iPhone 12 versus iPhone 11: What’s the difference?

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11

Which one is for you? We compare the two.

The launch of any new Apple smartphone is always big news. The release of the iPhone 12 is no exception and has everyone very excited. With the chance to pre-order the handset from 16th October 2020, many are now starting to seriously look at upgrading from their current iPhone. However, Apple have also continued the iPhone 11 so customers are faced with a choice of two very impressive flagship models.  Of course, if you want the very latest iPhone and all the latest tech, then it’s an easy decision, iPhone 12 is the one for you.  The iPhone 11 is still a fantastic phone though (and our biggest seller), and has had a nice price cut too.  What are the differences between the two models? Read on to find out.

Let’s look at some of the more obvious ways they differ to start with. The iPhone 12 is more expensive (it costs around £200 more ) so you’ll pay less per month with the iPhone 11. Apple says that the new model has a ‘ceramic shield’ design to make it much more robust when dropped (up to 4x) than the iPhone 11 so if you’re prone to dropping your phone, that probably makes the decision for you. But what else separates these handsets?

Display | iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11

One difference between the new iPhone 12 and its predecessor is the display. The iPhone 12 has a 6.1 inch Super Retina XDR OLED display. This comes with a display spec of 2532 x 1170 pixels and a 460ppi figure. This is in contrast to the 1792 x 828 LCD IPS Liquid Retina screen with 326 ppi on the iPhone 11. This means that images on the iPhone 12 will be sharper and bolder.

Weight and size | iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11

Since smartphones are designed to be carried around, the size and weight of each phone is always worth looking at. The iPhone 11 measures 75.7mm by 150.9mm by 8.3mm. The iPhone 12 though is smaller with dimensions of 71.5mm by 146.7mm by 7.4mm. In terms of weight, the iPhone 11 comes in at 194g while the iPhone12 is even lighter at just 164g.

Processing power | iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11

So, how does the processing power look in terms of the iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11? The newer model has an impressive A14 Bionic Chip inside with a next-gen Neural Engine (the same chip found in the new 2020 iPads). With a 4-core GPU and 6-core CPU, Apple says the iPhone 12 has the best processing power of any current smartphone. The iPhone 11 is certainly no slouch itself, but with the A13 Bionic Chip powering it, there is likely to a noticeable difference in performance once some of the apps and games catch up with utilising that new power.

4G and 5G | iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11

This is perhaps the feature which is getting most interest as the new iPhone gets readied for launch. After all, people are now starting to expect 5G connectivity in their handsets. This is yet another difference when you look at the iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11. Put simply, the iPhone 12 does support 5G while the iPhone 11 is still on 4G.  Want the fastest speeds possible and live in a 5G area?  It’s probably worth grabbing the 5G-compatiable iPhone 12. Especially if you’re keeping the phone for a couple of years at least.

Camera specs | iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11

Another area where these handsets differ is their camera set-ups. The iPhone 11 performs very well here and packs in truly impressive cameras, especially if you’re upgrading from an older model. Its front camera, for example, includes specs of 12MP TrueDepth for photos. The iPhone 12 has all this and more though! Its cameras also include an improved night mode, which can be used in ultrawide, and HDR Dolby video recording at up to 30 frames per second.

Battery | iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11

Both iPhones come with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery inside but there are some differences here. The iPhone 12, for example, uses MagSafe and Qi wireless charging tech. Apple also says that the iPhone 12 can give up to 17 hours video play on a full battery too. While the iPhone 11 also offers similar battery life, it does have a different model battery inside and does not support MagSafe wireless charging units.  MagSafe on the iPhone 12 also allows you to attach compatible magnetic accessories to your iPhone 12, such a wallet for your bank cards.

Design | iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11

The iPhone 12 has opted for a more classic iPhone design – remember the more squared edges of the iPhone 5s?  That’s the design here.  Whilst the iPhone 11 is more smooth.  Which is best will be down to personal choice; Apple fans have longed for the classic design to make a comeback, but the more rounded iPhone 11 also has it’s fans.

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11 – which is best?

It must be said that with the updates Apple has packed into it, the iPhone 12 is of course the better phone, if you’re up for spending the extra cash to get it. 5G connectivity and camera upgrades, in particular, gives it a big advantage over its little brother. That is not to say the iPhone 11 is bad though! This is still a spectacular handset in its own right with much to like about it (especially if you want a more affordable premium iPhone model)). Ultimately, it comes down to personal choice on which phone gives the features you need – you’re unlikely to be disappointed with either of them.  iPhone 12 if you want 5G and the very latest camera and processor tech, iPhone 11 if you want to save yourself a bit of cash and are happy with 4G (spec-wise, you’re still getting a great phone).

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