iPhone Xr vs iPhone 12 Mini

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Moving from the iPhone XR to the iPhone 12 Mini may seem like a downgrade considering the decrease in size, but the 12 Mini is still an upgrade in many ways. Namely, the iPhone 12 Mini features 5G connectivity, Super Retina XDR display, faster A14 processor, additional ultra wide camera, Night Mode, HDR video recording, improved drop protection, a 256GB storage option, IP68 water resistance, and all new MagSafe charger.

Price Comparison

iPhone Xr vs iPhone 12 Mini Pricing

iPhone Xr prices start at $185, which is cheaper than the iPhone 12 Mini low price of $297.

Specs Comparison

The iPhone Xr has a larger display, but overall, the iPhone 12 mini has more advanced features such as 5G cellular connectivity. Key features of the iPhone 12 mini include a 5.4” Super Retina XDR display, Apple A14 Bionic chip, up to 256GB of storage, an IP68 rating, and a dual 12MP wide and ultra-wide rear camera. The iPhone Xr key features include a 6.1” Liquid Retina HD display, an Apple A12 Bionic chip, 4G LTE, up to 128GB of storage, an IP67 rating, and a single 12MP wide rear camera.

Size

Size iPhone Xr iPhone 12 Mini
Width 76 mm 3.0 inches 64 mm 2.5 inches
Height 151 mm 5.9 inches 132 mm 5.2 inches
Depth 8 mm 0.3 inches 7 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 194 g 6.8 ounces 133 g 4.7 ounces

As the mini in the name suggests, the iPhone 12 mini is small in size. Measurements for the iPhone 12 mini include a 5.4” display size, a weight of 4.76 ounces, and 5.18” (H), 2.53” (W), and 0.29” (D). To compare, the iPhone Xr measurements include a 6.1” display size, a weight of 6.84 ounces, and 5.94” (H), 2.98” (W), and 0.33” (D).

Camera

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

The iPhone 12 mini rear camera is a dual 12MP with a wide and ultra-wide lens, and the iPhone Xr rear camera is a single 12MP wide lens. The iPhone 12 mini also has several camera-related features that are not available on the iPhone Xr, such as Night Mode, Deep Fusion, and HDR video recording with Dolby Vision (up to 4k at 30fps). On the front, the iPhone 12 mini has a 12MP TrueDepth and the iPhone Xr has a 7MP TrueDepth. The iPhone 12 mini front camera can record HDR video and also 4K video, neither of which is supported on the iPhone Xr front camera.

Screen

Display iPhone Xr iPhone 12 Mini
Resolution 828x1792 1080x2340
Screen Size 155 mm 6.1 in 138 mm 5.4 in
Pixels Per Inch 324 ppi 477 ppi

The iPhone 12 mini has a smaller display, but more advanced features such as HDR. The iPhone 12 mini display is a 5.4” Super Retina XDR (OLED) with a resolution of 2340 x 1080, a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and 1200 nits (HDR) max brightness. The iPhone Xr display is a 6.1” Liquid Retina HD (LCD) with a resolution of 1792 x 828, and a 1,400:1 contrast ratio. Both phones support True Tone, wide color (P3), and have a 625 nits (typical) max brightness.

Battery

Battery iPhone Xr iPhone 12 Mini
Capacity 2945 mAh 2227 mAh
Longevity 15 hours 13 hours
USB Lightning Lightning

The iPhone 12 mini is smaller in size, and this means less room for a battery. The iPhone 12 mini battery capacity is 2,227 mAh, and the iPhone Xr battery capacity is 2,942 mAh. These capacities allow for 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 16 hours of video playback time or up to 65 hours of audio playback time on the iPhone Xr. Otherwise, both phones support fast wired charging and Qi wireless charging.

Processing

Processor iPhone Xr iPhone 12 Mini
CPU Apple A12 Bionic APL1081 / APL1W81 (T8020) Apple A14 Bionic APL1001 / APL1W01

Color Choices

iPhone Xr

Available in 6 colors:

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Coral
  • Red
  • White
  • Yellow

Which iPhone Xr color should you buy?

iPhone 12 Mini

Available in 6 colors:

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

Which color iPhone 12 Mini is the most popular?

iPhone Xr vs iPhone 12 Mini Colors

The iPhone Xr introduces two new colors not found in the iPhone 12 Mini color palette: Green and Purple. Both the iPhone Xr and iPhone 12 Mini share four colors: Red, Black, Blue, and White. However, the iPhone Xr does away with Coral and Yellow, previously seen on the iPhone 12 Mini.
Swappasaurus

The iPhone Xr and the iPhone 12 mini are each available in six colors, three of which they have in common. The common colors are Black, White, and PRODUCT(RED). They are also each available in Blue, though the shades are very different. Otherwise, the remaining colors for the iPhone 12 mini are Purple and Green, and the remaining colors for the iPhone Xr are Yellow and Coral.

Storage Options

iPhone Xr

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB

Which iPhone Xr storage should I buy?

iPhone 12 Mini

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB

Which storage iPhone 12 Mini is the most popular?

iPhone Xr vs iPhone 12 Mini Storage

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

The iPhone 12 mini offers three options for storage, and the iPhone Xr offers two options for storage. Both of these models have 64GB and 128GB options. The third option on the iPhone 12 mini is 256GB.

Reviews

iPhone Xr

239 reviews 4.9 stars

iPhone 12 Mini

31 reviews 4.8 stars

iPhone Xr vs iPhone 12 Mini Reviews

The iPhone Xr scores higher with users earning 4.9 of 5.0 stars compared to the iPhone 12 Mini with 4.8 stars.

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