In our iPhone 12 Pro review, we already pointed out that this phone might not be quite a 2-day battery champion, but it could last a day and a half for moderate users. with a single charge. Either way, let’s see what our battery tests will show us. And how well the new iPhone 12 Pro compares to previous iPhones and some of its Android rivals in terms of battery life.
Note that the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 have the exact same battery capacity – 2,815mAh, both phones are also powered by the same A14 Bionic chip, so their results will be roughly equal.
PhoneArena Browsing Battery Test Results
In our navigation test, the iPhone 12 Pro in particular lasted significantly longer than last year’s iPhone 11 Pro – almost four hours. The new iPhone 12 is also ahead of last year’s iPhone 11, which is about an hour longer.
But compared to the competition, the new iPhones aren’t too impressive or take a leap in battery life. In fact, it’s impressive that they keep pace with Android phones with much bigger batteries.
PhoneArena YouTube Video Playback Battery Test Results
Now this is where things get interesting. Samsung phones generally excel in YouTube video streaming battery life, and in this case, last considerably longer than the newer iPhone 12 and 12 Pro. And while the iPhone 12 Pro is a bit ahead of last year’s iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 12 is actually behind its predecessor.
Still, around six and a half hours of continuous YouTube playback isn’t that bad, given the battery capacity we’re dealing with, but we should expect more.
PhoneArena 3D gaming battery test results
Perhaps the biggest surprise is the poor performance of the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 in our 3D gaming test. Both only lasted three hours, which is way behind the competition and even far behind last year’s iPhones.
To verify the shockingly bad results of this test, we rechecked while playing various games like Call of Duty Mobile and Minecraft, and in both cases the iPhones got pretty hot and the battery started to drain incredibly quickly. By the time we stopped playing and returned to regular use, the phones returned to their normal operating temperature and the battery drain returned to normal. Currently, it looks like there is something really wrong with many popular 3D games and the Apple A14 Bionic chip used on the latest iPhones.
If you’re a non-stop gamer, you’ll probably want to stick with the iPhone 11 Pro for now, as the iPhone 12 Pro is clearly not suited to be a gaming phone in terms of battery life. battery, even if it has full power.
There we have it, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 battery life test results. The sad reality is that these phones aren’t exactly battery champions when it comes to media consumption, let alone battery life. games. But if you’re light on these tasks, and primarily do browsing and social media, or don’t mind loading them overnight, you’re fine.
Let us know in the comments what you think of these results.