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Which iPhone12 is the best? The comparison between iPhone 12, Mini, Pro and Pro-Max

Apple has released its mainstream iPhone 12 lineup in late 2020. The iPhone 12 lineup has offered four models, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini. iPhone pro and iPhone pro max. All four models are equipped with the latest futuristic technology, A 14 bionic processor, OLED displays, 5G Connectivity, superb camera technology, and “Magsafe”.

Though, iPhone 12 lineup is approaching the “end of its product cycle”, we can still consider the iPhone 12 lineup as Apple’s latest-generation flagship for its all-around performance.

Let’s find out which iPhone-12 is best among the four variants. Let’s find out which iPhone-12 is the best to buy.

We have reviewed all the four iPhone-12 models “spec-by-spec” and noted down the comparison result for you.

# 1> Apple iPhone 12

Processor: Apple A-14 bionic chip

Storage Options: 64GB/128GB/256GB

Display Size: 6.1 inches

Dimension: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm

Weight: 164g

Rear Cameras: Two 12MP (wide and ultra-wide)

Front Camera: 12MP f/2.2

Colors: Black, White, PRODUCT (Red), Green, Blue

Starting Price: $799

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 pro are quite the same whenever “size” and “battery capacity” are concerned. iPhone 12 comes with one less “rear camera”, without “LiDAR- Scanner” and telephoto capability.

So, if the “camera option” is not so important, then we can easily go for “iPhone 12” to save money, rather than two big pro models.

Pros:

  • Excellent camera functionality
  • Loud stereo speakers
  • Gorgeous “OLED” display

Cons:

  • Volume buttons are tough to feel

# 2> Apple iPhone 12 Mini

Processor Architecture: Apple A14 Bionic Chip

Colors: Black, White, PRODUCT (Red), Green, Blue

Dimension: 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4mm

Weight: 135g

Display Screen: 5.4 inches

Storage-Options: 64GB/128GB/256GB

Rear-Cameras: Two 12MP (wide and ultra-wide)

Front-Camera: 12MP f/2.2

Starting Price: $699

A very intelligent move from Apple is the “iPhone 12 mini”, a comparatively smaller device among all four variants of the iPhone 12 lineup. This “mini” has the same “A-4 bionic chip”, 5G, Wireless-Charging and “Dual rear camera” like iPhone 12.

The rest of the system specifications of this “small” device, the iPhone 12 mini, are also the same as its big brother, iPhone 12. Where lies the difference? The differences are only its “5.4 inches small OLED display” and the price. Yes, you can save $100, if size does not matter to you.

Pros:

  •  Small phone
  •  Flawless performance
  •  Excellent cameras

# 3> Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

Processor: Apple A14 Bionic Chip

Display Size: 6.7 inches

Storage Options: 128GB/256GB/512GB

Rear Cameras: Three 12MP (wide, ultra-wide, telephoto), 5x optical Zoom

Front Camera: 12MP f/2.2

Colors: Silver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue

Size: 160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4mm

Weight: 228g

Starting Price: $1,099

This is Apple’s best offer among all the four variants of the iPhone 12 lineup. Apple iPhone 12 pro-Max offers the biggest “display” and larger battery capacity. This device offers a triplet rear camera with the most advanced technology.

Apple offers a “telephoto” facility with a larger aperture in the “iPhone 12 pro-Max” model than its “iPhone 12 pro” model. Even, the optical Zoom has been enhanced from 2x to 5x in this “pro max” model. Last not but least, Apple has added advanced “Sensor-Shift Optical Image stabilization” technology in its “iPhone 12 pro max” model.

Pros:

  •  Long battery life
  •  Superb cameras

Cons:

  •  Expensive
  •  Big and heavy

# 4> Apple iPhone 12 Pro

Processor Architecture: Apple A14 Bionic Chip

Display-Size: 6.1 inches

Storage Options: 128GB/256GB/512GB

Rear Cameras: Three 12MP (wide, ultra-wide, telephoto), 2x optical zoom

Front Camera: 12MP f/2.2

Colors: Silver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue

Dimension: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm

Weight: 189g

Starting Price: $999

Apple iPhone 12 pro model is having nearly the same specifications as the “Pro Max” model. There are minor differences in telephoto and wide lenses, 2x optical zoom, and smaller aperture compared to the “Pro Max” model.

Another difference is the smaller display, 6.1 inches OLED display, compared to the 6.7 inches display of the “Pro Max” model. The battery life is more or less the same as the “Pro Max” model.

So, if you want to save few bucks, iPhone 12 Pro model will offer you the nearly same experience as its “Pro Max” model.

We would like to recommend you a buyer’s guide video to watch. Video credit “Max Tech” industries.

 

Video credit “Max Tech” industries.

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini both are now available in Dubai, UAE. The price charts are as follows

 

iPhone Model Price  (inclusive of VAT)
iPhone 12 64 GB Starting from  AED 3,399
iPhone 12 128 GB Starting  from AED 3,609
iPhone 12 256 GB Starting  from AED 4,029
   
iPhone 12 Mini 64 GB Starting  from AED 2,999
iPhone 12 Mini 128 GB Starting  range from  AED 3,209
iPhone 12 Mini 256 GB Starting  from AED 3,629

 

Now, let’s have a side-by-side comparison table of the iPhone 12  to visualize the fact more easily.

 

  Model – Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Model – Apple iPhone 12 Pro Model – Apple iPhone 12 Mini Model -Apple iPhone 12
Dimensions (inches) 6.33 x 3.07 x 0.29 in. 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 in. 5.18 x 2.53 x 0.29 in. 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 in.
Display size, resolution 6.7-inch OLED; with 2,778×1,284 pixels resolution 6.1-inch OLED; with 2,532×1,170 pixels resolution 5.4-inch OLED;  with 2,340×1,080 pixels resolution 6.1-inch OLED; with 2,532×1,170 pixels resolution
Pixel density 458ppi 460ppi 476ppi 460ppi
Weight (ounces, grams) 228g .; 8.03 oz 189g .;  6.66 oz 135g .;  4.76 oz 164g .;  5.78 oz
Mobile software iOS 14 software iOS 14 software iOS 14 software iOS 14 software
Camera 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide)
Front Facing Camera 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel
Video Capture 4k 4k 4k 4k
Processor Apple A14 Bionic processor Apple A14 Bionic processor Apple A14 Bionic processor Apple A14 Bionic processor
Storage 512GB 256GB, 128GB 512GB 256GB, 128GB 256GB, 128GB, 64GB 256GB, 128GB, 64GB

 

RAM Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed
Expandable storage NO NO NO NO
Battery Not disclosed; According  to Apple  it will be having 17 hours of video playback Not disclosed; According  to Apple  it will be having 17 hours of video playback Not disclosed; According  to Apple  it will be having 15 hours of video playback Not disclosed; According  to Apple  it will be having 15 hours of video playback
Fingerprint sensor Not available (Face ID) Not available (Face ID) Not available (Face ID) Not available (Face ID)
Connector Lightning Lightning Lightning Lightning
Headphone jack No No No No
Special features ; 5G enabled network;  Lidar scanner  & MagSafe; with water-resistant feature (IP68); with wireless charging; also  dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) ; 5G enabled network;  Lidar scanner  & MagSafe; with water-resistant feature (IP68); with wireless charging; also  dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) ; 5G enabled network;  MagSafe; with water-resistant feature (IP68); with wireless charging; also  dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) ; 5G enabled network;  MagSafe; with water-resistant feature (IP68); with wireless charging; also  dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)
Price off-contract (USD) $1,099 (128GB), $1,199 (256GB), $1,399 (512GB) $999 (128GB), $1,099 (256GB), $1,299 (512GB) $729 (64GB), $779 (128GB), $879 (256GB) $829 (64GB), $879 (128GB), $979 (256GB)

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