iPhone 12 Mini vs iPhone 13 Mini

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Year-over-year smartphone upgrades tend to have smaller, less noticeable changes. However, Apple did bring some key upgrades between these two models and even addressed a frequent iPhone 12 mini complaint. The battery life has been increased, going from up to 15 hours of video playback time to up to 17 hours of video playback time on the 13 mini. The iPhone 13 mini also has a newer A15 Bionic chip, storage that tops out at 512GB, and new camera features such as a Cinematic mode for recording videos and Photographic Styles mode.

Price Comparison

iPhone 12 Mini vs iPhone 13 Mini Pricing

iPhone 12 Mini prices start at $328, which is cheaper than the iPhone 13 Mini low price of $535.

Specs Comparison

Overall, the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 13 mini are similar, but there are a few differences worth noting. For example, the iPhone 13 mini is powered by an Apple 15 Bionic chip, as opposed to the A14 Bionic found in the iPhone 12 mini. Some of the other key differences include more internal storage and longer battery life on the iPhone 13 mini. The 13 mini also has some additional camera features such as Photographic Styles, and a Cinematic Mode for recording videos with shallow depth of field.

Size

Size iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 13 Mini
Width 64 mm 2.5 inches 64 mm 2.5 inches
Height 132 mm 5.2 inches 132 mm 5.2 inches
Depth 7 mm 0.3 inches 8 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 133 g 4.7 ounces 141 g 5.0 ounces

The iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 13 mini share nearly the same measurements. Each of these models measures 5.18 inches in height, and 2.53 inches in width, with a display size of 5.4 inches. The iPhone 12 mini measures 0.29” (D) and the iPhone 13 mini measures 0.30” (D). Otherwise, the iPhone 12 mini weighs 4.76 ounces and the iPhone 13 mini is slightly heavier at 4.97 ounces.

Camera

Camera iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 13 Mini
Primary 12.2 MP 12.2 MP
Resolution 4032x3024 4032x3024

Both the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini feature a dual 12MP wide and ultra-wide camera on the back, with a 12MP TrueDepth camera on the front. They also share many of the same key features such as Night Mode, Deep Fusion, and Portrait Mode. But the iPhone 13 mini has some features that aren’t available on the iPhone 12 mini. These items include Photographic Styles, Cinematic Mode for recording videos with shallow depth of field (1080p at 30fps), and Smart HDR 4 for photos (the iPhone 12 mini supports Smart HDR 3 for photos).

Screen

Display iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 13 Mini
Resolution 1080x2340 1080x2340
Screen Size 138 mm 5.4 in 137 mm 5.4 in
Pixels Per Inch 477 ppi 477 ppi

The screen on the iPhone 12 mini is nearly identical to the screen on the iPhone 13 mini, with only one difference. The iPhone 12 mini screen features a 625 nits (typical) max brightness, whereas the iPhone 13 mini typical max brightness is 800 nits. Otherwise, both models have a 5.4” Super Retina XDR (OLED) display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080, a PPI of 476, and a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio. Other features include HDR, True Tone, wide color (P3), Haptic Touch, and 1200 nits (HDR) max brightness.

Battery

Battery iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 13 Mini
Capacity 2227 mAh 2406 mAh
Longevity 13 hours hours
USB Lightning Lightning

The battery capacity on the iPhone 12 mini is 2,227 mAh, and the battery capacity on the iPhone 13 mini is 2,406 mAh. In terms of usage, this equates to up to 15 hours of video playback time or up to 50 hours of audio playback time on the iPhone 12 mini, and up to 17 hours of video playback time or up to 55 hours of audio playback time on the iPhone 13 mini. Otherwise, both models are fast-charge capable when using a Lightning cable and 20W wall power adapter, and can also charge using a Qi-wireless charging pad or Apple’s MagSafe charging system.

Processing

Processor iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 13 Mini
CPU Apple A14 Bionic APL1001 / APL1W01 Apple A15 Bionic APL1007 / APL1W07

Color Choices

iPhone 12 Mini

Available in 6 colors:

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

Which iPhone 12 Mini color should you buy?

iPhone 13 Mini

Available in 6 colors:

  • Blue
  • Green
  • Midnight
  • Pink
  • Red
  • Starlight

Which color iPhone 13 Mini is the most popular?

iPhone 12 Mini vs iPhone 13 Mini Colors

The iPhone 12 Mini introduces three new colors not found in the iPhone 13 Mini color palette: Starlight, Midnight, and Pink. Both the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 13 Mini share three colors: Red, Blue, and Green. However, the iPhone 12 Mini does away with Black, Purple, and White, previously seen on the iPhone 13 Mini.
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The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini are each available in six different colors. Both models are available in PRODUCT(RED). The remaining five colors for the iPhone 12 mini include Purple, Blue, Green, White, and Black. The other iPhone 13 mini colors are Green, Pink, Blue, Midnight, and Starlight.

Storage Options

iPhone 12 Mini

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB

Which iPhone 12 Mini storage should I buy?

iPhone 13 Mini

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 128GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB

Which storage iPhone 13 Mini is the most popular?

iPhone 12 Mini vs iPhone 13 Mini Storage

The iPhone 13 Mini introduces one new storage option not found on the iPhone 12 Mini: 512GB. Both the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 13 Mini share two storage options: 128GB and 256GB. However, the iPhone 13 Mini does not have options for 64GB, as seen on the iPhone 12 Mini.
Swappasaurus

The iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 13 mini each offer three options for storage space. Both models offer an option for 128GB and 256GB. The iPhone 12 mini also has a 64GB option, and the iPhone 13 mini also has a 512GB option.

Reviews

iPhone 12 Mini

31 reviews 4.8 stars

iPhone 13 Mini

7 reviews 4.7 stars

iPhone 12 Mini vs iPhone 13 Mini Reviews

The iPhone 12 Mini scores higher with users earning 4.8 of 5.0 stars compared to the iPhone 13 Mini with 4.7 stars.

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