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Apple iPhone 12 vs Apple iPhone 12 Mini

The latest lineup of Apple phones includes four variants: the vanilla iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Mini, the iPhone 12 Pro, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The most affordable ones are naturally the non-Pro variants and for the first time in Apple’s history, there is a Mini version of the iPhone. Despite the existence of a Mini variant, the vanilla iPhone 12 is still a pretty compact phone compared to Android flagships. Does it make sense to choose an even smaller phone? What are the differences between the two handsets? This comparison will help you find out.

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Mini

Design

If we exclude the dimensions, iPhone 12 and 12 Mini have the same design. They come with a glass back and an aluminum frame, as well as a borderless display on all the sides and a classic notch. Besides being more compact, the iPhone 12 Mini is also lighter with a weight of just 135 grams against 164 grams. The phones are dustproof and waterproof up to 6 meters deep for a max of 30 minutes, with the IP68 certification. Both the phones come with the MagSafe connectors on the rear side to attach official external accessories such as wireless chargers and battery packs.

Display

The display is the most important difference between iPhone 12 and 12 Mini. First of all, they differ for the diagonal: the vanilla version has a 6.1-inch display, while the Mini variant has a 5.4-inch diagonal. Further, the vanilla version has a higher resolution with 1170 x 2532 pixels against 1080 x 2340 pixels. Both are Super Retina XDR OLED panels with HDR10 support, Dolby Vision, and very high brightness. They are definitely two of the best displays out there, despite they do not have a high refresh rate. The phones do not come with an in-display fingerprint reader but they rely on Face ID for authentication.

Specs & Software

iPhone 12 and 12 Mini are equipped with the same hardware setup. It includes an Apple A14 Bionic chipset built at 5 nm with a max frequency of 3.1 GHz, 4 GB of RAM, and 64, 128, or 256 GB of native NVMe storage depending on the chosen configuration. They run iOS 14 out of the box which can be updated to iOS 14.7 with the last updates. Their performance is simply amazing in every scenario, despite you can get an even better multi-tasking experience with the Pro variants of the 12 series. Unfortunately, they do not have a micro SD slot to expand the internal storage, but they support the 5G connectivity, as well as Wi-Fi 6.

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Camera

The iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Mini sport a dual rear camera with a 12 MP main sensor including optical stabilization and a 12 MP ultrawide sensor. Unfortunately, you do not get a telephoto sensor with these two phones (so no optical zoom), but they are able to shoot awesome photos in every condition and even better videos with a 4K resolution, 60 fps, and Dolby Vision.

Battery

The iPhone 12 Mini is smaller than the vanilla version, which means the battery is smaller too. The capacity of the battery in the iPhone 12 Mini is 2227 mAh, while the original iPhone 12 has a way bigger 2815 mAh battery. The vanilla iPhone 12 is able to reach up to 65 hours of battery life, while the Mini variant goes up to 50 hours. Both support fast charging with a power of 20W, as well as wireless charging through the MagSafe connectors. Note that iPhone 12 Mini supports 12W wireless charging, while the vanilla version goes up to 15W. However, this should not result in faster charging times because the Mini version has a smaller battery out of the box.

Price

The starting price of the vanilla iPhone 12 is €750 or $700, while the iPhone 12 Mini starts from €630 or $680. Note that the prices vary depending on the market: in the U.S. for example, the handsets are more affordable than in Europe. If you need a very compact phone and you do not mind having a smaller battery because you can charge your phone every day, the iPhone 12 Mini might be a very interesting choice for you. But if you prefer having a wider display and a bigger battery, just go for the iPhone 12 to get a better user experience.

PRO and CONS

Apple iPhone 12

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PROS

  • Faster wireless charging
  • Wider display
  • Bigger battery
  • Higher resolution

CONS

  • Dimensions
  • Price

 

Apple iPhone 12 Mini

PROS

  • More compact
  • Lighter
  • Better prices

CONS

  • Inferior display
Product Name

Apple iPhone 12

Apple iPhone 12 Mini

Product Image Apple iPhone 12 Apple iPhone 12 Mini
Price $829.00 $729.00
Our Rating 9.0 9.1
Brand Apple Apple
Category Mobiles Mobiles

Launch

Announced 2020, October 13 2020, October 13
Status Available. Released 2020, October 23 Available. Released 2020, November 13

Network

Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM) - for China
CDMA 800 / 1900
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM) - for China
CDMA 800 / 1900
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
4G LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, 66, 71 - A2172
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, 66 - A2403, A2404
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, 66, 71 - A2402
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, 66, 71 - A2176
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, 66 - A2399, A2400
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, 66, 71 - A2398
5G NR bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79, 260, 261 Sub6/mmWave - A2172
1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78, 79 Sub6 - A2402, A2403, A2404
1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79, 260, 261 Sub6/mmWave - A2176
1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78, 79 Sub6 - A2398, A2399, A2400
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A, 5G, EV-DO Rev.A 3.1 Mbps HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A, 5G, EV-DO Rev.A 3.1 Mbps
GPRS <strong>GPRS</strong> (General Packet Radio Service) is a packet oriented mobile data service on the 2G and 3G cellular communication system's global system for mobile communications (GSM), Generally, GPRS is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.
EDGE <strong>EDGE</strong> (Enhanced Data GSM Environment) is a wireless network technology generally considered the next step in the 2G network offers data transfer rates up to four times faster than ordinary GSM networks, Generally, EDGE is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.

Body

Dimensions 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm (5.78 x 2.81 x 0.29 in) 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4 mm (5.18 x 2.53 x 0.29 in)
Weight 164 g (5.78 oz) 135 g (4.76 oz)
Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), aluminum frame Glass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), aluminum frame
SIM <strong>SIM</strong> (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages. Single SIM (Nano-SIM and/or eSIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) - for China Single SIM (Nano-SIM and/or eSIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) - for China
Others IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 6m for 30 mins)
Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 6m for 30 mins)
Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)

Display

Type <strong>Display Technology => </strong> A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor) Super Retina XDR OLED, HDR10, 625 nits (typ), 1200 nits (peak) Super Retina XDR OLED, HDR10, 625 nits (typ), 1200 nits (peak)
Size 6.1 inches, 90.2 cm2 (~86.0% screen-to-body ratio) 5.4 inches, 71.9 cm2 (~85.1% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1170 x 2532 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~460 ppi density) 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~476 ppi density)
Multitouch Multi-touch refers to the capability of a touchscreen (or a touchpad) to recognize two or more points of contact on the surface concurrently.
Protection Scratch-resistant ceramic glass, oleophobic coating
Scratch-resistant ceramic glass, oleophobic coating
Features Dolby Vision
Wide color gamut
True-tone
Dolby Vision
Wide color gamut
True-tone

Platform

OS <strong>OS => </strong> Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device. iOS 14.1, upgradable to iOS 14.2 iOS 14.1, upgradable to iOS 14.4
Chipset <strong>Chipset</strong> is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming. Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm) Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm)
CPU <strong>CPU</strong> (Central Processing Unit) mostly known as processors, CPU processes instructions in order to carry out certain functions that make your device operate properly. Processors are often described as the brain of computers, smartphones and tablets, Smartphones and tablets rely on processors to carry out their every task, Processors are an incredibly important factor in selecting any type of computing device, including your smartphone. Hexa-core (2x3.1 GHz Firestorm + 4x1.8 GHz Icestorm) Hexa-core (2x3.1 GHz Firestorm + 4x1.8 GHz Icestorm)
GPU <strong>GPU</strong> (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion. Apple GPU (4-core graphics) Apple GPU (4-core graphics)

Memory

RAM (Memory) <strong>RAM</strong> (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. 4 GB 4 GB
Internal Storage <strong>Internal Storage</strong> is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored. 64/128/256 GB NVMe 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB NVMe
Card Slot <strong>Memory Card Slot</strong> is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras. No No

Camera

Main Camera <strong>Camera</strong> is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality. 12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/3.6"
Dual

12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/3.6"
Selfie Camera 12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6"
SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
Dual

12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6"
SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
Camera Features Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama) Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama)
Image 1080p
Video [email protected]/30/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps, HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 30fps), stereo sound rec. [email protected]/30/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps, HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 30fps), stereo sound rec.

Media

Audio Playback Yes Yes
Video Playback Yes Yes
Video Out Yes Yes
Ring Tones Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
Handsfree Yes Yes

Features

Sensors <strong>Sensors</strong> are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device. Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Siri natural language commands and dictation
Ultra-Wideband (UWB) support
Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Siri natural language commands and dictation
Ultra-Wideband (UWB) support

Connectivity

WLAN <strong>Wi-Fi</strong> is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world. Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth <strong>Bluetooth</strong> is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices. 5.0, A2DP, LE 5.0, A2DP, LE
GPS <strong>GPS</strong> The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky. Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS
NFC <strong>NFC</strong> (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
Radio No No
USB Lightning, USB 2.0 Lightning, USB 2.0
Infrared Port <strong>Infrared</strong> connectivity is an old wireless technology used to connect two electronic devices. It uses a beam of infrared light to transmit information and so requires direct line of sight and operates only at close range.
Headphone Jack No No

Battery

Battery Type <strong>Battery Type => </strong> Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium. Li-Ion (Lithium Ion) Li-Ion (Lithium Ion)
Capacity <strong>Battery Capacity</strong> is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions. 2815 mAh 2227 mAh
Fast Charging Fast charging 20W, 50% in 30 min (advertised)
USB Power Delivery 2.0
Fast charging 20W, 50% in 30 min (advertised)
USB Power Delivery 2.0
Fast Wireless Charging <strong>Fast Wireless Charging</strong> (Inductive Charging) uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. This is usually done with a charging station. Energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which can then use that energy to charge batteries or run the device. Qi magnetic fast wireless charging 15W Qi magnetic fast wireless charging 12W
Placement Non-removable Non-removable

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Colors Black, White, Red, Green, Blue Black, White, Red, Green, Blue
Model A2403, A2172, A2402, A2404 A2399, A2176, A2398, A2400, A2399
Price $ 829 $ 729.00 / € 730.22 / £ 669.00 / ₹ 64,490

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