This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.


Apple's new smartphone, the iPhone 12 mini, is now available. In a chassis smaller than the second-generation iPhone SE (the same size as the iPhone 8), it has a large 5.4-inch OLED display, a high-performance A14 Bionic processor, and support for 5G communications, so there are no compromises in terms of performance despite its small size.

While we'll leave the details of how it feels to use the product to the review articles already posted (see below), in this article, we compared the size of the actual iPhone 12 mini with the original iPhone SE, a typical example of the small size of the iPhone in the past.

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Compared to the original iPhone SE

The size and weight of each device are as follows

  • iPhone 12 mini: 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4mm, weight 133g

  • Original iPhone SE: 123 x 58.6 x 7.6mm, 113g

Even though it's smaller, the iPhone 12 mini is 9 mm taller and 5.6 mm wider than the original iPhone SE, and it weighs 20 grams more. On the other hand, the thickness has been reduced by 0.2mm. A side-by-side comparison of the two devices shows that the iPhone 12 mini is one size larger.

When I actually operate it, I do not feel the difference in the size as much as the specification. Although it's an exaggeration when we describe it as "the same size feeling", even the original iPhone SE users should be able to move to iPhone 12 mini without difficulty.

Although it is obvious at a glance, the iPhone 12 mini has a much larger screen than the original iPhone SE. To be honest, the display of the first iPhone SE is now "too small to be used properly", but the iPhone 12 mini seems to be able to enjoy social networking and watching videos.

The iPhone 12 mini has the same two camera configuration as the iPhone 12, a wide-angle lens and an ultra-wide-angle lens. The lens sticks out from the back just like the other iPhone 12 series. The design of the original iPhone SE with its flat lens is rather nostalgic.

The iPhone 12 mini is small enough, although it's one size larger than the original iPhone SE. And even though it's small, the display is decently large, thanks to its narrower frame, so it's a nice size that combines compactness and ease of use.

For more information on how it feels, please see the following review articles.


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.