iPhone 12 vs. Pixel 5: Apple and Google’s 5G flagships compared

    Google and Apple are the 2 newest phone-makers to launch a 5G telephone: the long-awaited iPhone 12 (available for purchase now) and the Pixel 5, which Google unveiled alongside the Pixel 4A 5G, and are on sale now as nicely. The two greatest variations between the iPhone 12 and Pixel 5 are the value and the working system.Pricewise, this is not a particularly reasonable combat. While the $699 Pixel 5 (£599, AU$999) is Google’s present flagship, it lacks lots of the premium options we have come to count on from manufacturers like Samsung and Apple. (Here’s how the Pixel 5 compares to a equally priced iPhone 11 as a substitute.) The iPhone 12 worth construction is a little more difficult, as a result of Apple launched 4 fashions and costs range between unlocked and service fashions. The base iPhone 12 mannequin begins at $799 (£799 and AU$1,349) with service reductions, and that $100 worth distinction to the Pixel 5 is nothing to smell at, particularly as belts tighten throughout the coronavirus pandemic.As far because the working system goes, those that are plugged in to Apple’s iOS ecosystem are unlikely to even look twice at a Google telephone. And the identical goes for Android customers. But for those who’re seeking to make a swap from iPhone to Android or from Android to iOS, or for those who similar to to rubber-neck at telephone showdowns, learn on as we evaluate the iPhone 12 and Pixel 5’s design, digicam, battery and efficiency.  

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    With 5G help, a glossy new look, main digicam upgrades, a ceramic defend display and an general zippy efficiency, Apple’s latest flagship is a pressure to be reckoned with. CNET’s Patrick Holland known as the telephone “a complete unit” and praised its “slabular beauty” — paying homage to the iPhone 5 design. Not solely did the 12 rating larger on efficiency benchmark assessments than every other telephone we have ever examined, nevertheless it’s additionally one in all our highest rated telephones of all time. Too dangerous it does not include headphones and an influence adapter.

    Read our Apple iPhone 12 assessment.

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    We known as the Pixel 3 “the best Android phone of 2018,” however our impression of the next 12 months’s Pixel 4 and now the Pixel 5 have been very related: cool digicam, however not for that worth. Still, Google devotees will respect the bevy of goodies included within the newest Pixel, like a 90Hz show, a bigger battery and a few neat computational pictures methods. And if you need 5G for $100 much less, the Pixel 5 has you coated.

    Read our Google Pixel 5 assessment.

    DesignThe iPhone 12 made a splash with its throwback design. Apple introduced again the flat, squared-off edges, which differentiate the iPhone 12 from rivals that favor curved sides. The new flagship additionally is available in new blue hues, darkish blue for the iPhone 12 and Pacific blue for the 12 Pro. The Pixel 5 has a extra minimalist design, with a hole-punch digicam, skinny bezels and a flush rear digicam setup. One space the place the Pixel 5 beats the iPhone 12, at the very least on paper, is its 90Hz display refresh fee. Apple’s flagship has a 60Hz show. Having a 90Hz show means the display refreshes 90 frames a second, making scrolling smoother. Keep in thoughts that the Pixel 5’s refresh fee is dynamic, very similar to many different 90 or 120Hz telephones. The telephone will revert to 60Hz when the upper refresh fee just isn’t wanted, comparable to when the display is static, to assist save battery. The iPhone 12 and Pixel 5 are almost an identical in measurement. The iPhone 12 is barely bigger, with a 6.1-inch display in comparison with the Pixel 5’s 6-inch show. The iPhone 12 can also be heavier at 5.78 ounces to the Pixel 5’s 5.33 ounces. But as a result of the iPhone 12 is available in 4 variants and three sizes, small- or big-handed folks will certainly discover an iPhone that matches. The iPhone 12 Mini incorporates a 5.4-inch show, and the Pro Max is a whopping 6.7 inches. You can evaluate all the size and different specs between Apple’s 4 iPhone 12 fashions right here.
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    CameraAs a trailblazer in computational pictures, Google’s telephone cameras actually shine of their software program. But as rivals like Apple have improved their software program choices, Google’s {hardware} has didn’t sustain. The Pixel 5’s digicam setup continues to be fairly terrific although and it has some thrilling new methods up its sleeve, like the wedding of Night Sight and Portrait Mode for blurred-background pictures in low lighting. Other upgrades to the Pixel 5’s digicam embody a brand new enhancing mode for gentle and portrait photographs, and an ultrawide digicam for panorama and group pictures. But the iPhone 12 caters to the higher-end wants of even professional photographers. Apple already added an ultrawide lens on final 12 months’s iPhone 11, and the 12 Pro contains each the ultrawide angle and a telephoto digicam (plus lidar!). Meanwhile, Apple tackled the low-light downside with {hardware} upgrades — a brand new lens with an aperture of f1.6 and a brand new bigger sensor, which Apple says presents 27% enchancment in low-light conditions. Apple additionally added Night Mode to each its ultrawide and selfie cameras.

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    Processor, battery and efficiencyThe iPhone 12 is provided with Apple’s Bionic 14 processor, whereas the Pixel 5 has the Snapdragon 765G chipset from Qualcomm. The Pixel 5’s processor is definitely slower than the Pixel 4’s Snapdragon 855, however Google stated it went with this chipset as an effort to maintain prices down. We did not discover any decelerate, however our Pixel 5 benchmark assessments did yield decrease scores than final 12 months’s iPhone 11.The Pixel 5 boasts a 4,000-mAh battery, the very best capability of any of the Pixel telephones. While Apple does not launch battery specs, a latest teardown video confirmed a 2,815-mAh battery capability. In CNET’s testing of steady video playback on airplane mode, the Pixel 5 lasted 21 hours, 43 minutes, whereas the iPhone 12 clocked in at solely 17 hours, 14 minutes. Because 5G connectivity could be a main battery drain, each Google and Apple have launched some distinctive options to the battery life downside. In addition to throttling between 60Hz and 90Hz refresh charges, the Pixel 5 options an excessive battery saver mode that may severely restrict app utilization to increase battery life. The iPhone 12 introduces a characteristic known as Smart Data mode, which can equally throttle 5G (all the way down to 4G, or between completely different bands of 5G) with a view to stability efficiency with battery. Both telephones supply wi-fi charging (although solely the iPhone 12 lineup has a cool new MagSafe charger choice), however solely the Pixel 5 contains reverse charging, which means it might cost different telephones and equipment.iPhone 12 vs. Pixel 5

    iPhone 12

     Pixel 5

    Display measurement, decision

    6.1-inch OLED; 2,532×1,170 pixels

    6-inch FHD+ OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels

    Pixel density

    460 ppi

    432 ppi

    Dimensions (inches)

    5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 in

    5.7 x 2.8 x 0.3 in

    Dimensions (millimeters)

    146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm

    144.7 x 70.4 x 8 mm

    Weight (ounces, grams)

    5.78oz; 164g

    5.33 oz; 151g

    Mobile software program

    iOS 14

    Android 11

    Camera (megapixels)

    12 MP (broad), 12 MP (ultrawide)

    12.2 MP (commonplace), 16 MP (ultrawide)

    Front-facing digicam

    12 MP

    8 MP

    Video seize




    Apple Bionic 14

    Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G


    64GB, 128GB, 256GB





    Expandable storage




    Undisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playback

    4,000 mAh

    Fingerprint sensor

    None (Face ID)





    Headphone jack



    Special options

    5G enabled; 60Hz refresh fee; MagSafe; water-resistant (IP68); wi-fi charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)

    5G enabled; water-resistant (IP68); 90Hz refresh fee; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); reverse wi-fi charging; quick charging

    Price (USD)

    $799 (64GB), $849 (128GB), $949 (256GB) Unlocked: $829 (64GB), $879 (128GB), $979 (256GB)


    Price (GBP)

    £799 (64GB), £849 (128GB), £949 (256GB)


    Price (AUD)

    AU$1,349 (64GB), AU$1,429 (128GB), AU$1,599 (256GB)


    Apple iPhone 12One of our highest rated telephones… ever

    Google Pixel 5The economical 5G flagship

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