The iPhone 13’s rumored bigger battery might be a must.
Reports suggest the iPhone 13 will have both a beefier battery and 120Hz refresh rate — the latter delivering smoother scrolling and gaming.
With the 120Hz mode turned on, there’s more battery drain. And if you combine a 120Hz refresh rate with 5G (think: games) a battery upgrade for the iPhone 12 is practically a given — since 5G draws more power from the battery than 4G.
The way it stands now:
- iPhone 12 Pro Max battery : 3,687 mAh
- Samsung S21 Ultra battery: 5,000 mAh
An iPhone 13 Pro Max with a bigger battery would likely compete with the Samsung S21 Ultra and its 5,000 mAh (milliamp Hour) battery — which delivers long battery life even with 5G and 120Hz display mode enabled.
Other battery boosting tech may also be in store. The next-gen iPhone may use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X60 5G modem which is a more power efficient design, possibly extending battery life.
The iPhone 13’s X60 modem would also be able to “aggregate 5G data from both mmWave and sub-6GHz bands simultaneously to achieve an optimal combination of high-speed and low-latency network coverage,” according to MacRumors.
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A 5G connection via mmWave is generally faster than sub-6GHz 5G but mmWave operates over shorter distances than mmWave. In other words, longer-distance sub-6GHz and faster mmWave both have advantages depending on your location.
Note that the larger battery means the iPhone 13 will be slightly heavier, according to reports.
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