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Apple iPhone 13 mini Smartphone (2021)

MSRP 699 USDNEX score 90%

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Product Overview

iPhone 13 mini is the most compact model of Apple's 2021 iPhone lineup. It is also one of the smallest premium smartphone on the market today. Sharing with the standard iPhone 13 most of its design elements and feature set, the iPhone 13 mini caters to those who want power and refinement but who also value compactness and portability.
Just like the iPhone 12 mini, the 13th-gen model has a 5.4-inch OLED display flatly placed in an aluminum chassis sandwiched in glass front and rear panels. It shares its color options with the standard iPhone 13.
In this release, Apple for once does not emphasize the performance of the A15 Bionic chip, preferring to compare it to the competition. This may be a hint that the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are an incremental evolution of the 2020 models.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Slim, lightweight design
  • Long battery life
  • Decent camera performance
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 90% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent performance
  • Great battery life
  • Beautiful OLED screen
  • Sleek design
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No biometric authentication
  • No headphone jack
  • No Night Mode
  • No 5G or wireless charging
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
Lightning (USB 2.0)
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0 + NFC

Construction

Camera | Front
12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm, 1/3.6
Camera | Rear | Ultra-Wide
12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm
Camera | Rear | Wide
12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm, 1.7µm, dual pixel PDAF, sensor-shift OIS
Colors
(PRODUCT)RED, Starlight, Midnight, Blue, Pink
Material
Ceramic Shield front + Glass back and aluminum design
Speakers
Stereo speakers

Dimensions

Size | Depth
0.30 inch (7.65 mm)
Size | Height
5.18 inches (131.5 mm)
Size | Width
2.53 inches (64.2 mm)
Weight
4.97 ounces (141 grams)

Display

Brightness
800 nits max brightness (typical); 1200 nits max brightness (HDR)
Contrast Ratio
2,000,000:1 contrast ratio (typical)
Display Diagonal
5.4 inch
Display Type
OLED, Super Retina XDR display
Gamut
P3, True Tone
Pixel Density
476 ppi
Resolution
2340 x 1080

Function

AI
Siri
Bluetooth Profiles
A2DP, LE
Chipset
A15 Bionic chip, 5nm
Fast Charging
Up to 50% charge in 30 minutes @ 20W
GPS
A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS
Graphics
4‑core GPU
Operating System
IOS 15
Operating Temperature
32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
Processor
6‑core CPU with 2 performance and 4 efficiency cores + 16‑core Neural Engine
Security
Face ID
Sensor
Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
SIM
5G, single or dual Nano SIM
Touch Screen
Haptic Touch
Video Recording
4K 60p / FHD 240p
Weather Resistance
Rated IP68
Wireless Charging
Qi, up to 7.5W / MAgSafe, up to 15W

Performance

Battery Life
Up to 17h video playback / 55h audio playback
Storage
128, 256, or 512 GB

Production

Availability
2021-10-24
Debut
2021-09-14

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

gsmarena[1]

Sentiment Score 89%
Reviewers from gsmarena have found the following***:
Cinematic Mode simulates rack focus automatically and is shot in 1080p resolution with 30fps. Depth map is created in real-time, and an algorithm automatically decides which subject should be on focus. The video quality is good, but we don't think the edge detection is quite there yet and the blurred effect is not that good.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Beautiful OLED screen
  • Excellent performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Small bezels
  • No Night Mode

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The iPhone 13 mini's 5.4-inch OLED display has 2,340-by-1,080-pixel resolution. It has a wide color gamut and Apple's True Tone color management. The 13 mini handles 4G and 5G; it runs iOS 15 on the new A15 processor.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Better battery life than the iPhone 12 mini
  • Sleek design
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • No 5G or wireless charging
  • No headphone jack

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score 92%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The iPhone 13 mini is built to be premium, but with a smaller body screen. It features a 5.4-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 – that means it has the highest pixels per inch figure of the entire iPhone 13 range. The phone sits comfortably in the hand, and it's easy to use with just one hand as well. Your storage options here are 128GB, 256GB or 512GB. If you want more storage than that you'll need to opt for the iPhone 13 Pro.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Bigger screen
  • Powerful processor
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No 5G
  • No wireless charging

tomsguide[4]

Sentiment Score 91%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The iPhone 13 mini debuts with iOS 15, which is a pretty major update. It sports new features like tweaked notifications, Focus mode, FaceTime improvements and upgrades to many core apps. Fans of smaller handsets will love this phone, as it fits in many a pocket. But what I dislike is the lack of fast charging and biometric authentication.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Great battery life
  • Fast charging
Cons
  • No biometric authentication
  • No headphone jack

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Apple iPhone 13 mini review. [gsmarena]. https://www.gsmarena.com/apple_iphone_13_mini-review-2333p6.php. 2021-10-16. Retrieved 2021-10-16.
2. ^ Apple iPhone 13 mini Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/apple-iphone-13-mini. 2021-09-28. Retrieved 2021-09-28.
3. ^ Hands on: iPhone 13 mini review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/iphone-13-mini. 2021-09-21. Retrieved 2021-09-22.
4. ^ iPhone 13 mini review: The best small phone just got better. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/iphone-13-mini. 2021-09-21. Retrieved 2021-09-23.

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