iPhone 12 mini vs iPhone 12 – Apple’s Newest iPhones Compared!

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 10/13/20 •  4 min read

Apple has introduced its 2020 iPhone lineup–and it’s quite something. For the first time ever, Apple’s iPhone series includes FOUR new models. Yes, you have the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, but you also have the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the all-new iPhone 12 mini.

The entry-level models are considered the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini. While they lack some features of the Pro variants, just how do the two compare against each other? Let’s take a look.

iPhone 12 mini vs iPhone 12 Quick Comparison

iPhone 12 mini vs iPhone 12 - Apple's Newest iPhones Compared!
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Design

Winner? Draw. Both iPhones have the exact same industrial design. They also both come in blue, green, red, white, or black models.

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Displays

Winner? Draw – Both display tech is exactly the same. It’s just the size of the display that is different.

iPhone 12 mini vs iPhone 12 - Apple's Newest iPhones Compared!
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CPU/Processor

Winner? Draw – Both use the exact same A14 Bionic SoC.

Camera

Winner? Draw – The phones have identical camera systems.

Storage Options

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Battery Life

Winner? iPhone 12 – You get an extra two hours of battery life.

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Price

Verdict?

Look, this couldn’t be the easier choice–because it’s so subjective. Technically, the only difference between the two iPhones are their sizes. The iPhone 12 has the larger 6.1in display and the iPhone 12 mini has the smaller 5.4in display.

Other than that, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are EXACTLY the same inside and out. They have the same CPU, the same storage, the same cameras, the same 5G support, even the same color options.

True, the iPhone 12 has two extra hours of battery life, but that’s because Apple could fit a larger battery inside it due to its larger size. But at the end of the day, the actual battery tech is the same too.

In other words, when it comes to the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 mini, your deciding factor on which to get will be solely based on what size screen you want.

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iPhone 12 mini vs iPhone 12: Specs

iPhone 12 mini vs iPhone 12 - Apple's Newest iPhones Compared!
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Here are the specs for the iPhone 12 mini:

And here are the specs for the iPhone 12:

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Michael Grothaus

Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.
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