Apple iPhone 12 mini in for review

13 November 2020
The first mini iPhone is here, let's see what's so special about it.

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  • Anonymous

Decent phone for 350 euros, max

  • Anonymous

Traded a 2020 SE for the 12 Mini. Bigger screen, faster chip, 5G and bigger battery. Had no complaints about the 2020's battery , I sure the Mini will be fine. I don't sit and play videos and games all day.

  • ME

Only Sony knows how to build small phone with long lasting battery..
but even they have this days big batteries.

  • Anonymous

Sanjay, 13 Nov 2020Waiting for battery tests....my guess is 80 to 90hNow THAT would be fantastic - my guess is 55-60; but if your guess is correct, I am the First one to buy :-)

  • Anonymous

What happened with iPhones don't need a huge battery because they are optimised?
Truth is no matter what they do, the SoC is flagship and will eat it all.
What we need is an Android phone with mid tier SoC, 5.5 - 5.8" amoled screen with a punchole or a tiny notch, no garbage depth cameras to eat space and a little bit thicker bosy to flush the camera bump for the maximum possible battery capacity.

Essen, 14 Nov 2020Being small should be no excuse to put in a small battery. ... moreI don’t think you can increase the battery size by increasing the thickness by a few millimetres. On most iPhones the battery only covers 2/3 of the width and the length. So there will be empty space in the rest of the chassis which can cause structural issues.

Finally, someone realized that not everyone wants a large screen phone. I don't even care if it runs on iOS, this is definitely on my wish list. At this point, Android OEMs should really follow in Apple's footsteps. I really cannot wait for Sony to bring back the Compact name for their future Xperias.

To all Chinese Manufactures
Make one mid range 5 and half inch phone

Sanjay, 13 Nov 2020Waiting for battery tests....my guess is 80 to 90hMy guess is 65

  • Anonymous

Essen, 14 Nov 2020Being small should be no excuse to put in a small battery. ... moreHow do you know 2mm thicker is going to afford you 500 mAh?

6: 53 hours SOT of continuous active use is more than enough for a small phone:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PkriBLEkC8

Lighter users will never have a battery problem with this feather weight phone.

Android--Master, 14 Nov 2020If you look at teardown videos, the battery isn't that... moreYeah you're right though... I've checked even the xz1 compact did have a larger 2700 mah battery in smaller chassis. Probably I forgot that it's apple. They tend to put smaller batter on their phone.

  • Essen

Being small should be no excuse to put in a small battery. Apple could have easily increased thickness by a couple of millimetres, gotten the lens flush with the back and packed in some 500-800 mah (on a conservative side) extra. In any case, it's way better to put in slightly more battery with some thickness than slapping on that ugly, unwieldy smart battery case that Apple peddles.

  • Anonymous

This exact weight and form factor for a non android GO android smartphone. Please manufacturers. I am begging you

  • Anonymous

TFT, 13 Nov 2020Endurance test please. Rest is fine.Yeah pretty much same for me. I’m typing from it. First day with full charge. It’s 4pm. 60% charge left. Got off charger at 7am. Didn’t use much. So not bad. Just normal I think which is fine.

The iPhone 12 normal size I used was getting great battery, like at 11pm that night I was seeing as high as 50%!!

Akira Kurou, 14 Nov 2020Well for a small phones usually will have small battery. ... moreIf you look at teardown videos, the battery isn't that small, the capacity is.
Bigger battery can be easily fit in that frame.

Android--Master, 14 Nov 2020True especially when even budget Android phones are providi... moreWell for a small phones usually will have small battery.

Budget android phones do have larger battery that can last days but most of them are quite large smartphone. Even if they did made compact sized (galaxy s10e and xiaomi mi9 se) the battery endurance is just average. Unless you referring to the compact xperias waaay back then that is both small and have a long lasting battery.

But for this phone probably for people who just wanted a small phone. For compact android phone maybe have to wait for next year though.

Panda eyes, 13 Nov 2020Should be similar if not slightly better then the se thx to... moreI know, I want it !

  • Anonymous

Thanks to apple’s later chip and the optimization the mini can deliver very good battery life despite being small. It’s not going to be better than the battery on a larger phone but it will be good to last a whole day. The fact is that at the moment only Apple is capable to bring a small size phone with top end performance because of their chips and iOS. Android needs a lot of ram to run as smooth as aniPhone and it is not optimized meaning that they can’t do what Apple does. Apple once more is ahead.

Anonymous, 14 Nov 2020Why? The user experience would be hampered by the small ba... moreTrue especially when even budget Android phones are providing 2 day battery life with heavy use. No excuse for 600$ phone to give 3-4hr SOT with moderate usage.
You are absolutely correct, no one wants to charge battery 2-3 times a day or carry around a giant powerbank at all times to power that small phone.

Anonymous, 14 Nov 2020Why? The user experience would be hampered by the small ba... moreNo.