Here is the Apple iPhone 12 Mini next to the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max. The size difference is immense, and adds yet another option for iPhone buyers. In India, the Apple iPhone 12 Mini prices start at Rs 69,900 for the 64GB storage option, while you must spend Rs 74,900 for 128GB and Rs 84,900 for the highest spec 256GB storage. This also makes the iPhone 12 Mini the most affordable price point into the iPhone 12 line-up.
The Apple iPhone 12 Mini measures 5.18-inches in height, 2.53-inches in width and 0.29-inches in thickness. No home button, all glass at the front and flat sides. Apple says the iPhone 12 Mini is the smallest, thinnest and lightest 5G phone in the world. We wouldn’t argue with that. Neither should you. The new design language has played its part. While the latest iPhone SE carries forward what was essentially the chassis of an iPhone 7 complete with the home button below the display and the thick bezel above it, the Apple iPhone 12 Mini subscribes to the newest design language. The one with the incredibly thin bezels around the screen and removing Touch ID to instead lay the emphasis on Face ID.
The iPhone 12 Mini is absolutely not short on power either. In fact, if you look at it that way, the Apple iPhone 12 Mini is pretty much at par with the Apple iPhone 12 as far as the spec sheet is concerned, barring the different screen sizes, of course. That means the latest and greatest chip in the smartphone ecosystem does duties under the hood of this compact beauty. The Apple A14 Bionic. The A14 Bionic is designed on a 5nm manufacturing process, making it the first commercially available 5nm chip. The A14 Bionic chip has a six-core CPU of which two are high-performance cores and four cores are for less power intensive applications and processes. There is also a new quad-core graphics. The A14 Bionic also doubles the cores of the Neural Engine from 8 to 16 allowing it to quicken machine learning tasks. This chip can do 11 trillion operations per second.
I have to admit that I’ll perhaps not be the best judge of a truly small screen smartphone experience, considering I’ve always used larger screens and don’t really mind the 6.7-inch and 6.9-inch display sizes one bit. That being said, I have to admit that the observations are pretty simple—it is a comfortable enough screen size to consume information and media, you can read emails easily, scroll through the endless chatter on the Twitter feeds, figure your way around on Google Maps and even get your daily fix of YouTube bandwidth hogging. There will be the limitations too. Since my fingers are just used to larger screens, typing initially is a bit of a challenge but well, it becomes a habit soon enough. Like I said before, a 5.4-inch display size isn’t exactly for everyone. But those who have yearned for a compact smartphone, this is just the ticket.
This has exactly the same cameras as the Apple iPhone 12, which means the iPhone 12 Mini is absolutely not compromising on the cameras either. That means two 12-megapixel cameras at the back—a wide and an ultrawide. There isn’t a telephoto, as you’d find in the Pro camera systems on the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. There are significant improvements to not just the hardware side of things with the larger sensors and the ability to handle lighter than before, but also on the software side. That is computational photography as Apple calls it. There are updates for Deep Fusion, and there is the new Smart HDR 3 as well that will improve the dynamic range in photos much more.