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At a glance
- 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display
- Powerful A15 Bionic processor
- Dual 12MP rear camera
- Improved battery life
- One of the smallest high-end smartphones around
- With a screen measuring 5.4-inches across, the iPhone 13 mini is a rarity when it comes to small, modern smartphones.
- Running on Apple’s latest and most powerful processor, the A15 Bionic chip, this device packs a lot of punch into its small frame.
- According the Apple, the iPhone 13 mini’s dual rear camera lets in 47% more light than its predecessor.
Design & Appearance
The iPhone 13 mini is a stylish and compact handset. In terms of its design, it looks just like the iPhone 13, albeit quite a bit smaller.
It measures just 131.5mmx64.2mmx7.65mm and weighs 141 grams. Compared to the iPhone 12 mini, it’s only a fraction taller and wider, but slightly thicker and heavier. So, despite its small size, this isn’t the smallest iPhone you can buy.
Just like the iPhone 13, you have a choice of five colours when it comes to the iPhone 13 mini – Midnight (black), Starlight (white), Blue, Pink, and PRODUCT (Red).
The iPhone 13 mini comes with two 12-megapixal cameras on the rear – an f/2.4 ultra wide-angle lens and an f/1.6 wide-angle lens. There’s also a 12-megapixel Face ID camera on the front too for the perfect selfie.
Unlike its sister models, the iPhone 13 mini isn’t capable of optical zoom, but it’s a very decent camera nonetheless. In fact, apart from the lack of optical zoom, the iPhone 13 mini’s camera is as capable as that of the iPhone 12 Pro Max – but it cost a fraction of the price upon first release.
The camera also comes with a number of new features which amateur photographers will appreciate, including an improved Night mode and Cinematic mode.
With a 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display, the iPhone 13 mini packs a lot of colour and vibrancy into its small and compact screen.
The screen has a resolution of 2340x1080 pixels at a density of 476 pixels per inch.
Like the other models in the iPhone 13 range, the Face ID notch on the iPhone mini has been cut down in size by 20% compared to the previous generation. This results in more room for the crisp-looking screen.
Software & Features
The iPhone 13 mini runs on iOS 15, which is Apple’s latest operating system and comes with all the up-to-date features. You should also be able to update your iOS each year for many years, an area where Apple holds an advantage over its competitors.
One of the most helpful features of iOS 15 is the new Focus mode, which lets you filter your notifications during certain times of the day. This means you don’t have to keep changing your settings each time you want to be on Do Not Disturb mode – the Focus tab will do this automatically on your request.
Running on one of the most powerful chips around – the A15 Bionic processor – the iPhone 13 mini is a seriously powerful smartphone, especially considering its relatively small size.
It has 4GB of RAM, and it starts at 128GB of internal storage – double that of the iPhone 12 mini – and goes up to a possible 512GB.
The battery life of the iPhone 13 mini lets it down somewhat, especially when compared to the much-improved batteries seen on the premium models. However, this is to be somewhat expected with Apple products, and it should still last longer than your iPhone 12 mini.