iPhone Xs Max vs iPhone 12 Mini

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Despite its smaller size, in many ways the iPhone 12 Mini is still an upgrade over the iPhone XS Max. Notable iPhone 12 Mini improvements include 5G connectivity, faster A14 processor, ultra wide camera (vs the XS Max’s telephoto lens), Night Mode, Smart HDR 3, HDR video recording, more durable glass for better drop protection, 128GB storage option, improved water resistance, and MagSafe charging. Despite its smaller battery, the iPhone 12 Mini actually delivers the same battery life as the iPhone XS Max.

Price Comparison

iPhone Xs Max vs iPhone 12 Mini Pricing

iPhone Xs Max prices start at $244, which is cheaper than the iPhone 12 Mini low price of $293.

Specs Comparison

Key specs for the iPhone XS Max include 4G LTE cellular connectivity, a 6.5” display, Apple A12 Bionic chip, up to 512GB of storage, and a dual 12MP rear camera with a wide and telephoto lens. In comparison, the iPhone 12 mini key specs include 5G cellular connectivity, a 5.4” display, an Apple A14 Bionic chip, up to 256GB of storage, and a dual 12MP rear camera with a wide and ultra-wide lens.

Size

Size iPhone Xs Max iPhone 12 Mini
Width 77 mm 3.1 inches 64 mm 2.5 inches
Height 158 mm 6.2 inches 132 mm 5.2 inches
Depth 8 mm 0.3 inches 7 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 208 g 7.3 ounces 133 g 4.7 ounces

A key difference between the iPhone XS Max and iPhone 12 mini is the size of the phone and the size of the display. The iPhone XS Max measures 6.20” (H) x 3.05” (W) x 0.30” (D) and has a 6.5” display. The iPhone 12 mini measures 5.18” (H) x 2.53” (W) x 0.29” (D) and has a 5.4 display. Otherwise, the iPhone XS Max weighs 7.34 ounces and the iPhone 12 mini weighs 4.76 ounces.

Camera

Camera iPhone Xs Max iPhone 12 Mini
Primary 12.2 MP 12.2 MP
Resolution 4032x3024 4032x3024

The iPhone XS Max and iPhone 12 mini both feature a dual 12MP rear camera setup, but there are some differences in the types of lenses and features. The iPhone XS Max has a wide and telephoto lens, and the iPhone 12 mini has a wide and ultra-wide lens. The iPhone 12 mini also has a few features that are not available on the iPhone XS Max, such as Night Mode, Deep Fusion for better image processing, and HDR video recording with Dolby Vision.

Screen

Display iPhone Xs Max iPhone 12 Mini
Resolution 1242x2688 1080x2340
Screen Size 165 mm 6.5 in 138 mm 5.4 in
Pixels Per Inch 456 ppi 477 ppi

The iPhone 12 mini features a smaller display as compared to the iPhone XS Max. The iPhone 12 mini has a 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED) display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 and a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1. In comparison, the iPhone XS Max has a 6.5-inch Super Retina HD (OLED) display with a resolution of 2688 x 1242 and a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. Common display features include HDR, wide color (P3), True Tone, and a 625 nits (typical) max brightness.

Battery

Battery iPhone Xs Max iPhone 12 Mini
Capacity 3179 mAh 2227 mAh
Longevity 13 hours 13 hours
USB Lightning Lightning

The iPhone XS Max has a 3,174 mAh battery, and the iPhone 12 mini has a 2,227 mAh battery. The batteries allow for up to 15 hours of video playback time on the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone 12 mini. The iPhone XS Max then offers up to 65 hours of audio playback time and the iPhone 12 mini offers up to 50 hours of audio playback time. Otherwise, both of these phones are fast-charge capable and support Qi wireless charging. The iPhone 12 mini also supports Apple MagSafe charging.

Processing

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

Color Choices

iPhone Xs Max

Available in 3 colors:

  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Silver

Which iPhone Xs Max 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 Xs Max vs iPhone 12 Mini Colors

The iPhone Xs Max and iPhone 12 Mini have completely different color choices. The iPhone Xs Max offers three color choices: Silver, Gold, and Gray. The iPhone 12 Mini sports six different color choices: Black, Blue, Green, Purple, Red, and White.
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The iPhone XS Max is available in three colors and the iPhone 12 mini is available in six colors. The color options for the iPhone XS Max include Space Gray, Silver, and Gold. The color options for the iPhone 12 mini include Black, White, Green, Blue, Purple, and PRODUCT(RED).

Storage Options

iPhone Xs Max

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB

Which iPhone Xs Max 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 Xs Max vs iPhone 12 Mini Storage

The iPhone 12 Mini introduces one new storage option not found on the iPhone Xs Max: 128GB. Both the iPhone Xs Max and iPhone 12 Mini share two storage options: 64GB and 256GB. However, the iPhone 12 Mini does not have options for 512GB, as seen on the iPhone Xs Max.
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The iPhone XS Max and iPhone 12 mini each offer three options for storage. The iPhone XS Max offers 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB. The iPhone 12 mini offers 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.

Reviews

iPhone Xs Max

161 reviews 5.0 stars

iPhone 12 Mini

31 reviews 4.8 stars

iPhone Xs Max vs iPhone 12 Mini Reviews

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

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