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Updated January 10, 2024·

If camera quality is a priority for you, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra offers superior photo and video quality, with a high-end camera setup that includes a 200-megapixel main camera, compared to the iPhone 13 mini's 12 megapixels. However, the iPhone 13 mini is more compact, with a smaller screen and lighter weight, which might appeal if you prefer a phone that's easier to handle and carry. Battery life is longer on the Galaxy S23 Ultra, giving you more usage between charges. The iPhone 13 mini is less expensive, so it could be a better fit if cost is a major consideration. Keep in mind, the operating systems are different, with the iPhone 13 mini running iOS and the Galaxy S23 Ultra running Android, which could affect your decision based on your preference or need for specific apps and services. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple iPhone 13 mini
  • The Apple iPhone 13 mini has no clear advantages over the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.
Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
  • Best in class for taking photos
  • Very good for recording videos
  • Best in class battery life
  • Best in class display quality
  • Excellent performance

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

7.7
iPhone 13 mini
Galaxy S23 Ultra
9.2
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has excellent overall camera quality, while the Apple iPhone 13 mini has good overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

7.5
iPhone 13 mini
Galaxy S23 Ultra
9.5
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra takes best in class photos, while the Apple iPhone 13 mini takes good photos.

Battery

5.6 Hours
iPhone 13 mini
Galaxy S23 Ultra
10.4 Hours
The Apple iPhone 13 mini has 5.6 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has 10.4 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 13 mini has a screen size of 5.4 inches and the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is 6.8 inches.

Cost

$600
iPhone 13 mini
Galaxy S23 Ultra
$1,120
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The Apple iPhone 13 mini has a price of $600 and the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra costs $1,120.
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Key similarities

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Video Quality

8.0
iPhone 13 mini
Galaxy S23 Ultra
8.0
The Apple iPhone 13 mini and Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra both have very good videos.

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How the Apple iPhone 13 mini and the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 13 miniSamsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Apple iPhone 13 miniSamsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

GENERAL

Price
$600
$1,120
Brand
AppleSamsung
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
September 24, 2021February 17, 2023

SCREEN

Screen Size
5.4"6.8"
Resolution
2340 x 10803088 x 1440
Variable refresh rate
NoYes
Pixels Per Inch
476501
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A15SD8G2
Internal Storage
128 GB256 GB
RAM
4 GB8 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.7/109.3/10
Photos Score
7.5/109.5/10
Videos Score
8.1/108.1/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto, Super Telephoto
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS200 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
5.6 Hours10.4 Hours
Battery Capacity
2438 mAh5000 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
12 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoYes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
5.18" x 2.53"6.43" x 3.07"
Weight
4.97 oz8.25 oz
Back Material
GlassGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.05.3
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
66e
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(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(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 7, 25, 28, 41, 66, 71, 78, 258, 260, 270

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlockFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Blue, Pink, Midnight, Starlight, Green, RedGreen, Phantom Black, Cream, Lavender, Graphite
Stock Android
N/ANo
SD Card
NoNo

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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."

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

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Android Authority

Ryan Haines | March 2023
"The Galaxy S23 Ultra doesn’t just want a place at the top right now; it expects to stay there. Samsung’s excellent update commitment and connectivity standards will keep its flagship feeling fresh for years to come, and the high-end materials will put up with more than their share of wear and tear. It might be more than most users need in terms of size, power, and cost, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a glaring weakness."

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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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