Compare iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 and iPhone SE. Which iPhone is right for you?

The main differences are 5G support and camera performance, and the convenience of Touch ID on the SE.

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2020年10月15日, 午前 11:15 in egmt
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Apple has announced all four models in the iPhone 12 series. In this article, we compare the second-generation iPhone SE, released this spring, with the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 in a comparison table.

iPhone SE (2nd generation) iPhone 12 mini iPhone 12
Original OS iOS 13 iOS 14 iOS 14
Chip A13 Bionic
Third-generation Neural Engine
A14 Bionic
Next-generation Neural Engine
A14 Bionic
Next-generation Neural Engine
Display 4.7-inch Retina HD
LCD Multi Touch
True Tone display
1400:1 contrast ratio (typical)
625 nits max brightness (typical)
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
Wide color display (P3)
5.4-inch Super Retina XDR display
OLED Multi Touch
Ceramic Shield
HDR display
True Tone
Wide color (P3)
2,000,000:1 contrast ratio (typical)
625 nits max brightness (typical)
1200 nits max brightness (HDR)
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display
OLED Multi Touch
Ceramic Shield
HDR display
True Tone
Wide color (P3)
2,000,000:1 contrast ratio (typical)
625 nits max brightness (typical)
1200 nits max brightness (HDR)
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
On-screen Function Haptic Touch Haptic Touch
Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
Haptic Touch
Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
Resolution 1334 x 750 2340 x 1080 2532 x 1170
PPI 326 475 460
Biometric Authentication Touch ID Face ID Face ID
Capacity 64 /128 /256GB 64 /128 /256GB 64 /128 /256GB
Camera 12MP Wide camera
ƒ/1.8 aperture
Digital zoom up to 5x
Portrait mode
Portrait Lighting
Optical image stabilization
Six-element lens
LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync
Panorama (up to 63MP)
Autofocus with Focus Pixels
Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
Next-generation Smart HDR for photos
Advanced red-eye correction
Auto image stabilization
Burst mode
Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG
Dual 12MP camera system: Ultra Wide and Wide cameras
Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
Wide: ƒ/1.6 aperture
2x optical zoom out
Digital zoom up to 5x
Portrait mode
Portrait Lighting
Optical image stabilization (Wide)
Five-element lens (Ultra Wide),
seven-element lens (Wide)
Brighter True Tone flash with Slow Sync
Panorama (up to 63MP)
100% Focus Pixels (Wide)
Night mode
Deep Fusion
Smart HDR 3 with Scene Detection
Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
Lens correction (Ultra Wide)
Advanced red-eye correction
Auto image stabilization
Burst mode
Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG
Dual 12MP camera system: Ultra Wide and Wide cameras
Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
Wide: ƒ/1.6 aperture
2x optical zoom out
Digital zoom up to 5x
Portrait mode
Portrait Lighting
Optical image stabilization (Wide)
Five-element lens (Ultra Wide),
seven-element lens (Wide)
Brighter True Tone flash with Slow Sync
Panorama (up to 63MP)
100% Focus Pixels (Wide)
Night mode
Deep Fusion
Smart HDR 3 with Scene Detection
Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
Lens correction (Ultra Wide)
Advanced red-eye correction
Auto image stabilization
Burst mode
Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG
Video Recording 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
720p HD video recording at 30 fps
Optical image stabilization for video
Digital zoom up to 3x
LED True Tone flash
QuickTake video
Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
Time-lapse video with stabilization
Extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps
Continuous autofocus video
Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
Playback zoom
Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264
Stereo recording
HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 30 fps
4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
720p HD video recording at 30 fps
Optical image stabilization for video (Wide)
2x optical zoom out
Digital zoom up to 3x
Audio zoom
Brighter True Tone flash
QuickTake video
Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
Time-lapse video with stabilization
Night mode Time-lapse
Extended dynamic range for video up to 60 fps
Continuous autofocus video
Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
Playback zoom
Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264
Stereo recording
HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 30 fps
4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
720p HD video recording at 30 fps
Optical image stabilization for video (Wide)
2x optical zoom out
Digital zoom up to 3x
Audio zoom
Brighter True Tone flash
QuickTake video
Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
Time-lapse video with stabilization
Night mode Time-lapse
Extended dynamic range for video up to 60 fps
Continuous autofocus video
Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
Playback zoom
Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264
Stereo recording
Front Camera 7MP camera
ƒ/2.2 aperture
Portrait mode
Portrait Lighting
1080p HD video recording at 30 fps
Retina Flash
QuickTake video
Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)
Auto HDR for photos
Auto image stabilization
Burst mode
12MP camera
ƒ/2.2 aperture
Portrait mode
Portrait Lighting
Animoji and Memoji
Night mode
Deep Fusion
Smart HDR 3 with Scene Detection
HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 30 fps
4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps
Time-lapse video with stabilization
Night mode Time-lapse
Extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps
Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p)
QuickTake video
Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
Lens correction
Retina Flash
Auto image stabilization
Burst mode
12MP camera
ƒ/2.2 aperture
Portrait mode
Portrait Lighting
Animoji and Memoji
Night mode
Deep Fusion
Smart HDR 3 with Scene Detection
HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 30 fps
4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps
Time-lapse video with stabilization
Night mode Time-lapse
Extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps
Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p)
QuickTake video
Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
Lens correction
Retina Flash
Auto image stabilization
Burst mode
SIM Card nano-SIM and eSIM nano-SIM and eSIM nano-SIM and eSIM
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0
NFC NFC with reader mode, FeliCa
Express Cards with power reserve
NFC with reader mode, FeliCa
Express Cards with power reserve
NFC with reader mode, FeliCa
Express Cards with power reserve
Location Built-in GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and BeiDou
Digital compass
Wi-Fi
Cellular
iBeacon microlocation
Built-in GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and BeiDou
Digital compass
Wi-Fi
Cellular
iBeacon microlocation
Built-in GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and BeiDou
Digital compass
Wi-Fi
Cellular
iBeacon microlocation
Sensors Touch ID
Barometer
Three-axis gyro
Accelerometer
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor
Face ID
Barometer
Three-axis gyro
Accelerometer
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor
Face ID
Barometer
Three-axis gyro
Accelerometer
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor
Water and Dust Resistant Rated IP67 (maximum depth of 1 meter up to 30 minutes) Rated IP68 (maximum depth of 6 meters up to 30 minutes) Rated IP68 (maximum depth of 6 meters up to 30 minutes)
Finish Black, White, (PRODUCT)RED Black, White, (PRODUCT)RED
Green, Blue
Black, White, (PRODUCT)RED
Green, Blue
Battery Video playback: Up to 13 hours
Video playback (streamed): Up to 8 hours
Audio playback: Up to 40hours
Video playback: Up to 15 hours
Video playback (streamed): Up to 10 hours
Audio playback: Up to 50 hours
Video playback: Up to 17 hours
Video playback (streamed): Up to 11 hours
Audio playback: Up to 65 hours
Wireless Charging works with Qi chargers MagSafe
up to 15W
Qi wireless charging
up to 7.5W
MagSafe
up to 15W
Qi wireless charging
up to 7.5W
Weight 148g 135g 164g
Size 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4mm 148.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm
Pricing 64GB: $399
128GB: $449
256GB: $549
64GB: $699
128GB: $749
256GB: $849
64GB: $799
128GB: $849
256GB: $949

The iPhone SE has a familiar front design from the first generation, and many people will choose it for the ease of use of the home button (Touch ID) and for its size, which is easy to hold in the hand. On the other hand, the top and bottom bezels make the display size as small as 4.7 inches. Even if you consider that the newly announced iPhone 12 mini, which is even smaller than the iPhone SE, has a 5.4-inch display, the SE's display feels smaller.

The iPhone 12, on the other hand, has a 6.1-inch display, which is more generous than the SE and 12 mini. By the way, the iPhone 11 Pro, which will be eliminated at this announcement, has a screen size of 5.8 inches, which is a bit smaller than the 6.1-inch display of the iPhone 12.

Since the iPhone SE has an LCD display, its maximum brightness is lower than that of the iPhone 12 mini or 12, which uses OLED, and it may not be as visible in direct sunlight.

Nevertheless, we think Touch ID is more convenient than Face ID in many situations nowadays, when people wear masks on a daily basis to prevent infection with the new coronavirus.

Because the A13 Bionic processor of iPhone SE is still usable in terms of performance, if you value ease of use rather than the size of the screen without being concerned about 5G support or camera performance, you can say that the cost-effective iPhone SE is the right choice for 256GB at ¥60,800 in terms of price.

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This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.


 

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