The iPhone 12 Mini comes in as the most powerful compact iPhone released since the iPhone 5 which debuted years back. It packed in the same hardware as the standard iPhone 12, only with a 5.4-inch display and a smaller battery, due to the smaller build. What’s more, the iPhone 12 Mini debuts as the smallest smartphone with 5G connectivity.
Where to Buy iPhone 12 Mini
iPhone 12 Mini Key Specs and Features
- 5.4 inch Super Retina XDR OLED Display, 1080 x 2340 Pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (476 PPI)
- Apple A14 Bionic (5nm)
- iOS 14.1
- 64GB / 128GB / 256GB Built-in Storage
- 12MP + 12MP Dual Rear Cameras
- 12MP Front Camera
- Fast Wired Charging (20W)
- Qi Wireless Charging (15W)
- IP68 Dust/Water-Resistant
Design and Display
The fact that we are gradually becoming accustomed to seeing flagship smartphones with screen sizes well above 6.5 inches, doesn’t abolish the need for compact flagship smartphones. Apple understands this and as such made moves to place the iPhone 12 mini in a sweet spot.
Describing the extent Apple went, the iPhone 12 mini bears the same footprint as the iPhone SE 2020, only with a bigger display at 5.4-inches, as opposed to the 4.7-inch display on the iPhone SE. Apple was able to achieve a bigger display with the same footprint, by opting for slimmer bezels around the display.
This display is based on a Super Retina XDR OLED panel just like the iPhone 12, however, we have got a different resolution and density, which are 1080 x 2340 and 476 PPI respectively.
The iPhone 12 mini’s display also rocks the all-new Ceramic Shield designed by apple to increase the fidelity of the display. It promises 4x more protection in comparison with iPhones from previous generations. It is basically a layered ceramic inside the glass layer of the display.
Still speaking on protection, Apple didn’t spare water and dust here, as the 12 Mini is rated for IP68 water and dust resistance, which promises Apple fans damage protection provided if the device is submerged in up to 6m up to 30mins.
Aside from the difference in display properties, the iPhone 12 mini pretty much bears the same design as the iPhone twelve. The chassis design and build are pretty much the same.
This resemblance in design means users will also be served with the same flat edges that allow the aluminum and glass frame to stay flushed.
Still, on similar features from the iPhone 12, we have also got Magsafe a feature that first debuted on Apple MacBooks. With Magsafe, enthusiast can snap different accessories to the back of the iPhone 12 mini. Accessories that include wireless chargers.
Remember when I mentioned earlier how Apple basically packed in the iPhone 12’s hardware in a smaller chassis? well, that’s fact also holds sway in the camera department. The Cameras on the iPhone 12 mini are the same as the iPhone 12’s.
Its rear camera department bears a 12MP primary camera with an aperture of f/1.6 and a 12MP ultrawide camera hinged at 120˚ field of view, with an aperture of f/2.4. This rear camera combo is capable of shooting videos capped at 4k @ 60fps.
Upfront we have got another 12MP for selfies and video. This camera has an aperture of f/2.2. Video record on here is capped at 4k @ 60fps.
Hardware and Software
On the performance side, the iPhone 12 Mini also rocks Apple’s 2020 flagship processor, which is the A14 Bionic chip, which debuted as the first mobile device processor with a 5nm process.
Other performance facilitators available here include a Apple’s 4 core GPU, storage options that include 64GB / 128GB and 256GB of internal storage.
Apple may not have officially announced the battery capacity of the iPhone 12 mini, but there is a forecasted drop in performance in comparison with the iPhone 12, this is because of its smaller chassis.
No Charging Brick
Much like its other siblings in the iPhone 12 series, the iPhone 12 Mini ships without a charger, for a reason Apple is linking to Ecological safety.
However, it ships with a USB cable. Enthusiats can also purchase the traditional charger separately or proceed to purchase the MagSafe charger.
On the software side, the iPhone 12 mini rocks the iOS 14.1. It comes packed with all the latest goodies including the newly introduced widgets.
The iPhone 12 mini features a Lightning port, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, and Dual-Band WiFi.
As mentioned earlier, the iPhone 12 mini debuted as the world’s smallest smartphone with 5G connectivity. This means enthusiasts will be able to utilize 5G for streaming, downloads, and uploads.
iPhone 12 Mini Price and Availability
iPhone 12 Mini starts at around $699. It is available at leading online retailers. Price in Nigeria starts at around 430,000 Naira. The 128GB iPhone 12 sells for $749, while the 256GB variant sells for $849.
iPhone 12 Mini Specs
Here are a few specs of the iPhone 12 Mini:
- Platform: iOS 14.1
- Processor: Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm)
- GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
- Memory: –
- Colours: Black, White, Red, Green, Blue
- Dimension: 146.7 mm x 71.5 mm x 7.4 mm
- Weight: 164 g
- SIM Type: Nano-SIM / E-SIM
- SIM Count: Dual-SIM
- Display: 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR OLED, HDR10, 625 Nits, (typ), 1200 Nits (Peak),1080 x 2340 Pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (476 PPI)
- Screen Protection: Scratch-resistant glass, Oleophobic Coating, Ceramic Shield
- Foldable Display: No
- Rear Camera: 12MP (Wide) f/1.6, 2x Optical Zoom, Digital zoom up to 5x + 12MP (Ultrawide) f/2.4, 120° Field of view
- Rear Camera Features: Portrait Lighting with six effects, Optical image stabilization (Wide), Five‑element lens (Ultra Wide); seven‑element lens (Wide), Brighter True Tone flash with Slow Sync, Panorama (up to 63MP), Sapphire crystal lens cover, 100% Focus Pixels (Wide), Night mode (Ultra Wide, Wide), Deep Fusion (Ultra Wide, Wide), Smart HDR 3 with Scene Detection, Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos, Lens correction (Ultra Wide), Advanced red‑eye correction, Auto image stabilization, Burst mode, Photo geotagging, Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG, [email protected]/30/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps, HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 30fps), stereo sound rec
- Front Camera: 12MP Camera, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor), HDR, [email protected]/30/60fps, [email protected]/60/120fps, gyro-EIS
- Built-in Storage: 64GB / 128GB / 256GB
- Memory Card Support: No
- Bundled Cloud Storage: Yes (iCloud)
- 2G GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
- 2G CDMA 1X: 800, 1900 MHz
- 3G WCDMA: 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
- 3G CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, 66, 71 – A2176 – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, 66 – A2399, A2400 – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, 66, 71 – A2398
- 5G: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79, 260, 261 Sub6/mmWave – A2176 – 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78, 79 Sub6 – A2398, A2399, A2400
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
- HSPA+: Yes
- CDMA EVDO: Yes
- 4G LTE: Yes
- 5G: Yes
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
- NFC: Yes
- Infrared Blaster: No
- USB Port: Lightning Connector, USB 2.0
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: Yes
- Push Emails: –
- Email Protocol: Yes
- Music Player: Yes
- Video Player: Yes
- FM Radio: –
- Loudspeaker: Yes, with Stereo Speakers
- 3.5mm Jack: No
- Navigation: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and BeiDou, iBeacon Micro location.
- Maps: Yes
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: Yes
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Light Sensor: Yes
- Barometer: Yes
- SpO2: –
- Pedometer: –
- Heart Rate Monitor: No
- Gyroscope: –
- Fingerprint Scanner: –
- Iris Scanner: –
- Face Unlock: Yes (Face ID)
- Stylus Pen: No
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes (Siri)
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
- Voice Control: Yes
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Active Noise Cancellation: –
- Wireless Charging: Yes (15W Qi Fast Wireless Charging)
- Built-in Mobile Payment: Apple Pay
- Water Resistant: Yes (1P68)
- Dust Resistant: Yes
- Image Editor: Yes
- Video Editor: –
- Document Viewer: –
- Document Editor: –
- Battery: –
- Talktime: –
- Standby Time: –
- Fast Charging: 20W Capacity (Wired)