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How the iPhone 13, Mini, Pro and Max compare to Android rivals — and vs. iPhone 12

Apple has introduced its new iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, which function higher cameras, 120Hz screens, new processors (which Apple claims are the quickest in a cellphone, interval), higher battery life, and smaller notches in contrast to their predecessors. However do you have to improve from the iPhone 12, and is Apple beating the Android competitors? Right here’s how Apple stacks up to Samsung, OnePlus, Google, and its personal earlier gadgets on paper.

One factor to take note earlier than we dive in is that specs don’t inform the complete story. There’s the apparent troublesome comparisons (how does an Apple A15 chip stack up in opposition to a Snapdragon 888, and how do you compare conventional telephones to folding ones), in addition to the small particulars that don’t match cleanly on a spec sheet. For example, one in all Apple’s professional options is the potential to shoot 4K ProRes on its higher-end telephones — aside from the fashions with 128GB of storage, which can be restricted to 1080p ProRes.

There’s additionally an apparent competitor lacking: Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Google didn’t give us their full specs in its partial announcement, which makes it laborious to embrace them in a spec comparability.

(*12*)However let’s put all these caveats apart, as a result of possibly you’re in search of a cellphone proper now. How do the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini stack up, spec-for-spec, in opposition to their Android opponents? Costs all through this comparability, by the approach, are for the unlocked iPhones, that are $30 greater than the service variations.

Anyhow, let’s cease speaking about saving a couple of bucks, and blow the funds a bit: how does the iPhone 13 Pro stack up in opposition to the Android flagships, in a battle of the $1,000 plus telephones?

As with previous years, we see that Apple isn’t essentially taking part in a spec-game, particularly when it comes to cameras. A few of its higher-end Android opponents boast megapixel counts which might be 4 and even nearly 10 occasions as excessive as Apple’s cameras. Whether or not that’ll give them an edge or not may have to be seen once we take a look at Apple’s “dramatically extra highly effective” cameras. Each Apple and Google have historically prioritized bigger pixels for low-light efficiency reasonably than uncooked decision.

Lastly, let’s check out how Apple did year-over-year when it comes to upgrading its specs. It’s value noting that, whereas we’ve included the 12 Pro, you truly can’t purchase that cellphone from Apple anymore, making the comparability extra helpful for upgraders than cross-shoppers.

One fascinating level is that the telephones haven’t modified when it comes to width, top, or display dimension, however they’ve gotten a bit thicker, and a bit heavier. They’re packing a good quantity of latest tech although, so maybe that’s comprehensible.

What the specs do not present, although, is how unfavorably the iPhone 12 is priced — at first look the it looks like an inexpensive purchase at $100 cheaper, however at that worth you’re solely getting half the storage. In case you get a 128GB iPhone 12, you’ll solely be saving $50 in contrast to the 128GB iPhone 13, which has all the upgrades to the screens, cameras, battery life, and everything else Apple announced on Tuesday. Positive, it’s technically inexpensive, however you’d be giving up loads for little or no financial savings.

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