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Asus Zenfone 3 (5.2 ZE520KL 32GB) vs Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)

Side by side comparison between Asus Zenfone 3 vs Apple iPhone 12 phones, differences, pros, cons and full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Apple iPhone 12 XAsus Zenfone 3 (5.2 ZE520KL 32GB)07Points
Asus Zenfone 3 (5.2 ZE520KL 32GB)
5.2"
IPS+

1080x1920

16
MP

8mp

3GB
RAM

64bit Octa

2650
mAh

(Non removable)

vs
23PointsApple iPhone 12 (128GB)Compare Asus Zenfone 3 X
Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)
6.1"
OLED

1170x2532

12
MP

12mp

4GB
RAM

64bit Octa

2815
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)

The phonemore's choice is much more technical than personal. Therefore, you shouldn't only consider this. Our goal is to help you, but what's important to us may not be important to you. You decide which one is the best! Comment!

Zenfone 3 (5.2 ZE520KL 32GB)7 Advantages Asus Zenfone 3 (5.2 ZE520KL 32GB)vsiPhone 12 (128GB)23 Advantages Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)
+Until 256GB microSD, microSDXCAdvantage
More external storage for files using memory cards
vsNot supported
+144 grams (5.04 ounces)14%
Lighter
vs164 grams (5.74 ounces)
+3500000 apps (Google Play Store)52%
More apps available to download and use
vs2300000 apps (App Store)
+3.5mm jackAdvantage
Headsets with 3.5mm Jack size are more common and easy to find in stores
vsproprietary audio output
+Fingerprint sensorAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+FM (RDS)Advantage
The radio lets you listen to your songs and sports in general
vsNot supported
+Type-CAdvantage
Reversible connector, you can stick in a USB-C cable any which way; either side is up.
vsUSB 2.0 proprietary connector
2GHz 64bit Octa-Corevs+3.1GHz 64bit Octa-Core28%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
3GB LPDDR3vs+4GB LPDDR4X33%
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
32GB (24GB available)vs+128GB (111GB available)4 times
More internal storage for applications and files
7.7 millimeters (0.3 inches)vs+7.4 millimeters (0.29 inches)4%
Thinner
TFT Super IPS+vs+Super Retina XDR OLEDAdvantage
Super Retina XDR OLED display is brighter and more vivid
1080x1920 pixelsvs+1170x2532 pixels43%
Higher resolution screen
424 PPIvs+457 PPI8%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
5.2"vs+6.1"17%
Larger screen
(back) 16MPvs+(dual camera) 12MP + 12MP51%
Higher resolution main camera
Not supportedvs+BSI sensorAdvantage
The BSI sensor allows the entry of more light generating photos with more detail and brightness
f/2.0 (aperture)vs+f/1.6 (aperture)25%
Diaphragm opening (Aperture) of the camera which has the smallest F number takes photos with better light exposure.
(front) 8MPvs+(dual front camera) 12MP + 0.3MP54%
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
(front) Full HD (1920x1080)vs+(front) 4K UHD (3840x2160)3 times
More image quality for recording videos with the secondary camera
4G LTEvs+5G NRAdvantage
The 5G NR network is newer and faster
(4G LTE) 150 Mbpsvs+(5G NR) 5000 Mbps32 times
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
Not supportedvs+BarometerAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
Not supportedvs+Face unlockAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
2650 mAhvs+2815 mAh6%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
10Wvs+20W100%
More power (watts) to charge the battery faster. Sometimes, the charger that comes with the device doesn't have the same power supported by the device. Check before you buy it.
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)vs+802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax wifi6 (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMOAdvantage
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax wifi6 (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO is newer and faster
4.2 + A2DPvs+5.0 + A2DP/LEAdvantage
Bluetooth 5.0 + A2DP/LE is newer and faster
Not supportedvs+NFCAdvantage
NFC allows you to make payments by approach quickly and securely
Not supportedvs+IP68 certifiedAdvantage
Protection against water allows you talk to your friends in the rain, for example

24 Common items in both devices
16 million
Dual-LED flash
Only digital zoom
LDAF/PDAF: laser/phase detection autofocus / PDAF: phase detection autofocus
OIS (4-axis): Optical stabilization / OIS: Optical stabilization
HDR photo on both cameras / HDR photo/video on both cameras
4K UHD (3840x2160)
+17 specs and more in the table below

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📱 Model features

Asus Zenfone 3 (5.2 ZE520KL 32GB)Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)
ModelZenfone 3 (5.2 ZE520KL 32GB)iPhone 12 (128GB)
Other model namesAsus Zenfone 3 ZE520KL 3GB/32GB 5.2" Dual-SimiPhone 12 A2172, A2402, A2403, A2404
Country or region available(Global, International)BrazilChinaPhilippinesIndia
(Global, International), Brazil, China, Philippines, India
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandAsusApple
Release date7/12/201610/13/2020
Depth7.7 millimeters (0.3 inches)7.4 millimeters (0.29 inches)
Size (width x height)73.98 x 146.87 millimeters (2.91 x 5.78 in)71.5 x 146.7 millimeters (2.81 x 5.78 in)
Weight144 grams (5.04 ounces)164 grams (5.74 ounces)
Build, materialsfeature not registeredAluminum frame, glass front/back
Protection against water and othersNot supportedIP68 certified: water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30min and dust-resistant

🤖 Operating System

Asus Zenfone 3 (5.2 ZE520KL 32GB)Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)
System versionAndroid 6.0.1 MarshmallowiOS 14
Firmware updateAndroid 8.0 OreoiOS 15
User Interfacefeature not registeredfeature not registered

⚙️ Processor

Asus Zenfone 3 (5.2 ZE520KL 32GB)Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)
Chipset64bit - Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953 (14nm)64bit - Apple A14 Bionic (5nm)
CPUOcta-Core, 1 processor:
2GHz Octa-Core ARM Cortex-A53
Octa-Core, 2 processors:
3.1GHz Dual-Core Firestorm
1.8GHz Hexa-Core Icestorm
GPU graphical controllerQualcomm Adreno 506 650MhzApple GPU MP4
Performance (benchmark)feature not registeredAnTuTu: 568674 (v8)
Geekbench: 4067 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 58fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)

💽 Memory and storage

Asus Zenfone 3 (5.2 ZE520KL 32GB)Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)
RAM memory3GB LPDDR34GB LPDDR4X
Internal storage32GB (24GB available)128GB (111GB available)
NVMe (SSD)
External storageUntil 256GB microSD, microSDXC
(hybrid slot/shares the same SIM-2 slot)
Not supported

📲 Display

Asus Zenfone 3 (5.2 ZE520KL 32GB)Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)
Display typeTFT Super IPS+Super Retina XDR OLED
Screen size5.2" inches6.1" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~68.6% (screen-to-body ratio)~87.1% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1080x1920 pixels1170x2532 pixels (19.5:9)
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)424 PPI457 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass 3Ceramic Shield
Display featuresfeature not registered60Hz, 625nits[typ], 1200nits[peak]
Dolby Vision/HDR10
Wide color gamut
True-tone

📶 Mobile networks

Asus Zenfone 3 (5.2 ZE520KL 32GB)Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)
Dual-SIMDual-SIM Standby - Call active on one sim card
(hybrid slot/shares the same microSD slot)
Dual-SIM Standby - Call active on one sim card
SIM card2 slots (Dual-SIM)
micro-SIM (3FF) and nano-SIM (4FF)
1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF) + e-SIM
Maximum download/upload150/50 Mbps5000/1024 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM MHz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900CDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkUMTS
Global: 850/900/1900/2100
India: 850/900/2100
Brazil: 850/900/1700/1900/2100
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
TD-SCDMA 1900/2000
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat4
Global:
LTE 800/850/900/1800/1900/2100/2600 (Bands 1,2,3,5,7,8,20)
India:
LTE 850/900/1800/2100 (Bands 1,3,5,8)
TD-LTE 2300 (Bands 40)
Brazil:
LTE 700/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600 (Bands 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,17,28)
LTE Cat20
VoLTE
A2172 version:
LTE (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71)
TD-LTE (34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48)
A2402 version:
LTE (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71)
TD-LTE (34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48)
A2403, A2404 versions:
LTE (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 30, 32, 66)
TD-LTE (34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48)
Primary 5G networkNot supportedA2172 version:
Sub6/mmWave (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79, 260, 261)
A2402, A2403, A2404 versions:
Sub6 (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78, 79)
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTEGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, TD-SCDMA, UMTS, TD-HSDPA, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, 5G SA/NSA, 5G NR
Secondary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900Not supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkGPRS, EDGENot supported

📷 Camera

Asus Zenfone 3 (5.2 ZE520KL 32GB)Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)
Back camera (main camera)16 megapixels(dual camera)
12 megapixels
12MP ultrawidef/2.4120°13mm1/3.6"
Main camera resolution4608x3456 pixels4000x3000 pixels
Video recording (primary)4K UHD (3840x2160) 30 fps4K UHD (3840x2160) 60 fps
FlashDual-LED flashDual-LED flash
Focal aperturef/2.0 (aperture)f/1.6 (aperture)
Focal lengthfeature not registered26mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registered1.4µm pixel
AutofocusLDAF/PDAF: laser/phase detection autofocusPDAF: phase detection autofocus
Touch focusSupportedSupported
Image stabilizationOIS (4-axis): Optical stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilization
ZoomOnly digital zoomOnly digital zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorNot supportedSupported
HDRHDR photo on both camerasHDR photo/video on both cameras
Camera extrasfeature not registered1080p@240fps

📸 Front camera

Asus Zenfone 3 (5.2 ZE520KL 32GB)Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)
Front camera (secondary)8 megapixels(dual front camera)
12 megapixels
0.3MP SL 3D
Front camera resolution3264x2448 pixels4000x3000 pixels
Video recording (secondary)Full HD (1920x1080)4K UHD (3840x2160)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/2.0 (aperture)f/2.2 (aperture)
Focal lengthfeature not registered23mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registered1/3.6" inches
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered

🔉 Sound and multimedia

Asus Zenfone 3 (5.2 ZE520KL 32GB)Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)
LoudspeakerSupportedStereo sound
Dolby Atmos
Active noise cancellation2 microphones or more2 microphones or more
RadioFM (RDS)Not supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.264, H.263MPEG4, H.265, H.264, MOV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLACMP3, WAV, AAX+, AIFF

🔌 Connectivity

Asus Zenfone 3 (5.2 ZE520KL 32GB)Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)
USBUSB 2.0 Type-C reversible connectorUSB 2.0 proprietary connector
Audio output3.5mm jackproprietary audio output
TV outputNot supportedProprietary TV-out
Bluetooth4.2 + A2DP5.0 + A2DP/LE
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)
WiFi Direct, hotspot
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax wifi6 (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
WiFi hotspot
DLNANot supportedNot supported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, BeiDouA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS
NFCNot supportedSupported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported

🧭 Sensors

Asus Zenfone 3 (5.2 ZE520KL 32GB)Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)
SensorsAccelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Compass
Fingerprint sensor
Gyroscope
Hall effect
Proximity sensor
Accelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Barometer
Compass
Face unlock
Gyroscope
Proximity sensor
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported

🔋 Battery

Asus Zenfone 3 (5.2 ZE520KL 32GB)Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)
Battery typeLi-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)Li-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)
Battery capacity2650 mAh2815 mAh
Charger, watts10W (5V/2A) Standard charging20W Fast battery charging
15W Qi wireless charging
USB Power Delivery 2.0
Talk time autonomyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered

➕ Other features

Asus Zenfone 3 (5.2 ZE520KL 32GB)Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)
Call controlVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commandsVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commands
MessagingSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
Hands-free callingSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
Miscellaneous- Colors: Sapphire Black, Moonlight White, Shimmer Gold
- USB OTG On-The-Go
- Asus ZenUI 3.0
- Gorilla Glass 2.5D (back and front)
- 600nits brightness screen
- Sony IMX298 sensor camera
- Colors: Black, White, Red, Green, Blue
- Oleophobic coating screen
- Face ID
- Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX)

☢️ Radiation rate

Asus Zenfone 3 (5.2 ZE520KL 32GB)Apple iPhone 12 (128GB)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registered0.99W/kg (head), 0.99W/kg (body)
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