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$256Refurbished
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Updated January 10, 2024·

Choose the iPhone 12 mini if you're looking for a more budget-friendly option with a smaller screen and slightly less battery life. However, if you prefer improved camera quality, longer battery life, and a larger display, the iPhone 13 is the better option, although it is priced higher. Both phones have glass bodies, do not have curved screens, and share many features such as OLED displays, 60Hz refresh rates, and dual cameras with Dolby Vision HDR video, but the overall camera quality is better on the iPhone 13. Give Feedback

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Key differences

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Video Quality

7.2
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 13
8.0
The Apple iPhone 13 takes very good videos, while the Apple iPhone 12 mini takes good videos.

Battery

5.1 Hours
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 13
7.1 Hours
The Apple iPhone 12 mini has 5.1 hours of battery life. The Apple iPhone 13 has 7.1 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 12 mini has a screen size of 5.4 inches and the Apple iPhone 13 is 6.1 inches.

Cost

$256
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 13
$629
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The Apple iPhone 12 mini has a price of $256 and the Apple iPhone 13 costs $629.
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Key similarities

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Overall Camera Quality

7.3
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 13
7.7
The Apple iPhone 13 and Apple iPhone 12 mini both have good overall cameras quality.

Photo Quality

7.1
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 13
7.5
The Apple iPhone 13 and Apple iPhone 12 mini both have good photos.

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How the Apple iPhone 12 mini and the Apple iPhone 13 compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 12 miniApple iPhone 13
Apple iPhone 12 miniApple iPhone 13

GENERAL

Price
$256
$629
Brand
AppleApple
Operating System
iOSiOS
Release Date
November 13, 2020September 24, 2021

SCREEN

Screen Size
5.4"6.1"
Resolution
2340 x 10802532 x 1170
Variable refresh rate
NoNo
Pixels Per Inch
476460
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A14A15
Internal Storage
64 gb128 gb
RAM
4 gb4 gb

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.4/107.7/10
Photos Score
7.1/107.5/10
Videos Score
7.3/108.1/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
5.1 hours7.1 hours
Battery Capacity
2227 mah3240 mah
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
12 w15 w
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
5.18" x 2.53"5.78" x 2.81"
Weight
4.76 oz6.14 oz
Back Material
GlassGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.05.0
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
66
NFC
YesYes
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(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 77, 78, 79

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlockFace unlock
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Blue, Purple, Green, White, Black, RedBlue, Pink, Midnight, Starlight, Green, Red
SD Card
NoNo
Custom ROM Support
NoNo

Comparison summary

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Comparison Summary
Better Camera Roughly equal
Better BatteryApple iPhone 13

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Apple iPhone 12 mini

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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."

Apple iPhone 13

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James Peckham | September 2022
"The iPhone 13 isn’t a game changer for Apple’s series of smartphones, but it’s an important iteration that offers better battery life, a better processor and an upgraded camera setup than iPhones that have gone before it. If you’re looking for a fast and capable smartphone, and don’t need the extra features of the pricier Pro model, this is a top choice."

About Apple

The tech giant called Apple is synonymous with the most popular smartphone in the world: the iPhone. Known for their build quality and aesthetics, as well as for their excellent integration between hardware and software, iPhones have defined the smartphone industry ever since their conception and they continue to do so by setting new industry standards. Apple's own operating system, called iOS, is known for its simplicity and ease of use, and the company tends to complement it well by creating devices with some of the most powerful processing hardware available in the mobile world. The iPhone is also known for its robust ecosystem of accessories, as it facilitates a very seamless experience when interacting with other Apple products, more so than most of its competitors.

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