What does Android have that iPhone 12 doesn’t?
Apple’s new iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max smartphones (which you can pre-order here) offer a host of new features, including 5G and processors made with the 5nm process.
But some fans remain disappointed, because the iPhone 12 family lacks some other features that many have wanted – and that have been available on Android phones – for a long time.
In this article we will look at three key Android features that are not yet available even on the latest iPhones.
120 Hz displays
While most of the flagships of smartphones from Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi and the rest offer a high refresh rate of 120Hz, iPhone 12 phones – despite rumors of 120Hz on at least the Pro models that persist almost until launch day – they stay at 60Hz.
The higher number means you can scroll and navigate menus more smoothly, while every movement on the screen seems much more fluid.
But a high refresh rate consumes more power, so most phones that offer this feature also include software to automatically adjust the rate based on the situation.
(The ProMotion displays on current iPad Pros, for example, are capable of dynamically turning the 120Hz refresh rate on and off as appropriate.)
According to current rumors, Apple will not include a 120Hz display in an iPhone until fall 2021. Aside from the battery life issue, this may be because iPhones are not compatible with the Apple Pencil, which according to Apple you benefit from a higher refresh rate on the iPad Pro.
Many Android smartphones have a display with an “always on” feature; it was available on the Samsung Galaxy S7, for example, in 2016. The iPhone 12 was not.
You’ll be familiar with always-on displays if you’ve used Apple Watches Series 5 or 6 – on these devices, even when the screen is “off”, it still shows important information like time, battery level, and notifications. The screen is dimmer and shows less information (and almost no animation) but is still “on” for the most important things.
This is very practical as it means that you don’t always have to unlock or touch the device to get this information. But it’s not something we’ve seen on an iPhone yet.
Fingerprint scanner under glass
Since the iPhone X, almost all new iPhones support facial recognition (Face ID) instead of fingerprint scanning (Touch ID) as a form of biometric authentication. The exception is the iPhone SE (2020), which reuses the design of the iPhone 8 and thus sticks to Touch ID.
One of the reasons Touch ID has been left out of the newer designs is the use of a nearly borderless display, which means there is no room for the physical home button where Apple used to keep the fingerprint sensor. . But other smartphone manufacturers get around this problem by placing the scanner under the display glass.
Even if facial recognition is safe and fast, many people find fingertip unlocking more practical, especially in today’s age of face masks. It would have been very practical to see both Touch ID and Face ID on the iPhone 12, but there was no such luck.
Although you probably only have to wait a year. Current rumors suggest that the iPhone 13 will have an under-display fingerprint scanner.