5G drains iPhone 12's battery 20 percent faster, test shows

Yolanda Curtis
October 23, 2020

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are both officially going on sale starting this Friday. As a matter of fact, the latest video features a teardown of the new iPhone 12 to show us everything that's coming included inside this new device. Soon after the prices were announced, netizens figured out that purchasing an iPhone 12 Pro from Dubai would not only be cheaper but also help them save some money. However, it seems Apple doesn't want to go that way with the new iPhone 12 series; at least in the battery department.

iPhone 12 teardown video.

The iPhone 12 uses an L-shaped logic board, which is longer than that of the iPhone 11. The listing states the iPhone 12 Pro Max as having a 3,687mAh battery as compared to the 3,969mAh battery pack inside the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Nonetheless, while it is good to see Apple adopt new connection standards, Android smartphones have already shown us that 5G heavily impacts battery life.

This is according to tests performed by review site Tom's Guide, which compared the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro's battery performance while using 5G and 4G mobile networks.

Tom's Guide testing consists of surfing the web on the phone continuously at 150 nits of brightness, launching a new site every 30 seconds until the battery is at zero.

The reason behind the smaller battery could be because of the extra space required for 5G components, and here's where we find the issue, as 5G drains the iPhone's battery 20 percent faster than when it's working on 4G networks.

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