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Updated January 10, 2024·

The iPhone 12 mini, being slightly less expensive, also offers a more compact size with its 5.4-inch screen versus the 6.7-inch screen of the Samsung Galaxy Note20, which could be a factor if you prefer a smaller phone. The Note20 has a higher battery life, which means it can last longer between charges. For the camera, both phones support HDR and offer quality photo and video capabilities; the iPhone 12 mini provides Dolby Vision for video, while the Note20 offers a larger variety of camera megapixels options and features like a telephoto lens with 3x zoom. The Note20 also comes with a stylus, provides wireless DeX for desktop-like experience, and offers more internal storage. On the other hand, the iPhone 12 mini runs iOS and the Note20 runs Android, which could be a deciding factor depending on your preferred ecosystem. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple iPhone 12 mini
  • Good for taking photos
  • Good for recording videos
  • Very good display quality
Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy Note20
  • Very good battery life

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

7.3
iPhone 12 mini
Galaxy Note20
6.6
The Apple iPhone 12 mini has good overall camera quality, while the Samsung Galaxy Note20 has only fair overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

7.1
iPhone 12 mini
Galaxy Note20
6.4
The Apple iPhone 12 mini takes good photos, while the Samsung Galaxy Note20 takes only fair photos.

Video Quality

7.2
iPhone 12 mini
Galaxy Note20
5.9
The Apple iPhone 12 mini takes good videos, while the Samsung Galaxy Note20 takes poor videos.

Battery

5.1 Hours
iPhone 12 mini
Galaxy Note20
8.2 Hours
The Apple iPhone 12 mini has 5.1 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy Note20 has 8.2 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 12 mini has a screen size of 5.4 inches and the Samsung Galaxy Note20 is 6.7 inches.
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Key similarities

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Cost

$300
iPhone 12 mini
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$286
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The Apple iPhone 12 mini has a price of $300 and the Samsung Galaxy Note20 costs $286.

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How the Apple iPhone 12 mini and the Samsung Galaxy Note20 compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 12 miniSamsung Galaxy Note20
Apple iPhone 12 miniSamsung Galaxy Note20

GENERAL

Price
$300
$286
Brand
AppleSamsung
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
November 13, 2020August 21, 2020

SCREEN

Screen Size
5.4"6.7"
Resolution
2340 x 10802400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
NoNo
Pixels Per Inch
476393
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A14SD865+
Internal Storage
64 GB128 GB
RAM
4 GB8 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.4/106.6/10
Photos Score
7.1/106.4/10
Videos Score
7.3/106/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
5.1 Hours8.2 Hours
Battery Capacity
2227 mAh4300 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
12 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoYes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
5.18" x 2.53"6.36" x 2.96"
Weight
4.76 oz6.77 oz
Back Material
GlassPlastic
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)2, 5, 41, 66, 71, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 28, 40, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlockFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Blue, Purple, Green, White, Black, RedMystic Gray, Mystic Bronze, Mystic Red, Mystic Green
Stock Android
N/ANo
SD Card
NoNo

Shopping

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Apple iPhone 12 mini

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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."

Samsung Galaxy Note20

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Pocket-lint

Mike Lowe | October 2020
"We think pretty much anyone picking up the Note 20 to take photos will be very happy with the sharpness and appearance of the shots. If you're looking for a phone with an integrated stylus then there's little better than the note-taking potential of this phone. Sure, its 'glasstic' rear and lack of higher refrsh-rate screen are little red marks against its specification, but you can buy the step-up Ultra model if you see that as a problem - although we prefer the smaller price and smaller camera lump of this 'entry' Note model."

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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.

About Samsung

Samsung is one of the most recognizable names in the smartphone industry, standing as the undisputed best-selling brand of Android smartphones in the United States for many years now. Samsung is known for offering a variety of smartphones in all available price points, as well as for implementing cutting-edge technology and innovative features in their flagship devices, ones that often shape the market going forward. The company offers its own unique spin on Android, called One UI, which focuses on offering a multitude of features and is heavily customizable, according to user preference.

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