iPhone 12 mini Vs iPhone XS Max

iPhone 12 Mini
iPhone 12 Mini Starting from £221.75
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iPhone XS Max
iPhone XS Max Starting from £224.36
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iPhone 12 Mini iPhone XS Max


iPhone 12 Mini iPhone XS Max
Width 64.2 mm 77.4 mm
Height 131.5 mm 157.5 mm
Weight 135 g 208 g
Thickness 7.4 mm 7.7 mm
Volume 62.47 cm³ 93.87 cm³


iPhone 12 Mini iPhone XS Max
Resolution 1080 x 2340 px 1242 x 2688 px
Density 476 ppi 456 ppi
Size 5.4 inches 6.5 inches


iPhone 12 Mini iPhone XS Max
Battery capacity 2227 mAh* 3174 mAh*
Removable battery No No
Wireless charging Yes Yes
Fast charging Yes Yes
Ultra power saving mode Yes Yes

*Refurbished devices sold on Back Market offer at least 85% of this maximum power


iPhone 12 Mini iPhone XS Max
Maximum storage 256 GB 512 GB
External memory slot No No
RAM capacity 4 GB 4 GB
5G support Yes No
LTE support Yes Yes


iPhone 12 Mini iPhone XS Max
Front camera resolution 12 MP 7 MP
Main camera resolution 12 MP 12 MP
Multi lens Yes Yes
Optical zoom Yes Yes
Flash Yes Yes
Optical stabilization Yes Yes
Slow motion video Yes Yes
Main camera video resolution 2160 px 2160 px


iPhone 12 Mini iPhone XS Max
Stereo speakers Yes Yes
3.5mm jack socket No No
Radio No No
Number of microphones 2 3

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iPhone XS Max vs iPhone 12 mini Comparison

Which is better, the iPhone XS Max with its big screen or the smaller, newer iPhone 12 mini?

Buying a new phone can quickly become a headache when you don’t know what you need. Considering an iPhone 12 mini or iPhone XS Max? Let’s see which is better.

iPhone XS Max – a big beautiful screen

The iPhone XS Max is best known for its 6.5-inch screen and with good reason. Although this phone has been around a while, its screen is still up there with the best. It’s bright, sharp and a joy to watch. The iPhone 12 mini has the same OLED screen, but less of it, 1.1 inches less. The iPhone XS Max has excellent battery life, around 25 hours. The iPhone 12 mini has similar battery life, but you get around half an hour less run time. Size-wise, the iPhone XS Max is clearly the bigger and heavier phone (you can’t get that screen without it). It measures 157.5 x 77.4 mm and weighs 208 g compared to the iPhone 12 mini at 131.5 x 64.2 mm and 135 g. It comes down to preference but you might find the smaller iPhone 12 mini easier to handle, that’s if you’re happy to sacrifice the screen size.

iPhone 12 mini – a fast phone with great cameras

The iPhone 12 mini was released a couple of years after the iPhone XS Max, and that means it comes with a faster processor, the A14 compared to the A12. It also gets a camera upgrade. While both these phones have 2 X 12 MP rear cameras, the iPhone 12 mini’s are more advanced and offer an ultra-wide lens for sharper images. You do get a better zoom on the iPhone XS Max as it has 2 x optical zoom while the iPhone 12 mini has digital zoom. On the front the iPhone 12 mini has a 12 MP selfie camera and can record 4K video, the XS Max has a 7 MP selfie camera and HD video. In terms of storage, you get the same 4 GB with either phone, and the same goes for fast charging.

Which is better?

Size aside, these two phones have lots of similarities, from storage to screens. Are better cameras and a lighter faster phone more your thing, or are you all about the screen? If you’re looking to buy either phone, you might want to get a refurbished model, they perform well and will save you some money.

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