Since the Apple announced the new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini many people start wondering which one of the two would be more suitable? Would the new iPhone 12 be as expensive as iPhone 12 Pro? The distinction between iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini is obvious in many ways. Read this review about iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini and comparison to iPhone 12 Pro and other expensive models.
Some Important Specs of iPhone 12 & iPhone 12 mini
- Latest Designs
- Size 6.1-inch and 5.4-inch
- Display Super Retina XDR OLED
- Identical features for both
- New A14 chip
- Latest dual lens cameras
- 5G Support
- Screen resolution iPhone 12 mini 2430 x 1080
- Screen resolution iPhone 12 2532 x 1170
- Starting Prices $799/$699
Latest iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini Review, Specs
Apple announced the latest iPhones with great features for an affordable price previously. These two models, iPhones 12 and 12 mini come much affordable for people who do not need pro models.
So now we have iPhone 11’s successor with 6.1-inch iPhone 12, whereas the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 is the smallest Apple iPhone after iPhone SE which was released in 2016.
There is not much difference between the iPhones 2020 except for their screen and battery sizes. However, the iPhone 12 mini will prove more desirable for people who love delicate small phones.
For the first time all latest iPhones of 2020 are designed to the very edge and come with Super Retina XDR OLED. Their display has not been compromised at all and you can compare them with Pro iPhone models.
Some of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini special features include the former comes with 6.1-inch and screen resolution 2532 x 1170 with 460 pixels/inch and 2430×1080 with 476 pixels/inch. There is HDR support for brightness, true-life color vividness to show wide colors and for correcting color temperature–True Tone. We can see the colors in true natural ambience without disturbing their lighting.
Display of iPhone 12 And iPhone 12 Mini
The OLED display in both iPhone models is introduced for the first time by Apple as all the iPhone 12 models are already equipped with Super Retina XDR. The screen resolution of iPhone 12 is the same as Pro’s 2532 x 1170 with 460 pixels per inch. While, the iPhone 12 mini has a resolution of 2340×1080 with 476 pixels per inch.
Other features like wide color provide true to life colors while True Tone mattes white balance to give ease on the eyes colors.
New Design of iPhone 12 Vs Previous iPhone Models
The new Apple iPhones have flat edges at the end of each side which is a transition from previous round edges which were introduced in the iPhone 6 for the first time and was carried on until now. The glass used in the front and back panels is affixed with aluminum which is matted and appears nicer than the Pro models in which stainless steel is used.
To keep the TrueDepth camera, speaker and microphone there is a notch and for the edges the slimmest bezel is used.
The antenna bands are at the top, power buttons to the right and volume control to its left. The much talked about mmWave 5G antenna is used under the power button but the feature is available to the American models only. The iPhone 12 models sold in Europe have information attached for regulation.
Except for the battery life and size iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Mini models are not very different from one another. They are very similar in many ways in performance and functioning. The Apple logo and square camera is at its back with 2 lenses and a powerful flash.
The speaker holes with microphone are both models’ bottom while the SIM slot is on the left side. You will also find a lightning port that you can use to charge.
The Sizes of iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini Versus iPhone 11
The new iPhone 12 is 164.7mm tall, 71.5mm wide and 7.4mm thick; has 6.1-inch display which is the same as iPhone 11’s while as we already discussed iPhone 12 Mini has 5.4-inch size. iPhone 12 is 11% thinner and 16% lighter to carry. The iPhone mini with its 5.4-inch size is the smallest and lightest of Apple iPhones except iPhone SE.
Apple has reinvented the iPhone 12 design by giving it flat-edge like iPad Pro which is a shift from its usual round edges. The standard glass-cover has been replaced with new Ceramic Shield for durability and screen protection. According to Apple “Ceramic Shield has nano-ceramic crystal built to ensure its protection. So now we are going to see great iPhone drop videos about it on different social media.
The Back And Built of The New iPhone 12 Models
You can buy new iPhone 12 models in different colors like black, white, blue, green and red with its back built with similar glass and aluminum covering displaying two beautiful halves. Actually its aluminum has all those colors which we may call the new iPhone colors.
iPhone 12 And iPhone 12 Mini 5G Connectivity
The good news is iPhone models released this year support 5G networks but in reality the users may face interrupted internet due to its short wavelength and interruption by buildings. 5G connectivity will give users the best internet speed for streaming, uploading and downloading, gaming and live video calls. Although 5G has been announced in many countries, only iPhone 12 models sold in the United States would support its mmWave. 5G mmWave carriers will provide even faster internet than other 5G carriers. 5G networks in the US will provide more speed than other countries as high as 4Gbps even in the thickly populated areas while the 5G speed in other countries would still be as good as Sub-GHz but not as great as 5G in the USA.
Besides these two iPhone 12 models come with IP68 resistance to keep them safe from dust and water.
These both iPhone 12 models will support Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 6. The connectivity feature does not stop here, they come with a U1 Ultra Wideband chip that will inform you about other users with devices like HomePod mini using U1 Wideband chip.
LTE Bands Support
The new iPhone 12 models not only support 5G but also Gigabit LTE, which the users can use in absence of a 5G network.
FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71)
TD-LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48)
Cameras of iPhone 12 Models
Most of the features of new iPhone 12 models and the previously released Pro models are almost the same but there is one major defining difference. No doubt iPhone 12 Pro models are loaded with triple lens cameras which are greater than any other smartphone. But the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini have simple cameras with dual lenses that may not be as advanced as the pro models yet still greater than any other smartphone available in the industry.
The New A14 5-Nanometer Chip
All latest iPhone 12 models have a A14 chip which is the first of its kind used in any smartphone ever. It has a 16-core Neural Engine which will speed up performance for AI tasks to 80 percent. It’s built with 5-nanometer technology to enhance the performance. According to Apple this chip will boost 6-core CPU and 4-core GPU perform much faster than any other competitor.
The camera setups in new iPhone 12 models are much more improved than the iPhone 11’s with 2x optical and 5x digital zooms. For example, f/2.4 Ultra Wide and Wide camera is in new iPhone 12 models. The Wide Camera’s aperture is f/1.6 which allows 27% more light to enter for best media quality especially when the natural light is very low.
As they come with A14 chip which will empower the photography by decreasing the noise, increasing automated contrast for Night mode photos to a next level while projecting Deep Fusion for high quality photography.
Photos taken with new iPhone 12 models will level your craving with perfection for lightings, technicalities and many other reasons. There are so many other great things about photography and video features in the new iPhone 12 models. One dominant feature in all the iPhone 12 models–recording videos in 30fps HDR and Dolby vision quality. The same video capturing quality is used in cinematography with high-tech cameras but with all iPhone 12 models you can do that. If you don’t want to stop here and want even better frames per second then you can record the videos in 4K up to 60fps.
We can record better stabilized videos in 4K, use Night Mode Time-Lapse in the Dolby Vision format powered by TrueDepth camera.
Important Features of TrueDepth Camera in iPhone 12 Models
The TrueDepth camera has been used in iPhones for Face ID and biometric verification which we can use for snapping selfies in 12 megapixels. So taking selfies in Smart HDR 3, Deep Fusion and Night mode Portraits is going to be just a click away.
The new iPhone 12 gives us 17-hour playback for videos, 11 hours for non-stop streaming and 65 non-stop audio playback hours. While the mini gives us 15-hour video, 10-hour streaming and 50-hour audio playback. This is much better than other models. While the charging with 20W adapter can be done in less than an hour in both the iPhones.
MagSafe accessories in another remarkable iPhone 12 feature. The back of iPhone 12 models has magnets which support MagSafe Accessories including charger, iPhone cases, and other MagSafe accessories. Previously Qi was used for charging with 7.5W with MagSafe accessories you can charge with a 15W wireless charger. However, the lighting charging slot is untouched which you can use in iPhone 12 models.
However, iPhone 12 has no EarPods or power adapter this time. They are sold separately. You will receive all new iPhones with a USB-C to Lightning cable. All new iPhone 12 models including Pro and Max are sold together. Since the Pro and Max models are very expensive smartphones due to their stainless steel body and high-tech cameras.
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini come with 4GB RAM
Water And Dirt Resistance in Other iPhones Vs iPhone 12 Models
The number IP68 is a resistance scale. For instance 6 means resistance to dust particles and 8 means resistance to water. Until now IP6x is the highest degree of resistance and Apple iPhones are mostly IP68 which is still great and all the new iPhone 12 models are better resistants despite the same rating.
The iPhone 11 is IP68 water resistant and Apple claimed it can stand water four meters deep for half an hour. Since the new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are also IP68 resistant, they can withstand even more depth about 6 meters more or at least half an hour.
The iPhone 12 Pro has the same resistance of IP68 which can hold against dirt and water
It’s unwise to test its water and dust resistance on your own. Even if it does not get harmed, the damage will leave its marks after sometime and Apple’s warranty does not provide cover for any liquid harm. If you submit it with AppleCare+ an extra amount will be paid for it.
Price And Release Date of iPhone 12 and iPhone Mini Models
The starting price for iPhone 12 with 64GB storage is $699 while if you want better storage you can pay some extra money for that and the limit is up to 256GB. While the price for iPhone 12 mini is $699 with 64GB storage and for more storage options of 128 and 256GB are available. Both iPhone 12 models are available for pre-orders. The iPhone 12 is available for pre-orders from 16th October to be launched on 23rd October while the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini can be ordered from 6th November and will be launched on 13th November. The prices are a bit more for SIM-less iPhone 12 models.
Some More Features…
There are some more exciting features which seem small but have remarkable influence on the buyers’ brains
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini not only support Dolby Atmos sound which is primarily used in AppleTV but also has more specialized audio which is crafted to produce immersive simulated sound.
A proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, barometer, accelerometer and three-axis gyroscope are also loaded on iPhone 12 models which can sense the respective things at par with perfection.
The new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini come with location services like BeiDou, GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and QZSS.
NFC in iPhone 12 models comes with the reader mode and a background tag which help iPhones scan NFC tags without even opening any app.
Since both iPhone 12 models offer 64GB storage initially but upgrades are also available with 128GB and 256GB.
What popular reviewers say about new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini
Many popular gadget reviewing sites have given positive feedback to iPhone 12 and found it better than iPhone 11 mainly for its new design and OLED display. According to TechCrunch its new edges make it easy to hold. TechCrunch says camera improvement is nice especially f/1.6 Wide camera aperture that allows more light for better photos.
The Ultra Wide camera is much sharper and crisper to take pictures without any distortion and there is also great improvement in Portrait Mode to add great detailing.
Reviewers loved the MagSafe accessory addition which they found very helpful and a good leap from Qi-based charging. The connection is also stronger and better that one can use the iPhone easily while charging.
However, the idea of having 5G in an iPhone is quite early for some reviewers. As 5G is still not implemented in all the States of the USA. According to Wired 5G is still not accessible in many States so many may not benefit from its 5G feature. mmWave 5G networks are available only “at a handful places” even in those States where 5G is working.