iPhone 12 mini Vs iPhone SE (2020)

iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 12 mini
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iPhone SE (2020)
iPhone SE (2020)
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iPhone 12 miniiPhone SE (2020)


iPhone 12 miniiPhone SE (2020)
Width64.2 mm67.3 mm
Height131.5 mm138.4 mm
Weight135 g148 g
Thickness7.4 mm7.3 mm
Volume62.47 cm³67.99 cm³


iPhone 12 miniiPhone SE (2020)
Resolution1080 x 2340 px750 x 1334 px
Density476 ppi326 ppi
Size5.4 inches4.7 inches


iPhone 12 miniiPhone SE (2020)
Battery capacity2227 mAh1821 mAh
Removable batteryNoNo
Wireless chargingYesYes
Fast chargingYesYes
Ultra power saving modeYesYes

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iPhone 12 miniiPhone SE (2020)
Maximum storage256 GB256 GB
External memory slotNoNo
RAM capacity4 GB3 GB
LTE supportYesYes


iPhone 12 miniiPhone SE (2020)
Front camera resolution12 MP7 MP
Main camera resolution12 MP12 MP
Multi lensYesNo
Optical zoomYesNo
Optical stabilizationYesYes
Slow motion videoYesYes
Main camera video resolution2160 px2160 px


iPhone 12 miniiPhone SE (2020)
Stereo speakersYesYes
3.5mm jack socketNoNo
Number of microphones23

iPhone SE (2020) vs iPhone 12 mini Comparison

iPhone SE 2020 vs iPhone 12 mini: which is the better compact iPhone?

If you're in the market for a compact, powerful smartphone, there are two models to choose from: the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone SE 2020 edition. The iPhone 12 mini is smaller than the iPhone SE 2 (131.5 mm x 64.2 mm vs 138.8 mm x 67.3 mm). However, it is slightly thicker (0.74 mm vs 0.73 mm). The iPhone 12 mini is also lighter than the iPhone SE 2020 (135 g vs 148 g). So the iPhone 12 mini is the more compact iPhone.

Which one has the better screen?

The two models have different screens. The iPhone SE 2 has a 4.7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels, but the iPhone 12 mini has a 5.4-inch Super Retina OLED XDR display with a Full HD+ resolution (1080 x 2340 pixels). The iPhone 12 mini's screen is therefore incomparably better.

iPhone SE 2020 vs iPhone 12 mini: the performance duel

The 2020 iPhone SE runs on Apple's 2020 A13 Bionic chip, while the iPhone 12 mini is powered by the Apple A14 Bionic chip, the same as in the iPhone 12, which is one year newer. The iPhone 12 mini also has 4GB of RAM compared to 3GB of RAM for the 2020 iPhone SE. The iPhone 12 mini is therefore faster and smoother. It is also compatible with 5G, unlike the iPhone SE 2. When it comes to batteries, the iPhone 12 mini still has the edge: 1821 mAh for the iPhone SE 2020 versus 2227 mAh for the iPhone 12 mini.

Which one takes better pictures?

The iPhone 12 mini has two 12MP photo sensors, while the iPhone SE 2020 has only one (12MP wide-angle). Both smartphones are capable of filming in up to 4K.

Verdict: which one is better?

As you can see, the iPhone 12 mini is better in all aspects. And that's normal, since the iPhone SE 2 is a budget iPhone, which was designed to be affordable and therefore makes concessions. When new, an iPhone 12 mini costs £579 and an iPhone SE 2 costs £339. If you buy them in refurbished versions, you'll find them for £379 and £142 respectively. So you can save a lot money with either iPhone. 

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