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Apple iPhone 13 mini: As compact as high-end allows

Offers a lot of performance in a compact format: The Apple iPhone 13 mini
Offers a lot of performance in a compact format: The Apple iPhone 13 mini
In many aspects, the iPhone 13 mini features the same hardware as the larger model, and its performance is similar as well. However, the 5.4-inch screen turns out to be a tad too small at times.
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After having reviewed the Apple iPhone 13 mini, it's clear that even the smallest smartphone is capable of delivering a lot of power. Just like the iPhone 13, the case of only 13.1 x 6.4 centimeters and 7.65 millimeters of thickness houses the Apple A15 Bionic SoC with 6x 3.2 GHz and a quad-core GPU; this is accompanied by 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage in our test configuration.

Just like its larger counterpart, the iPhone 13 mini also provides a smooth operating system and is able to run demanding apps over prolonged periods of time without any issues. In addition, the compact phone still manages to achieve a very good battery runtime of over 14 hours in our real-world Wi-Fi test despite its slightly smaller battery of 2,406 mAh.

The camera setup is the same as well with two 12 MP lenses at the back and one 12 MP camera at the front. The resulting image quality is likewise identical. Photographs are rendered on the small OLED display with very rich colors and a very high brightness of 830 cd/m² on average.

This also makes the iPhone 13 mini well suited for outdoor use, as image content can still be recognized well here despite the glossy display surface. The fact that the case is IP68-certified ensures protection against dust and water as well.

Although the small smartphone performed very well in everyday testing, some app controls were a bit too small due to the reduced screen size. This was especially noticeable in games, but it can also lead to difficulties in other applications.

Read our review to find out what else the compact Apple iPhone 13 mini has to offer.

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Mike Wobker
Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Senior Tech Writer - 446 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I carried out my first IT experiments with a 386-based system and a whole 4 MB RAM. This was followed by work on various PCs and laptops that I maintained and repaired for friends and acquaintances. After training to become a Telecommunications Systems Technician and gaining a few years of experience, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Currently, I pursue my fascination for IT, technology, and mobile devices by writing reviews and articles for Notebookcheck. I have also worked for Gamestar, Netzwelt, and Golem, among others.
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Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 485 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Mike Wobker, 2021-10-30 (Update: 2021-10-30)