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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you're looking for a more budget-friendly option, the iPhone 12 mini is significantly less expensive than the iPhone 15. The iPhone 12 mini is smaller with a 5.4-inch screen, which might be more comfortable for one-handed use, though the iPhone 15's larger 6.1-inch screen could be better for media consumption and gaming. The iPhone 15 comes with higher storage capacity as the base model, better camera performance, and superior display brightness. It also has a longer battery life, which means less frequent charging. The tradeoff comes with the higher price point of the iPhone 15. Both phones run on iOS and share features like wireless charging and 5G connectivity, but the iPhone 15 will have a more advanced processor and more RAM, leading to better overall performance. 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 15.
Advantages of the Apple iPhone 15
  • Very good for taking photos
  • Excellent for recording videos
  • Very good battery life

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

7.3
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 15
8.6
The Apple iPhone 15 has very good overall camera quality, while the Apple iPhone 12 mini has good overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

7.1
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 15
8.5
The Apple iPhone 15 takes very good photos, while the Apple iPhone 12 mini takes good photos.

Video Quality

7.2
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 15
9.1
The Apple iPhone 15 takes excellent videos, while the Apple iPhone 12 mini takes good videos.

Battery

5.1 Hours
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 15
8.0 Hours
The Apple iPhone 12 mini has 5.1 hours of battery life. The Apple iPhone 15 has 8 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 12 mini has a screen size of 5.4 inches and the Apple iPhone 15 is 6.1 inches.

Cost

$300
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 15
$829
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The Apple iPhone 12 mini has a price of $300 and the Apple iPhone 15 costs $829.
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How the Apple iPhone 12 mini and the Apple iPhone 15 compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 12 miniApple iPhone 15
Apple iPhone 12 miniApple iPhone 15

GENERAL

Price
$300
$829
Brand
AppleApple
Operating System
iOSiOS
Release Date
November 13, 2020September 22, 2023

SCREEN

Screen Size
5.4"6.1"
Resolution
2340 x 10802556 x 1179
Variable refresh rate
NoNo
Pixels Per Inch
476461
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A14A16
Internal Storage
64 GB128 GB
RAM
4 GB6 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.4/108.7/10
Photos Score
7.1/108.5/10
Videos Score
7.3/109.2/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS48 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
5.1 Hours8 Hours
Battery Capacity
2227 mAh3349 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
12 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
5.18" x 2.53"5.81" x 2.82"
Weight
4.76 oz6.03 oz
Back Material
GlassGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.05.3
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, 14, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 53, 66, 70, 71, 77, 78, 79, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 53, 66, 70, 71, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79

OTHER FEATURES

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

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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 15

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Lance Ulanoff | September 2023
"Apple finally waves goodbye to the notch in favor of the Dynamic Island on all phones in its new lineup, and on the iPhone 15 that versatile screen technology is paired with new materials, lovely contoured edges, a powerful A16 Bionic CPU, and, yes, the new USB-C port. Even the photography has been leveled up, with a 48MP camera and new portrait processing capabilities."

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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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