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iPhone 12 mini Vs iPhone SE (2020)

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iPhone 12 Mini
iPhone 12 Mini Starting from €380.45
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iPhone SE (2020)
iPhone SE (2020) Starting from €177.00
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How they compare

Customer reviews

iPhone 12 Mini iPhone SE (2020)
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Design

iPhone 12 Mini iPhone SE (2020)
Width 64.2 mm 67.3 mm
Height 131.5 mm 138.4 mm
Weight 135 g 148 g
Thickness 7.4 mm 7.3 mm
Volume 62.47 cm³ 67.99 cm³

Screen

iPhone 12 Mini iPhone SE (2020)
Resolution 1080 x 2340 px 750 x 1334 px
Density 476 ppi 326 ppi
Size 5.4 inches 4.7 inches

Battery

iPhone 12 Mini iPhone SE (2020)
Battery capacity 2227 mAh* 1821 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

Performances

iPhone 12 Mini iPhone SE (2020)
Maximum storage 256 GB 256 GB
External memory slot No No
RAM capacity 4 GB 3 GB
LTE support Yes Yes

Camera

iPhone 12 Mini iPhone SE (2020)
Front camera resolution 12 MP 7 MP
Main camera resolution 12 MP 12 MP
Multi lens Yes No
Optical zoom Yes No
Flash Yes Yes
Optical stabilization Yes Yes
Slow motion video Yes Yes
Main camera video resolution 2160 px 2160 px

Audio

iPhone 12 Mini iPhone SE (2020)
Stereo speakers Yes Yes
3.5mm jack socket No No
Number of microphones 2 3

Our recent comparisons

iPhone SE (2020) vs iPhone 12 mini Comparison

iPhone SE 2020 vs iPhone 12 mini: which is the better compact iPhone?

If you're in the market for a compact, powerful smartphone, there are two models to choose from: the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone SE 2020 edition. The iPhone 12 mini is smaller than the iPhone SE 2 (131.5 mm x 64.2 mm vs 138.8 mm x 67.3 mm). However, it is slightly thicker (0.74 mm vs 0.73 mm). The iPhone 12 mini is also lighter than the iPhone SE 2020 (135 g vs 148 g). So the iPhone 12 mini is the more compact iPhone.

Which one has the better screen?

The two models have different screens. The iPhone SE 2 has a 4.7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels, but the iPhone 12 mini has a 5.4-inch Super Retina OLED XDR display with a Full HD+ resolution (1080 x 2340 pixels). The iPhone 12 mini's screen is therefore incomparably better.

iPhone SE 2020 vs iPhone 12 mini: the performance duel

The 2020 iPhone SE runs on Apple's 2020 A13 Bionic chip, while the iPhone 12 mini is powered by the Apple A14 Bionic chip, the same as in the iPhone 12, which is one year newer. The iPhone 12 mini also has 4GB of RAM compared to 3GB of RAM for the 2020 iPhone SE. The iPhone 12 mini is therefore faster and smoother. It is also compatible with 5G, unlike the iPhone SE 2. When it comes to batteries, the iPhone 12 mini still has the edge: 1821 mAh for the iPhone SE 2020 versus 2227 mAh for the iPhone 12 mini.

Which one takes better pictures?

The iPhone 12 mini has two 12MP photo sensors, while the iPhone SE 2020 has only one (12MP wide-angle). Both smartphones are capable of filming in up to 4K.

Verdict: which one is better?

As you can see, the iPhone 12 mini is better in all aspects. And that's normal, since the iPhone SE 2 is a budget iPhone, which was designed to be affordable and therefore makes concessions. When new, an iPhone 12 mini costs £579 and an iPhone SE 2 costs £339. If you buy them in refurbished versions, you'll find them for £379 and £142 respectively. So you can save a lot money with either iPhone. 

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