The 12 Pro loses about two hours of battery life when switching to 5G.
The New York Times
Journalists Tom’s Guide conducted a standard test battery iPhone 12 and 12 in the Pro 5G and 4G LTE modes and compare the results. When working in the fifth generation networks, the smartphone worked more than two hours less under the same load.
The base model iPhone 12 lasted 10 hours and 23 minutes when connected to 4G, while on 5G it lasted only 8 hours and 25 minutes. The difference is palpable – almost two hours.
The iPhone 12 Pro generally lasts a little longer (11 hours 24 minutes in 4G and 9 hours in 5G), but the difference in battery life has remained about the same – about 20%.
Comparison with competitors on Android provides a better understanding of Apple’s decision not to add 120Hz screens to its 2020 lineup. With a screen frequency of 60 Hz, the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G operates in 5G mode for 9 hours and 31 minutes, that is, almost half an hour longer than the iPhone 12 Pro, comparable in size and price. But if you turn on both 5G and 120 Hz at the same time, then the runtime will be reduced to 8 hours – this is already an hour less than the 12 Pro.
- Samsung Galaxy S20 (4000mAh) – 571 minutes 5G + 60Hz / 484 minutes 5G + 120Hz
- iPhone 12 (2815mAh) – 505 minutes 5G + 60Hz
- iPhone 12 Pro (2815mAh) – 546 minutes 5G + 60Hz
- OnePlus 8T (4500mAh) – 649 minutes 5G + 60Hz / 598 minutes 5G + 120Hz
In this situation, Apple’s rejection of 120 Hz screens looks like a reasonable move – reducing the iPhone 12’s battery life by a total of 2-2.5 hours would be very risky.
On the other hand, the battery capacity of the iPhone 12 has decreased by 7% compared to last year – 2815 mAh versus 3110 mAh for the comparable in size iPhone 11. If we compare the battery life of smartphones in 4G, it is obvious that the new product with A14 Bionic and OLED screen more energy efficient, which means that it was possible to compensate for the influence of “gluttonous” new technologies simply by keeping the battery capacity at the same level.
Meanwhile, The New York Times journalist tested the quality of the connection. The results are mixed – on the one hand, the internet connection is really fast, up to two times faster than the OnePlus 8, which also supports 5G.
On the other hand, the new generation network had to be caught all over San Francisco. The fact is that in the USA there are two types of 5G networks – one is more common, but relatively slow, and the second (millimeter or mmWave) is faster, but has a small coverage, as it is exclusively distributed by the operator Verizon.
The places where I managed to catch super-fast 5G were not very pleasant. First, I was lucky in the farthest corner of the parking lot in front of the supermarket, and then next to the pet store. And why do I need ultra-fast internet in such places?
In most of the rest of San Francisco, the iPhone 12 featured “regular” 5G, which is now being rolled out across the country. The download speed in this case was sometimes twice as fast as on my old iPhone with 4G, and sometimes even slower ..
When comparing connection speeds to Verizon’s fast 5G, the iPhone 12 easily overtook the OnePlus 8 – upload speeds were “consistently doubled.”
To connect to the “millimeter” range, a special antenna is required – the iPhone 12 with a special “window” is sold only in the showrooms of the Verizon operator in the USA, while the iPhone for most other countries does not have such an antenna and, accordingly, does not support this standard.