Following the basic iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, Phone Arena has published (1 and 2) comparative results of testing autonomy and the new line’s remaining representatives – iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
The Phone Arena testing methodology, which has not changed for a long time, allows you to adequately compare new products’ autonomy indicators with many other smartphones from rating.
Battery capacity in iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 mini – 2227 mAh
- iPhone 12/12 Pro – 2815 mAh
- iPhone 12 Pro Max – 3687 mAh
Testing was always carried out in three main areas: browsing the Internet, watching videos on YouTube, and playing games. In this case, the brightness was fixed at an average level of 200 cd / m². Call of Duty: Mobile and Minecraft were used for testing.
It’s no secret that the iPhone 12 has less capacious cells than the iPhone 11. Apple assures that the battery life of the iPhone 12 on a single charge is not lower than that of the iPhone 11, but in the tests, everything is not so simple.
As you can see, the situation is the same as with the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. If when browsing the Internet and watching videos on YouTube, the iPhone 12 Pro Max demonstrates decent performance, then in 3D games, the battery life is catastrophically low: the iPhone 12 mini lasted only 2 hours and 22 minutes, and the result of the iPhone 12 Pro Max was not much more – 3 hours 20 minutes. Compared to competing Android smartphones that deliver more than 9 hours (Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G), this is a very deplorable result.
There is an obvious optimization problem in games, which is observed in all iPhone 12. It is hoped that in the foreseeable future, Apple will correct this flaw with a firmware update. Simultaneously, in the case of the iPhone 12 mini, battery life is generally at a fairly modest level. In other words, it was expected to be sacrificed for compactness.