iPhone 12 Mini vs iPhone Xr

iPhone 12 Mini
iPhone 12 Mini
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iPhone Xr
iPhone Xr
Starting from $109.62
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iPhone 12 MiniiPhone Xr


iPhone 12 MiniiPhone Xr
Width64.2 mm75.7 mm
Height131.5 mm150.9 mm
Weight135 g194 g
Thickness7.4 mm8.3 mm
Volume62.47 cm³94.81 cm³


iPhone 12 MiniiPhone Xr
Resolution1080 x 2340 px828 x 1792 px
Density476 ppi326 ppi
Size5.4 inches6.1 inches


iPhone 12 MiniiPhone Xr
Battery capacity2227 mAh2942 mAh
Removable batteryNoNo
Wireless chargingYesYes
Fast chargingYesYes
Ultra power saving modeYesYes

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iPhone 12 MiniiPhone Xr
Maximum storage256 GB256 GB
External memory slotNoNo
RAM capacity4 GB3 GB
5G supportYesNo
LTE supportYesYes


iPhone 12 MiniiPhone Xr
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 Xr
Stereo speakersYesYes
3.5mm jack socketNoNo
Number of microphones23

iPhone 12 mini vs iPhone XR Comparison

iPhone 12 mini vs iPhone XR

The iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone XR are two distinguishable iPhones on the market. One known for its ‘miniature’ size, the other the first of its kind in the series to remove the thumbprint button feature and pioneer a full touch screen display. The iPhone 12 mini was released in October 2020, making it more recent than the iPhone XR which was released in September 2018.

iPhone 12 mini: a miniature battery but mighty everywhere else! 

When it comes to camera quality, the iPhone 12 mini has an ultra-wide 12 MP camera while the iPhone XR has a wide 12 MP camera. This makes the camera quality of the newer model much better than the XR model. In terms of battery life, both phones have impressive battery capacities with 2227 mAh for the iPhone 12 mini and 2942 mAh for the iPhone XR. This means that if you use your phone for web browsing or video streaming, you can expect up to 10 hours from your device with an average usage time of 8 hours on both models. The display size and resolution also differ between these two models; The screen size is 5.4 inches for the mini and 6.1 inches for XR while their respective resolutions are 1080 x 2340 px and 828 x 1792 px respectively. Both devices come in a variety of colors and similar storage capacities of up to 256 GB. The chipset used by each phone also differs; the 12 mini uses a more recent Apple A14 Bionic chipset while the XR is limited to the Apple A12 Bionic chipset which makes it relatively slower than the mini’s chipset.

Verdict: a 'mini' triumph

Overall, when comparing these two devices based on technical specifications such as release date, camera quality, battery life, display size and resolution, and chipset, we can see that the newer model (iPhone 12 mini) offers better features overall compared to 2018 iPhone XR. At Back Market we believe in environmental sustainability so we offer refurbished products at discounted prices ranging from 30% up to 70% off from the price of new. Buying refurbished products helps reduce waste production which is beneficial not only for our planet but also our wallets!

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