches 6.1 inches
Resolution 1170 x 2532 pixels 828 x 1792 pixels
Aspect ratio 19.5:9 19.5:9
PPI 460 ppi 326 ppi
Refresh rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
HDR support Yes, Dolby Vision Yes, Dolby Vision
Screen protection Ceramic Shield Tempered glass
Screen-to-body ratio 86% 79%
Display features - DCI-P3 - DCI-P3
Display tests
RGB color space 99.4% 99.8%
PWM 226 Hz Not detected
Response time 16 ms 24.8 ms
Contrast ∞ Infinity 999:1
Max. Brightness
640 nits
iPhone 11 +2%
650 nits
Sources: NotebookCheck [3], [4]

Design and build

Height 146.7 mm (5.78 inches) 150.9 mm (5.94 inches)
Width 71.5 mm (2.81 inches) 75.7 mm (2.98 inches)
Thickness 7.4 mm (0.29 inches) 8.3 mm (0.33 inches)
Weight 164 gramm (5.78 oz) 194 gramm (6.84 oz)
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Rear material Glass Glass
Frame material Metal Metal
Colors White, Black, Blue, Green, Red White, Black, Green, Red, Purple, Yellow
Fingerprint scanner No No
Screen-to-body ratio
iPhone 12 +9%
86%
79%

Performance

Tests of Apple iPhone 12 and Apple iPhone 11 in the benchmarks
SoC
Chipset Apple A14 Bionic Apple A13 Bionic
Max. clock 3100 MHz 2650 MHz
CPU cores 6 (2 + 4) 6 (2 + 4)
Architecture - 4 cores at 1.8 GHz: Icestorm
- 2 cores at 3.1 GHz: Firestorm
- 4 cores at 1.6 GHz: Thunder
- 2 cores at 2.66 GHz: Lightning
Lithography process 5 nanometers 7 nanometers
Graphics Apple GPU Apple A13 Bionic GPU
FLOPS - ~736 GFLOPS
Memory
RAM size 4 GB 4 GB
Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Channels 2 2
Storage
Storage size 64, 128, 256 GB 64, 128, 256 GB
Storage type NVMe NVMe
Memory card No No

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
iPhone 12 +21%
1617
1335
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
iPhone 12 +17%
4084
3494
AnTuTu Benchmark 9
648419
iPhone 11 +1%
656846
CPU 164857 168277
GPU 272200 280490
Memory 116378 83080
UX 91335 121409
Total score 648419 656846
3DMark Wild Life Performance
7523
iPhone 11 +1%
7564
Stability 77% 72%
Graphics test 45 FPS 45 FPS
Graphics score 7523 7564
Sources: 3DMark [3], [4]

Software

Operating system iOS 14.1 (Can be upgraded to iOS 15.2) iOS 13 (Can be upgraded to iOS 15.2)
OS size 7 GB -

Battery

Specifications
Capacity 2815 mAh 3110 mAh
Charge power 18 W 18 W
Battery type Li-Ion Li-Ion
Replaceable No No
Wireless charging Yes (7.5 W) Yes (7.5 W)
Reverse charging No No
Fast charging Yes (58% in 30 min) Yes (50% in 30 min)
Full charging time 1:30 hr 1:45 hr

Battery life tests

Web browsing (Wi-Fi)
12:48 hr
iPhone 11 +23%
15:29 hr
Watching videos (Player)
13:04 hr
iPhone 11 +41%
18:43 hr
Talk (3G)
iPhone 12 +10%
19:27 hr
17:45 hr

Camera

Specs and camera test of smartphones
Main camera
Matrix 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Image resolution 4290 x 2800 4000 x 3000
Zoom Digital Digital
Flash Quad LED Quad LED
Stabilization Optical Optical
8K video recording No No
4K video recording Up to 60FPS Up to 60FPS
1080p video recording Up to 60FPS Up to 60FPS
Slow motion 240 FPS (1080p) 240 FPS (1080p)
Angle of widest lens 120° 120°
Lenses 2 (12 MP + 12 MP) 2 (12 MP + 12 MP)
Wide (main) lens - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.6
- Focal length: 26 mm
- Pixel size: 1.4 micron
- Sensor: 1/3.4", Sony IMX372 (Exmor-RS CMOS)
- Phase autofocus (Dual Pixel)
- Optical stabilization
- 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.8
- Focal length: 26 mm
- Pixel size: 1.4 micron
- Sensor: 1/2.55", Apple iSight Camera (CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
Ultra-wide lens - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/2.4
- Focal length: 13 mm
- Sensor: 1/3.6" (CMOS)
- 12 MP
- Aperture: f/2.4
- Focal length: 13 mm
Camera features - Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- RAW support
Samples Photo samples of Apple iPhone 12 from DxOMark Photo samples of Apple iPhone 11 from DxOMark
Selfie camera
Megapixels 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Image resolution 4290 x 2800 4032 x 3024
Aperture f/2.2 f/2.2
Focal length 23 mm 23 mm
Sensor type BSI CMOS BSI CMOS
Video resolution 2160p (4K) at 60 FPS 2160p (4K) at 60 FPS

DxOMark camera tests

Photo quality
iPhone 12 +2%
132
129
Video quality
iPhone 12 +3%
112
109
Generic camera score
iPhone 12 +3%
122
119

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax) Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 b/g/n/ac/ax)
Wi-Fi features - Dual Band
- Wi-Fi MiMO
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Wi-Fi Display
- Dual Band
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
Bluetooth version 5 5
Bluetooth features LE, A2DP LE, A2DP
USB type No No
USB version - 2
USB features - Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- Charging
- USB-Storage mode
GPS GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS
NFC* Yes Yes
Infrared port No No
Network
Number of SIM* 2 2
Type of SIM card Nano Nano
Multi SIM mode Standby Standby
eSIM support* Yes Yes
Hybrid slot No No
LTE Cat* 18 18
5G support Yes No

Sound

Speakers Stereo Stereo
Headphone audio jack No No
FM radio No No
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Speakers test
Max. loudness
81.1 dB
iPhone 11 +3%
83.4 dB

Other

Category Flagship Flagship
Announced October 2020 September 2019
Release date October 2020 September 2019
SAR (head) 0.99 W/kg 0.95 W/kg
SAR (body) 0.99 W/kg 0.99 W/kg
Sensors - Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Face recognition sensor
- Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Compass
- Face recognition sensor
*Disclaimer! NFC, GSM network support, and some other specs can be different depending on the country.

Conclusion

If the display and design are more important to you, then choose the Apple iPhone 12. But if the battery life is more of a priority – go for the Apple iPhone 11.

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