Earlier today, Apple introduced its new iPhone 12 series. A surprising addition to the lineup was the iPhone Mini, which at 699 Euros is the new affordable iPhone and offers nearly the same technical specifications as its big brother, only in a more compact format. While the iPhone 12 Mini gets a 5.4-inch screen, the form factor is even more compact than the previous 4.7-inch models.
It's small, but it's bold!
Like the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Mini is powered by Apple's latest A14 bionic chip, which is said to be up to 50 percent more powerful than any other mobile SoC on the market. As is so often the case, Apple backs up its promises with rather vague numbers and percentages, but given the performance of its previous chips, you can be confident.
The chip is etched with 11.8 billion transistors in 5 nm. Artificial intelligence has also been improved with a new 16-core neural engine that can perform 11 TOPS (trillion operations per second).
As always, Apple does not give any information about available RAM or battery capacity. Apple keeps the Lightning connector.
A double photo module
Like the basic iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Mini is equipped with two photo modules:
- a 12 MP wide-angle sensor with f/1.6 lens, 26mm equivalent, OIS and 7-lens design
- an ultra wide angle aperture 12 MP f/2.4, 13 mm equivalent and a 120° F.O.V.
However, most of the work is done in the software. Apple has continued to work on computer-based imaging to improve lighting management with improved HDR and night mode. Incremental features that are not noticeable on paper and are essentially based on the Neural Engine introduced on the iPhone 11 last year
An almost "unbreakable" screen
As explained, the design of the iPhone 12 Mini follows the codes of the iPhone 4 with a straight metal frame and "Ceramic Shield" fronts.
It is a glass with the signature Corning (gorilla glass), specially designed for Apple. The glass is 4 times stronger than the component normally used for gorilla glass.
The 5.4-inch screen is based on Oled Super Retina XDR technology. Unlike some Leaks, there is no 120 Hz refresh rate, and the screen with its rather thin edges still retains a very large notch to accommodate the Face ID device. The design is still rounded, but the edges are more angular, reminiscent of the iPhone 4 design. It will be available in five colours: black, white, product red, bright blue, green, and white.
According to Apple, the 5G on the iPhone 12 Mini will offer improved speeds for faster downloads, better video streaming quality, more responsive gaming, real-time interactivity in applications, FaceTime in high definition, and more.
Customers will also benefit from a fast and secure connection, reducing the need to connect to public Wi-Fi hotspots. With the most 5G bands on a smartphone, iPhone 12 models offer the widest 5G coverage in the world - according to Apple.
But this argument, which I will address in an article tomorrow morning, mainly refers to US models that support millimeter waves, the high-frequency version of 5G, which allows the iPhone 12 Mini to reach speeds of up to 4Gbps even in densely populated areas.
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini models also feature "Smart Data" mode, which extends battery life by intelligently assessing 5G requirements and balancing data usage, speed, and performance in real-time.
The iPhone 12 Mini can be pre-ordered from November 6th, with the official launch set for the following week from November 13th.
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