Comparison iPhone 12 mini and 13 mini, how are they different?

Although the fever for compact phones has perhaps not been as high as many expected (including Apple itself), the truth is that we find excellent terminals such as the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini. Two devices that Apple itself has in its catalog and of which there is much to say. If you have doubts between buying one or the other, you already have the ’12 mini ‘and you want to know if it is worth changing or you are simply curious, here you will have a comparison with which to get rid of doubts.

Comparison iPhone 12 mini and 13 mini

Comparative table with technical data

Seeing the specifications on the role of both terminals can give us and on foot to see some of their many similarities, but also their differences. Obviously it is not everything and it is convenient to explain aspects to highlight in the user experience, but first we leave you this table in which to compare its specifications.

iphone 12 mini y 13 mini

Characteristics iPhone 12 mini iPhone 13 mini
Colors -Blue
-Red (PRODUCT) RED
-White
-Black
-Green
-Purple
-Blue
-Red (PRODUCT) RED
-White star
-Midnight black
-Pink
Dimensions -Height: 13.15 centimeters
-Width: 6.42 centimeters
-Thickness: 0.74 centimeters
-Height: 13.15 centimeters
-Width: 6.42 centimeters
-Thickness: 0.76 centimeters
Weight 133 grams 140 grams
Screen 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED) 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED)
Resolution 2,340 x 1,080 at 476 pixels per inch 2,340 x 1,080 at 476 pixels per inch
Brightness 625 nits (typical) and up to 1,200 nits (HDR) 800 nits (typical) and up to 1,200 nits (HDR)
Processor A14 Bionic with 16-core Neural Engine A15 Bionic with 16-core Neural Engine
RAM 4GB* 4GB*
Internal memory -64 GB
-128 GB
-256 GB
-128 GB
-256 GB
-512 GB
Speakers Dual stereo speaker Dual stereo speaker
Battery capacity 2,227 mAh * 2,406 mAh *
Autonomy -Audio playback: 50 hours
-Video Playback: 15 hours
-Video streaming: 10 hours
-Audio playback: 55 hours
-Video Playback: 17 hours
-Video streaming: 13 hours
Connector Lightning Lightning
Face ID Yes Yes
Touch ID No No
Price From 689 euros at Apple From 909 euros at Apple

Regarding the cameras in question, we think it is interesting to see it in a separate table for all that it entails in terms of functionalities:

specs iPhone 12 mini iPhone 13 mini
Front lens type TrueDepth camera: 12 Mpx with aperture of f / 2.2 TrueDepth camera: 12 Mpx with aperture of f / 2.2
Photos front camera -HDR Smart 3
-Optical image stabilization
-Portrait Mode with Depth Control
-Portrait Lighting
-Retina Flash (with screen)
-Night mode
-Deep Fusion
-HDR Smart 4
-Optical image stabilization by sensor shift
-Portrait Mode with Depth Control
-Portrait Lighting
-Retina Flash (with screen)
-Night mode
-Deep Fusion
Front camera videos -Recording in 4K (Ultra HD) at 24, 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Recording in HDR Dolby Vision up to 4K (Ultra HD) at 30 frames per second
-Recording in 1,080p (Full HD) at 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
-1080p slow motion at 120 frames per second
Cinema-quality stabilization (4K, 1080p and 720p)
-Video QuickTake
-Recording in 4K (Ultra HD) at 24, 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Recording in HDR Dolby Vision up to 4K (Ultra HD) at 60 frames per second
-Recording in 1,080p (Full HD) at 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
-1080p slow motion at 120 frames per second
Cinema-quality stabilization (4K, 1080p and 720p)
-Cinema mode
-Video QuickTake
Types of rear lenses -Wide angle: 12 Mpx with aperture of f / 1.6
-Ultra wide angle: 12 Mpx with aperture of f / 2.4
-Wide angle: 12 Mpx with aperture of f / 1.6
-Ultra wide angle: 12 Mpx with aperture of f / 2.4
Photos rear cameras -Zoom zoom: x2 (optical)
Zoom in Pro: x5 (digital)
-Portrait Mode with Depth Control
-Portrait Lighting
-Optical stabilization by sensor displacement
-HDR Smart 3
-Night mode
-Deep Fusion
-Flash TrueTone
-Zoom zoom: x2 (optical)
Zoom in Pro: x5 (digital)
-Portrait Mode with Depth Control
-Portrait Lighting
-Optical stabilization by sensor displacement
-HDR Smart 4
-Photographic Styles
-Night mode
-Deep Fusion
-Flash TrueTone
Rear camera videos -Recording in 4K (Ultra HD) at 24, 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Recording in 1080p (Full HD) at 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
Recording in HDR with Dolby Vision in 4K (Ultra HD) up to 60 frames per second
-Slow motion 1080p (Full HD) at 120 or 240 frames per second
-Optical image stabilization
-Zoom zoom: x2 (optical)
– Zoom in: x3 (digital)
-Audio zoom
-Time-lapse with stabilization
-Time-lapse with Night Mode
-Video QuickTake
-Stereo recording
-Recording in 4K (Ultra HD) at 24, 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Recording in 1080p (Full HD) at 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
Recording in HDR with Dolby Vision in 4K (Ultra HD) up to 60 frames per second
-Slow motion 1080p (Full HD) at 120 or 240 frames per second
-Mode Cinema in 1080p (Full HD) at 30 frames per second
-Optical stabilization by sensor displacement
-Zoom zoom: x2 (optical)
– Zoom in: x3 (digital)
-Audio zoom
-Time-lapse with stabilization
-Time-lapse with Night Mode
-Video QuickTake
-Stereo recording

Having seen this, and as a summary, these are the most notable differences that we find:

  • Colors: six and five color options respectively for both and although in some colors they coincide, the tonality is not identical in them.
  • Brightness of the screen: although we already anticipate that it is not something huge, if the change from 625 nits to 800 is perceptible from one device to another.
  • Processor: although in real environments the differences may be imperceptible, it is worth noting the evolution from one chip to another.
  • Internal memory: while the iPhone 12 mini started from a somewhat scarce 64 GB for many, its successor already has a base 128 GB and extends the maximum to 512 GB.
  • Camera: yes, at a general level there are no appreciable differences as you will have seen in the table. However, there are some changes that we will discuss throughout this post to be worth mentioning.
  • Autonomy: the iPhone 13 mini improves on the Achilles heel of the iPhone 12 mini as is this section.
  • Price: as expected, this is a determining factor in many cases and both officially start with a difference of 120 euros.

Data on your RAM and battery capacities

You will have seen that we have marked the data relating to these sections with an asterisk. The reason for this is that the data that appears there has not been given by Apple, since the company does not offer this data officially . This does not mean that they are false data, since they have been granted based on various specialized tests, among other things, in obtaining those values.

The reason why Apple does not include that data has never transpired, although it can be intuited. In both cases, we find significantly lower values on paper than what Apple’s competitors offer. However, in iPhone they are elements that behave differently from Android, since iOS manages resources differently and therefore can confuse the user.

Main differences: iPhone 12 mini and 13 mini

We are now fully analyzing what are the main differences of these devices. Differences aspects such as design details, video camera improvements or battery life.

Similar form factor, but with nuances

Both offer flat edges, a screen flush with your design, and a protruding camera module. And yes, it is true that 90% of these devices are identical in terms of construction and shape, but there are some differences to highlight. Starting because the iPhone 13 mini is slightly thicker and heavier . The latter is not too noticeable in hand and the former either, although if you compare them one against the other, you will notice it.

Where we really find appreciable visual differences from a first glance is in the camera module . While in the iPhone 12 mini the double rear lens has a vertical arrangement, in the iPhone 13 mini it becomes diagonal. In addition to this, the lenses themselves are larger in the most recent model, something that can be appreciated seeing that the body itself is of a reduced size just like its predecessor.

iphone 12 mini y 13 mini

By the way, it is that last point that prevents them from having compatible cases , so if you have one of these or you end up buying it, you should know that you will not be able to buy cases that are not strictly compatible with that model.

Also in the front part, that of the screen, we find a more than remarkable difference. In the iPhone 13 mini there is a smaller notch . It is not that it is a wild difference, but it does notice that it has been narrowed, although it is slightly higher than that of the iPhone 12 mini. This was achieved thanks to Apple being able to change the arrangement of the Face ID and camera sensors, also raising the speaker to the top.

Well-differentiated color palettes

Not only does the iPhone 13 mini offer one more color variant than the iPhone 12 mini, but the colors they share are also different. Starting with the always iconic blue color, which is seen in a more intense way on the 12 mini with a certain tint of sky at dusk, while on the iPhone 13 mini it appears much softer.

The white color also changes, with a greater intensity also being noticed in the iPhone 12 mini with greater purity, while the “star white” of the 13 mini responds more to what is known as off-white. The same happens with black , much darker in ’12’, while in ’13’ it tends to do justice to its nickname of “midnight” by being softer.

colores iphone 12 mini

iPhone 12 mini

The red color also changes considerably, although in this case the other way around. It is the iPhone 13 mini that offers an intense passion red, while that of the 12 mini can even be mistaken for orange depending on the light that reaches it.

Then we find exclusive colors for each one, such as green and purple for the iPhone 12 mini and pink for the 13 mini. It is worth mentioning that precisely the pink color of the iPhone 13 mini tends, depending on the moment, to look the same as the star white. This is because it is so soft that, depending on the lighting conditions, not even the pink color is appreciated.

colores iphone 13 mini

iPhone 13 mini

An important difference in video format

We now enter one of the most interesting points in favor of the iPhone 13 mini . And it is that this device incorporates the one known as Cinema Mode, which in short is a video portrait mode . This functionality that the iPhone 12 mini lacks allows you to create recordings in which there is a subject in focus (person or object) with the background out of focus.

Where we mainly find the great virtue of this modality is in the way in which the background is blurred , since the iPhone automatically changes the focus in the recording making, for example, with a turn of the head of the person who is like protagonist can change the focus to the background. In any case, this change can be made manually during recording, being even more interesting to be able to change all this in post-production from the Photos app itself by clicking on “Edit” on the video.

modo cine iphone 13

You can even choose the level of blur . And well, it is true that it does not reach the level of a professional camera, but Apple has managed to create amazing results with a phone as small as the iPhone 13 mini. Logically it will not be a point to take into account if you are not a user profile that makes videos in this format, but it can be tremendously positive for those who are looking for an all-terrain phone in the photographic and video section.

In all other recording aspects, both phones are practically the same, having the same modalities and very even results. The iPhone 13 mini has a sensor shake stabilizer , which removes noise from the final results and makes them look much sharper in the end.

How long does the battery really last?

The data offered in the comparative table at the beginning is good, although in the end it is unreal. In the end, they are an estimate with which to get an idea of their differences. And we are not going to be able to determine exactly how long they last, since it depends a lot on the type of use, the demand that is made and the level of wear it has. However, we can make a balance in real environments and uses.

bateria

The iPhone 12 mini is a device that does not shine in this section, but it can reach the end of the day if it is used “normal” (calls, consultation of RR.SS, take a photo and watch a video on YouTube). With more intensive uses or with more hours of screen it already suffers something more, having to resort to the charger before the end of the day.

And it is not that the iPhone 13 mini has been a huge advance in this section, but the difference is very noticeable . Although it is true that with very intensive uses if something more hurried arrives, more can be demanded because its increase in battery and the management that the A15 Bionic chip makes of this allows it. They are not the devices in which you can worry about it the most, but we assure you that they are not as bad as they are sometimes painted.

Its many similarities in performance

In the next sections we are going to tell you what are those aspects in which both are very similar or even offer the same thing. And we do not believe that it is less important than their differences, since in the end it is just as relevant to know in which cases you will have a similar user experience than a different one, since it will tip the balance in many cases where there are doubts between one and the other.

Different chip, although with identical experience

We do not want to undermine the value of the A15 Bionic chip of the iPhone 13 mini, since there is a real evolution in it with respect to its predecessor. However, we live in an age where jumping from one chip to the next offers a virtually identical experience, at least on a smartphone.

Obviously, differences can be found in heavy processes, which the A15 does with greater solvency and ease, but understanding that in the end it is not a device designed for actions such as video editing or other demanding tasks, it can be ignored. And be careful, not because they can’t, but for comfort issues as it has a screen of just 5.4 inches.

a14 vs a15 apple

Therefore, at a general level, great performance is offered in both, being able to move through the system and open applications with great fluidity and more than suitable for photographic processing with Deep Fusion. They also stand out for having chips that maximize the optimization of RAM and battery resources as we mentioned in a previous point.

And last but not least, the fact that they are such recent chips guarantees years of iOS updates . It is true that the trend is for the 12 mini to be out of date before the 13 mini, but in no case will it be before 6-7 years from its launch. And if we take into account that even when that time comes they can continue to be fully functional, there is practically no problem in this regard.

Real 5G connectivity, but with nuances

The first thing you should know is that both are compatible with this type of technology. Although, yes, only the models marketed in the United States have mmWave antennas that allow a better connection to this type of network in terms of speeds. We do not know the exact reason why the Californian company continues not to bet on this standard at a global level, although the fact that in many European countries there are no infrastructures for this could have something to do with it.

Be that as it may, we want to give some context to these kinds of connections. When in addition to having a 5G signal, the coverage is good, speed is really important compared to 4G. And yes, without the mmWave it is less than expected, but it is still remarkable. Now, the problem lies precisely in the fact that there are still few areas with coverage that allow those speeds to be achieved, since there are times that even having the possibility they stay below 4G in speed.

iPhone 12 mini con 5G

And taking into account that the coverage also occurs in very specific areas of large cities, in the end it is somewhat anecdotal to have 5G. Looking ahead, when the infrastructure improves, it will be very positive to have a smartphone that allows it and that is why we celebrate that both phones have it. But you must be clear that it will not be something that you are going to squeeze a lot at the beginning.

What about the quality of your screens?

Regarding the size, we find very small panels that, obviously, do not mean that they are bad. In fact, they are designed by and for people looking for a compact phone. It is therefore not the most ideal for prolonged multimedia consumption, since in the end it can tire the eyes too much, but as far as quality is concerned, they are exquisite.

Having the same OLED technology in both allows a wide range of colors to be obtained with special emphasis on black colors , which are represented in these panels with switched off pixels, giving greater realism. As in all the brand’s devices, the range is very balanced without encountering too much exposure, so in the end the visual experience is very natural .

iPhone 12 mini tamaño

iPhone 12 mini

Yes, we find differences in terms of brightness . Both can hit 1,200 nits at this point, but the iPhone 12 mini starts from 625 as a counterpart to the 800 nits of the iPhone 13 mini. Is it an appreciable difference? Yes. Is it decisive? No. In the end they are two screens that look very good in different lighting circumstances, although they suffer more when the light falls directly on the screen and especially on the 12 mini.

In any case and by way of conclusion of this section, if you are evaluating key points of each one to make a purchase decision, we believe that the one on the screen should not be very relevant according to what we have told you. In the end you will have an identical experience with both in 99.99 (…)% of the situations.

ios 15 en iphone 13

iPhone 13 mini

Photographic results almost traced

As you would see in the initial table, in the end the differences in cameras are scarce at a general level, except for the already mentioned Cinema Mode for video or the HDR 4 in photography for the iPhone 13 mini, as opposed to the HDR 3 in the 12 mini. Also the image stabilizer has changed, being by displacement of the sensor in the most recent model. And yes, they represent small differential details that are noticed by those who have more knowledge about it.

However, observing photographic results of one and the other, there are hardly any differences in color, exposure or any other relevant factor. It does not mean that this is bad, since both achieve great photographic results to which is added an always excellent computational treatment by the system.

camaras iphone 12 mini y 13 mini

So once again, we conclude this section by arguing that small changes in this area do not seem to make one over the other worthwhile. Yes with the subject of the video discussed in its corresponding section, but not with the photographs.

Other aspects they share

To finish this section of similarities between the iPhone, we will tell you in which other three fundamental sections both devices coincide:

  • Charging method: either by Lightning cable, in a Qi wireless charging base or with a MagSafe wireless charger, both devices offer the same specification in this section. And yes, the 20 W fast charge on both terminals is also included here.
  • Biometric sensor: in the absence of a fingerprint reader, Face ID is the system chosen by Apple for both terminals. Whether it’s for unlocking your device, accessing passwords, or making payments with Apple Pay, it’s still one of the most effective methods and by far the best facial recognition on the market.
  • Contents of the box: neither of the two brings the aforementioned charging adapter or headphones, having in their boxes only a simple user guide with access to the web for the complete instruction manual, the classic Apple logo sticker, a cable 0.5 meters from Lightning to USB-C and, how could it be otherwise, the iPhone itself.

Imitación MagSafe

Prices and final conclusions

Although it is true that sporadically we can find an offer in other stores, Apple marks an official price that is also the one they maintain in their stores. Having these different amounts, depending on the storage capacity that is chosen:

  • iPhone 12 mini
    • 64 GB of storage: 689 euros
    • 128 GB of storage: 739 euros
    • 256 GB of storage: 859 euros
  • iPhone 13 mini
    • 128 GB of storage: 809 euros
    • 256 GB of storage: 929 euros
    • 512 GB of storage: 1,159 euros

Is it worth going from a 12 mini to a 13 mini?

At this point, you may already have your own conclusions drawn. If you need any more help, we will be clear: no, it is not worth it, with few exceptions. At a general level, you will hardly notice the change at the level of sensations with the device in hand, except for the reduction of notch to which you will quickly get used to. Nor at the performance level you will notice too much difference, with the exception of autonomy, a factor in which there is not a huge improvement so that you can consider the jump.

iPhone 12 mini

Now, if in the video field you think you can take advantage of the Cinema Mode , the change is already justified a bit more. Also if you have the opportunity to sell your current iPhone 12 mini at a good price and / or find a good offer for the iPhone 13 mini. In the end you will not have a bad experience with the new one either, but the fact of not recommending the jump is because in the end you have to make a disbursement that may not be worth so much, except for those few cases.

But beware, we’re talking about jumping from the iPhone 12 mini to the iPhone 13 mini, because if you change from a normal iPhone 12 , the 6.1-inch one, you will notice changes. Not in general performance because the same thing happens in the 12 mini as in the 12, but in terms of size, since in the end you will go to a smaller device. If it is what you are looking for, a compact phone, in the end it will be more justified.

What to do if you don’t have any of them

This case is already more complex to decipher. We do not know if you come from an iPhone from previous generations, if you come from an Android or if you have never had a phone. Frankly, we doubt that the latter is your case, but you have to consider all the possibilities and among all of them, we believe that in general the 13 mini ends up being more worthwhile. In the end it is the most recent model and with which you will notice a greater change.

foto del iphone 13 mini

However, if the price of the iPhone 12 mini becomes more affordable, even if you lose some differential details compared to the 13 mini, it is likely that you will continue to win compared to your current situation. In any case, you must be clear that you want a small phone , because they are very comfortable, easy to transport and look very “cute”, but they also have drawbacks.

As we always do in this type of comparison, we advise you to make a list with the most important points that you consider on a mobile phone and to look at what we have commented on these two; in whether they comply with what you ask, which one does it more, which one would give you more equal… And based on this make a decision, although we already anticipate that you choose the one you choose, you will have a small, but great phone.