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iPhone 13 Vs. iPhone 13 Mini: Which Size Suits You The Best?


After the launch of the iPhone 12 Mini, the demand for a compact phone among Apple users has increased although the sale numbers are still not satisfactory. This year Apple has again tried a compact variant of the new iPhone in the form of the iPhone 13 Mini and it is everything you can expect from a compact phone. But on the other hand, the regular iPhone 13 also includes some features that many of the users might find more appealing. Here’s a comparison between the two devices so you can pick whether to buy the iPhone 13 Mini or the regular iPhone 13. 

- Updated: 2nd Nov 2022, 18:42 IST

The official announcement of the iPhone 13 series was somewhat of a historical event. The company announced a completely refreshed lineup of iPhones with features that users were eagerly asking for years. The iPhone 13 Mini and the iPhone 13 both have exact same specifications except the screen size and battery capacity. But in terms of actual usability and ease of use, both devices offer a completely different experience. So here’s a quick comparison between the two devices that helps answer the question of how to decide which of these two iPhones you should pick up.

Design: iPhone 13 Vs. iPhone 13 Mini

The iPhone 13 series was all about refinement but Apple did not make any major changes to the device apart from a smaller notch and the dual cameras on the rear are placed in diagonal arrangement instead of a vertical line. 

As the smallest phone obviously the iPhone 13 Mini has a lesser weight (141 grams) compared to 174 grams for iPhone 13. The iPhone 13 Mini is 15.2 mm shorter and 7.3mm narrower compared to the iPhone 13. Both phones have the same thickness but the smaller size of the iPhone 13 Mini makes it much more pocketable than the iPhone 13.

Hardware: iPhone 13 Vs. iPhone 13 Mini

iPhone 13 Design

The display size is the main difference between the iPhone 13 Mini and the regular iPhone 13 with a 5.4 inches for the 13 Mini versus 6.1 inches for the regular iPhone 13. While both the devices features exact same Super Retina XDR OLED display that is HDR10 compliant and has a peak brightness of 1200 nits.

What you are missing out here is the ProMotion tech that the bigger siblings iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max come with. While both the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have an adaptive refresh rate and can go from 10 Hz to 120 Hz the iPhone 13 Mini and the regular iPhone 13 both are capped at the regular 60 Hz display. 

Also read: iPhone 13 Mini Review: The Best Compact iPhone Out There!

As mentioned before the display technology inside both phones is the exact same and the only difference is the size of the display. So if you decide to pick the iPhone 13 Mini the only thing that you will be missing out on is a bigger display, and a larger battery and nothing else.

The A15 Bionic is the fastest CPU that you can find in a smartphone and is up to 50% faster in performance in delivering graphics-intensive tasks compared to the leading competitors. The CPU is made using a 5nm manufacturing process and Apple boasts that it has nearly 15 billion transistors inside. If we compare it to the last year’s A14, the A15 is just about 7% faster. To decide between the mini and regular iPhone 13, it’s easy to make a decision as performance is almost the same in both variants.

The battery life on the iPhone 12 series was something a subject of criticism. And Apple has finally heard the consumers and decided to upgrade the battery capacity of the iPhone 13 Mini and the iPhone 13. The iPhone 13 features a 3240 mAh battery while the iPhone 13 Mini features a 2438 mAh battery. And with about 32% more battery, the iPhone 13 is an absolute beast.

Apple says that the overall battery life has been improved in the iPhone 13 mini and the iPhone 13 compared to the previous generation so we get 1.5 hours and 2.5 hours longer battery life respectively.

iPhone 13 mini

On the other hand, the charging speed is kept at 20W on both the iPhone 13 Mini and the iPhone 13 which is still not that fast. The MagSafe technology is supported by both the phones and wireless charging is also an option so there is no big difference on that part.

Camera: iPhone 13 Vs. iPhone 13 Mini

Similar to the hardware inside the camera system on both the iPhone 13 Mini and the iPhone 13 are almost identical. We are looking at a dual-camera setup on both phones with 12 megapixels wide and 12-megapixel ultrawide sensors. Now the camera system has also seen an upgrade borrowing features from iPhone 12 Pro Max featuring sensor-shift optical image stabilization.

Also read: iPhone 13 Pro Max Review in India – Closest To Being Perfect

Camera Quality

The ultra-wide camera on both the phones has been upgraded with a custom-made sensor but in reality, the aperture is kept the same as the one used in the previous generation -f/2.4. Overall when it comes to choosing which phone do you want to pick, there is literally no difference as they are practically identical in terms of camera performance.

Software: iPhone 13 Vs. iPhone 13 Mini


Both the iPhones have identical hardware and are running on the exact same iOS version. Both the iPhone 13 Mini and iPhone 13 come with the latest iOS 15 and will have support for future iOS updates for the next 3-5 years at least. The new iOS 15 features a bunch of new features such as redesigned notifications, a focus mode that can filter notifications and apps, redesigned maps, SharePlay, and a major update to the Photos app iOS 15 is full of features that can be a delight to use for any user irrespective of which phone you pick.

Also Read: Here’s Every Single New Feature in iOS 15

Conclusion: iPhone 13 Vs. iPhone 13 Mini

If we sum up and simplify there are three main differences between the iPhone 13 Mini and their iPhone 13. The first one is obvious the screen size, the second one is the battery life that is better on the bigger iPhone 13 and finally, if you pick iPhone 13 Mini it will put less strain on your pocket. If you look at it the choice is easy if you are looking for a compact phone then you have to go for the iPhone 13 Mini on the other hand if you prefer a bigger screen then iPhone 13 would be a good choice.

How to sell your old phone and upgrade to iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Mini?

There are a lot of online and offline options to sell your old phone. But if you want to get the best value for your phone we at Cashify can help you out to get the best value for your old device.

Cashify offers a very simple door-step pickup procedure. You just have to schedule a pickup and once it is picked up you’ll receive your money in your bank account. Of course, you can choose from any of the other offline or online options to sell your phone but none of them will provide a value better than Cashify. Here’s how the procedure to sell your phone on Cashify goes.

  1. The process to sell your phone begins with creating an account on Cashify if you already don’t have one. 
  2. Then visit the Sell old phone page and choose the brand of your smartphone. 
  3. Now choose the model of your phone and you will then be redirected to the ‘sell’ page.
  4. You just have to fill in a few details of your device as asked and you’ll have an estimated buyback value for your phone.
  5. Now a Cashify executive will come to your dooorstep, perform a quick quality check and transfer the amount to your bank account. It’s that simple.


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Highlights of the Story

  • iPhone 13 is what Apple has brought this year with a bit of refreshed design and a bunch of bonus features such as a higher refresh rate display.
  • On the other hand, the iPhone 13 Mini might be the last Mini phone that we might see from Apple and this compact device offers everything that its bigger sibling has to offer
  • Let’s take a look at a quick comparison between the iPhone 13 Mini and the regular iPhone 13.

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