iPhone 12 teardown reveals Qualcomm X55 5G modem and 2,815 mAh battery

Enrique, 22 October 2020

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are both officially going on sale starting this Friday. Thanks to a teardown video posted by Century Weifeng Technology, we are getting a close look inside the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 model.

The teardown video compares the iPhone 12 to the iPhone 11 and although there are some similarities in the overall layout of the phone’s build, there are some key differences in the updated design. The logic board is larger than the 11’s, mostly due to the added 5G capabilities that require an extra chip. This 5G modem has been identified as the Qualcomm X55. We’d heard rumors that Apple was going to use the Qualcomm-made modem and as Apple confirmed in the keynote presentation, it ended up going with its own 5G antenna designs, hence the thinner form factor.

Although the logic board is larger, there are a few items that Apple reduced in size to slim the iPhone 12’s overall dimensions. The OLED display assembly is thinner, the Taptic Engine assembly is significantly smaller, and it’s discovered that the iPhone 12’s battery capacity is 15% lower than that of the iPhone 11 at 2,815 mAh. All of this makes the iPhone 12 11% thinner, and 16% lighter than the iPhone 11.

On the back panel, we get a good look at the MagSafe magnetic assembly. The ring is made of entirely of magnets that line up with MagSafe accessories for easily lining up the magnets with the new MagSafe charger.



Reader comments

X60 is not released yet, no Android device has it currently.

  • Prasad
  • 31 Oct 2020
  • 6vw

And androids will now copy everything shamelessly. Lidar is insignificant . 5g is insignificant. 120 medga pixel camera 7000 mah battery and all blotched up stuff running on malware infested android gadgets are far inferior to iphone. You hate becau...

  • Most of the things t
  • 27 Oct 2020
  • 3DR

Most of the things they bought this year are gimmicks at best. MagSafe, LIDAR, etc. They were going crazy in the presentation about 5g and then later we find out how that 5g is actually in the form of an external modem(which consumes more po...

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