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iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini launched with slightly upgraded cameras and a new A15 Bionic chipset

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini have been officially announced
The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini have been officially announced (image via Apple)
Apple's entry-level iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are finally official. Both phones bring some QoL upgrades to the cameras and battery life. The former will cost US$699 and the latter US$799. Pre-orders are live now, and the devices will be available for purchase starting on September 24.
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Apple has finally unveiled the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini alongside the new iPads. It is somewhat surprising to see Apple launch the iPhone 13 mini, given that its predecessor didn't sell particularly well. As foretold by many leaks, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are little more than incremental upgrades over their predecessors. As always, the 'good stuff' is reserved for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Display

Starting with the iPhone 13, we get a 6.1-inch OLED panel, which is scaled down to 5.4-inches on the iPhone 13 mini Both models have what Apple calls a Ceramic Shield on the front, carry an IP68 rating, and have a peak brightness of 800 nits, which can go up to 1,200 nits while displaying HDR content. Other features include support for Dolby Vision and HLG. Unfortunately, the notch is here to stay, and it houses the Face ID sensor and a 12MP selfie camera.

Hardware

Under the hood, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini pack an A15 Bionic SoC. Details about its CPU cores are sparse, but it reuses the Hexa-core design of its predecessor. It is also worth noting that the A15 Bionic variant used in the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini has four GPU cores, while the one on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max has five. Apple claims that the chipset's Neural Engine can perform 15.6 TOPS (trillion operations per second). 5G support is included, too, along with a new image signal processor (ISP).

Cameras

Moving on to the cameras, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini ship with two 12MP sensors at the back. The wide-angle lens now supports sensor-shift OIS, which was exclusive to last year's iPhone 12 Pro Max. It has an aperture of f/1.6, 26mm focal length and can apparently capture 4.7% more light than the iPhone 12. Cinematic mode allows for on-the-fly shifting of focus on a subject. Apple is elusive when it comes to the battery capacities of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini. All we know is that the former lasts an additional 2.5 hours compared to the iPhone 12, and the latter upgrades the battery life by about 1.5 hours.

Price and availability

The iPhone 13 costs US$799, and the iPhone 13 mini is US$699. Both devices are up for pre-order on Apple's website and are available in five colourways: Starlight, Midnight, Blue, Pink, and Red. One can purchase the phone from Apple or authorized retailers starting on September 24 in over 30 countries.

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iPhone 13 notch (image via Apple)
iPhone 13 notch (image via Apple)
iPhone 13 chassis (image via Apple)
iPhone 13 chassis (image via Apple)

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Anil Ganti - Senior Tech Writer - 686 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2019
I've been an avid PC gamer since the age of 8. My passion for gaming eventually pushed me towards general tech, and I got my first writing gig at the age of 19. I have a degree in mechanical engineering and have worked in the manufacturing industry and a few other publications like Wccftech before joining Notebookcheck in November 2019. I cover a variety of topics including smartphones, gaming, and computer hardware.
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Anil Ganti, 2021-09-14 (Update: 2021-09-14)