Apple iPhone 8 vs iPhone 12 Pro

Here we compared two flagship smartphones: the 4.7-inch Apple iPhone 8 (with Apple A11 Bionic) that was released on September 12, 2017, against the Apple iPhone 12 Pro, which is powered by Apple A14 Bionic and came out 38 months after. 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 8
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Weighs 41 grams less
Reasons to consider the Apple iPhone 12 Pro
  • Has 3x more RAM: 6GB versus 2GB
  • Has a 1.4 inches larger screen size
  • Thinner bezels – 20.6% more screen real estate
  • 2x better performance in AnTuTu Benchmark (715K versus 355K)
  • Comes with 994 mAh larger battery capacity: 2815 vs 1821 mAh
  • Better camera quality (According to DxOMark rating)
  • Shows 31% longer battery life (29:49 vs 22:48 hours)
  • The rear camera has a 2x optical zoom
  • 41% higher pixel density (460 vs 326 PPI)
  • Compatible with the latest Wi-Fi 6 wireless networks
  • Delivers 26% higher peak brightness (801 against 638 nits)
  • Waterproof body (IP68 classification)
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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

Display

Type IPS LCD OLED
Size 4.7 inches 6.1 inches
Resolution 750 x 1334 pixels 1170 x 2532 pixels
Aspect ratio 16:9 19.5:9
PPI 326 ppi 460 ppi
Refresh rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
Max rated brightness 625 nits 800 nits
HDR support No Yes, Dolby Vision
Screen protection Tempered glass Ceramic Shield
Screen-to-body ratio 65.4% 86%
Display features - - DCI-P3
Display tests
RGB color space 99.9% 99.6%
PWM Not detected 277 Hz
Response time 22 ms 3.6 ms
Contrast 1373:1 ∞ Infinity
Peak brightness test (auto)
638 nits
801 nits
Sources: NotebookCheck [3], [4]

Design and build

Height 138.4 mm (5.45 inches) 146.7 mm (5.78 inches)
Width 67.3 mm (2.65 inches) 71.5 mm (2.81 inches)
Thickness 7.3 mm (0.29 inches) 7.4 mm (0.29 inches)
Weight 148 g (5.22 oz) 189 g (6.67 oz)
Waterproof IP67 IP68
Rear material Glass Glass
Frame material Metal Metal
Colors Silver, Gold, Gray Silver, Gold, Gray, Blue
Fingerprint scanner Yes, in home button No
Screen-to-body ratio
65.4%
86%

Performance

Tests of Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 12 Pro in the benchmarks
SoC
Chipset Apple A11 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
Max. clock 2100 MHz 3100 MHz
CPU cores 6 (2 + 4) 6 (2 + 4)
Architecture - 4 cores at 1.42 GHz: Mistral
- 2 cores at 2.39 GHz: Monsoon
- 4 cores at 1.8 GHz: Icestorm
- 2 cores at 3.1 GHz: Firestorm
Lithography process 10 nanometers 5 nanometers
Graphics Apple GPU Apple GPU
FLOPS ~325 GFLOPS -

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
925
1596
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
2208
4026
AnTuTu Benchmark 9
355257
715875
CPU 121523 185695
GPU 110958 285023
Memory 44570 118389
UX 80000 131689
Total score 355257 715875
3DMark Wild Life Performance
3170
7395
Stability 62% 76%
Graphics test 18 FPS 44 FPS
Graphics score 3170 7395
Sources: 3DMark [3], [4]

Memory

RAM
RAM size 2 GB 6 GB
Memory type LPDDR4 LPDDR4X
Channels 2 2
Storage
Storage size 64, 256 GB 128, 256, 512 GB
Storage type NVMe NVMe
Memory card No No

Software

Operating system iOS 11 (Can be upgraded to iOS 16.1.1) iOS 14.1 (Can be upgraded to iOS 16.2)
OS size 6 GB 14 GB

Battery

Specifications
Capacity 1821 mAh 2815 mAh
Charge power 15 W 18 W
Battery type Li-Ion Li-Ion
Replaceable No No
Wireless charging Yes, Qi (7.5 W) Yes (7.5 W)
Reverse charging No No
Fast charging Yes (50% in 30 min) Yes (59% in 30 min)
Full charging time 1:15 hr 1:30 hr
Battery life tests
Web browsing 08:04 hr 09:54 hr
Watching video 08:37 hr 12:40 hr
Gaming 03:56 hr 05:32 hr
Standby 82 hr 104 hr
General battery life
22:48 hr
29:49 hr

Camera

Specs and camera test of smartphones
Main camera
Matrix 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Image resolution 4032 x 3024 4032 x 3024
Zoom Digital Optical, 2x
Flash Quad LED Dual 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°
Lenses 1 (12 MP) 4 (12 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP)
Wide (main) lens - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.8
- Focal length: 28 mm
- Pixel size: 1.22 micron
- Sensor: 1/3", Apple iSight Camera (BSI CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
- 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
Telephoto lens - - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/2.0
- Focal length: 52 mm
- Pixel size: 1 micron
- Sensor: 1/3.4" (CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
Ultra-wide lens - - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/2.4
- Focal length: 13 mm
- Sensor: 1/3.6" (CMOS)
Depth lens - Yes
Camera features - Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- RAW support
- Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- RAW support
Samples Photo samples of Apple iPhone 8 from DxOMark Photo samples of Apple iPhone 12 Pro from DxOMark
Selfie camera
Megapixels 7 megapixels 12 megapixels
Image resolution 3088 x 2320 4290 x 2800
Aperture f/2.2 f/2.2
Focal length 32 mm 23 mm
Pixel size 1 microns -
Sensor type BSI CMOS Exmor-RS CMOS
Video resolution 1080p (Full HD) at 30 FPS 2160p (4K) at 60 FPS

DxOMark camera tests

Photo quality
135
Video quality
112
Generic camera score
128

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 b/g/n/ac) Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax)
Wi-Fi features - Dual Band
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Dual Band
- Wi-Fi MiMO
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Wi-Fi Display
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, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS
NFC* Yes Yes
Infrared port No No
Network
Number of SIM* 1 1
Type of SIM card Nano Nano
Multi SIM mode Standby -
eSIM support* No Yes
Hybrid slot No No
LTE Cat* 16 18
5G support No Yes

Sound

Speakers Stereo Stereo
Headphone audio jack No No
FM radio No No
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Speakers test
Max. loudness
80.1 dB
92.3 dB

Other

Category Flagship Flagship
Announced September 2017 October 2020
Release date September 2017 October 2020
SAR (head) 1.35 W/kg 0.99 W/kg
SAR (body) 1.36 W/kg 0.99 W/kg
Sensors - Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Fingerprint
- Hall-effect sensor
- Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Face recognition sensor
*Disclaimer! NFC, GSM network support, and some other specs can be different depending on the country.

Conclusion

After analyzing all the data, we think that the Apple iPhone 12 Pro is definitely a better buy.

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