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iPhone 12 vs. Google Pixel 5 Comparison - Everything You Need to Know

iPhone 12 and its rival Pixel 5

By Kendra D. Mitchell | Nov 10,2020 13:43 pm

iPhone 12 and its rival Pixel 5

If you have been following the release of the latest smartphones then you know the present- day battle is really going to be fierce with the launch of the two 5G giants- iPhone 12 and Google Pixel 5. Apple has finally made its entry to the 5G world with its latest iPhone 12 that comes packed in with an impressive list of hardware and other features like 6.1 inches of display with ceramic shield, A14 Bionic processor, dual camera, and more. Google Pixel 5 is an addition to the impressive Pixel family that will again get the attention of the users who are looking for an affordable device with an interesting list of features. Check more details and the comparisons between the two devices in the following parts.

Part 1: Specs & Features

The table below will help you to know the Google Pixel 5 features/specs Vs iPhone 12 features/specs.

Specs/features iPhone 12 Google Pixel 5
Display 6.1-inch OLED display with 2532 X 1170 resolution and Ceramic Shield Front 6 inches OLED display
Software iOS 14 Android 11
Size 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm 144.7 x 70.4 x 8mm
Weight 164g 151g
Processor Apple A14 Bionic Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, 2x Cortex -A76, 6x Cortex-A55, Titan M Security Module
Storage Available in 64GB/128GB/256GB without microSD slot 128GB option without microSD card slot
Camera Dual camera - 12MP Wide angle sensor with 12MP Ultra-wide sensor, 12MP front facing camera Dual camera - 12.2 MP camera with 16MP ultra wide sensor, 8 MP front facing camera
Fingerprint Sensor None as it supports FaceID Rear
Battery N/A, Q1 wireless charging up to 7.5W 4080 mAh with 18W charging + 12W wireless charging + reverse wireless charging
Available colors Black, White, Green, Product Red, and Blue Sorta Sage and Just Black
Price 64GB -$799, 128GB -$849, 256GB -$949 $699

Part 2: Display

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The Google Pixel 5 features a 6-inch OLED screen that offers a resolution of 2340 X 1080 along with a refresh rate of 90Hz that makes the capacitive touchscreen smooth and fast.

iPhone 12 is a slightly larger screen measuring 6.1 with an OLED display with 2532 X 1170 resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. In terms of material, Google Pixel 5 uses the popular Gorilla 6 for the display while iPhone 12 has experimented with something new called Ceramic Shield that Apple claims to offer better protection against the drops.

Part 3: Color & Design

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The Google Pixel 5 looks neat and clean with a minimal bezel around its 6-inch display. The front panel of the phone just has a front-facing camera with a hole punch at the top-left corner. The back too looks neat and is made using recycled aluminum having a matte finish. The back features a fingerprint sensor and, on the top-left corner that is a raised dual-camera bump. The chassis of the phone has a hole that is covered by bio-resin. Overall, the device offers a comfortable and natural feel with its soft and rounded corners.

The iPhone 12 has used a new material called Ceramic Shield this time for its display. This material uses the nano-ceramic crystals that are harder than other metals inside the glass which makes it tougher than any other smartphone glass. With iPhone 12 being the first one to use this material it claims to offer 4x better protection against the drop compared to other generation devices. The front of the iPhone 12 has a large notch on its top that is used for the front-facing camera and the faceID scanner. The back-side of the iPhone also features an aluminum chassis supporting wireless charging. The aerospace-grade aluminum edges of the phone make it look interesting and clean.

The Google Pixel 5 is available only in Just Black and Sorta Sage color options while with iPhone 12 you have multiple color options including Black, Product Red, White, Blue, and Green.

Part 4. Camera

With present-day smartphones working as excellent cameras, Google Pixel 5 and iPhone 12 will be no behind. Like all its other Pixel siblings, the Google Pixel 5 also comes packed in with a 12.2 MP camera but with an addition of a secondary 16MP ultra-wide camera as well that allows to zoom out more and capture surroundings to the best. The portrait mode of the phone supports the low-light Night Sight feature of Google that allows capturing bright portrait even in low-light and blurred conditions. There are three stabilization modes in the phone- active, locked, and cinematic modes. The former two will help in capturing the heavy and faraway shots while the cinematic one can be used for slowing videos and smooth panning. For the selfie lovers, there is a front-facing 8MP camera. 4K video recording is supported by the device.

The iPhone 12 comes with two rear cameras- a 12 MP wide sensor along with 12 MP ultra-wide sensors. Both the rear cameras support the night mode for capturing high-quality images in low light conditions. The new wide camera of the phone helps in getting 27% more light so that images are detailed and bright not only in the day but night as well. The camera of the phone allows HDR and Dolby Vision HDR video recording at 30fps along with the option to edit them as well. There is also night mode time-lapse support.

The night mode feature of the camera can sense when the light is low and becomes active for capturing bright images. The Smart HDR can balance all the elements in the shot. There is also a front-facing 12MP camera on the phone along with support to night mode.

So, no matter whether you want to capture a regular image or a selfie in a day or night, the iPhone 12 will let you have an excellent shot.

Part 5. Software and System

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The Google Pixel 5 will comes loaded with the latest Android 11 and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G with 8GB RAM. Though the specifications are not top of the line it offers power to take care of your regular use and requirements.

The iPhone 12 is powered by the latest and the powerful Apple A14 Bionic processor with Next-generation Neural Engine which is claimed to be the fastest chip in the smartphone. With this chip, you can get the AR experience to life and have an interesting experience. The phone will support features like a widget on the home screen and App library for organizing the apps, picture-in-picture for FaceTime calls, and video watching. The iPhone 12 iOS 14 offers great power and support to all features.

Part 6. Battery and Storage

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Google Pixel 5 is available in storage capacity or 128GB while the iPhone 6 is available in storage options of 64GB/128GB, and 256GB. Both the devices do not have any support for a microSD card slot. Google Pixel 5 gets its juice from a 4080mAh battery that supports 18W charging with 12 W wireless charging. There is also an option for reverse wireless charging.

The built-in lithium-ion battery of the iPhone 12 supports MagSafe wireless charging up to 15W with Qi wireless charging of up to 7.5W.

Part 7. Price and Availability

Google Pixel 5 price: $699/£599/€629 (128GB)

iPhone 12 price:

  • Apple iPhone 64GB: $799/£799/€909
  • Apple iPhone 128GB: $849/£849/€959
  • Apple iPhone 256GB: $949/£949/€1,079

Summary

The Google Pixel 5 is undoubtedly a powerful device for the price point it is offered at. The 90Hz refresh rate, the working on display is fast, and coming packed with Android 11 out of the box, you will not have to worry about the updates and latest features at least for some time. On the other side, if you are an Apple fan, iPhone 12 will definitely not disappoint you with its new Ceramic shield looks, powerful dual cameras, latest processor, bigger display, and multiple storage options. So, for a 128GB handset, iPhone 12 will be around $150 more and the choice between the two depends if you are looking for an Android device or an Apple.

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