iPhone 12 vs. Apple’s major rivals: Galaxy S20, S20 FE, Pixel 5, OnePlus 8T

Apple’s iPhone 12 has arrived. Here’s how it stacks up against Samsung’s Galaxy S20 and S20 FE, Google’s Pixel 5 and OnePlus’ 8T.

The iPhone 12 lineup, Apple’s 5G family of iPhones, has finally arrived. After a month-long delay due to coronavirus disruptions, the iPhone 12 hit the market alongside three siblings on Tuesday via a virtual event. The $799 iPhone 12, together with the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, features a revamped design reminiscent of the iPad Pro as well as a new ceramic-hardened display promising to be “tougher than any smartphone glass.” 

For Apple, the iPhone 12 family marks the company’s first crop of devices that can connect to 5G. But competition is notoriously stiff in the smartphone world, which means there are already plenty of high-powered 5G phones for you to select from including the Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20 FE, Google’s Pixel 5, and OnePlus 8T. In general, what makes these five phones similar is their premium OLED panels and class-leading processors. The Pixel 5, which is powered by the older Snapdragon 765G chipset, is the exception.

Apple reintroduces its MagSafe charging brand for the new iPhone 12 family. Apple

There are several differences between these five phones, including screen refresh rates and camera module. The iPhone 12, for instance, has a 60Hz refresh rate display, while all of its rivals boast either 120Hz or 90Hz panels. Apparently this is because Apple prioritized battery longevity, which can drain faster because of 5G, instead of an ultrasmooth display. 

Another key difference that you won’t necessarily find easily on spec sheets is the absence of the power adapter and wired earphones that previously came in an iPhone box. Instead, you’ll have to buy those accessories separately, or use ones you already have. Apple likely made this decision to help offset the added costs that come with releasing a 5G-enabled phone. 

For specific details on the iPhone 12, take a look at the chart below, where you can see the specs side-by-side. And for more information on all of the iPhone news, check out CNET’s full coverage of Apple’s event.

IPHONE 12 VS. RIVALS

iPhone 12OnePlus 8T Pixel 5Galaxy S20 FE Galaxy S20
Display size, resolution6.1-inch OLED; 2,532×1,170 pixels6.55-inch AMOLED; 2,400×1,080 pixels6-inch FHD+ OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels6.5-inch super AMOLED; 2,400×1,080 pixels6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X; 3,200×1440 pixels 
Pixel density460ppi402ppi432ppi405ppi563ppi
Dimensions (inches)5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 in6.33 x 2.92 x 0.33 in5.7 x 2.8 x 0.3 in6.29 x 2.97 x 0.33 inches2.72 x 5.97 x 0.311 in
Dimensions (millimeters)146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm160.7 x 74.1 x 8.4 mm144.7 x 70.4 x 8 mm159.8 x 75.5 x 8.4mm69.1 x 151.7 x 7.9 mm
Weight (ounces, grams)5.78oz; 164g6.63 oz; 188g5.33 oz; 151g6.7 oz; 190g5.75 oz; 163g
Mobile softwareiOS 14Android 11Android 11Android 10Android 10
Camera (megapixels)12 MP (wide), 12 MP (ultra-wide)48 MP (standard), 16 MP (ultra-wide), 5 MP (macro), 2 MP (monochrome)12.2 MP (standard), 16 MP (ultra-wide)12 MP (standard), 12 MP (ultra-wide), 8 MP (3x telephoto)12 MP (wide-angle), 64 MP (telephoto), 12 MP (ultra-wide)
Front-facing camera12 MP16 MP8 MP32 MP10 MP
Video capture4K4K4K4K8K
ProcessorApple Bionic 14Qualcomm Snapdragon 865Qualcomm Snapdragon 765GQualcomm Snapdragon 865 (5G) Samsung Exynos 990 (4G)64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5 GHz + 2.0 GHz)
Storage64GB, 128GB, 256GB128GB, 256GB128GB128GB128GB
RAMUndisclosed8GB8GB6GB12GB (5G), 8GB (LTE)
Expandable storageNoNoNo1TBUp to 1TB
BatteryUndisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playback4,500mAh4,000mAh4,500mAh4,000mAh
Fingerprint sensorNone (FaceID)In-screenRearIn-screenIn-screen
ConnectorLightningUSB-CUSB-CUSB-CUSB-C
Headphone jackNoNoNoNoNo
Special features5G enabled; 60Hz refresh rate; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)5G enabled; 120Hz refresh rate; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)5G enabled; water resistant (IP68); 90Hz refresh rate; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); reverse wireless charging; fast charging5G enabled; 120Hz  refresh rate; support for  fast charging on wired and wireless5G enabled; 120Hz refresh rate; water resistant (IP68); fast charging compatible on wired and wireless
Price (USD)$799 (64GB), $849 (128GB), $949 (256GB) Unlocked: $829 (64GB), $879 (128GB), $979 (256GB)$749$699$699$999
Price (GBP)£799 (64GB), £849 (128GB), £949 (256GB)£549£599£599 (4G) £699 (5G)£799, £899 (5G)
Price (AUD)AU$1,349 (64GB), AU$1,429 (128GB), AU$1,599 (256GB)Converts to AU$1,000AU$999AU$999AU$1349 (4G), AU$1,499 (5G)

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