- Apple has launched the iPhone 12 mini at its Hi, Speed event.
- The iPhone 12 mini comes with the A14 Bionic chipset under the hood.
- Apple's iPhone 12 mini comes with a 5.4-inch OLED display.
Apple's iPhone mini is finally here. After weeks of leaks and rumours, the company's most affordable iPhone 12 series phone for the year was announced at Apple the Apple Park in Cupertino, California.
The iPhone is arguably the most interesting of the four phones launched by Apple at the Hi, Speed event today. In terms of design and appearance, the iPhone 12 mini is the most compact flagship iPhone we have seen in years. But despite its size, it packs in a lot of punch as it essentially offers all the same features as the more expansive and expensive iPhones launched alongside it.
Here's everything you need to know about the iPhone 12 mini.
iPhone 12 mini: Specifications
Display: The iPhone 12 mini comes with a compact 5.4-inch display. The panel here is an OLED Super Retina XDR which features a Ceramic Shield glass cover on top.
Chipset: Under the hood, the iPhone 12 mini comes running Apple's latest A14 Bionic SoC which has been fabricated using a 5nm manufacturing process. It is also claimed to deliver a 40 percent boost in CPU performance and 30 percent improvement in graphics over the existing A13 Bionic chip.
Rear camera: For cameras, the iPhone 12 mini gets a dual camera set-up with a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera and a 12-megapixel ultrawide-angle camera with an f/1.6 aperture and f/2.4 aperture respectively.
Front camera: The iPhone 12 mini also brings with itself a 12-megapixel True Depth camera with an /2.2 aperture. It comes with Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control as well as 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps.
Storage: The phone is available in three variants with either 64GB, 128GB or 256GB of storage under the hood.
RAM: No information on the RAM is available till now, with around 4GB of RAM expected to be paired with the A14Bionic chipset under the hood.
Battery: In terms of battery life, the iPhone 12 mini is claimed to deliver up to 15 hours of video playback.
Operating System: The iPhone 12 mini comes running the latest iOS 14 software to help the user interact with the hardware at hand.
iPhone 12 mini: Features
The most interesting thing about the iPhone 12 mini is definitely its compact form factor which allows for the device to be easily carried around and makes it primed for single-handed usage. However, a quick look at the hardware on offer would reveal that there's a lot more to like about the iPhone 12 mini than just its size.
The display on the iPhone 12 mini comes with a layer of "Ceramic Shield" for better durability. There's water and dust resistance on the phone as it also flaunts an IP68 rating.
The phone is as powerful as any of the iPhone 12 series phones launched this year as it comes powered by Apple's latest A14 Bionic chipset. This is the fastest and most energy-efficient SoC launched by the company to date, which has been fabricated using the company's advanced 5nm manufacturing process. The phone also offers impressive battery life and pairs it with powerful cameras which despite missing out on the LiDAR sensor still offers more than enough for photography enthusiasts.
Apple is also using the new MagSafe magnet system on the iPhone 12 mini. The new compact phone also supports wireless chargers (including Qi-enabled devices) and case accessories which can now snap onto the rear of the device. The phone is available in five color options: blue, green, black, white, and red.
iPhone 12 mini: Price
The iPhone 12 mini has been launched in the United States at a starting price of $699. As the most compact iPhone of the line-up, it also flaunts the most aggressive price tag of the four phones launched today.
In India, the phone will start retail for an aggressive price of Rs 69,900 with trade-in discounts and other offers further promising to bring down the price of the phone. At this price, the phone will see itself put in a strong position against its competition. The device will be available for purchase from October 30 in the country.