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iPHONE 12 - REVIEW

21/11/2020
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iPhone 12 Review

Apple launched the iPhone 12 on 13th October 2020 skipping the S models of the previously launched iPhone 11. With the iPhone 12, it seems Apple is returning to the design concept of the iPhone 4 and 5 series, bringing back the box-like design. iPhone 12 comes with 5G support and has got a mini version with the same features at a lower price. iPhone 12 is one of the lightest iPhones and is equipped with MagSafe charging support. To achieve the environmental goal set by the company, Apple has not included a charger in the box of iPhone 12 thus reducing the size of the box to a great extent. However, a USB-C to lightning cable is included in the box. In terms of design, the iPhone 12 has got aluminum frames and a display with a ceramic shield providing 4x better drop performance. There is much more to the iPhone 12 that makes it stand out. Let's have a detailed look at its features.

iPhone 12 Key Specifications

  • 6.1‑inch Super Retina XDR OLED display
  • A14 Bionic Chip
  • Dual 12 MP Rear Camera
  • 12 MP Front Camera
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64/128/256 GB ROM
  • 2815 mAh Battery

iPhone 12 - Design

  • Dimension: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm
  • Weight: 162 grams

After a few years, Apple has launched an iPhone with a flat frame, different from the previous iPhones. The box-like design provides a comfortable grip for better handling. The transition from LCD to OLED has reduced the size of the iPhone 12. The front of the iPhone 12 is protected by a ceramic shield contributing a 4x better drop performance. It has a matte finished aluminum frame making it incredibly lightweight. The back of the iPhone 12 is glass as well but without the ceramic shield. The notch incorporates a 12 MP selfie camera, an earpiece that acts as a stereo speaker as well, and a proximity sensor. At the bottom of the phone, Apple has placed the mouthpiece, the lightning port, and the main stereo speaker. Meanwhile, the power key is placed on the right side of the phone. The silencer button, volume buttons, and the nano sim slot are placed on the left side. Coming to the rear side, the 12MP dual camera is placed atop the square camera module and the cameras are safeguarded with a matte finished glass. Moreover, a dual-LED flash and a stereo mic are also incorporated on the module, near to the cameras. The iPhone 12 is rated IP68 for dust and water resistance and is compatible with MagSafe accessories.

iPhone 12 - Display

  • 6.1‑inch Super Retina XDR OLED display
  • Resolution: 2532x1170-pixels
  • 460 ppi Pixel Density

With the launch of the iPhone 12, Apple made a transition from LCD to OLED panels. The 6.1 inch Super Retina XDR OLED display has 2532 x 1170 pixel resolution with a pixel density of 460 ppi and supports HDR10, Dolby Vision, and has a refresh rate of 60hz. It also boasts a 20,00,000:1 typical contrast ratio and 625 nits max brightness (typical); 1,200 nits max brightness (HDR). The display of the iPhone 12 does a good job in producing punchy colors and the screen's color accuracy remains unaltered across all brightness levels. Furthermore, the display features a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, making the screen free from smudges.

iPhone 12 - Performance

  • A14 Bionic Chip
  • 4GB RAM

The iPhone 12 features an A14 Bionic chip with a six-core processor, the first 5nm chipset in the world. This chip makes shooting in Dolby vision a hassle-free process and lends a big hand in making the battery efficient. This chip has also taken the camera quality of the iPhone 12 to the next level, thanks to the enhanced machine learning. Moreover, the A14 Bionic chip makes gaming and multitasking seamless. The iPhone 12 comes with cutting-edge 4GB RAM which is capable of handling almost everything with the A14. There is also 5G connectivity in the phone which is supported by Qualcomm's X55 5G modem. Altogether, the phone is smooth and responsive.

iPhone 12 - Camera

  • 12 MP + 12 MP Rear Camera
  • 12MP TrueDepth Camera

The camera is one of the main components that makes it a commendable phone. The iPhone 12 features a 12 MP Ultra Wide f/2.4 aperture camera and a 12MP Wide f/1.6 camera on the back. The rear camera has 2x optical zoom out, digital zoom up to 5x, and wide optical image stabilization. Deep Fusion analyses multiple exposures and Smart HDR 3 uses machine learning to produce life-like images. The night mode kicks in automatically when the camera senses low light. On the front is a 12 MP f/2.2 aperture TrueDepth camera featuring Night Mode, Deep Fusion, and Smart HDR 3, just like the rear camera, ensuring stunning selfies with great sharpness and colors. Wide color capture for photos and live photos are available for the TrueDepth camera as well.

In terms of video recording, the iPhone 12 supports 4K HDR video recording with Dolby Vision and has optical image stabilization for video. Cinematic video stabilization, continuous autofocus video, and stereo recording make the iPhone 12 an in hand film studio. Video recording supports 2x optical zoom out, digital zoom up to 3x, and audio zoom as well. There is also a slow-motion feature that supports 1080p and a night mode time-lapse is also available for both the cameras. The TrueDepth camera also supports 4K HDR video recording with Dolby Vision and features Animoji and Memoji.

iPhone 12 - Battery

  • 2815mAh
  • 20W Fast Charging

The iPhone 12 sports a 2815 mAh battery which provides enough fuel to run for a whole day and the A14 Bionic chip plays an important role in making the battery efficient. The iPhone 12 supports 20W fast charging and can be charged to 50% in 30 minutes and 100% in approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. With MagSafe chargers, the iPhone 12 supports 15W fast wireless charging.

iPhone 12 - Variants

The iPhone 12 has got 5 color variants and 3 variants based on storage. The color variants include Black, White, Red, Green, and Blue. In terms of storage capacity, the iPhone 12 comes in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB variants all three with 4GB RAM.

iPhone 12 - Price

The 64GB variant being the most affordable iPhone 12, comes with a price tag of Rs. 79,900. The 128GB variant is priced at Rs. 84,900 and the 256GB variant is priced at 94,900. At this price range, the iPhone12 delivers exactly what is promised.

Summary

To put it briefly, the iPhone 12 design ensures a comfortable grip and is lighter for better handling. The display of the phone goes all the way to the edge and is by far the best iPhone display ever in terms of accuracy and drop performance. The A14 Bionic chip which is ahead of its time enhances battery life and makes multitasking and gaming a breeze. The phone supports fast charging as well as MagSafe chargers and accessories. In terms of photography and video recording, the iPhone 12 stands out with its advanced machine learning capability. Above all the iPhone 12 has got 5G connectivity making it future-proof and worth the price. Go for it if you are looking for a premium phone with all the latest features. The product will be soon available at myG stores where you can buy it at the best price.

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