iPhone 12 Mini vs iPhone SE (2020)

iPhone 12 Mini
iPhone 12 Mini
Starting from $177.73
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iPhone SE (2020)
iPhone SE (2020)
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iPhone 12 MiniiPhone SE (2020)


iPhone 12 MiniiPhone SE (2020)
Width64.2 mm67.3 mm
Height131.5 mm138.4 mm
Weight135 g148 g
Thickness7.4 mm7.3 mm
Volume62.47 cm³67.99 cm³


iPhone 12 MiniiPhone SE (2020)
Resolution1080 x 2340 px750 x 1334 px
Density476 ppi326 ppi
Size5.4 inches4.7 inches


iPhone 12 MiniiPhone SE (2020)
Battery capacity2227 mAh1821 mAh
Removable batteryNoNo
Wireless chargingYesYes
Fast chargingYesYes
Ultra power saving modeYesYes

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


iPhone 12 MiniiPhone SE (2020)
Maximum storage256 GB256 GB
External memory slotNoNo
RAM capacity4 GB3 GB
LTE supportYesYes


iPhone 12 MiniiPhone SE (2020)
Front camera resolution12 MP7 MP
Main camera resolution12 MP12 MP
Multi lensYesNo
Optical zoomYesNo
Optical stabilizationYesYes
Slow motion videoYesYes
Main camera video resolution2160 px2160 px


iPhone 12 MiniiPhone SE (2020)
Stereo speakersYesYes
3.5mm jack socketNoNo
Number of microphones23

iPhone 12 mini vs iPhone SE (2020) Comparison

Let's dive into how two of Apple's iPhones from 2020 compare. The iPhone 12 Mini was released in November 2020, while the iPhone SE was released a few months prior in April 2020.



The iPhone 12 Mini has two 12 MP rear camera lenses: a wide camera and an ultra-wide camera. The SE (2020) on the other hand, only has one 12MP wide camera lens. You'll find a lot of the iPhone camera feature favorites like Portrait Mode and Smart HDR on both phones, but the iPhone 12 has a little more versatility especially in low-lighting photography.


The battery life of both phones is also different; with its 2227 mAh battery, you can expect up to 10 hours of web browsing or video streaming on your iPhone 12 Mini, while with its 1821 mAh battery you can expect up to 8 hours of web browsing or video streaming on your SE (2020). The more efficient A15 processor chips also gives the iPhone 12 Mini an advantage in battery efficiency.


The iPhone 12 mini has a bigger 5.4 inch display with 1080 x 2340 px resolution, while the SE (2020) has a 4.7 inch display with 750 x 1334 px resolution. You'll also find the iPhone 12 has an upgraded OLED with HDR screen compared to the SE (2020)'s LED screen with less ppi. This gives the iPhone 12 Mini a distinct advantage that's well worth the extra money. 


Both the iPhone SE (2020) and iPhone 12 Mini offer 64GB/128GB/256GB internal storage options, so you shouldn't have any issues finding your ideal capacity between the models.



In terms of chipset and processor speed as well as RAM capacity, both devices offer similar performance, but again here we see that there is an advantage for those who choose Apple's more recent model in the iPhone 12 Mini. The 12 Mini offers 4 GB RAM compared to just 3 GB on the SE (2020). Finally, when it comes to operating system they both run iOS 14, but again here we see that those who choose Apple's latest device will benefit from all new features included in this version such as App Clips and Widgets on Home Screen among others.

Bottom line is that if you don't mind budgeting a little more for the iPhone 12 Mini, you're going to end up with a smartphone with better battery, a larger/sharper screen display, slightly better performance and multi-tasking and upgraded Night-Mode photography. If those aren't specs that you value in your phone, then you'll likely be just as happy saving money on the iPhone SE (2020).

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