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Apple iPhone 11 Pro vs 12 Pro: Which iPhone Should You Buy?

author Luis Silva (November 2020 Updated: March 2022 - 6 min. reading time)

The iPhone 12 Pro isn't that affordable, but it's the best of the two.

You'll get a better display, and more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB).

Are there other things worth mentioning?

The iPhone 12 Pro also comes with a larger (+0.3") display, faster wireless charging (15w vs. 5w), and more RAM (6GB vs. 4GB).

How much more are you willing to spend on the iPhone 12 Pro?

If you're not considering going for a carrier subscription, you'll have to invest an additional amount close to $370.

Is it still worth buying the iPhone 11 Pro in 2022?

The iPhone 11 Pro is still one of the best phones you can buy in 2022 (depending on your budget), and while it isn't the best device out there, at least it's more affordable now. However, you should also consider other phones like the iPhone 12 because it has better performance, better cameras, and more security updates.

Is it worth buying the iPhone 12 Pro in 2022?

The iPhone 12 Pro continues to be a rock-solid smartphone because of its good performance, good cameras, and excellent glass protection. It indeed is on the recommended list for 2022, but the iPhone 13 Pro could give you better performance, more security updates, and a better optical zoom.

Read on and find out more about them, how they stack up against their rivals, and how the tech industry is evaluating their specs.

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Alright, so you want something small but something better than the common iPhone that everyone has.

Whether you're considering an upgrade or you're actually considering both of them, we're going to check all their differences, and then you can decide for yourself.

In October of 2020, Apple started selling its iPhone 12 Pro, while Apple's iPhone 11 Pro hit the stores in September 2019.

In this article, we see how the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.

The weight of each section

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Device iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro
Release Date 2019, September 2020, October 1y.
OS Updates 6 years 6 years 0y.
Security Updates 6 years 6 years 0y.

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

About performance: Geekbench 5 scores the iPhone 12 Pro 18% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. You should notice that it is a bit faster if you test them side by side.

Are you looking for the quickest phone around? The iPhone 11 Pro is clearly above the average if you consider related-priced phones. About 31% above.

By the way, you can define both of them as high-end.

Features iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro
SoC Apple A13 Apple A14
Graphics Apple GPU Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 3428
OS iOS 13 iOS 14.1

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 13.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Apple iPhone 11 Pro front transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Pro front transparent png

It's a tie, so any of them will do. Although the iPhone 12 Pro has better glass protection.

If you're trying to keep your phone's display small, there aren't many devices to consider besides the iPhone 11 Pro. There are just not that many choices in its class.

If you're leaning towards the iPhone 11 Pro, you should know that 86% of its rivals can play HDR content, 96% have an AMOLED screen, and 93% have an Always-On display.

Considering the iPhone 12 Pro, as a reference, 94% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, 88% offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate, and 82% have an Always-On display and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)*
Features iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro
Size 5.8
Resolution (px) 1125x2436
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 462.63
Always-On-Display No No
Notch Wedge Wedge
Peak Brightness 811 nits
802 nits
Sub Tek-Score
Protection Corning toughened glass Corning Gorilla Glass Victus

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Apple iPhone 11 Pro back transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Pro back transparent png

I don't see a meaningful winner in the camera department.

About the iPhone 11 Pro: Unfortunately, DXOMARK hasn't tested this camera, but by doing some math, it scored 134*. If you add the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, the final score goes up to 145** points.

I hope this helps: you should know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 93% feature Optical Image Stabilization. On the other hand, only 21% of them feature a macro lens.

About the iPhone 12 Pro: The guys over at the DXOMARK labs scored this camera with 135 points. And by adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we end up with a score of 147 points. If you want to know more about it, check it here.

Winding it up, just to let you know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, feature a telephoto lens, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Regardless, only 6% of them feature a macro lens.

If you prefer, we can grade these two as high-end.

Just in case it's a deciding factor, the iPhone 12 Pro telephoto lens is 54mm lower than the average in its class.

*I do recommend DXOMARK's reviews. I'd love to see more tests, but some phones are just left out. So when I get my hands on one of them, I do my best to get a comparable score by evaluating hardware specs only (sensor size, Aperture, HDR, OIS, Lenses, and so on). Our lastest test on our formula showed a borderline margin of error of 2 points.

**Consider this as an estimative, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They moved to a new camera test protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
Primary Camera iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro
Megapixels 12
Aperture 1.8
Lens 26mm
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 4 4 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 145

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro vs.
Megapixels 12
Aperture 2.0
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
52mm (2x zoom)
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 12 12 0
Aperture 2.4 2.4 0.0
Lens 13mm 13mm 0
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 11 12 1
Selfie Camera iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro vs.
Megapixels 12
Aperture 2.2
Lens 23mm 23mm 0
iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro vs.

Who has the best frame?

None of them stands out, so there is no wrong choice here.

Remember that the iPhone 12 Pro is 15% smaller than most similarly priced devices.

Both also have about the same weight: 188 g. (6.63 oz). But because this is a bit relative, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The iPhone 11 Pro got 3.0, which suggests it's kind of weighty for a 5.8 inches display. The iPhone 12 Pro, in its turn, has 3.8, which suggests it's considerably hefty too.

The iPhone 11 Pro is resistant to water up to 1 to 3 meters, identical to the iPhone 12 Pro. That shouldn't last over half an hour, and it's in standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.

Body iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro
Size 144 x 71 x 8 mm
(5.08 x 2.50 x 0.28 in)
146 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.15 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
Weight 188 g. (6.63 oz)
189 g. (6.67 oz)
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green Silver, Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 80.80%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.0 3.8 0.9
Looks 8.5/10
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Face ID

*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.

Which has the best battery?

The iPhone 11 Pro features a 3046 mAh battery, while the iPhone 12 Pro has 2815 mAh. But as claimed by GSMArena, both should theoretically get the same battery life.

Apple brought MagSafe from their Macbooks so you can effortlessly charge the new iPhones. It's convenient if you're willing to carry another charger.

Features iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro
Capacity (mAh) 3046 2815 -231
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 79% left
79% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 63% left
63% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 65% left
65% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 6.0 5.7 -0.3
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 18w
Wireless Charging 5w

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A42.

Which has more storage?

The iPhone 12 Pro, for sure.

The iPhone 11 Pro comes equipped with 64GB of integrated storage and 4GB of RAM. I should also mention that most rivals have more RAM and more storage. They're around 8GB of RAM and 146Gb of storage.

In its turn, the iPhone 12 Pro features 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. Again, you can get more RAM and more storage from almost all of their competitors. 10Gb for RAM and 188Gb for storage, on average.

Neither storage nor RAM should be an issue on both iPhones. However, if you love to store 4k videos, 64 GB may be too short for you.

Features iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro
Internal (GB) 64GB
Micro SD No No

*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

I'd go for the iPhone 12 Pro if you really value 5G.

The iPhone 12 Pro has a single network variant: (LTE and) 5G.

Features iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro
Network LTE 5G
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No

Which is more affordable?

Here's what we've found out:

Apple iPhone 11 Pro

Reference: $750

Apple iPhone 11 Pro

Apple iPhone 12 Pro

Reference: $1,120

Apple iPhone 12 Pro

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How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).

Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.

Value for money iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro VS
Amazon - ! - ! -
eBay 1.05 0.41 -0.63
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

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Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. It's 6.9 for the iPhone 11 Pro and 7.6 for the iPhone 12 Pro.

Verdict: What Makes the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Stand Out?

Besides their sizes, prices, and looks, you'll also have to consider other features that the iPhone 12 Pro can offer you that the iPhone 11 Pro won't.

It's not that the latter is slow, it actually is among the fastest phones in the market, but the iPhone 12 Pro takes that to a phenomenal 18% further.

Not only that, but it also has faster wireless charging, double the internal storage, and 2 extra GB of RAM.

And that's all that you should be taking into account.

Pros iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro
#1 Performance Performance
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#5 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#6 Glass Protection Glass Protection
Cons iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro
#1 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#2 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#3 Weight Weight
#4 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#5 Price Price
Relative Score*
Global Score iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro
Gaming Score
Your Score

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.

Performance 1.9
Display 1.7
Cameras 1.4
Frame 0.9
Battery 1.9
Storage 2.0
Connectivity 0.4
Total Should be 10 or as close as possible: 9.6

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"Display size to phone weight" ratio explained

This indeed is a "display size to phone weight" ratio, but because every phone ended up somewhere between 0.0272 and 0.0421, I've amplified (adapted) those values so they would fit in a 0-10 scale. As of now, the best smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy A40, with 140g. (4.94 oz) for a 5.9 inch display. It got a score of 9.92. While the worse device is the iPhone 8 Plus, which weighs 202 g. (7.13 oz) and has a 5.5-inch display. It ended up with a score of 0.75.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.


"Battery to device size" ratio explained

This score should give you an idea about the energy footprint of the devices you're considering. It reflects not only the hardware and the energy that it requires but also the amount of energy that the battery can deliver.

The major spenders on any device should be the display and the SoC. But everything from a notification led to its modems need to be optimized, or else, the OEM should simply include a bigger battery as a compensation. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible due to size limitations. But in the end, if a particular OEM can do a good job and give you excellent battery life on a small device, so should everyone else. That's why I've added a "battery to device size" ratio. But since the real scale went from 119 (for the Galaxy S10e, Snapdragon variant) and up to 164 (for the iPhone 7 Plus), I've decided to convert them so they would fit in a 0-10 scale, being 0 the worst device, (the iPhone 7 Plus) and 10 the one every OEM should look up to.

As an example, Apple did an excellent job on the iPhone 7. It has a score of 8. Despite having a small capacity, the hardware is well optimized, and it still gives you decent battery life considering its size. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, with those bezels shrinking its display size, clearly could've been the #1 in our top 10 list of best battery devices if Apple simply filled all that empty space with a bigger battery.

As a side note: I haven't included the dept of the devices in this formula because even if a device ended up being 1mm/0.03 inches thicker, it wouldn't matter that much to those who really value battery life.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.



As of now, these are the rivals that were considered for each of them. They may change every time its prices are updated.

These are the lowest prices found on Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, and Walmart.

 Apple iPhone 11 Pro 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
  • HuaweirivalP40
  • OnePlusrival8
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
  • OnePlusrival8T
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
  • OnePlusrival9
  • OpporivalFind X3 Lite

 Apple iPhone 12 Pro 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra
  • VivorivalX60 Pro Plus
  • VivorivalX60 Pro
  • OpporivalFind X3 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone 13 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone 13 Pro Max

Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mclass-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they dclassn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.


About GeekBench 5

This is just a quick note to let you know that, if, by any chance, the smartphone you're looking for isn't on the GeekBench site yet, you can check on GsmArena.com, as they also usually test smartphones with that benchmark tool.

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