My big complaint since me ripped open the box on my iPhone 6 and found a huge and unpocketable animal that rested in my tiny hands was that the era of the little phone was no more. It felt like we humans with small hands were forced to pay a small tax: either we had to go for something cheaper and significantly less powerful and futuristic like the iPhone SE, or we went for something more comfortable, but unaffordable more expensive, like the iPhone 11 Pro. With the iPhone 12 Mini we’re finally winning!
Our brothers in the Android camp keep fighting. Phone makers like Samsung, LG, and OnePlus have never met a phone that they couldn’t put an even bigger display on. The rare little Android phones usually face the same problems as the iPhone SE (outdated technology and weaker hardware), are usually badly marketed or are whatever that tiny palm was.
But finally! In the end! iPhone fans have a really smol phone that seems to strike a good balance between new hardware, design and price. In the end, We’ll have a phone that we can slip into a pocket without having to look for an entirely new brand of pants to do it. The $ 700 iPhone 12 Mini costs roughly the same as it used to be before all hardware makers got greedy a few years ago. But it’s also smaller than these phones.
At 5.18 x 2.53 x 0.29 inches, the iPhone 12 Mini is more than half an inch shorter than the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro (5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 inches) and 0, 3 inches narrower. It’s nearly an inch shorter than the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which is a whopping 6.33 by 3.07 by 0.29 inches, and it’s also shorter than the current-gen iPhone SE, being 5.45 by 2 .65 inches by 0.29 inches. Since the second generation iPhone SE has the same dimensions as the iPhone 7 and 8, the new Mini is also smaller than these. It’s even smaller than the iPhone 6 and 6s! These were both 5.44 by 2.64 by 0.28 inches.
In fact, you have to look to the original iPhone SE or the iPhone 5 and 5S to find a phone as small as the iPhone 12 Mini. These were all 4.87 by 2.31 by 0.30 inches and also offered much smaller 4-inch displays. This thing’s display is almost an inch and a half larger!
The iPhone 12 Mini has a 5.4-inch display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 and a whopping 476 pixels per inch. For comparison: the 6.1-inch display of the iPhone 12 and Pro has 460ppi.
Aside from the display and dimensions, there are no major differences between the 12 and 12 Mini. Both have the new A14 Bionic processor, a wide and an extremely wide camera on the back, 2x optical zoom, face recognition and the ability to take photos and videos in the dark. It can even capture fancy Dolby Vision HDR video at 30 frames per second (you’ll need to increase the size and price of the iPhone 12 Pro if you want 60 frames per second).
The only real downside I’ve seen so far after looking at the specs is that the 12 Mini promises 15 hours of battery life while the iPhone 12 promises 17 hours. So I get a cheaper phone with a higher resolution display, almost all of the same features of the more expensive phone and the ability to hold it with one hand without forming a callus and all I lose is two hours of battery life?
I’m pretty sure that if I needed a new phone now, I would be totally fine with this compromise. In the end, That baby bastard wins.