iPhone 12 Mini or iPhone SE [2020]; Which one is the best? | Cell phone

The iPhone 12 Mini is the new Apple phone for those who prefer smaller screens. With a 5.4 inch display, the smartphone is an alternative to the iPhone SE 2020, which has a small screen but still has an outdated look, with thick edges.

The price, however, is high for the latest model: from US $ 699 (about R $ 3,900, in direct conversion). The iPhone SE 2 attracts because it is cheaper (R $ 3,699, in the official store) – but does the technical data pay off? Find out in the comparison below.

Comparison: iPhone 12 Mini or iPhone SE 2020. (Image: Tecnoblog)

Price of iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone SE 2020

The iPhone 12 Mini was announced on October 13 and is not yet available in Brazil. For comparison purposes, we will use the dollar price converted to reais (excluding taxes). Consider that the values ​​practiced here tend to be much higher.

Storage iPhone 12 Mini iPhone SE 2020
64 GB $ 699 (R $ 3,900) R $ 3,699
128 GB $ 749 (R $ 4,200) R $ 4,199
256 GB $ 849 (R $ 4,750) R $ 5,199

It is worth mentioning that the prices of the iPhone SE 2020 increased with the launch of the iPhone 12 line. In online retail, it is still possible to find the device for R $ 3,029, in the 128 GB version, but this should not last long.

New iPhone SE (Image: Apple)

New iPhone SE (Image: Apple)

Screen and design

The iPhone 12 Mini has a 5.4 inch display, against 4.7 inches of the iPhone SE 2020. But the final height and width of the device are smaller on the larger screen model, due to the large edges of the iPhone SE 2. See:

  • iPhone 12 Mini: 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4 mm / 133 grams
  • iPhone SE 2020: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm / 148 grams

Thus, the iPhone 12 Mini represents a greater benefit for those looking for a cell phone that fits in their pocket.

iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 8 (Image: Apple)

iPhone 12 Mini is smaller, even with a bigger screen (Image: Apple)

In addition, while the iPhone SE 2020 still features a Retina HD display, the iPhone 12 Mini is expected to deliver more intense contrasts and more vivid colors with OLED technology.

The color options are also greater on the iPhone 12 Mini: black, white, red, green, and blue. On iPhone SE, we have black, white and red.

iPhone 12 Mini (Image: Apple)

iPhone 12 Mini is available in more colors (Image: Apple)

If you are a fan of Touch ID, you will still have the possibility to use it in SE 2020. The water and dust resistance has been increased in the latest model: instead of IP67, the iPhone 12 Mini is IP68 certified.

Performance and connectivity

The iPhone 12 Mini is more advanced in performance – it features the Apple A14 Bionic processor, manufactured in a 5 nanometer process, which promises graphics performance up to 50% higher than its predecessor.

But the iPhone SE 2020 is still an excellent option for those who want to run even the heaviest games and demanding apps, as it brings the A13 Bionic, the same chip as the iPhone 11.

Both have the same storage options: 64 GB, 128 GB or 256 GB.

The iPhone SE 2020 was announced with iOS 13, but already has an update for iOS 14. The iPhone 12 Mini leaves the factory with iOS 14. Among the highlights of the operating system version are the new home screen with customizable widgets, Picture mode in Picture (PiP) and the possibility to make third-party apps as standard for email and browser.

5G is exclusive to the iPhone 12 line

If your intention is to buy an iPhone to use for many years, the iPhone 12 Mini tends to offer more advantages, since it is compatible with 5G (in the Sub-6GHz standard) and should deliver greater speed when connecting to mobile networks in the future .

The technology still needs to arrive in Brazil, but this should be an asset of the device in some years. The iPhone SE 2020 is limited to 4G networks (which is not, in fact, a problem at the moment).

Better photos and videos in the dark with iPhone 12 Mini

The iPhone SE 2020 still has a single rear camera, which means that it does not allow the user to explore new possibilities of angles with the ultra-wide lens, such as the iPhone 12 Mini.

New iPhone SE (2020)

iPhone SE 2020 has only one rear camera. (Image: Apple)

In addition, the latest smartphone does better in night shots, with an improved Night mode and also available for the ultra-wide lens and in the front camera, for selfies.

The videos also get improvements on the iPhone 12 Mini. Thanks to the A14 Bionic, it is possible to shoot in HDR with Dolby Vision at up to 30 fps, allowing you to capture more details and even more realistic colors.

See the photo and video specifications below:

iPhone 12 Mini iPhone SE 2020
Back camera 12 MP (f / 1.6) (wide) + 12 MP (f / 2.4) ultra-wide) 12 MP (f / 1.8)
Frontal camera 12 MP (f / 2.2) 7 MP (f / 2.2)
Video HDR video recording with Dolby Vision at up to 30 fps / 4K video recording at up to 60 fps 4K video recording at up to 60 fps

Battery and charging

The iPhone 12 Mini promises up to 15 hours of video playback, while the iPhone SE 2020 has an estimated two hours less battery life.

Both have wireless charging in the Qi standard, and the iPhone 12 Mini is also compatible with MagSafe, which allows the improvement of wireless charging in the smartphone, according to Apple.

MagSafe on iPhone 12 (Image: Apple)

MagSafe on iPhone 12 Mini (Image: Apple)

And speaking of the battery – Apple removed the wall adapter from the new iPhones, and the decision also affects previously released iPhones, such as the iPhone SE 2020 and the iPhone 11.

The manufacturer claims to have the best intentions: “Apple is also removing the power adapter and EarPods from the iPhone packaging, further reducing carbon emissions and preventing mining and the use of precious materials, which allows for smaller and lighter and allows 70% more boxes to be sent on a pallet ”, he communicated.

But the consumer is not at all satisfied. The change brings an additional cost of R $ 438 for those who need the accessories.

iPhone 12 Mini or iPhone SE 2020?

The iPhone 12 Mini certainly outperforms specifications and also offers a more up-to-date look to consumers looking for a relatively small device. With its launch, Apple finally met the demand for a small, but powerful and modern smartphone, with support for 5G networks. Still, its price in Brazil can be frightening.

If you have no problems with the old look of iPhones (or are nostalgic about Touch ID), iPhone SE 2020 can be a good deal – but hurry up, not to find it at very high prices. You should avoid it if: the screen is the main decision factor; needs the longest-lasting battery possible; intends to make very good photos and videos at night.

With information: Apple (1 and 2)

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