Pocketable but powerful, the iPhone 13 Mini is the most compact model in Apple's 2021 range. Read on for a good look at its key features.
iPhone 13 Mini at a glance
The most pocketable model in Apple's iPhone 13 range is also the most affordable. And the good news is that apart from featuring a smaller screen and a less beefy battery, it packs in all the same key features as the standard iPhone 13.
It's got the same excellent dual rear camera set-up and an identical selfie camera too. And it's equally powerful, thanks to the A15 processor that keeps everything ticking over smoothly.
iPhone 13 Mini availability and price
As you'd expect all major networks are selling it on monthly contracts, including options with unlimited data and no upfront cost.
iPhone 13 Mini design
With a screen that dominates the whole front of the phone, a glass and metal construction and smooth square edges, the iPhone 13 Mini is very much in the mould of earlier iPhones.
However, a trained eye will notice that this time around Apple has shrunk the screen notch. With the result that eats into less of the display.
The camera layout at the rear has a new look too. And in a break with the past, the camera lenses are now aligned diagonally.
No mere cosmetic change, this has allowed Apple to equip the iPhone 13 Mini with sensor shift image optical stabilisation to help minimise camera blur and counteract the slight movements your hands make when you take a photo.
And finally, Apple has also introduced some new colour options. You can now pick up the iPhone 13 Mini in a choice of:
- Product Red
- Starlight white
- Midnight black
iPhone 13 Mini camera
The iPhone 13 Mini's main, rear camera set-up comprises a 12-megapixel wide lens and a secondary 12-megapixel ultrawide lens.
The big change from 2020 is that the iPhone 13 Mini performs much, much better in low light. That's largely down to the fact that the wide lens can capture nearly 50% more light, as well as the addition of the handy Night Mode.
Apple has also introduced Photographic Styles. These are pre-sets that allow you to apply a pre-defined aesthetic across your photos.
Video recording has been upgraded as well, with the addition of Cinematic Mode that seamlessly and automatically shifts focus between the subjects of your clip.
iPhone 13 Mini specs
Key specifications of the iPhone 13 Mini are:
- Dual 12-megapixel main cameras
- 5.4-inch screen with smaller notch
- 2,406mAh battery is larger and lasts longer than iPhone 12 Mini
- Faster wireless and wired charging
What's the difference between the iPhone 13 Mini and iPhone 12 Mini?
At first glance, not too much. They share a very similar design. And feature an identically sized 5.4-inch screen, albeit with a smaller notch in the case of the iPhone 13 Mini.
That's not to say that the iPhone 13 Mini isn't much of an upgrade on the iPhone 12 Mini. Rather that all the iPhone 13 Mini's upgrades are under the bonnet.
Perhaps the biggest of these is the camera. Not only is it much better for shooting in challenging, low light conditions. It now incorporates some features that were previously reserved for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max too.
The iPhone 13 Mini is also more powerful than its predecessor, with the addition of a brawnier A15 processor, and comes with a longer-life battery.
Can I get the iPhone 13 Mini with no upfront cost?
You can. Most major networks offer iPhone 13 Mini contracts with nothing to pay upfront. So you should be able to take your pick.
The best way to track down iPhone 13 Mini contracts with no upfront cost is to use the filters on the left-hand side of our comparison table on this page.
Can I get the iPhone 13 Mini with unlimited data?
Almost all household-name networks offer the iPhone 13 Mini with unlimited data. To find them, head to the comparison table at the very top of this page and use the filters on the left-hand side.
What's the cheapest way to get an iPhone 13 Mini?
If you've got some savings and don't mind dipping into them, the cheapest way of getting an iPhone 13 Mini is to buy it SIM-free. Then hunt around for one of the many low-cost SIM-only deals we've got on Compare My Mobile.
Buying a phone this way typically saves you hundreds of pounds compared to buying it on a two-year contract with comparable allowances.
However, if you don't have hundreds of pounds to lay out as a lump sum you can find some pretty keenly priced iPhone 13 Mini contracts.
Just head to the comparison table on this page and use the filters on the right-hand side to sort by 'total cost'.
Can I get the iPhone 13 with bad credit?
You should expect to get credit-checked when buying a new phone on a monthly contract. And it's fair to say that checks on a high-end phone, such as the iPhone 13 Mini, are likely to be pretty rigorous.
So you're unlikely to be accepted if your credit rating is impaired.
If that's your situation, we'd suggest you either consider a cheaper phone. Or save up to buy the iPhone 13 Mini outright and off-contract.
iPhone 13 mini specs
|Release Date||24/09/2021 00:00:00|
|Sim Card Type||Nano|
|Form Factor||Candy Bar|
|Size||64.2mm x 7.7mm x 131.5mm|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Display Size||5.4 inches|
|Resolution||1080 x 2340 inches|
|Pixels Per Inch||476 ppi|
|Touch Screen Type||Capacitive|
|Processor Cores||6 Cores Cores|
|Internal Storage||128, 256, 512|
|Primary Camera||12 MP|
|2nd Camera||12 MP|