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How the iPhone 13, Mini, Pro and Max compare to Android rivals — and vs. iPhone 12

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Apple has announced its new iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, which feature better cameras, 120Hz screens, new processors (which Apple claims are the fastest in a phone, period), better battery life, and smaller notches compared to their predecessors. But should you upgrade from the iPhone 12, and is Apple beating the Android competition? Here’s how Apple stacks up to Samsung, OnePlus, Google, and its own previous devices on paper.

One thing to keep in mind before we dive in is that specs don’t tell the whole story. There’s the obvious difficult comparisons (how does an Apple A15 chip stack up against a Snapdragon 888, and how do you compare traditional phones to folding ones), as well as the small details that don’t fit cleanly on a spec sheet. For instance, one of Apple’s pro features is the ability to shoot 4K ProRes on its higher-end phones — except for the models with 128GB of storage, which will be limited to 1080p ProRes.

Missing from this comparison: Google’s upcoming flagships

There’s also an obvious competitor missing: Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Google didn’t give us their full specifications in its partial announcement, which makes it hard to include them in a spec comparison.

But let’s put all those caveats aside, because maybe you’re looking for a phone right now. How do the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini stack up, spec-for-spec, against their Android competitors? Prices throughout this comparison, by the way, are for the unlocked iPhones, which are $30 more than the carrier versions.

iPhone 13 vs. Galaxy S21 vs. OnePlus 9 vs. Pixel 5A

Specification

iPhone 13

iPhone 13 Mini

Samsung Galaxy S21

OnePlus 9

Google Pixel 5A

Specification

iPhone 13

iPhone 13 Mini

Samsung Galaxy S21

OnePlus 9

Google Pixel 5A

OS

iOS 15

iOS 15

Android 11 (One UI)

Oxygen OS (Based on Android 11)

Android 11

Display

6.1-inch OLED

5.4-inch OLED

6.2-inch AMOLED

6.55-inch OLED

6.34-inch OLED

Resolution

2532 x 1170

2340 x 1080

2400 x 1080

2400 x 1080

2400 x 1080

Max. refresh rate

60Hz

60Hz

up to 120Hz

up to 120Hz

60Hz

Dimensions(mm)

71.5 x 146.7 x 7.65

64.2 x 131.5 x 7.65

71.2 x 151.7 x 7.9

NA / EU: 74.2 x 160 x 8.7

73.2 x 156.2 x 8.8

Weight

174g

141g

171g

NA / EU: 192g

183 g

Battery Capacity

TBA

TBA

4,000mAh

4,500mAh

4680mAh

Processor

A15

A15

US: Snapdragon 888

Snapdragon 888

Snapdragon 765G

RAM

TBA

TBA

8GB

8GB, 12GB

6GB

Storage

128GB, 256GB, 512GB

128GB, 256GB, 512GB

128GB, 256GB

128GB, 256GB

128GB

Ports

Lightning port

Lightning port

USB-C charging port

USB-C charging port

USB-C charging port, 3.5mm headphone jack

Rear camera

12MP (f/1.6, sensor-shift OIS) wide, 12MP (f/2.4) ultrawide

12MP (f/1.6, sensor-shift OIS) wide, 12MP (f/2.4) ultrawide

12MP (f/1.8, OIS, Dual Pixel AF, 1.8µm) wide angle, 12MP (f/2.2, 1.4µm) ultrawide, 64MP (f/2.0, OIS, 0.8µm) 3X hybrid optic telephoto

48MP (f/1.8, all-Pixel AF, 1.12μm) wide angle, 50MP (f/2.2) ultrawide, 2MP monochrome

12.2MP (f/1.7, dual-pixel AF) wide angle, 16MP (f/2.2) ultrawide

Front camera

12MP (f/2.2)

12MP (f/2.2)

10MP (f/2.2, autofocus)

16MP(f/2.4)

8MP(f/2.0)

Biometrics

Face ID

Face ID

Fingerprint, face recognition

Fingerprint, face recognition

Fingerprint

Water and dust protection

IP68

IP68

IP68

No

IP67

Wireless charging?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

5G support

mmWave and sub-6GHz

mmWave and sub-6GHz

mmWave and sub-6GHz

sub-6GHz

sub-6GHz

Starting price

$829

$729

$799

$729

$449

Anyways, let’s stop talking about saving a few bucks, and blow the budget a bit: how does the iPhone 13 Pro stack up against the Android flagships, in a battle of the $1,000 plus phones?

iPhone 13 Pro vs. Galaxy S21 Plus / Ultra / Z Flip 3 vs OnePlus 9 Pro

Specification

iPhone 13 Pro

iPhone 13 Pro Max

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

OnePlus 9 Pro

Specification

iPhone 13 Pro

iPhone 13 Pro Max

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

OnePlus 9 Pro

OS

iOS 15

iOS 15

Android 11 (One UI)

Android 11 (One UI)

Android 11 (One UI)

Oxygen OS (Based on Android 11)

Display

6.1-inch OLED

6.7-inch OLED

6.7-inch AMOLED

6.8-inch AMOLED

6.7-inch folding AMOLED

6.7-inch OLED

Resolution

2532 x 1170

2778 x 1284

2400 x 1080

3200 x 1440

2640 x 1080 (main screen)

3216 x 1400

Max. refresh rate

up to 120Hz

up to 120Hz

up to 120Hz

up to 120Hz

up to 120Hz (main screen)

up to 120Hz

Dimensions(mm)

71.5 x 146.7 x 7.65

78.1 x 160.8 x 7.65

75.6 x 161.5 x 7.8

75.6 x 165.1 x 8.9

72.2 x 166.0 x 6.9 (unfolded)

73.6 x 163.2 x 8.7

Weight

204g

240g

202g

229g

183g

197g

Battery Capacity

TBA

TBA

4,800mAh

5,000mAh

3,300mAh

4,500mAh

Processor

A15

A15

US: Snapdragon 888

US: Snapdragon 888

Snapdragon 888

Snapdragon 888

RAM

TBA

TBA

8GB

12GB / 16GB

8GB

8GB, 12GB

Storage

128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB

128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB

128GB, 256GB

128GB, 256GB / 512GB

128GB, 256GB

128GB, 256GB

Ports

Lightning Port

Lightning Port

USB-C charging port

USB-C charging port

USB-C charging port

USB-C charging port

Rear camera

12MP (f/1.5 sensor-shift OIS) wide, 12MP (f/2.8 OIS) 3x telephoto, 12MP (f/1.8) ultrawide

12MP (f/1.5 sensor-shift OIS) wide, 12MP (f/2.8 OIS) 3x telephoto, 12MP (f/1.8) ultrawide

12MP (f/1.8, OIS, Dual Pixel AF, 1.8µm) wide angle, 12MP (f/2.2, 1.4µm) ultrawide, 64MP (f/2.0, OIS, 0.8µm) 3X hybrid optic telephoto

108MP (f/1.8, OIS, 0.8µm) wide angle, 12MP (f/2.2, Dual Pixel AF, 1.4µm) ultrawide, 10MP (f/2.4, OIS, Dual Pixel AF, 1.22µm) 3X optical telephoto, 10MP (f/4.9, OIS, Dual Pixel AF, 1.22µm) 10X optical telephoto

12MP (f/1.8, OIS, Dual Pixel AF) wide, 12MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide

48MP (f/1.8, OIS, all-pixel AF, 1.12 μm) wide angle, 50MP (f/2.2) ultrawide, 8MP (f2.4, OIS) 3.3X telephoto, 2MP monochrome

Front camera

12MP (f/2.2)

12MP (f/2.2)

10MP (f/2.2, autofocus)

40MP (f/2.2, autofocus)

10MP (f/2.4)

16MP(f/2.4)

Biometrics

Face ID

Face ID

Fingerprint, face recognition

Fingerprint, face recognition

Fingerprint, face recognition

Fingerprint, face recognition

Water and dust protection

IP68

IP68

IP68

IP68

IPX8

IP68

Wireless charging?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

5G support

mmWave and sub-6GHz

mmWave and sub-6GHz

mmWave and sub-6GHz

mmWave and sub-6GHz

mmWave and sub-6GHz

mmWave and sub-6GHz

Starting price

$999

$1,099

$999

$1,199

$999

$969

As with past years, we see that Apple isn’t necessarily playing a spec-game, especially when it comes to cameras. Some of its higher-end Android competitors boast megapixel counts that are four or even almost 10 times as high as Apple’s cameras. Whether that’ll give them an edge or not will have to be seen when we test Apple’s “dramatically more powerful” cameras. Both Apple and Google have traditionally prioritized larger pixels for low-light performance rather than raw resolution.

Finally, let’s take a look at how Apple did year-over-year when it comes to upgrading its specs. It’s worth noting that, while we’ve included the 12 Pro, you actually can’t buy that phone from Apple anymore, making the comparison more useful for upgraders than cross-shoppers.

iPhone 13 lineup vs iPhone 12 lineup

Specification

iPhone 13

iPhone 12

iPhone 13 Mini

iPhone 12 Mini

iPhone 13 Pro

iPhone 12 Pro

Specification

iPhone 13

iPhone 12

iPhone 13 Mini

iPhone 12 Mini

iPhone 13 Pro

iPhone 12 Pro

OS

iOS 15

iOS 15 coming Sep. 20

iOS 15

iOS 15 coming Sep. 20

iOS 15

iOS 15 coming Sep. 20

Display

6.1-inch OLED

6.1 inch, OLED

5.4-inch OLED

5.4-inch OLED

6.1-inch OLED

6.1 inch, OLED

Resolution

2532 x 1170

2532 x 1170

2340 x 1080

2340 x 1080

2532 x 1170

2532 x 1170

Max. refresh rate

60Hz

60Hz

60Hz

60Hz

up to 120Hz

60Hz

Dimensions(mm)

71.5 x 146.7 x 7.65

71.5 x 146.7 x 7.4

64.2 x 131.5 x 7.65

64.2 x 131.5 x 7.4

71.5 x 146.7 x 7.65

71.5 x 146.7 x 7.4

Weight

174g

164g

141g

135g

204g

189g

Battery Capacity

TBA

2,815mAh

TBA

2,227mAh

TBA

2,815mAh

Processor

A15

A14 Bionic

A15

A14 Bionic

A15

A14 Bionic

RAM

TBA

4GB

TBA

4GB

TBA

6GB

Storage

128GB, 256GB, 512GB

64GB, 128GB, 256GB

128GB, 256GB, 512GB

64GB, 128GB, 256GB

128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB

128GB, 256GB, 512GB

Ports

Lightning port

Lightning port

Lightning port

Lightning port

Lightning Port

Lightning Port

Rear camera

12MP (f/1.6, sensor-shift OIS) wide, 12MP (f/2.4) ultrawide

12MP (f/1.6) wide, 12MP (f/2.4) ultrawide

12MP (f/1.6, sensor-shift OIS) wide, 12MP (f/2.4) ultrawide

12MP (f/1.6) wide, 12MP (f/2.4)

12MP (f/1.5 sensor-shift OIS) wide, 12MP (f/2.8 OIS) 3x telephoto, 12MP (f/1.8) ultrawide

12MP (f/1.6, OIS) wide, 12MP (f/2.4) ultrawide, 12MP (f/2.0) 2x telephoto

Front camera

12MP (f/2.2)

12MP (f/2.2)

12MP (f/2.2)

12MP (f/2.2)

12MP (f/2.2)

12MP (f/2.2)

Biometrics

Face ID

Face ID

Face ID

Face ID

Face ID

Face ID

Water and dust protection

IP68

IP68

IP68

IP68

IP68

IP68

Wireless charging?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

5G support

mmWave and sub-6GHz

mmWave and sub-6GHz

mmWave and sub-6GHz

mmWave and sub-6GHz

mmWave and sub-6GHz

mmWave and sub-6GHz

Starting price

$829

$729

$729

$629

$999

N/A, $999 at launch

One interesting point is that the phones haven’t changed when it comes to width, height, or screen size, but they have gotten a bit thicker, and a bit heavier. They are packing a fair amount of new tech though, so perhaps that’s understandable.

What the specs don’t show, though, is how unfavorably the iPhone 12 is priced — at first glance the it seems like a reasonable buy at $100 cheaper, but at that price you’re only getting half the storage. If you get a 128GB iPhone 12, you’ll only be saving $50 compared to the 128GB iPhone 13, which has all the upgrades to the screens, cameras, battery life, and everything else Apple announced on Tuesday. Sure, it’s technically less expensive, but you’d be giving up a lot for very little savings.

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