iPhone 12 mini is the world’s “smallest, thinnest and lightest 5G smartphone”

iPhone 12 mini announced specs price nepal availability features

Apple has brought 5G connectivity to the iPhones with the launch of the iPhone 12 lineup. Among the four devices that the company unveiled during the October event, is the iPhone 12 mini. Apple is advertising as the “world’s smallest, thinnest and lightest 5G smartphone”. In this post, we will be taking a look at the specifications, features, expected price, and availability of the iPhone 12 mini in Nepal.

iPhone 12 mini Overview

Design and Display

iPhone 12 mini is Apple’s take on a tiny 5G smartphone. Dimension-wise, it measures 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4mm and weighs around 135 grams. It sports a 5.4-inch display, which like the rest of the lineup, uses Apple’s Super Retina XDR technology. The edge-to-edge panel has curved corners. This OLED panel packs in a total of 2340 x 1080 pixels that amount to a pixel density of 476ppi. Like the vanilla iPhone 12, the panel on the mini supports HDR content and has a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1. Apple has also included the new Ceramic Shield cover for durability. iPhone 12 mini design

The frame of the device is made using aerospace-grade aluminum and the rear panel features to glass. The body is IP68 rated and can survive water up to 6 meters for a period of up to 30 minutes.

Performance

All the iPhones under the new lineup comes with the latest A14 Bionic chipset. The hexacore processor (2+4) is the world’s smartphone chipset to be based on the 5nm process node. By reducing the size of the transistors, Apple has managed to include 11.8 billion of them in the chipset. With the added power, Apple claims the A14 chipset is 50% faster than any other smartphone chipset available in the market today. Apple is making a similar claim with the quad-core GPU. Compared to the previous generation, the new Neural Engine, which now has 16 cores, can perform 80% faster. Similarly, Apple has also sped up the ML accelerators by up to 70% Apple A14 Bionic Chipset Highlights

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5G Connectivity

This year’s iPhones are all about 5G. Apple claims that with all the antennas on the frame and the design changes that they have adopted the new iPhones can reach a peak download speed of up to 4Gbps in ideal condition. However, in a typical condition, the number lowers down to 3Gbps. Similarly, Apple has also made changes to the software side of the things. The company has introduced Smart Data Mode that automatically switches between 4G and 5G connection according to the need of the current process. Similarly, Apple has also optimized the iOS 14 for 5G connectivity. All the in-built apps of the new iPhones are designed to make the most out of the 5G connection.

Camera

The camera setup on the iPhone 12 mini is the same that we find in the vanilla iPhone 12. The wide -camera adopts a 7-elements lens with a focal length of 26mm. The camera comes with the Optical Image Stabilization and 100% Focus Pixels. The main talking point here is the f/1.6 which is faster and allows 27% more light to pass through, compared to the iPhone 11. Thus, it is expected to outdo last year’s iPhone 11 in low-light photography. The 12MP ultra-wide camera offers a wider FOV of 120-degree. On the front, there is another 12MP sensor for the TrueDepth camera. iPhone 12 mini camera setup

Courtesy of the A14 Bionic chipset, Apple has also improved Night mode and Deep Fusion photos. Both features are available on all three cameras. However, the main talking point of the camera is the inclusion of features to record HDR videos. Yes, you heard it right, with the new iPhone 12 mini, users can record 10-bit 4K/60fps Dolby Vision videos. The TrueDepth camera can record 4k/30fps Dolby Vision videos. On top of that, users can also edit such videos using the native Photos app.

Rest of the specs

Although Apple has not commented on the size of the battery used in the two devices, it is evident that the one used on the mini is smaller than that used on the vanilla iPhone 12. There is no other explanation for the mini’s inferior battery endurance when the only difference between the two is the screen size. According to the company, the iPhone 12 mini can last up to 15 hours of video playback, or 10 hours of streaming, or 50 hours of music playback. Apple MagSafe Duo wireless charger

While Apple won’t be including any charger adaptor (only a USB Type-C to Lightning cable will be included), users can buy a 20W fast charger separately. It can fill the device to up to 50% in 30 minutes. Similarly, the iPhone 12 mini supports 7.5W wireless charging. It also supports 15W MagSafe Wireless charging like the standard iPhone 12.

iPhone 12 mini specifications:

  • Dimension: 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4mm, 164 grams
  • Display: 5.4-inch (2340×1080 pixels) OLED, 476ppi, Super Retina XDR display
  • Chipset: Six-core A14 Bionic 64-bit processor, 16-core Neural Engine
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB,256GB
  • Operating System: iOS 14
  • SIM: Dual SIM (nano + eSIM)
  • Back Camera: Dual:
    – 12MP wide-angle f/1.7 primary camera, 7-elements lens, OIS, True Tone flash with Slow Sync, 4K Dolby Vision video recording at 60 fps,
    – 12MP 120° Ultra Wide f/2.4 camera, 7-elements lens
  • Front Camera: 12MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture, 1080p video recording, Retina Flash, Dolby Vision HDR recording up to 30 fps, 4K video recording at 60 fps, Slo‑mo 1080p at 120 fps
  • Security: TrueDepth camera for FaceID facial recognition
  • Connectivity: 5G (sub-6GHz and mmWave), Gigabit LTE with 4×4 MIMO and LAA, 802.11ax Wi‑Fi 6 with 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS with GLONASS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and Beidou
  • Other features: Water and dust resistant (IP68), Stereo speakers
  • Battery: Unspecified battery size; 20W fast charging, 7.5W Qi Wireless Charging; 15W MagSafe Wireless Charger (No adapter included in the box)

iPhone 12 mini Price in Nepal and Availability

The starting price of the iPhone 12 mini is $699 for the 64GB variant. Its pre-order will start on November 6 and it will be available on November 13. However, the Nepali audience will have to wait until the end of November for the pre-order to start. iPhone 12 mini is expected to be available in Nepal in December for a starting price of around NPR 107,000.

iPhone 12 mini Variants Price (US) Price in Nepal (Expected)
64GB $699 NPR 107,000
128GB $749 NPR 115,000
256GB $849 NPR 130,000
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