The iPhone 13 Mini is Apple’s successor to the iPhone 12 Mini. This goes to say Apple has once again shoved high-end smartphone hardware in a compact chassis. It bears nearly the exact prowess of the standard iPhone 13, only in a smaller chassis.
Where to Buy iPhone 13 Mini
Making a comparison to its predecessor reveals we have a more capable processor, an improved camera system, and more.
iPhone 13 Mini Key Specs and Features
- 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR OLED Display, 1080 x 2340 Pixels (~476 PPI)
- Apple A15 Bionic Chip (5nm)
- iOS 15
- 4GB RAM
- 128GB / 256GB / 512GB Built-in Storage
- 12MP + 12MP Dual Rear Cameras
- 12MP Front Camera
- IP68 Splash, Water & Dust Resistance
- MagSafe wireless charging 15W
- Qi magnetic fast wireless charging (7.5W Capacity)
- Fast Wired Charging (20W)
Design and Display
The design on the iPhone 13 Mini and the iPhone 12 Mini aren’t far apart, as there are a lot of similarities and at the same thing a few difference, most of which may not count as being substantial to many.
Scanning through for the few changes, core tech enthusiasts will discover a smaller notch on the display. The reduction was actually done horizontally, which means really isn’t an increase in screen estate.
However, we the screen size, resolution and density are the same from last year. Its the same 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and a density around 476 PPI.
If you desire a 120Hz refresh rate, you would have to go for the more premium iPhone 13 pro and 13 pro max.
The difference in the design on the rear, is seen on the camera module. Just as seen on the iPhone 13, the cameras moved from being in a vertical array to being diagonal. Apple explained this move will allow them include bigger camera sensors.
Enthusiasts that decide to go for the iPhone 13 mini will have the same color options as the standard iPhone 13. The colour options include Starlight, Midnight, Blue, Pink, Red.
Enthusiasts in the market for a mind-blowing camera upgrade would probably not feel at home here. There are upgrades, but they aren’t really substantial, which is basically the same news with the iPhone.
The cameras on the rear setup on the iPhone 13 mini include a 12MP primary camera with an aperture of f/1.6. The first impressions may have you thinking its the same as seen on the 12 mini, however, Apple increase the camera size leaving us with a 1.7µm as opposed to 1.4µm on the 12 mini.
Lastly, we have a 12MP ultrawide camera with an aperture of f/2.4 and a 120˚ field of view. Video recording on the rear camera department is capped at 4k @ 60fps
On the selfie side, we have the same 12MP camera with an aperture of f/2.2. Video recording on the selfie department is capped at 4k @ 60fps.
Hardware and Software
On performance, the iPhone 13 mini and the standard 13 share’s very similar DNA. The only difference here is in their battery.
As might have correctly guessed, the mini has a smaller battery capacity due to it’s chassis size. However, Apple claims the 2021 mini offers 1.5 hours more battery life than the 12 mini.
The other performance facilitators are basically the same. We have the Apple A15 Bionic chip, 4GB RAM, storage options that include 128GB, 256GB and 512GB.
Charging capacity on the 13 mini reads, 20W fast wired charging, 15W MagSafe charging, and 7.5W Qi wireless charging.
The iPhone 13 Mini software runs on the iOS 15, which is a successor to the iOS 14. The highlights of this new operating system include a redesigned Safari browser, a richer weather app, improved maps, live text, and more.
The iPhone 13 Mini features a Lightning port (USB 2.0), low-energy Bluetooth 5.0, and near field connection (NFC).
Internet connectivity here is capped at 5G, which means enthusiasts can utilize 5G connectivity on this device for downloads, uploads, and downloads.
iPhone 13 Mini Price and Availability
iPhone 13 Mini price starts at around $699.99 for the 128GB variant, which translates to about 288,046 in Naira, 47,714 GHC in Ghana, and 2,610 KHS in Kenya.
While the 256GB is around $799.99 and the maxed out 512GB variant around $999.99.
The iPhone 13 Mini was announced on the 14th of September 2021 and sales are expected to begin on the 24th of September 2021.
iPhone 13 Mini Specs
Here are a few specs of the iPhone 13 Mini:
- Platform: iOS 15
- Processor: Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm) (Hexa-core 2×3.22 GHz Avalanche + 4xX.X GHz Blizzard)
- GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
- Memory: 4GB RAM
- Colours: Starlight, Midnight, Blue, Pink, Red
- Dimension: 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.7 mm
- Weight: 174 g
- SIM Type: Dual-SIM
- SIM Count: Nano-SIM
- Display: 5.4-OLED Super Retina XDR, 2532‑by‑1170-Pixel, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 800 Nits, 460 PPI
- Screen Protection: Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
- Foldable Display: No
- Rear Camera: 12MP (Primary) f/1.6, PDAF, Sensor-Shift OIS + 12MP (Ultrawide) f/2.4, 120˚ FOV
- Rear Camera Features: Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama), 4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to XXfps), stereo sound rec
- Front Camera: 12 MP Camera, f/2.2, SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor), HDR, 4K@24/25/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS
- Built-in Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB
- Memory Card Support: No
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
- 2G GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- 2G CDMA 1X: 800 / 1900
- 3G WCDMA: 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
- 3G CDMA EVDO: 2000 1xEV-DO
- 4G LTE: 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, 46, 48, 66, 71, A2482, A2631, A2633, A2634, A2635,
- 5G: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79 Sub6/mmWave – SA/NSA/Sub6 – A2629, A2628, A2630, A2626, A2481, A2628, A2628, A2629, A2630
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
- HSPA+: –
- CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: Yes
- 5G: Yes
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE
- NFC: Yes
- Infrared Blaster: –
- USB Port: Lightning, USB 2.0
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: –
- Push Emails: –
- Email Protocol: –
- Music Player: Yes
- Video Player: Yes
- FM Radio: –
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
- Navigation: A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS
- Maps: Yes
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: Yes
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Light Sensor: Yes
- Barometer: –
- SpO2: –
- Pedometer: –
- Heart Rate Monitor: No
- Gyroscope: Yes
- Fingerprint Scanner: No
- 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: Yes
- Wireless Charging: Yes (7.5W)
- Built-in Mobile Payment: Yes
- Water Resistant: Yes (IP68)
- Dust Resistant: Yes (IP68)
- Image Editor: Yes
- Video Editor: –
- Document Viewer: –
- Document Editor: –
- Battery: –
- Talktime: –
- Standby Time: –
- Fast Charging: Yes (20W)