Apple iPhone 12 mini

Apple iPhone 12 mini

Apple iPhone 12 mini

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BEST RATING
Performance:
4.3
CAMERA: Good7.3/10
SIZE: Small iPhone
BATTERY: Poor5.7/10

The Apple iPhone 12 mini is a more affordable option with a compact 5.4-inch OLED display, known for its bright and clear screen quality. It comes with 64GB of storage and is powered by the A14 chip, offering good performance. The iPhone 12 mini operates on iOS and sports a sleek glass back design. It has a dual-camera system with a 12 megapixel main camera that captures quality photos and can record 4K video; there's also support for Dolby Vision and HDR video, bolstering its good video quality. The device supports 5G connectivity and has features like Face Unlock, but lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack and high refresh rate display. The battery life is moderate, and it offers wireless charging capabilities. If size and affordability are priorities and you're okay with good — rather than exceptional — battery and camera performance, the iPhone 12 mini could be a suitable choice. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.




Evaluation

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Pros
  • Compact and lightweight design
  • High-quality OLED display
  • Good overall camera quality
  • Supports Dolby Vision HDR video
  • Robust A14 processor
Cons
  • Lower battery capacity
  • Limited screen refresh rate
  • No headphone jack
  • No high brightness mode

Ratings by Category

Performance:
4.3
The Performance rating is based on GeekBench performance benchmark scores, combined with PerfectRec’s assessment of real-life typical use cases.
Overall Camera:
4.2
The Apple iPhone 12 mini boasts excellent photo-taking capabilities, with a user-friendly software experience that makes capturing high-quality images straightforward. The camera system also excels in selfie performance, dynamic range, and low-light conditions, which ensures detailed and well-balanced photos even in challenging lighting situations.
Videos:
4.1
The iPhone 12 mini records high-quality videos thanks to its excellent resolution and frame rate capabilities, along with superior software that enhances the recording experience. The device also benefits from advanced video stabilization, dynamic range, and low light performance, combined with good microphone quality for clear audio capture.
Photos:
4.0
The Apple iPhone 12 mini captures good photos thanks to its strong low light performance and high dynamic range, which helps preserve details in varied lighting conditions. Its selfie camera also stands out, providing high-quality images that are important for capturing great self-portraits.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$300
Brand
Apple
Operating System
iOS
Release Date
November 13, 2020

SCREEN

Screen Size
5.4"
Resolution
2340 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
No
Pixels Per Inch
476
Display Type
OLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A14
Internal Storage
64 GB
RAM
4 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
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7.4/10
Photos Score
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7.1/10
Videos Score
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7.3/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
5.1 Hours
Battery Capacity
2227 mAh
Wireless Charging
Yes
Wireless charging Speed
12 W
Reverse wireless charging
No

PHYSICAL

Size
5.18" x 2.53"
Weight
4.76 oz
Back Material
Glass
Stereo Speakers
No

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
Yes
Bluetooth Version
5.0
A2DP
Yes
WiFi Version
6
NFC
Yes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78, 79

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlock
Unlockable Bootloader
No
Color
Blue, Purple, Green, White, Black, Red
SD Card
No
Custom ROM Support
No

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James Peckham | September 2022
"If you’re going to opt for an iPhone and you want a smaller device without buying up the latest iPhone 13 mini, this is the perfect option for you – and it’s one of the smallest 5G phones on the market too. The camera is versatile, the screen is fantastic, it comes with reams of power and the added benefits of 5G and MagSafe mean this is a phone that will last you for years to come."

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