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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize a better camera and slightly longer battery life, and don't mind spending more, the iPhone 13 mini is the better choice, with its higher camera quality ratings and longer battery life. However, if your priority is to save money and you're satisfied with good performance and a capable camera, the iPhone 12 mini is a budget-friendly option that still offers quality features. Both have the same screen size and do not differ significantly in size or weight, and both use iOS and have similar displays and design. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple iPhone 12 mini
  • The Apple iPhone 12 mini has no clear advantages over the Apple iPhone 13 mini.
Advantages of the Apple iPhone 13 mini
  • The Apple iPhone 13 mini has no clear advantages over the Apple iPhone 12 mini.

Key differences

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Video Quality

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

Cost

$300
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iPhone 13 mini
$600
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The Apple iPhone 12 mini has a price of $300 and the Apple iPhone 13 mini costs $600.
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Key similarities

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Overall Camera Quality

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

Photo Quality

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

Battery

5.1 Hours
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 13 mini
5.6 Hours
The Apple iPhone 12 mini has 5.1 hours of battery life. The Apple iPhone 13 mini has 5.6 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

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

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

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Spec Comparison

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GENERAL

Price
$300
$600
Brand
AppleApple
Operating System
iOSiOS
Release Date
November 13, 2020September 24, 2021

SCREEN

Screen Size
5.4"5.4"
Resolution
2340 x 10802340 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
NoNo
Pixels Per Inch
476476
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 Hours5.6 Hours
Battery Capacity
2227 mAh2438 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
12 W12 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
5.18" x 2.53"5.18" x 2.53"
Weight
4.76 oz4.97 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

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TechRadar

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 mini

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Tom's Guide

Jordan Palmer | May 2022
"It’s the best small phone you can possibly buy, outpacing anything Android can offer. With the A15 Bionic system-on-chip, which includes a quad-core GPU, the iPhone 13 mini is a very powerful little phone. Fans of smaller handsets will love this phone, as it fits in many a pocket."

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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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