iPhone 12 Mini vs iPhone 12 Pro Max

iPhone 12 Mini
iPhone 12 Mini Starting from $236.28
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iPhone 12 Pro Max
iPhone 12 Pro Max Starting from $403.53
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iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12 Pro Max


iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12 Pro Max
Width 64.2 mm 78.1 mm
Height 131.5 mm 160.8 mm
Weight 135 g 228 g
Thickness 7.4 mm 7.4 mm
Volume 62.47 cm³ 92.93 cm³


iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12 Pro Max
Resolution 1080 x 2340 px 1284 x 2778 px
Density 476 ppi 458 ppi
Size 5.4 inches 6.7 inches


iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12 Pro Max
Battery capacity 2227 mAh* 3687 mAh*
Removable battery No No
Wireless charging Yes Yes
Fast charging Yes Yes
Ultra power saving mode Yes Yes

*Refurbished devices sold on Back Market offer at least 85% of this maximum charge capacity.


iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12 Pro Max
Maximum storage 256 GB 512 GB
Number of processor cores 6 6
External memory slot No No
RAM capacity 4 GB 6 GB
5G support Yes Yes
LTE support Yes Yes


iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12 Pro Max
Front camera resolution 12 MP 12 MP
Main camera resolution 12 MP 12 MP
Multi lens Yes Yes
Optical zoom Yes Yes
Flash Yes Yes
Optical stabilization Yes Yes
Slow motion video Yes Yes
Main camera video resolution 2160 px 2160 px


iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12 Pro Max
Stereo speakers Yes Yes
3.5mm jack socket No No
Radio No No
Number of microphones 2 2

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iPhone 12 mini vs iPhone 12 Pro Max Comparison

iPhone 12 mini vs iPhone 12 Pro Max: does size really matter?

The iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max are relatively new releases from Apple. Both released as part of the wider 12 series from Apple in November 2020, these 2 models certainly contrast in size very visibly. As such, both phones are catered to different users with some difference in specs too.

iPhone 12 mini vs iPhone 12 Pro Max: camera quality

When it comes to camera quality, both devices vary slightly with the 12 Pro Max equipped with a triple camera lens system, in comparison to the dual camera system on the iPhone 12 mini. All camera lenses on both phones are 12 MP but the 12 Pro Max offers an additional telephoto lens where the 12 mini does not. The selfie cameras on both phones are the same with a 12 MP lens too.

iPhone 12 mini vs iPhone 12 Pro Max: display, battery, and storage

However, the display size and resolution differ significantly between the two models unsurprisingly: the iPhone 12 mini has a 5.4 inch display with 1080 x 2340 px resolution, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max has a 6.7 inch display with a resolution of 1284 x 2778 px. The battery life also differs between these two models due to the size of the phones: The battery capacity of the iPhone 12 mini is 2227 mAh which can last up to 10 hours when web browsing or video streaming; whereas, for the same activities, you can expect up to 15 hours from its bigger brother -the iPhone12 Pro Max- thanks to its 3687 mAh battery capacity. In terms of storage capacity and RAM memory, there is also some difference between these two devices: The storage capacity for the mini model is 64GB/128GB/256GB while its bigger brother offers storage options of 128GB/256GB/512GB; as for RAM memory they are 4 GB and 6 GB respectively. Both phones come with an A14 Bionic chipset processor that runs at 2 GHz speed and is upgradable to the latest iOS 16.3 operating system.

Verdict: the bigger, the better!

Finally, when it comes to design they look quite similar (except for the size) amd differ in weight (135 g vs 228 g). Available colors are black white green blue red vs gold, silver, graphite, pacific blue. Overall both phones offer great features but if you're looking for more power then you should go with the bigger model -the iPhone 12 Pro Max-. However if you're looking for something more compact and portable, then go with iPhone 12 mini! And don't forget that buying refurbished products helps our planet by reducing waste production and promoting environmental sustainability!

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