In some markets like the US, it’s not that much more expensive than the vanilla one if you compare the storage tiers. So is it worth going for the pro instead? let’s find out in our full review and iPhone 12 Pro price in Nepal?
Apple has released two devices this year that are really quite similar. The iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 pro. Both bring pretty much the same design language including the glass body with a flat metal frame. The main things that set the pro apart design-wise are that the back glass is frosted here. And the shiny frame is heavier stainless steel rather than aluminum lending a slightly more premium feel. But the easiest way to tell is that the pro has a more complex camera setup on the back.
This build is sturdy and quite durable, thanks to a special ceramic shield glass protecting the front panel. And of course, you get full ip68 waterproofing. The new iPhones can be submerged up to six meters underwater.
You would hope that since this is the pro version of the phone you get some extra goodies in the box. Well, just the opposite is true, you don’t get a headphone adapter or even a charger. Apple expects you to already have these or to buy them separately.
The screen itself is quite the same as you’d find on the iPhone 12. It’s a 6.1 inch super retina XDR OLED with a pixel density of 460 PPI. This year Apple is still bringing that wide notch cut out at the top for the selfie camera. And 3d scanner a bit of an eyesore. hopefully, we’ll see a bezel-less display from them before long. Despite the current smartphone trends, the newest iPhones have a standard 60hz refresh rate screen. So you miss out on that super smooth scrolling.
This screen is great you get deep OLED blacks and color accuracy is excellent. The white balance will adjust based on the ambient lighting and we measured an excellent 800 nits of maximum brightness here. The screen is perfectly usable when you’re outdoors in the sun.
Sound & Audio
Stereo speakers are pretty standard for iPhones at this point. It’s a hybrid setup with one speaker at the bottom and the earpiece acting as the second one. Just like the regular iPhone 12, the 12 Pro scored a very good mark on our loudness test. The audio quality here is excellent with great mid-tones and highs and even some bass.
Performance Of iPhone 12 Pro
Storage isn’t expandable either. But there’s plenty of storage onboard. 128GB, 256GB or 512 GB. Like last year the new iPhones don’t use a fingerprint scanner for biometrics but instead use face id recognition to wake up and unlock the phone. It’s super-fast reliable and secure, thanks to the advanced 3d scanner.
But if you’re wearing a face mask face id won’t work which is kind of a big deal these days.
All of the new iPhones come with the latest ios 14.1 pre-installed with ios 14 now you get widget support on the home screen. There are three different widget sizes and you can place ones of the same size into a stack. Then they can rotate through automatically or you can manually swipe through them.
There’s also a new option for organizing your apps called the app library. It’s apple’s version of an app drawer and it sorts the apps into categories for you. And picture-in-picture mode is quite handy you can minimize a supported app into a floating window. Which allows you to multitask while watching a video or facetime for example.
If you want to know more about ios 14’s new features which there are plenty of you can check out our ios 14 reviews here.
The interface is much the same swiping from the left horn or the notch will summon the notification center. And swiping down from the right calls up the control center.
All in all the UI is quite snappy and responsive thanks in part to this year’s chipset. The brand new a14 bionic which is built on a 5-nanometer process. Apple claims it offers 50 better CPU performance over last year and in benchmarks, it seems like they speak the truth. Just like the iPhone 12 the 12 pro aces the charts with this peak performance. These are some of the best numbers we’ve seen. GPU scores aren’t a giant improvement over last year but still, they come out on top.
Games run flawlessly here, you also get a Qualcomm 5g modem on board so you get 5g network connectivity too. Compared to the iPhone 12 there is more ram on the 12 Pro. 6 gigs rather than 4 GB. You don’t really see an effect on benchmark scores but the extra memory should help in multitasking and it also helps with certain features like Dolby vision video recording and lidar scanning which we’ll get to in a bit.
Battery & Charging
Like the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Pro has a 2,800 milliamp-hour battery. It’s a smaller capacity than last year and battery life is a little less too. The 12 Pro scored an endurance rating of 81 hours in our tests.
Now on to charging and we got ourselves apple’s 20-watt charger for this test. Just like the iPhone 12 we were able to charge the iPhone 12 Pro from zero to 59% in half an hour.
This year’s iPhones bring support from Magsafe. You can attach certain magnetic accessories to the back of the phone besides things like wallets this includes the MagSafe wireless charger. We weren’t impressed with the results we got from this charger though. It was able to charge the battery from 0 to 30% in half an hour.
Now on to the iPhone 12 pros camera setup with a 12-megapixel main camera with OIS, a 12-megapixel fixed focus ultra-wide camera, and a 12 megapixel two times telephoto camera. But the main cam has a wider aperture now.
There’s a new addition to the mix of a lidar scanner. The lidar scanner is like a TOF camera used on other phones but much more advanced. It calculates distances to objects by repeatedly posting a laser and measuring the reflections. With this info, it creates a cloud-like map of points that can represent the object in 3d space. This has its application in augmented reality measurement and scanner apps. The lidar scanner is also used to provide edge detection for portraits in dark conditions. And also to improve focusing speed and accuracy at night.
The camera performance is largely the same as the iPhone 12. Daylight photos from the main camera look good with low noise levels Balance sharpness accurate colors and good contrast. The dynamic range isn’t jaw-dropping but the photos look natural and well balanced. We aren’t fans of how the 12 pro handles fine detail though. Things like grass foliage or window blinds often look smeared if you peek from up close.
Ultra-wide performance is the same as the iPhone 12. The field of view is super wide here and distortion correction is quite proficient. The images have good contrast low noise and realistic colors. The detail is just average here though. Two times zoom photos from the 12-megapixel telephoto are excellent. You get great contrast accurate colors and a balanced dynamic range. There’s plenty of resolved detail too.
If you’re shooting in low light with the main cam night mode will trigger automatically. It’s quite streamlined since it is in a separate mode it usually goes for one or two-second exposures and the image is saved instantly. The results are sharp and detailed with true to life colors and low noise. Exposure is balanced too with mostly preserved highlights and detail and shadows.
You can shoot selfie videos in 4k resolution and these are excellent. With very good detail now onto video captured with the rear cameras starting with the main one. 4k footage is excellent with true-to-life colors great contrast low noise and impressive dynamic range. Fine detail is a little lacking but it’s not a big deal. Video captured with a telephoto camera is virtually identical in quality to that from the main camera. The only difference is the zoom.
4k footage from the ultra-wide is decent but not great. while you do get excellent contrast colors and dynamic range the resolved detail is mediocre.
On the iPhone 12 Pro, you can capture hdr videos in the Dolby vision dynamic hdr video format In up to 4k at 60fps. If you do the videos will still look normal on a non-hdr screen since the Dolby vision information is saved separately.
In low light 4k videos from the main cam are very good. They are detailed enough with good colors and reasonably low noise. You can’t shoot low light video with a telephoto but you can with the ultrawide. This is rather poor quality.
Finally, there’s electronic stabilization available on all cameras and all resolutions. As you’d expect from an iPhone is fantastic.
Specifications Of iPhone 12 Pro
|Display||6.1 inches Super Retina XDR OLED display|
|Resolution||1170 x 2532 pixels, HDR10, Scratch-resistant ceramic glass, oleophobic coating|
|GPU||Apple GPU (4-core graphics)|
|Camera||Triple – 12 MP(wide), 12 MP(ultrawide),12 MP Telephoto,and TOF 3D LiDAR scanner (depth)|
|Selfie Camera||12 MP wide-angle and SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)|
|video||4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, 10‑bit HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 60fps), stereo sound rec.|
|Processor||Hexa-core (2×3.1 GHz Firestorm + 4×1.8 GHz Icestorm)|
|Os||iOS 14.1, upgradable to iOS 14.2|
|Battery||Li-Ion 2815 mAh, non-removable|
|Charging||Fast charging 20W, 50% in 30 min (advertised)
USB Power Delivery 2.0
Qi wireless charging 15W
|Sensor||Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Siri natural language commands and dictation
|Chipset||Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm)|
Price in Nepal Of iPhone 12 Pro
The new iPhones are accessible for pre-order in Nepal from October 16. iPhone 12 and 12 Pro accessible for pre-order beginning from October 16 and accessible to purchase from October 23. iPhone 12 Mini and 12 Pro Max are accessible for pre-order beginning from sixth November though they will be promptly accessible to purchase from thirteenth November. The iPhone 12 Pro price in Nepal is NPR. 1,50,000 (128GB), NPR. 1,65,000 (256GB), NPR. 1,90,000 (512GB).
|variants||iPhone 12 Pro Price in Nepal|
|iPhone 12 Pro (128 GB)||NPR. 150,000|
|iPhone 12 Pro (256 GB)||NPR. 165,000|
|iPhone 12 Pro (512 GB)||NPR. 190,000|
So that’s the iPhone 12 Pro. compared to last year’s model it’s got a larger screen with better durability. A much faster chipset with 5g, improved portrait photos night mode with the ultra-wide, a lidar TOF camera for 3d scanning, and the new MagSafe accessory support. Of course, you don’t get a charger in the box this time.
With this huge notch and applying the old 60hz refresh rate. The iPhones will be behind the pack as far as the display goes for yet another year. Some people don’t care about that though but they might wonder if they should go for the iPhone 12 or the 12 Pro.
Honestly, the two phones are the same the only major differences are the two times optical zoom and the TOF camera. In some markets, like the US, the price difference isn’t huge and you might not mind spending an extra 120 bucks for a more versatile camera system. But if you’re in a region like the EU where you’d have to pay 200 euros for that camera upgrade. The iPhone 12 seems like a better deal.