Yesterday Apple made a most peculiar move. On the one hand, it increased the screen size of its iPhone 12, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, that is, it made them larger. On the other hand, it released an iPhone 12 mini that is smaller than the iPhone SE (2020), the smallest (until yesterday) in its catalog and that aspires to become the greatest exponent of compact smartphones.

While the rest of the manufacturers have been expanding the size of their devices with screens that slowly but surely approach seven inches (playing, yes, with the 19, 20 and 21: 9 format), Apple you have decided to reduce the size of your iPhone, but maintaining high-end features. The iPhone 12 mini is a small and compact premium high-end that, as if that were not enough, has no competition if we stick to its size.

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Unique in its kind

Until now, the user who wanted a small iPhone had the option of the iPhone 11 Pro or the iPhone SE, which for practical purposes is nailed to the iPhone 8 in terms of design and dimensions. This is 138.4mm high, 67.3mm wide, and 7.3mm thick. The iPhone 12 mini, for its part, is 131.5 mm high, 64.2 mm wide and 7.4 mm thick. It is 0.1 millimeter thicker, but more compact. It also weighs less, 13 grams to be exact.

It also has a larger screen, as iPhone 12 mini inherits the design of iPhone 12, ergo the front all screen and the notch. The iPhone SE (2020) keeps the two huge top and bottom bezels, so it has a more dated and less diagonal design. That is, we are talking about the iPhone 12 mini having 5.4 inch screen in a smaller body than the iPhone SE (2020), which is 4.7 inches.

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But beyond that, under the hood of the iPhone 12 mini we have a high end engine. The same, in the absence of knowing its RAM capacity and taking internal storage out of the equation, than the iPhone 12, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max: the Apple A14 Bionic processor of five nanometers. This is where the key to the matter is. There is not a single Android mobile, not a single one, that has this size and is a current high-end.

So curious is the matter that if we access the advanced search of GSMArena and filter the mobiles launched between 2019 and 2020 that are up to 140 millimeters high, up to 66 millimeters wide and up to 8 millimeters thick, the only result that appears to us is the iPhone 12 mini. If we extend the years to 2018, a second mobile appears, the Palm Phone, and if we extend to 2015 we already have eight results, the most recent Android model being the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016). But what if we look at the screen size?

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With the size of the screen we have a problem, and that is that manufacturers have started to play with the format. Mobile phones are no longer 18: 9, because 6.5 inches in that format are little less than a pocket notebook, but they are 19: 9, 19.5: 9 (like the iPhone 12 mini), 20: 9 and, in very extreme cases, 21: 9 (mainly Sony and some Motorola). That is, because a mobile has 6.7 inches, it does not have to feel very large in hand, since its format is more elongated.

But equally, let’s do the test: mobiles of any range launched between 2019 and 2020 with up to 5.4 inches of screen. Outcome? Not a single high-end. We have some mid-range and low-end smartphones, like the Samsung Galaxy A01 Core, the A2 Core, the J2 Core (2020) and the Xiaomi Redmi Go, but there is not a single flagship. What does this tell us? That non-iOS options of 5.4 inches or less are basically mid-range or low-end terminals that little or nothing resemble the iPhone 12 mini in terms of benefits.

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Xiaomi Redmi Go.

Let’s be generous, let’s move on to 2020 phones of up to 5.9 inches, so not to exceed the six-inch barrier. High-end? Not even a single one. The closest in specifications could be the Google Pixel 5 (which is not sold in Spain), the Google Pixel 4a (which is a premium mid-range) and the Sony Xperia 10 II, but none compete in gross power and size against the iPhone 12 mini.

It is not until we put 2019 into the equation that we start to see the odd competitor with less than six inches. The only one that by specifications can compete with the iPhone 12 mini is the Samsung Galaxy S10e, which has an Exynos 9810; the Google Pixel 4 with its Snapdragon 855 and the Nokia 9 PureView with the Snapdragon 845. Not a single high-end with recent compact-size processors. In other words, the iPhone 12 mini is a unique product in its category.

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That leaves the iPhone 12 mini in an interesting position: a premium high-end with the iPhone 12’s engine, photographic set, display technology, build, and features, but in a small package. The obstacle? Probably its price, which is significantly higher to each and every one of the smartphones that we have mentioned in this comparison. Your advantage? If you want a high-end mobile that is small and, sticking to the experience with the iPhone SE (2020), easy to use with one hand, is currently the only option.

Source : Engadget

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