This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro have the same onboard battery capacity (both 2815mAh), which is smaller than the previous year's iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro (3110mAh and 3190mAh). On the other hand, the new A14 Bionic SoC is touted to consume less power than the previous generation, so battery capacity doesn't simply mean battery life.
So how much battery life can you actually expect? Smartphone information site PhoneArena has tested the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro in a variety of applications with a variety of competitors' smartphones, and has reported some less-than-desirable test results for gamers.
In the web browsing test, the iPhone 12 Pro outperformed last year's iPhone 11 Pro by about four hours, while the iPhone 12 outperformed the iPhone 11 by about an hour. But it's not outstanding compared to competitors' phones, and it's finally catching up to Android smartphones with larger batteries. The Google Pixel 5, for example, boasts a capacity of 4,000mAh, so the iPhone 12 Pro with 70% of that capacity seems to have fought the good fight.
Next, in the YouTube video playback battery test, Samsung devices tend to have better battery life in this category, with both the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 FE beating the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro by a significant margin. On the other hand, when comparing the iPhones to each other, the iPhone 12 Pro is slightly better than the iPhone 11 Pro, but the iPhone 12 is shorter than the iPhone 11.
And the biggest surprise is that the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 performed poorly in the battery test in 3D games. Both lasted just under three hours, less than half the time of last year's iPhones, not to mention competing devices.
Testers said that when they played various 3D games such as Call of Duty Mobile and Minecraft, in both cases, "the iPhones got quite warm and the battery just started melting incredibly quickly." Then when they stopped playing and returned to regular use, the iPhones went back to their normal operating temperature and the battery drain normalized. From this, it is speculated that there is some kind of problem between the A14 Bionic chip in the iPhone 12 series and many popular 3D games.
Apple claims that the A14 Bionic is more integrated with the latest 5nm process technology, resulting in improved performance and power efficiency in all areas. Nevertheless, a smartphone's power comes from a combination of hardware and software, and we may have to wait a while for iOS 14 optimization to improve power savings in 3D gaming.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.