iPhone 13 mini evaluate: Mini dimension, large potential

(Pocket-lint) – The Apple iPhone 13 collection succeeds the iPhone 12 collection – and regardless of rumours suggesting we would not see the return of the trustworthy smaller-scale mini within the 2021 line-up, fortunately these rumours have been false. As a result of the mini is again and it is higher than ever. Whether or not it is the final in its lineage is one other query, after all.

The iPhone 13 mini is the smallest within the iPhone 13 collection – which consists of 4 gadgets: the iPhone 13, 13 Professional, and 13 Professional Max – however do not let its smaller display screen dimension idiot you into pondering it is a lesser system. Typically nice issues are available in small packages and the iPhone 13 mini is certainly a pocket powerhouse.

Our fast take

We’ve got a lot love for this small-screen iPhone. It delivers efficiency nicely past its dimension – matching the iPhone 13 in that regard – and has nice cameras, all wrapped right into a pocketable and light-weight design that makes for a refreshing change in comparison with sometimes bigger gadgets.

No, the iPhone 13 mini’s battery life is not practically as nice because the bigger iPhones, and the rear digicam housing does stand out just a little extra on this compact form-factor – however do not let these factors put you off solely, as a result of they’re stuff you’ll be taught to dwell inside a matter of days.

For those who’re somebody who likes a 6.5-inch or bigger show for watching films, and need higher battery stamina, the iPhone 13 mini in all probability will not be your bag. However for everybody else, you should not underestimate the ability of small – as this handset is a pocket powerhouse with large potential.

The truth that it is closely rumoured to be the final smaller iPhone that Apple produces, in the meanwhile, is an actual disgrace and makes it an much more strong funding for anybody seeking to downsize their smartphone. 

Apple iPhone 13 mini review: Pocket powerhouse

Apple iPhone 13 mini

4.5 stars – Pocket-lint advisable


  • Beautiful compact and light-weight design
  • Strong efficiency – the identical energy as iPhone 13
  • Stunning vibrant show
  • Nice digicam efficiency

  • Battery life is not wonderful
  • Digicam housing seems to be large on this smaller handset
  • No telephoto zoom lens
  • No quick refresh-rate show


Compact design

  • Finishes: Midnight, Pink, Blue, Starlight, Product (RED) 
  • Dimensions: 131.5. x 64.2 x 7.65mm / Weight: 141g
  • IP68 water resistant ranking
  • Ceramic Protect entrance

The Apple iPhone 13 mini takes its design cues straight from its predecessor, the iPhone 12 mini. These paying shut consideration will spot a few variations, although, together with a diminished notch on the high of the show and a bigger digicam housing – and consequently bigger digicam lenses – which suggests any outdated circumstances will not match.

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The flat edge design continues from the iPhone 12 mini, albeit a fraction of a millimetre thicker, whereas aluminium continues to be the fabric of selection for the body, with glass dealing with duties on the rear. The matte end of the body is not as premium trying because the iPhone 13 Professional fashions, however the dimension and weight of the mini make it a delight to carry – even one-handed.

The bigger digicam housing on the rear is definitely extra outstanding on this smaller iPhone in comparison with the others. It is as a result of the bigger lenses – organized diagonally for the 2021 design – simply stand out far more on the smaller system. That stated, you would be hard-pressed to discover a smartphone lately the place the rear digicam housing is not a dominating design function.

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Total, the iPhone 13 mini’s compact construct is refreshing, the best selection for individuals who do not need a giant-screen telephone. It is small, light-weight, and pocketable – however with all the ability of the bigger possibility within the vary.

Brighter show

  • 5.4-inch Tremendous Retina XDR OLED show
  • 2340 x 1080 decision (476ppi)
  • 1200nits max brightness (HDR)
  • True Tone, Haptic Contact

The Apple iPhone 13 has a 5.4-inch show, which though is not the smallest display screen within the firm’s portfolio – the iPhone SE has a 4.7-inch show – it’s the smallest system bodily. That is due to the iPhone 13 mini choosing Face ID on the high of the show, quite than a Contact ID button under it. 

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We briefly talked about that the notch had been diminished for the iPhone 13 collection, although this discount is slight. Apart from messing with a couple of apps like Instagram – which can little question be mounted imminently – you in all probability would not even discover the discount except you had the older telephone sat alongside the brand new one. It is a good gesture nevertheless it’s not a game-changer general.

The iPhone 13 mini additionally has a brighter show than the iPhone 12 mini (from 1000nits to 1200nits for HDR). Nonetheless, nothing else adjustments on the show in comparison with the 2020 mannequin. The decision stays the identical, as does the know-how, with True Tone and Haptic Contact each on board. Total, the display screen is vibrant, punchy, and delivers nice viewing angles.

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Not like the iPhone 13 Professional fashions and lots of different flagship smartphones like Samsung’s Galaxy S21 vary, the iPhone 13 mini retains a typical 60Hz refresh fee quite than including Apple’s ProMotion know-how, which delivers an adaptive refresh fee (from 10Hz as much as 120Hz). Will you discover? Maybe in case you had a Professional subsequent to a mini to check, however in actuality, in all probability not.

Twin cameras

  • Twin rear cameras:
    • Foremost (26mm): 12-megapixel, f/1.6 aperture, 1.7µm pixel dimension, sensor-shift stabilisation
    • Broad (13mm): 12MP, f/2.4, 120-degree FOV
  • TrueDepth entrance digicam:
    • 12-megapixel, f/2.2 aperture
  • No LiDAR sensor, no optical zoom lens
  • Night time Mode, Cinematic Video, Photographic Kinds

Among the finest issues concerning the iPhone, in addition to gadgets like Samsung’s Galaxy S21 and Google’s Pixel 5, is the flexibility to ship good digicam outcomes with none problem. Level, shoot, get an honest consequence. 

Do not get us improper, although, it is nice to even have the choice to do extra manually to get a barely extra arty shot or video – which is the place new options like Cinematic video and Photographic Kinds come into play.

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The Apple iPhone 13 mini includes a twin rear digicam, comprised of a 12-megapixel vast and 12-megapixel ultra-wide. The primary sensor is alleged to let in 48 per cent extra mild than the iPhone 12 mini and it additionally options the iPhone 12 Professional Max’s sensor-shift optical picture stabilisation. The ultra-wide digicam, in the meantime, is alleged to supply 4 occasions extra within the shot. 

In comparison with the bigger Professional fashions, you miss out on macro mode, the third telephoto lens for optical zoom, and ProRes (which is coming later this yr). For those who’re focused on how the 2021 Professional’s digicam system performs then head to our iPhone 13 Professional evaluate.

When it comes to the iPhone 13 mini, ends in good lighting circumstances are wonderful, with loads of element, whereas low-light efficiency can be nice. Often we observed a slight delay between tapping the shutter button and Night time Mode kicking in to take the shot, however the finish result’s good however.

The Cinematic video mode we talked about lets you choose the place you need the main focus to be and that object, particular person or pet can be tracked all through seize. You possibly can change the main focus in the course of the video or you may change it after the very fact, so it may be as sophisticated or easy as you want. It is a enjoyable function and one that’s nicely worthy of a strive – however good lighting is important for it to work correctly.

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On the video entrance, 4K HDR recording with Dolby Imaginative and prescient is supported at 60fps, with Dolby Imaginative and prescient and HDR kicking in robotically, as was the case with the iPhone 12 mini.

The Photographic Kinds function is one other one which runs throughout the entire of the iPhone 13 collection, making use of a refined filter to the picture. Though be warned: you may solely apply the filter forward of taking an image and as soon as taken you may’t take away it. Fortunately the outcomes are refined, so you are not going to finish up with a ruinous bleach bypass impact or something like that. There are 4 presets – Vibrant, Wealthy Distinction, Heat, Cool – that may be accessed with a swipe up from the underside within the digicam app that you could decide to make use of earlier than you press the shutter button. 

Efficiency and battery

  • As much as 17 hours battery life (2438mAh)
  • 128GB/256GB/512GB storage sizes
  • A15 Bionic processor
  • 5G and Wi-Fi 6

The Apple iPhone 13 mini runs on the A15 Bionic chipset with Neural Engine – and it delivers a really speedy efficiency in our expertise. We moved into the iPhone 13 mini from an iPhone 12 Professional and we have been stunned that we observed a efficiency increase, particularly for the reason that iPhone 12 Professional by no means felt prefer it wanted one.

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Every part masses rapidly, the system switches between duties with none points, whereas video games and apps run easily. The iPhone 13 Professional is barely extra highly effective than the mini, regardless of additionally utilizing the A15, because it has an extra GPU core (5 versus 4) for its setup.

When it comes to battery efficiency, the iPhone 13 mini is not as strong because the bigger iPhone 13 – which delivers a much-improved job on this division – however it’ll nearly get you thru the day. 

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The up-to-17-hours of battery life declare is just a little optimistic in our expertise although – we have been getting between 12 and 14 hours earlier than it wanted a top-up. After all, battery life very a lot is dependent upon what you do along with your telephone and what sort of consumer you might be. Begin recording 4K video or run 5G all day and you will see it deplete rapidly.

Acquainted software program 

The Apple iPhone 13 mini runs on iOS 15, which is obtainable for all iPhone gadgets (from the iPhone 6S and later). There are a couple of additional options on the 13 that you simply will not discover on older fashions, nonetheless, just like the Cinematic video mode and the Photographic Kinds within the digicam app, however in any other case the expertise is a well-recognized one.

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Somewhat than diving into all the brand new options that include the newest software program although, you may learn our separate iOS 15 function that provides a deeper breakdown about what’s new, what’s good, and what’s much less welcome. 

To recap

If you don’t need a big-screen system then this handset is good. It is a true pocket powerhouse that is nicely worthy of your consideration – in case you can forgive the smaller battery life as the one compromise anyway.

Writing by Britta O’Boyle. Modifying by Max Freeman-Mills.