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Phone 12 mini vs iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Pro vs iPhone 12 Pro Max: What’s different?

If you’re buying an iPhone 12, it helps to have a iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 mini vs iPhone Pro vs iPhone 12 Pro Max guide to figure out which of Apple’s handsets is the one for you. That’s still true even though the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max have been officially discontinued.

There are several  different prices, three different sizes and important camera differences between these models. But these iPhones do have plenty of things in common, too, from their 5G capability and fast A14 Bionic processors to their tougher Ceramic Shield displays and MagSafe wireless charging.

Having the iPhone 12 tech specs helps for the iPhone 12 models, which is why we’re starting there, but there’s a lot more that you need to know before you hand over your money.

What about the iPhone 13? There are a fair number of upgrades, including even better 5G, a faster A15 Bionic chip and camera improvements. But the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini have been now been discounted by $100 each, and the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max have been discontinued by Apple, leading to even bigger price cuts at third-party retailers.

iPhone 12 vs mini vs Pro vs Pro Max: Tech specs

Row 0 – Cell 0 iPhone 12 mini iPhone 12 iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Price $599 $699 Check retailer Check retailer
Display 5.4 inches OLED (2340 x1080) 6.1 inches OLED (2532 x 1170) 6.1 inches OLED (2532 x 1170) 6.7 inches (2778 x 1284)
Colors Black, White, Red, Green and Blue Black, White, Red, Green and Blue Silver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue Silver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue
CPU A14 A14 A14 A14
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Rear camera 12MP wide (f/1.6), 12MP ultra-wide f/2.4) 12MP wide (f/1.6), 12MP ultra-wide f/2.4) 12MP wide (f/1.6), 12MP ultra-wide (f/2.4), 12MP telephoto (f/2.0) 12MP wide (f/1.6), 12MP ultra-wide (f/2.4), 12MP telephoto (f/2.2)
Zoom 5x digital 5x digital 2x optical/10x digital 2.5x optical12x digital
Front camera 12MP TrueDepth (f/2.2) 12MP TrueDepth (f/2.2) 12MP TrueDepth (f/2.2) 12MP TrueDepth (f/2.2)
5G sub-6Ghz, mmWave sub-6Ghz, mmWave sub-6Ghz, mmWave sub-6Ghz, mmWave
Battery 2,227 mAh 2,815 mAh 2,815 mAh 3,687 mAh
Battery life (hrs:min) 7:28 8:25 9:06 10:53
Size 5.18 x 2.53 x 0.29 inches 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 inches 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 inches 6.33 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches
Weight 4.76 ounces 5.78 ounces 6.66 ounces 8.03 ounces

iPhone 12 vs mini vs Pro vs Pro Max: Release dates

The iPhone 12 lineup was released in two stages. The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro had a release date of October 23, 2020, while the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max arrived November 13, 2020.

iPhone 12 vs mini vs Pro vs Pro Max: Prices and storage

iphone 12 vs. iphone 12 mini

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The iPhone 12 mini is the most affordable of the iPhone 12 lineup, starting at $599 with 64GB of storage. The iPhone 12 costs $699 for the same 64GB; you’re simply paying for a larger display. You can also opt for 128GB or 256GB of storage, which ads $50 and $150 to the cost, respectively.

The iPhone 12 Pro started at $999 for 128GB of storage, while the larger iPhone 12 Pro Max had a price of $1,099 for 128GB. Apple also offered 256GB (and extra $100) and 512GB ($300 more) of storage for these phones.

You can now pick up the iPhone 12 Pro phones for far less. Check out the best iPhone 12 deals from all the major carriers and retailers.

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