This year, Apple’s autumn conferences were held one after another, and the battle lines were particularly long. The four iPhones in the period are separated by nearly a month.In the past few days, Sina Digital has got the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini, both of which are not quite the same as we expected. The larger one is bigger than expected, and the smaller one is not as small as expected.
In order to explain this unexpected feeling more clearly, our editors @郭晓光 and Yihe Qingcai respectively experienced two products, and talked about this year’s largest and smallest iPhone.
Part I: iPhone 12 mini in the eyes of girls
This can definitely be said to be the most surprising mobile phone in this year’s iPhone12 series. Most people who see it for the first time will happily hold it in their hands and play with it, and then say excitedly: “I want to buy it.”
iPhone 12 mini is small and lightweight
The right-angle frame design and the 5.4-inch screen size make this mobile phone behave very exquisitely. The lightweight feel and the pleasing appearance, let alone those small screen parties who chant “Long live the small screen”, many large screen users I will also be moved by the first impression the iPhone 12 mini makes.
But inevitably, smallness also brings a lot of worrying questions: Is it so small, can you see the screen clearly? Is it so small, can battery life be? With such a small size, will performance and camera performance shrink?
Sina Digital will answer your question with one day’s actual measurement. Should you buy the iPhone 12 mini?
01、So small, can you see the screen clearly?
This is indeed the smallest and lightest 5G mobile phone in the world.
With 5G, battery life, powerful imaging system, and performance blessings, the current mobile phones weigh half a catty accidentally and fall straight in their pants.
The mini is really mini, reminiscent of the iPhone 4 used in high school. It is easily stuffed into the sleeve of the school uniform, in the book, and there is no sense of existence in the pocket. It is a must-have artifact for stealing mobile phones in the student days, and compared with iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 in thickness, iPhone 12 mini is thinner and lighter.
Being so small and thin is very friendly to girls and people with small hands. It’s no problem to hold with one hand. For those boys who are tall and majestic, it’s so cute and cute. , Cute love.
The exquisite size of the iPhone 12 mini
This is indeed a very good small screen phone! No, no, it should be said that it is a small-sized mobile phone. Its screen is not small. Compared with the iPhone SE with large black borders on the top and bottom, although the size is not much different, the screen is visible to the naked eye.
Compared with the iPhone SE with big black borders on the top and bottom, the screen is much larger
iPhone 12 mini is equipped with a 5.4-inch OLED full screen, 2340×1080 pixel resolution, and the pixel density is a bit higher than iPhone12, 476ppi. Although it has the same bangs area and bezel width as the iPhone 12 series, the bangs area of the iPhone 12 mini is slightly larger because of the small size of the phone.
The notch area of the iPhone 12 mini appears to be large
The point is here. Many friends who are used to large screens will definitely ask, can you read the characters clearly on such a small screen and how is the experience?
The first thing to say is that, after all, he has a 5.4-inch screen, so he certainly can’t have the same viewing experience as a larger screen, but whether he can see the words clearly is a matter of opinion.
If you are a small screen user of iPhone 6 or iPhone 7 before, of course you can directly accept the small screen of iPhone 12 mini without adapting.
But if you are a big-screen party like me, you will indeed have many unaccustomed symptoms:
a. Due to the smaller size of mobile phones, various interfaces, icons, and even buttons have been adapted and reduced accordingly. At this time, typing or daily switching of the interface may feel a bit “stilted”, and the performance is more obvious in the game. In a fierce team battle, you may be a little bit choppy due to the reduction of the interface and icons. Of course, this is a problem of habit.
b. The default font is reduced, which will inevitably make people look a little eye-catching. Coupled with the ultra-mini size of the iPhone 12 mini, you may unconsciously move the phone closer to your face and eyes when you browse the web. Of course, you can increase the font size, but the corresponding display content will be reduced, and such a small mobile phone uses larger characters, it is inevitable that it feels a little less refined.
c. After a whole day of use, I gradually become more familiar and accustomed to the icon interface and fonts of different sizes, and the biggest feeling in the day is: this mobile phone is really light, this is a day to reduce the burden on the little finger holding the mobile phone.
02、Is the battery life okay for such a small phone?
When the test officially started, the remaining battery power of the mobile phone was 91%, and after an hour of driving, the mobile phone consumed 20% of the battery (heavy use in the car, using WeChat/Weibo/photographing/when 5G is turned on in the whole process). The game of Glory of Kings lost 10% of the power. After nearly 4 hours of use, the iPhone 12 mini had only 10% remaining power. In the end, the power anxiety was not defeated and I plugged in the power bank.
After nearly 4 hours of use, the iPhone 12 mini has only 10% power remaining
Battery life may be the only persuasive point of the iPhone 12 mini. The trade-off between weight and battery life has been an unfailing topic in the past few years. Coupled with the power consumption of 5G, you may feel the power anxiety more realistically. With a light and convenient “fish”, some “bear paws” must be cut off.
The iPhone 12 mini, like the iPhone 12, has made up for fast charging, supporting 20w wired fast charging and 12W MagSafe fast charging. According to official data, the iPhone 12 mini can be charged up to 50% in half an hour.
03、How about performance/photographing?
Although the mini is very mini, it is the iPhone 12 mini (note that it is 12). From the point of view of the parameters, its performance configuration is all the same as the iPhone 12. It still has the most powerful A14 bionic chip: the world’s first 5nm process chip , With 11.8 billion transistors, equipped with 6-core CPU + 4-core GPU, the neural engine has doubled to 16 cores than the previous generation, and can perform 11 trillion operations per second. The A14 bionic chip also improves the camera function of the iPhone 12, with a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle and a new 1200-pixel wide-angle.
Many girl friends are worried about whether such a small mobile phone can take pictures. Let’s look at the proofs and talk.
Shoot under indoor light
Color saturation is partial to what the naked eye actually sees
Outdoor shooting in the sun
Outdoor shooting in the sun
Outdoor shooting in the sun
The color is more biased towards the naked eye
Between light, the color and state of the skin are handled delicately
Ultra wide angle brings more gameplay
After using it for a day, my biggest feeling is that the small size mobile phone is really comfortable to hold!
In most cognitions, small-screen mobile phone enthusiasts are a bit niche. Most people are more keen on larger displays. The mobile phone market is almost occupied by large-screen mobile phones, and small-screen mobile phones often leave everyone not smart enough. It looks like an old phone, it doesn’t feel advanced, this impression.
The appearance of iPhone 12 mini has filled the gap of small screen mobile phones. It can even be said that it is the only small screen flagship at present, with the most flagship performance and flagship imaging system.
The most important thing is that when you smoothly take out the iPhone 12 mini from your pocket, you can feel it. Not only does it have a grip that can be held with one hand, it also has the same comfortable full-screen screen. These things are combined. , Is the flagship of the small screen that many people look forward to in 2020, and it is simply the white moonlight in the heart of the small screen party.
Of course, you can’t have both fish and bear’s paws. Battery life is indeed a problem. This brings you back to the long-lasting annual issue. What do you choose for hand feel and battery life? Believe that there will still be a large number of people chanting Long live Xiaoping and so on.
Part II: iPhone 12 Pro Max in the eyes of straight men
In the first five years of the iPhone’s birth, its screen size has been kept within 3.5 inches. At the beginning, the company had an obsession that a mobile phone should have a mobile phone experience, not a tablet-like function. This obsession was not put down until the iPhone 6, and after the size increased, it also ushered in a blowout growth. That year, China became the world’s second largest iPhone sales market, second only to the United States.
Historical iPhone size
Domestic mobile phone users seem to particularly like large-screen mobile phones. On the surface, it is due to the inherent advantages of the large screen; behind it is the dividends brought by the rapid development of our mobile Internet. Mobile phones and apps carry almost all of their lives. It is a reader, a family Cinemas and game terminals, even buying coffee, buying food, buying clothes, and going to the supermarket all have to enter from here.
So after the launch of the iPhone 12 series this time, although many people have bought and used the 12 and 12 Pro, there are still users who want to wait and see how the larger phone is different from the 6.1-inch phone. To what extent can you take photos of yours?
In addition, there is the smallest iPhone 12 mini. Our teacher Jia, who is in charge of face value, has given you a more detailed interpretation. The one I will introduce below is the largest iPhone in history. The camera in the mobile phone, 2020 Apple’s ultimate combat power, iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Most of the designs and related technologies of the iPhone 12 Pro Max are consistent with those of the 12 Pro, such as the right-angled edge design, IP68 water resistance, super-ceramic panel, etc., but it is obvious that everything is enlarged by one.
Compared with mini, it is a box of two temperaments
The 6.7-inch iPhone is bigger than expected in the hand. You know, many mobile phone manufacturers used to define 7-inch phones as tablets. In this way, half of the iPhone 12 Pro Max has entered the camp of tablets. . Of course, because of the screen ratio, the iPhone 12 Pro Max still looks slender.
It has the longest name and the largest size
With the addition of a right-angle frame this year, this mobile phone has increased its area by 2.8 mm in height, increased its width by only 0.3 mm, and reduced its thickness by 0.7 mm. The weight is the same as that of the iPhone 11 PM, which is 226 grams. (Measurement parameters of two mobile phones). So looking at it this way, the advantages of the right-angle frame design are reflected.
The width of 78.1 mm, even with a cover, can still be held by most boys. Of course, it is certainly not as comfortable as the mini.
iPhone 12 mini，iPhone 12和iPhone 12 Pro Max
The iPhone 12 Pro Max screen is called “Super Retina XDR Display”. Most of its parameters are consistent with last year’s iPhone 11 PM, such as a typical brightness of 800 nits, a maximum brightness of 1200 nits, and a ratio of 2 million. The contrast ratio of 1, P3 wide color gamut, original color display, but because the size has increased by 0.23 inches, the resolution has also changed a little, and the number of pixels on the screen has become the most iPhone.
The biggest iPhone and the best screen right now
When watching HDR photos and HDR10 and Dolby Vision standard video content, the screen brightness can reach up to 1200 nits. At this time it reached the peak of its display effect.
The lens assembly is larger than the iPhone 12 Pro
Not only the screen, but the iPhone 12 Pro Max is very large in other places. For example, the camera part on the back is a circle larger than the other three iPhones this year. Of course, this is also because its main lens assembly is very different from the others, and convex. It is more obvious that even the official leather case has raised a little to take care of it.
iPhone 12 Pro Max lens part
This design is one size bigger than others, and the phone in our hands is a relatively high-profile gold, which makes the iPhone 12 Pro Max show a sense of dominance and oppression.
It feels reminiscent of O’Neill, the Hulk, Yang Guo’s profound iron epee, or a huge pickup truck.
Some big guys…
Big phones have brought better screens, larger batteries, and better lens systems. Of course, synchronization will also bring a heavier body, and after everything is enlarged, it looks less refined than the 12 Pro in the same period.
But on the other hand, the battery life is great. There is no official battery capacity. It is said that although the battery of the iPhone 12 Pro Max is a little smaller than 11 PM, the overall battery life can still keep up with the previous generation, even if it is used at high intensity. It can also support a day, which will make many patients with battery anxiety feel comfortable.
In addition to the appearance, another key point of the iPhone 12 Pro Max is of course taking pictures. Just now we have seen the lens system with the back one size larger than other phones. Now let’s talk about specific performance.
There are still three lenses + one lidar, but the components of the iPhone 12 Pro Max and 12 Pro are significantly different. Especially the main lens, which is the wide camera. Although the number of pixels is still the ancestral 1200W, Apple did not say which component of the IMX we are using, but they mentioned “the photosensitive element with an area increased by 47%”, a single pixel is 1.7 microns and so on. There is an old saying in the film industry that the bottom level is crushing to death.
The most obvious improvement in the photographing part, both in appearance and in
This sentence will make the old masters very excited. Apple officials also mentioned that these changes have improved the low-light shooting quality of photos and videos of the iPhone 12 Pro Max by as much as 87%. This 87% is relatively high. Generation product.
After dark, we took it to two places to shoot some samples. To be honest, the difference between iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max is not as big as expected, mainly because the night shots of this generation of mobile phones are quite similar. Level, you need to be able to see the difference in some extreme situations. When talking about the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro last time, we also mentioned that the night shot of the 12 generation is an improvement rather than a scratch like the 11 generation last year, so although it has improved, the user’s perception will not be as good. Times so strong.
Another improvement of the wide-angle lens is about anti-shake. Apple officially calls it “sensor displacement optical image anti-shake function”. It is actually in the camera field. Camera manufacturers may call it “body anti-shake”, which is different from the previous lens anti-shake function. The thing is, the COMS sensor moves when the phone is shaking. Since COMS has a smaller volume and weight compared to the lens, the anti-shake control will be more agile-Apple’s official data also mentioned the specific number “5000 fine-tuning per second.”
Please note here that this level is not unique to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. In fact, the anti-shake level of the four iPhone 12 models is not low this time. It is just that the iPhone 12 Pro Max uses a different model from the other three models. The optical image stabilization method is particularly concerned.
Shoot proofs at night (image quality is compressed)
Shoot proofs at night (image quality is compressed, see the video content for more proofs)
What about the other three? Of course, there are also video anti-shake, but they are mainly on the lens, which is OIS optical anti-shake. The most important reason why the iPhone 12 Pro Max does not do this is the most important reason we have just mentioned. Its lens components are too large. If the OIS lens is still used for anti-shake, it is naturally not sensitive, so the body anti-shake is used-this This kind of anti-shake, the most obvious manifestation is the night video.
Another difference of the super cup is the telephoto lens, which is 65mm, while the 12 Pro telephoto is 52mm. So you can see on the official website that one of these two phones is 4x optical zoom and the other is 5x. Of course, this algorithm starting from the super wide angle is open to discussion…
On mobile phones, there is no essential difference between 2 and 2.5, but 65mm can be used when shooting portraits. Compared to 53mm, 65 has a better space compression effect and better control of picture distortion. It’s easier to blur the background when shooting people, and it gives you a sense of luxury.
The telephoto of iPhone 12 Pro Max is actually 2.5x optical zoom, 5x is from the wide-angle segment
In fact, these alone are not enough. The photography of modern mobile phones is actually “computational photography”, that is, both the shooting part and the software participation. We mentioned in the previous iPhone 12 and 12 Pro issue that the A14 chip is still the core of taking pictures. It guides these lenses and participates in post-optimization such as smart HDR upgrade to HDR3. Recognize scenes more accurately and improve dynamic range.
In addition, in the video part, the iPhone 12 series can directly shoot and edit Dolby Vision videos. The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are full 60 frames of Dolby Vision. Apple has also realized the support of shooting-editing-playing a full set of Dolby Vision with this mobile phone.
Finally, let’s talk about the configuration that you have already seen at the press conference. A14 bionic chip + 6GB RAM. This configuration is actually the same as the iPhone 12 Pro, but there are also differences. In terms of running points, CPU single core and GPU part The running points are basically the same, but the CPU multi-core is different. The iPhone 12 Pro Max is basically 100-300 points more than the 12 Pro.
Multi-core running branch will be a little more
Similarly, after running for a few rounds, there is no obvious difference in the back heating of the two phones, but after the end, the iPhone 12 Pro Max will cool down significantly faster than the 12 Pro. According to my limited physical knowledge, it should be because of the larger heat dissipation area.
In fact, at the level of A14, as long as iOS does not collapse, the basic problem is not big. Since iOS 14 was released, although minor problems exist, the current overall feedback has no terrible shortcomings. So the fluency of these two phones in daily use is no problem, even the mini and MAX, which are twice the price, have no obvious difference in this point.
Finally: talk about how to choose
Having said that, we have all experienced this year’s Phone 12 series. Finally, I want to talk about how to choose these four mobile phones. We have really used all four, instead of just looking at the parameters and prices, and inferring from our own experience.
The reason for this is that mini and max brought me a very big accident. Let’s talk about mini first. We thought it was the successor of SE, a limited budget choice, but from the experience of Teacher Jia, you can see that although it is called mini, although the digital screen is small, it is really good, 5.4-inch screen Not small at all, it has nothing to do with iPhone SE. After all, for a long time, mainstream flagships were all 5.5-inch screens. The exquisite shape and lightweight body of this phone create an inexpensive but exquisite feeling;
Then there is the iPhone 12, the main hot-selling model this year. The price is moderate, the camera is sufficient, the screen is not faulty, and the body is still very light. It is conservatively estimated that 40% of people who buy iPhone this year will choose it;
iPhone 12 Pro, these people recognize all of the iPhone 12, but are willing to spend a little more money to buy a sense of exquisiteness, and a lens that can shoot farther;
Users of iPhone 12 Pro Max, heavy users of mobile video/games, don’t care about the weight and feel tired when looking at the small screen; battery anxiety patients, this mobile phone is basically the only person in the iPhone who can at least be sick; image lovers, mobile phones There is a very extreme pursuit of taking pictures. In the eyes of these people, the iPhone 12 Pro Max exists more as an imaging tool than just a mobile phone.
This year’s iPhone 12 series has more models than previous years, with greater pricing differences and more difficult choices. In fact, the 12 and 12 mini are okay; the 12 Pro and 12 Pro max behind are even more stalemate. They are 800 yuan in each gear. For a mobile phone of eight to nine thousand or even tens of thousands, this is 800 yuan. Money is not the determining factor. More people are still wondering if they can hold a large 6.7-inch mobile phone. We recommend going to the store. If you don’t have an Apple store by your side, you can find the iPhone 11 Pro Max from last year. If you think it’s easy, this time The iPhone 12 Pro Max should be fine. Conversely, if that is very difficult, then the iPhone 12 Pro Max will feel more difficult to hold.