Earlier today, Apple introduced its new iPhone 12 series. A surprising addition to the lineup was the iPhone Mini, which at $ 699 is the new affordable iPhone and offers almost the same technical specifications as its big brother, but in a more compact format. While the iPhone 12 Mini gets a 5.4-inch display, the form factor is even more compact than previous 4.7-inch models.
It’s small, but it’s daring!
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% more powerful than any other mobile SoC on the market. As is 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 enhanced with a new 16-core neural engine that can perform 11 TOPS (trillion operations per second).
As always, Apple doesn’t 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:
- 12 MP wide-angle sensor with f / 1.6 lens, 26mm equivalent, OIS and 7-lens design
- an ultra-wide angle 12 MP f / 2.4 aperture, 13 mm equivalent and a 120 ° field of view
However, most of the work is done in software. Apple continued to work on computer imaging to improve lighting management with improved HDR and night mode. Incremental features that are not visible on paper and which 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” facades.
It is a glass with the Corning signature (gorilla glass), specially designed for Apple. 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 120Hz refresh rate, and the screen with its rather thin bezels still maintains a very large notch to accommodate the Face ID device. The design is still rounded, but the edges are more angular, reminiscent of the design of the iPhone 4. It will be available in five colors: black, white, product red, bright blue, green and white.
According to Apple, the iPhone 12 Mini’s 5G will offer improved speeds for faster downloads, better video streaming quality, more responsive gaming, real-time interactivity in apps, high-definition FaceTime, 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 world’s widest 5G coverage – according to Apple.
But that argument, which I’ll cover in an article tomorrow morning, mostly 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 ‘at 4 Gbps even in densely populated areas. .
The 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 real-time performance.
The iPhone 12 Mini can be pre-ordered from November 6, with the official launch slated for the following week from November 13.