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iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 comparison: Here are the big differences

iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 comparison: Here are the big differences

Today we wanted to compare iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 for those of you who are considering buying a new smartphone. Both are very popular choices among our used iPhone customers, and you can't go wrong whichever you choose.

But there are some differences that might be good to know before you decide. Here we compare six of the most important features of both phones.

A comparison between Apple's popular iPhone 11 and iPhone 12


First, the iPhone 12 is significantly faster than the iPhone 11. This is because the iPhone 12 has a new processor, the A14 Bionic, while the iPhone 11 still has the older A13 Bionic processor. This allows the iPhone 12 to handle more demanding tasks and games without losing performance, while the iPhone 11 can start to feel a bit slow during more demanding use.

Size iPhone 11 vs size iPhone 12

Screen size and resolution

Another difference is the screen. Both the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 have a 6.1-inch screen. In contrast, the iPhone 12 has a Super Retina XDR display with support for Dolby Vision and HDR10, while the iPhone 11 has a Liquid Retina display without these features.

This allows the iPhone 12 to display more detailed and vibrant images with better contrast, while the iPhone 11 may look a bit flat compared to the new model.

The iPhone 12 also has a higher screen resolution with its 2532x1170 pixels compared to the iPhone 11, which has 1792x828 pixels. This gives the iPhone 12 a sharper image quality.


The camera is not very different between these models.

Both have two 12MP cameras, a regular and an ultra-wide angle that provides a wider viewing angle. They both also come with Night Mode function for better image quality in dark environments.

If we look at video recording, the iPhone 12 is slightly sharper as it supports HDR recording with Dolby Vision, which provides a more lively and detailed video experience.

Battery life

When it comes to battery life, it's hard to say which model is better because it depends on how you use your phone. The iPhone 12 has a smaller battery capacity of 2815 mAh compared to the iPhone 11 which has a capacity of 3110 mAh. This can affect battery life, but it's hard to say exactly how much.

One was made battery test which compared the battery life of all iPhone 12 and iPhone 11 models. The test consisted of draining the battery with demanding use without interruption.

The iPhone 11 drained after 5 hours, while the iPhone 12 managed just over 6 hours and 30 minutes, probably thanks to its newer processor and more efficient battery.

Either result is good enough for most of us. But if battery life is crucial for you, you should perhaps choose the iPhone 12.

5G compatibility

Another big difference between the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 is 5G compatibility. iPhone 12 supports 5G networks, which provides faster internet connection and better performance. iPhone 11 only supports 4G networks.

If you are a regular user who uses the mobile phone for regular surfing, email and social media, then 4G is perfectly fine!

Used iPhone 11 vs Used iPhone 12


Finally, the iPhone 12 is also more robust than the iPhone 11. Both are designed with edge-to-edge glass and an aluminum frame, but the iPhone 12 has a new glass surface called "ceramic shield", which is an extremely durable glass. This means that the iPhone 12 can withstand more shocks and impacts than the iPhone 11 before the screen breaks.

Regarding water resistance, the iPhone 12 is also the winner. iPhone 11 can withstand water up to 2 meters deep for 30 minutes, and iPhone 12 can withstand up to 6 meters deep for 30 minutes.

How does the price differ?

The iPhone 12 is more expensive than the iPhone 11, with a starting price of around SEK 5,900 here at Refurbly, compared to around SEK 3,900 for the iPhone 11. This may be a deciding factor for many consumers, and it may be worth considering the extra features and the performance of the iPhone 12 are worth the slightly higher price tag.

Closing words

So, if you're looking to buy a new smartphone and are unsure whether to go for the iPhone 11 or the iPhone 12, we hope this post has been helpful.

In the end, it comes down to what you need and what you're willing to pay for, but if you don't need the very latest technology and best performance, the iPhone 11 could be a very good choice.

Many of our customers also think so if we look at what is consumed the fastest when we fill our stock with used iPhones .

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