iPhone 12 mini evaluation: the king of small telephones

Mini phone crams most of iPhone 12 into small body but screen may be too small for many

Apple’s latest smartphone range has a surprise entry in the form of the iPhone 12 mini, which is a genuinely smaller phone with very few compromises.

The phone costs from £699 and is the cheapest of Apple’s new smartphone line sitting below the £799 iPhone 12, the £999 12 Pro and the £1,099 12 Pro Max.

Screen: 5.4in Super Retina XDR (OLED) (476ppi)

Processor: Apple A14 Bionic


Storage: 64, 128 or 256GB

Operating system: iOS 14.2

Camera: dual 12MP rear cameras with OIS, 12MP front-facing camera

Connectivity: LTE, wifi 6, NFC, Bluetooth 5, Lightning, ultra wideband and location

Water resistance: IP68 (6 metres for 30 mins)

Dimensions: 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4mm

Weight: 133g

The iPhone 12 mini is restricted to 12W wireless charging, not the 15W that the other iPhone 12 models are capable of with the MagSafe charger.

The cheapest model comes with only 64GB of storage (compared with 128GB for most competitors), which won’t be enough if you shoot lots of photos or videos, play lots of games or download lots of movies or music.

Pros: small and easy to hold, improved camera, night mode, water-resistant, wireless charging, MagSafe, Face ID, solid battery life, great performance, great screen, more durable, 5G, long software support.

Cons: no USB-C, need your own charger, no telephoto camera, base model only 64GB storage, screen may be too small for many.

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