iPhone Xs vs iPhone 12 Mini

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Moving from the iPhone XS to the smaller iPhone 12 Mini may seem like a downgrade given the smaller size, but don’t let that fool you. The iPhone 12 Mini is tiny but mighty, with upgrades that include 5G connectivity, Super Retina XDR display, fast A14 processor, 4GB of RAM, ultra wide camera (vs the XS’s telephoto lens), Night Mode, HDR video recording, stronger glass for increased drop protection, 128GB storage option, IP68 water resistance, and all new MagSafe charging.

Price Comparison

iPhone Xs vs iPhone 12 Mini Pricing

iPhone Xs prices start at $175, which is cheaper than the iPhone 12 Mini low price of $269.

Specs Comparison

The iPhone 12 mini has a smaller display than the iPhone XS, but overall, the 12 mini has several key features not available on the XS. These key features include 5G connectivity, an Apple A14 Bionic chip, and a Ceramic Shield front to better protect the 5.4” display. In comparison, the iPhone XS features 4G LTE connectivity, an Apple A12 Bionic chip, a 5.8” display and up to 512GB of storage space.

Size

Size iPhone Xs iPhone 12 Mini
Width 71 mm 2.8 inches 64 mm 2.5 inches
Height 144 mm 5.7 inches 132 mm 5.2 inches
Depth 8 mm 0.3 inches 7 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 177 g 6.2 ounces 133 g 4.7 ounces

The display size on the iPhone 12 mini is 0.4” smaller than the display on the iPhone XS, at 5.4” versus 5.8”. But overall, the iPhone 12 mini is much smaller in size. Measurements for the iPhone 12 mini include a weight of 4.76 ounces, a height of 5.18”, a width of 2.53”, and a depth of 0.29”. The iPhone XS weighs 6.24 ounces and measures 5.65” in height, 2.79” in width, and 0.30” in depth.

Camera

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

The iPhone XS and iPhone 12 mini each feature a dual 12MP rear camera array, but the XS has a wide and telephoto lens, and the 12 mini has a wide and ultra-wide lens. The iPhone 12 mini also adds several features not available on the iPhone XS, such as Deep Fusion, Night Mode, Night Mode time-lapse, QuickTake video, and HDR video recording with Dolby Vision (up to 4K at 30 fps). On the front, the iPhone XS has a 7MP TrueDepth, and the iPhone 12 mini has a 12MP TrueDepth with extra features including 4K video recording (at 24, 25, 30, or 60 fps).

Screen

Display iPhone Xs iPhone 12 Mini
Resolution 1125x2436 1080x2340
Screen Size 149 mm 5.8 in 138 mm 5.4 in
Pixels Per Inch 463 ppi 477 ppi

The iPhone 12 mini features a 5.4” Super Retina XDR (OLED) display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080, a 476 PPI, and a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1. In comparison, the iPhone XS features a 5.8” Super Retina HD (OLED) display with a resolution of 2436 x 1125 and a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. Shared features include HDR, True Tone, wide color (P3), and a 625 nits (typical) max brightness.

Battery

Battery iPhone Xs iPhone 12 Mini
Capacity 2659 mAh 2227 mAh
Longevity 12 hours 13 hours
USB Lightning Lightning

The iPhone XS and iPhone 12 mini feature rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The XS has a battery capacity of 2,658 mAh, and the 12 mini has a battery capacity of 2,227 mAh. In terms of battery life, these capacities allow for up to 14 hours of video playback time or up to 60 hours of audio playback time on the iPhone XS, and up to 15 hours of video playback time or up to 50 hours of audio playback time on the iPhone 12 mini. Otherwise, both models support Qi wireless charging and are fast-charge capable with a Lightning cable and 20W Apple wall power adapter.

Processing

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

Color Choices

iPhone Xs

Available in 3 colors:

  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Silver

Which iPhone Xs 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 vs iPhone 12 Mini Colors

The iPhone Xs and iPhone 12 Mini have completely different color choices. The iPhone Xs offers three color choices: Silver, Gold, and Gray. The iPhone 12 Mini sports six different color choices: Black, Blue, Green, Purple, Red, and White.
Swappasaurus

The iPhone XS is available in three colors, and the iPhone 12 mini is available in six colors. The color options for the iPhone XS include Silver, Gold, and Space Gray, and the color options for the iPhone 12 mini include White, Black, Purple, Blue, Green, and PRODUCT(RED).

Storage Options

iPhone Xs

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB

Which iPhone Xs 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 vs iPhone 12 Mini Storage

The iPhone 12 Mini introduces one new storage option not found on the iPhone Xs: 128GB. Both the iPhone Xs 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.
Swappasaurus

The iPhone XS offers a max of 512GB in storage space, and the iPhone 12 mini offers a max of 256GB. The other iPhone XS storage options include 64GB and 256GB, and the other iPhone 12 mini storage options include 64GB and 128GB.

Reviews

iPhone Xs

148 reviews 4.9 stars

iPhone 12 Mini

31 reviews 4.8 stars

iPhone Xs vs iPhone 12 Mini Reviews

The iPhone Xs 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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