iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Mini

iPhone 12
iPhone 12 Starting from $264.54
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iPhone 12 Mini
iPhone 12 Mini Starting from $238.45
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iPhone 12 iPhone 12 Mini


iPhone 12 iPhone 12 Mini
Width 71.5 mm 64.2 mm
Height 147.7 mm 131.5 mm
Weight 164 g 135 g
Thickness 7.4 mm 7.4 mm
Volume 78.15 cm³ 62.47 cm³


iPhone 12 iPhone 12 Mini
Resolution 1170 x 2532 px 1080 x 2340 px
Density 460 ppi 476 ppi
Size 6.1 inches 5.4 inches


iPhone 12 iPhone 12 Mini
Battery capacity 2815 mAh* 2227 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 iPhone 12 Mini
Maximum storage 256 GB 256 GB
Number of processor cores 6 6
External memory slot No No
RAM capacity 4 GB 4 GB
5G support Yes Yes
LTE support Yes Yes


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

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iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Mini Comparison

iPhone 12 vs 12 mini: Choosing one is a matter of preference

Before comparing the iPhone 12 vs 12 mini, it’s important to start out with the fact that both of these phones are using the same A14 Bionic chip as their “brain.” Why is that so important? Because it tells you that in terms of overall performance and device speed, you really won’t be able to notice any real difference between the iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 mini. But there are two other major categories where you will be able to notice a difference between these two phones: size and battery life.

iPhone 12 vs 12 mini: Size comparison

Since the iPhone 12 mini is a much smaller device than the iPhone 12, you can also expect it to have a smaller screen—5.4” vs 6.1” to be exact. But you shouldn’t necessarily see this as a disadvantage. It’s true: it’s far more enjoyable watching videos and reading content on a larger display, but the smaller overall size of the iPhone 12 mini comes with its advantages. Do you miss the size and shape of older iPhones like the 5 or 5s? Then the iPhone 12 mini might be right up your alley. It’s easier to hold in the hand: it really just feels like the ergonomics are better since you can get a better grip of the device. If you prefer just using your device with one hand and typing using only one thumb, the 12 mini might be the better choice for you.

iPhone 12 vs 12 mini: How does battery life compare?

Both the iPhone 12 vs 12 mini are able to last all day for the light/medium smartphone user. But if you’re one of those people that spends a lot of time on social media throughout the day and aren’t able to charge your device regularly, then the truth is that perhaps you should opt for an older iPhone from the iPhone 11 series. Yes, that’s right, as strange as it may sound, older iPhones had more battery life because they lacked 5g antennas—which are known for absolutely devastating battery life. The iPhone 11 or 11 Pro Max should give you significantly more battery life than either the iPhone 12 or 12 mini. And yes, you can find them on the Back Market website for cheap :)

iPhone 12 vs 12 mini: Final verdict

The iPhone 12 vs 12 mini really aren’t all that different, but as you can tell from reading our verdict, neither of these phones is really a great choice if you’re looking for a stellar performer in the battery life department. But if you’re a medium/light smartphone user or spend a lot of time around the electric outlet with a charger, you’re probably going to love either the iPhone 12 or 12 mini. Both of these phones are sleek, fast, and sharp.

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