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Updated January 10, 2024·

If camera quality is a priority and you're willing to invest in that, the Sony Xperia 5 III offers better camera performance with more versatility, including a dedicated telephoto lens. However, if you prefer iOS, and are looking for a more affordable option with still good camera capabilities, the iPhone 12 mini would suit you. It's also more compact and lighter, which might be beneficial if you prefer a phone that's easy to handle. On the other hand, if you value battery life, the Sony has a longer battery life and also provides a higher screen refresh rate, which makes for smoother scrolling and better gaming. Keep in mind the iPhone 12 mini has wireless charging, which the Sony does not, and is lighter, so if convenience is key, this might influence your choice. Both phones offer high-quality displays, but the Sony's is larger, which could be preferable if you often watch videos or play games. 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 Sony Xperia 5 III
  • Good battery life

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

7.3
iPhone 12 mini
Xperia 5 III
6.0
The Apple iPhone 12 mini has good overall camera quality, while the Sony Xperia 5 III has only fair overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

7.1
iPhone 12 mini
Xperia 5 III
5.9
The Apple iPhone 12 mini takes good photos, while the Sony Xperia 5 III takes poor photos.

Video Quality

7.2
iPhone 12 mini
Xperia 5 III
6.0
The Apple iPhone 12 mini takes good videos, while the Sony Xperia 5 III takes only fair videos.

Battery

5.1 Hours
iPhone 12 mini
Xperia 5 III
7.3 Hours
The Apple iPhone 12 mini has 5.1 hours of battery life. The Sony Xperia 5 III has 7.3 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 12 mini has a screen size of 5.4 inches and the Sony Xperia 5 III is 6.1 inches.

Cost

$300
iPhone 12 mini
Xperia 5 III
$600
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The Apple iPhone 12 mini has a price of $300 and the Sony Xperia 5 III costs $600.
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How the Apple iPhone 12 mini and the Sony Xperia 5 III compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 12 miniSony Xperia 5 III
Apple iPhone 12 miniSony Xperia 5 III

GENERAL

Price
$300
$600
Brand
AppleSony
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
November 13, 2020October 8, 2021

SCREEN

Screen Size
5.4"6.1"
Resolution
2340 x 10802520 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
NoNo
Pixels Per Inch
476449
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A14SD888
Internal Storage
64 GB128 GB
RAM
4 GB8 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.4/106/10
Photos Score
7.1/105.9/10
Videos Score
7.3/106/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
5.1 Hours7.3 Hours
Battery Capacity
2227 mAh4500 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesNo
Wireless charging Speed
12 W0 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
5.18" x 2.53"6.18" x 2.68"
Weight
4.76 oz5.93 oz
Back Material
GlassGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoYes

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.05.2
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)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlockFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Side
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Blue, Purple, Green, White, Black, RedBlack, Green
Stock Android
N/AYes
SD Card
NoYes

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."

Sony Xperia 5 III

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Android Authority

Robert Triggs | October 2022
"The Sony Xperia 5 III excels when it comes to rear camera photography, its display and multi-media features, and all-day battery life. Buy the Xperia 5 III if you’re looking for a fun but imperfect camera setup, customizable gaming features, all-day battery life, and all the best multimedia capabilities that Sony has to offer"

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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 Sony

Sony has had a long history in the mobile market, entering the scene all the way back in 1993 with its first commercially available phone, the CM-H333. Nowadays, their Xperia line of phones provide well-rounded and sometimes expensive devices with a focus on camera software that includes extensive support for manual tweaking of settings. Sony's dedication to audio quality is also evident in its smartphones, which often feature high-resolution audio support while also being one of the few remaining manufacturers that consistently provide headphone jacks in their phones. The company's version of Android is also considered to be close to stock, enabling a bloatware-free experience for its users.

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