If you're considering a new iPhone for your next handset, and you want something that not only has the latest specs, but also comes in at an affordable price point, then both iPhone 11 and the newer iPhone 12 mini are sure to hit the mark.
To help you decide between the two models, we're putting iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 11 head-to-head. Compare all the specs from each device, and discover the right handset for you, below.
Design and Display
There are a number of key differences to keep in mind when it comes to the design and display of iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 11. As its name suggests, iPhone 12 mini is a smaller handset, measuring 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.3mm and featuring a 5.4-inch OLED display. iPhone 11, meanwhile, is on the larger side, coming in at 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm with a 6.1-inch LCD display.
The featured displays differ in more than just size, too. While smaller, iPhone 12 mini uses Apple's latest Super Retina HDR display technology for an even clearer picture, and has Ceramic Shield - first introduced with the iPhone 12 series - on the front for 4x better drop performance. The quality and colour accuracy on iPhone 11 are excellent too, with the Liquid Retina HD display and glass front capturing every last detail for an immersive, cinematic experience. Both iPhones include Apple's True Tone display technology and Haptic Touch.
iPhone 12 mini also has a glass back to match its Ceramic Shield front, and a sleek frame made from aerospace-grade aluminium. iPhone 11 uses the same aluminium frame, with glass on both the front and back. Each device has an IP68 water and dust resistance rating, with iPhone 12 mini capable of surviving in 6m of water for up to 30 minutes, and iPhone 11 offering water resistance in 2m of water up to 30 minutes.
iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 11 have both been equipped with advanced, dual-lens rear camera systems. Fully capable of delivering professional-looking pictures in seconds, either handset will serve you well.
However, there are a few things to consider when it comes to choosing between the two models. iPhone 11, for example, has a 12MP wide lens with an aperture of f/1.8 and an ultra wide lens with f/2.4, whereas iPhone 12 mini has a dual 12MP+12MP setup, with the wide lens coming in with an aperture of f/1.6 and an identical ultra wide lens.
iPhone 12 mini also offers Smart HDR3 instead of next-gen Smart HDR, and alongside the 4k and 1080p HD video capabilities of iPhone 11, it can also record in Dolby Vision HDR for up to 30 fps.
Both models have an impressive 2x optical zoom range, offer optical image stabilisation to help keep your subject in focus and come loaded with some of Apple's best photography features, like Night mode, Deep Fusion Depth Control, Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting.
As for the selfie camera, there's a 12MP single-lens sitting front and centre. iPhone 12 mini's front camera is also capable of Night mode for late night photo opportunities.
Recording videos on either phone is easy too. Apple has made sure you'll have everything you need to shoot wherever, whenever. Optical Image Stabilisation helps get rid of shaky footage, and Audio Zoom means you can always hear clearly, even if you're recording at a distance. Quick Take, time-lapse and slow-mo are all available on both handsets, helping you to get creative and mix things up in just few simple taps.
All the cutting-edge tech you'll need for a smooth, streamlined performance can be found inside iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 11. Both devices include innovative Apple features like Siri, Apple Pay and use the latest operating system iOS 14. There's support for b thanks to the front-facing cameras too - with iPhone 12 mini delivering Face ID in HD when using 5G or a stable Wi-Fi connection.
iPhone 12 mini can also connect to 5G for even faster download speeds, while iPhone 11 is a 4G handset. iPhone 12 mini has been designed with Apple's newest chip - A14 Bionic - as well, whilst iPhone 11 runs on the previous generation A13 Bionic.
Don't be fooled by iPhone 12 mini's size, this handset still has plenty of power to take you from day to night. From one full charge, you can expect up to 15 hours of video playback, and all-day power with regular usage.
iPhone 11, meanwhile, can go for even longer, delivering up to 17 hours of video playback from one full charge. Both iPhones offer Qi wireless charging and fast charging, and, with the right 20W adapter (sold separately), it can boot back up to 50% in less than 30 minutes.
iPhone 12 mini also features Apple's new charging technology: MagSafe. Making its debut with the iPhone 12 series, iPhone 12 mini is compatible with all MagSafe chargers and accessories, delivering the quickest wireless charging available on an iPhone.