iPhone 12 Mini vs iPhone 12

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Upgrading from the iPhone 12 Mini to the iPhone 12 essentially gets you a larger phone, with slightly improved battery life. Compared to the 12 Mini’s 5.4-inch display, the iPhone features a larger 6.1-inch display and higher capacity 2,815 mAh battery. The video playback rating isn’t too different either, with the 12 Mini delivering 15 hours vs 17 hours on the regular 12. Cameras, as well as color and storage options, remain the same across both devices.

Price Comparison

iPhone 12 Mini vs iPhone 12 Pricing

The iPhone 12 Mini fetches a higher starting price at $328 compared to the iPhone 12, which starts at $309.

Specs Comparison

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini were both released at the same time, so as such, they share many of the same specs. For example, they both feature 5G cellular connectivity, Apple’s A14 Bionic chip, Face ID, up to 256GB of storage space, an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, a 12MP TrueDepth camera on the front, and a dual 12MP wide and ultra-wide camera array on the back. The key difference between these two models is the size and battery life. The iPhone 12 mini is smaller, has a smaller display, and has a little less battery life as compared to the iPhone 12.

Size

Size iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12
Width 64 mm 2.5 inches 72 mm 2.8 inches
Height 132 mm 5.2 inches 147 mm 5.8 inches
Depth 7 mm 0.3 inches 7 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 133 g 4.7 ounces 162 g 5.7 ounces

The iPhone 12 display size is 6.1 inches, and the iPhone 12 mini display size is 5.4 inches. The measurements for these two models are as follows: 5.78” (H) x 2.82” (W) x 0.29” (D) for the iPhone 12, and 5.18” (H) x 2.53” (W) x 0.29” (D) for the iPhone 12 mini. Otherwise, the iPhone 12 weighs 5.78 ounces and the iPhone 12 mini weighs 4.76 ounces.

Camera

Camera iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12
Primary 12.2 MP 12.2 MP
Resolution 4032x3024 4032x3024
Aperture f/2.4
Secondary 12.0 MP

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini share the same camera hardware and feature set. This includes a 12MP TrueDepth camera on the front, with a dual 12MP wide and ultra-wide camera array on the rear. Some of the key camera features include Night Mode, Deep Fusion, Portrait Mode, Portrait Lighting, and Smart HDR 3 for photos, along with HDR, 1080p HD, and 4K video recording.

Screen

Display iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12
Screen Tech None OLED
Resolution 1080x2340 1170x2532
Screen Size 138 mm 5.4 in 154 mm 6.1 in
Pixels Per Inch 477 ppi 457 ppi
Refresh Rate - Hz 60 Hz

The iPhone 12 mini has a smaller screen, at 5.4 inches (2340 x 1080) versus the 6.1-inch (2532 x 1170) screen on the iPhone 12. But aside from the size and resolution, the overall display technology is the same. Both models feature a Super Retina XDR (OLED) display with HDR, True Tone, wide color (P3), Haptic Touch, and a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio. These models also have a 625 nits (typical) max brightness and 1200 nits (HDR) max brightness.

Battery

Battery iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12
Capacity 2227 mAh 2815 mAh
Longevity 13 hours 13 hours
USB Lightning Lightning

The iPhone 12 has a bigger battery with longer battery life as compared to the iPhone 12 mini. The battery capacity for the iPhone 12 is 2,815 mAh and the battery capacity for the iPhone 12 mini is 2,227 mAh. These battery capacities allow for up to 17 hours of video playback time and up to 65 hours of audio playback time on the iPhone 12, and up to 15 hours of video playback time and up to 50 hours of audio playback time on the iPhone 12 mini. Other battery-related features include wired charging using a Lightning cable, wirelessly using a Qi-compatible wireless charging pad, or using Apple’s MagSafe charging system.

Processing

Processor iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12
CPU Apple A14 Bionic APL1001 / APL1W01 Apple A14 Bionic APL1001 / APL1W01
CPU Cores 6
GPU 16-core Neural Engine
GPU Cores 4

Color Choices

iPhone 12 Mini

Available in 6 colors:

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Purple
  • Red
  • White

Which iPhone 12 Mini color should you buy?

iPhone 12

Available in 6 colors:

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Purple
  • Red
  • White

Which color iPhone 12 is the most popular?

iPhone 12 Mini vs iPhone 12 Colors

Both the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 share six colors: Black, Blue, Green, Purple, Red, and White.
Swappasaurus

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are both available in the same six colors. The color options for these models are Purple, Blue, Green, Black, White, and PRODUCT(RED).

Storage Options

iPhone 12 Mini

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB

Which iPhone 12 Mini storage should I buy?

iPhone 12

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB

Which storage iPhone 12 is the most popular?

iPhone 12 Mini vs iPhone 12 Storage

Both the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 share three storage options: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.
Swappasaurus

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini each offer options for 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of internal storage space.

Reviews

iPhone 12 Mini

31 reviews 4.8 stars

iPhone 12

39 reviews 4.9 stars

iPhone 12 Mini vs iPhone 12 Reviews

Users rate the iPhone 12 Mini with 4.8 stars, compared to the iPhone 12 with 4.9 of 5.0 stars.

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