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iPhone 13 Mini: info, specifications, pricing, release date, FAQ, and more

By Sanuj Bhatia September 15, 2021, 11:00 am
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Apple finally unveiled the iPhone 13 mini at its ‘California Streaming’ event. At the price tag of $699, the iPhone 13 mini is the most affordable iPhone of the iPhone 13 lineup. For those looking for a new iPhone but are restricted by budget, the iPhone 13 mini seems like a good option, with the latest A15 Bionic processor, smaller notch, upgraded cameras, added battery life, and more.

Along with the iPhone 13 mini, Apple also announced the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, Apple Watch Series 7, iPad mini 6, and iPad 9th generation at the event.

Interestingly, Apple is sticking with the mini iPhone this year, despite its predecessor’s disappointing sales. It is Apple’s second take on the mini iPhone, which solves one of the major problems that the iPhone 12 mini had — the battery life. Apple is claiming a 1 and a half-hour extra battery on the iPhone 13 mini, thanks to a better processor and other improvements.

Read along and learn more about Apple’s smallest iPhone this year.

iPhone 13 mini: Design

The design of the iPhone 13 mini is quite similar to the last year’s iPhone 12. The camera layout is now diagonal and the notch is a bit smaller (20% to be accurate) but a tad taller (around 1mm). Interestingly, iPhone 13 mini is both thicker and heavier than the iPhone 12 mini. The weight of the phone is 141 grams, as compared to 135 grams of the iPhone 12 mini. All the iPhone 12 models were 0.29-inch thick, whereas this year’s iPhones, including the iPhone 13 mini, are 0.30-inch thick.

Apple iPhone 13

Apart from this, the design is pretty much the same. It has Aluminum rails running down the sides with glass in front and back. The placement of buttons, such as volume rockers and the Power Button also remains the same. However, one of the less-known features of the iPhone 13 mini is that the antenna lines of the phone are made out of upcycled plastic water bottles.

iPhone 13 mini: Display

The display of the iPhone 13 mini is the same in terms of size at 5.4-inches. But, the company claims it is improved in comparison to iPhone 12. Apple says the iPhone 13 mini’s Super Retina XDR OLED display is 28% brighter than the iPhone 12 series with a peak brightness of 800 nits — which turns up to 1200 nits while watching HDR content. Apple also says the contrast ratio of the 13 series is better than the 12 series, with “deeper blacks” and poppy colors.

iphone 13 and mini display

It is made out of the same Ceramic Shield glass used in the back of the iPhone 12 series. Apple says iPhone 13 mini’s front glass is “tougher than any smartphone glass.” Unfortunately, iPhone 13 mini lacks the ProMotion 120Hz display which the Pro models have.

iPhone 13 mini: Cameras

iPhone 13 mini is equipped with two cameras on the back. The primary wide-angle lens still remains a 12MP sensor (with an f/1.6 aperture) but brings a lot of improvements over the last year’s iPhone 12 mini’s camera. Its large 1.7 µm pixel size allows for the “47 percent more light for less noise and brighter results.” The new primary camera also has the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s sensor-shift-stabilization feature. The ultra-wide camera has been improved, too. Apple says its new ultra-wide camera “captures images with more detail in the dark areas of photos and videos with less noise.”

iPhone 13 and mini cameras wide and ultra-wide

There are tons of improvements in the camera’s software department — thanks to the new powerful A15 Bionic chip. The new Cinematic mode allows you to change focus during a video. When recording a video, the Cinematic mode will automatically transition focus while filming in real-time, intelligently shifting focus when people enter the frame or glance away from the camera. You can lock focus as well. 

iPhone 13 and mini cinematic mode

On the front is the same TrueDepth camera sensor. Apple says it has improved Night mode and other features that rear cameras support, like Cinematic mode, Photographic Styles, Smart HDR 4, and others. These are some of the samples Apple shared that have been captured by iPhone 13 and mini.

iPhone 13 mini: Pricing, Availability, and Colors

Interestingly, Apple has dropped the 64GB storage for the iPhone 13 mini. The iPhone 13 mini now starts at $699 for the base 128GB variant. All three variants — 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB — will be available for pre-order from Friday, September 17th, and will be available a week later on September 24th. The small iPhone has been released in five colors: black, white, blue, (PRODUCT) RED, and for the first time, pink.

Variant Price
iPhone 13 mini 128GB $699
iPhone 13 mini 256GB $799
iPhone 13 mini 512GB $999
iPhone 13 mini pricing
Apple iPhone 13

Apple iPhone 13 mini

iPhone 13 mini packs Apple's best processor and camera hardware in a small form factor.

iPhone 13 mini: Specifications

Specifications Apple iPhone 13 mini

Build

  • Aluminum mid-frame
  • Glass front and back
  • “Ceramic Shield” for glass protection
  • Antenna lines made out of upcycled plastic water bottles
  • IP68 dust and water resistance

Dimensions & Weight

  • 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.65 mm
  • 0.30-inch thick
  • 141 grams

Display

  • 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR OLED Display
  • 2,340 x ,1080 resolution
  • 60hz refresh rate
  • True Tone
Chipset Apple A15 Bionic SoC:
  • 6-core CPU
  • 2x performance cores
  • 4x power efficiency cores
  • 5nm process node
  • 4-core GPU
  • 16-core Neural Engine

Memory & Storage

  • Memory: 6GB RAM
  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
  • No SD Card Slot

Battery & Charging

  • TBA mAh battery
  • 20W wired charging
  • 15W Wireless Charging with MagSafe
  • 7.5W Qi Wireless Charging
Security Face ID (TrueDepth camera for facial recognition)

Rear Camera(s)

  • Primary: 12MP wide-angle lens
    • f/1.6 aperture
    • 2x optical zoom out
    • 5x digital zoom
    • 1.7μm sensor
    • 26 mm focal length
    • Sensor-Shift Stabilization
  • Secondary: 12MP Ultra-wide angle lens
    • f/2.4
    • 120° field of view
    • 13 mm focal length
  • 2x optical zoom
  • 5x digital zoom

Front Camera(s)

  • 12MP, f/2.2
  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
Port(s) Lightning port
Audio Audio formats supported: AAC‑LC, HE‑AAC, HE‑AAC v2, Protected AAC, MP3, Linear PCM, Apple Lossless, FLAC, Dolby Digital (AC‑3), Dolby Digital Plus (E‑AC‑3), Dolby Atmos, and Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+)

Connectivity

  • 5G: Sub 6GHz
    • mmWave for the USA
  • Ultra-Wide Band (UWB)
  • Wi‑Fi 6 (802.11ax) with 2×2 MIMO
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Dual eSIM support
Software iOS 15

Colors

Pink, Blue, Midnight, Starlight, (PRODUCT) RED

Frequently Asked Questions (iPhone 13 mini FAQ)

These are some of the frequently asked questions about the iPhone 13 mini.

When will the iPhone 13 mini release?

As information provided by Apple, iPhone 13 mini will be available to pre-order from Friday, September 17, 2021. It will be available in stores (both offline and online) from September 24, 2021. All the variants, including all storage models and all colors, will be available from this date.

You can directly click the buttons below to purchase your new iPhone 13 mini.

Apple iPhone 13

Apple iPhone 13 mini

iPhone 13 mini packs Apple's best processor and camera hardware in a small form factor.


What is the price of the iPhone 13 mini?

In the United States, the iPhone 13 mini starts at $699 for the 128GB model. The 256GB model has been priced at $799, whereas the 512GB model has been priced at $999. There’s no price discrepancy based on colors, so all the colors, like pink, blue, starlight, and others, have been priced identically.

Here’s how you can save up to $790 on your new iPhone 13 mini.

Variant Price
iPhone 13 mini 128GB $699
iPhone 13 mini 256GB $799
iPhone 13 mini 512GB $999
iPhone 13 mini pricing

How much is the iPhone 13 mini outside of the US?

The pricing of the iPhone 13 mini is different in every region. This means that even if iPhone 13 mini costs $699 in the United States, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will cost the equivalent in your country’s currency. This is the pricing of the iPhone 13 mini in some regions. You can always go to Apple.com/shop and check the pricing in your country.

Country iPhone 13 mini 128GB iPhone 13 mini 256GB iPhone 13 mini 512GB
US USD 699 USD 799 USD 999
Canada CAD 949 CAD 1,089 CAD 1,359
UK GBP 679 GBP 779 GBP 979
Ireland EUR 830 EUR 949 EUR 1,179
Australia AUD 1,199 AUD 1,369 AUD 1,719
Germany EUR 799 EUR 919 EUR 1,149
France EUR 809 EUR 929 EUR 1,159
Spain EUR 809 EUR 929 EUR 1,159
Italy EUR 839 EUR 959 EUR 1,189
India INR 69,990 INR 79,990 INR 99,990
Malaysia MYR 3,399 MYR 3,899 MYR 4,799
Thailand THB 25,900 THB 29,900 THB 37,900
Singapore SGD 1,149 SGD 1,319 SGD 1,649
UAE AED 2,999 AED 3,419 AED 4,269
iPhone 13 mini pricing in regions outside of the United States

In what colors is the iPhone 13 mini available in?

iPhone 13 mini is available in five colors. These include:

  • Pink
  • Blue
  • Midnight (Black)
  • Starlight (White)
  • (PRODUCT)(RED)
iPhone 13 Series 5G support

 

What are the storage options for the iPhone 13 mini?

Apple has dropped the 64GB model with the iPhone 13 lineup. The base variant now starts with 128GB storage, with higher models coming with 256GB and 512GB of internal storage.

  • 128GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB

How many cameras does the iPhone 13 mini have?

Apple iPhone 13 camera

iPhone 13 mini has two cameras at the back. The primary wide-angle lens is a 12MP sensor with an f/1.6 aperture, while the secondary camera is the 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens with an f/2.4 aperture. The primary lens has a 1.7μm pixel size allowing for 47% more light than the iPhone 12 mini. It also features sensor-shift stabilization.

You can read more about the front and rear cameras — and what improvements they bring — in the dedicated section above.

Does the iPhone 13 mini take astrophotography photos?

iphone 13 night mode camera sample

Apple hasn’t as such said that the iPhone 13 series is capable of astrophotography photos. However, the company has said the new iPhone series comes with improved Night Mode performance that captures more light with less noise. 

Can the iPhone 13 mini record in 8K or 90 FPS?

Apple iPhone 13

Unfortunately, no. The iPhone 13 mini does not record in 8K. The recording is limited to 4K 60 FPS on both the front and the back sensors. 

Does iPhone 13 mini have Cinematic mode?

Yes, the iPhone 13 mini supports the Cinematic mode feature. For those of you who don’t know, the Cinematic mode automatically focuses your video scenes on specific subjects. For example, while shooting a movie scene, we’ve seen when an actor is in the foreground is completely clear, while everything in the background is blurred out. Yes, iPhone 13 mini has the capability to mimic this feature via Cinematic mode.

Does iPhone 13 mini have a LiDAR scanner?

No, the iPhone 13 mini does not come with a LiDAR scanner. The rear camera module of the iPhone 13 mini has two camera sensors (one 12MP wide-angle primary lens and another 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens), dual-tone flash, and a microphone. It doesn’t have a LiDAR sensor. The LiDAR sensors remain exclusive to Pro models.

Does the iPhone 13 mini have the Touch ID?

iPhone 13 mini does not come with the Touch ID or a fingerprint sensor. Instead, this iPhone comes with Face ID hardware for security. Apple says the iPhone 13 mini comes with improved Face ID hardware, which works with a wider variety of angles, is more secure than before, and can also unlock devices while users have fogged up glasses or are wearing a mask.

Does the iPhone 13 mini have a 120Hz Display? What is the iPhone 13 mini refresh rate?

No, the iPhone 13 mini does not have a 120Hz display. The ProMotion 120Hz refresh rate displays are exclusive to iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini have a 60Hz refresh rate display.

Does the iPhone 13 mini have USB Type-C?

Unfortunately, the answer to this question is No. iPhone 13 mini does not have a USB-C port. The phone features Apple’s proprietary Lightning port. 

Does the iPhone 13 mini have an M1 Chip?

a15

No, the iPhone 13 mini is powered by A15 Bionic. Apple’s M-series processors still remain exclusive to Macs and iPads. A15 Bionic is a major improvement over A14 Bionic. 

It is has a 6-core CPU with 2 performance cores and 4 power-efficiency cores. It has a 4-core GPU (5-core in the Pro models) and 16-core Neural Engine. It can perform up to 15 trillion operations per second, and Apple says “there’s nothing in the world like this chip.” 

Does the iPhone 13 mini support WiFi 6E?

Sadly, no. The iPhone 13 mini does not support WiFi 6E. The 2021 mini iPhone keeps the same Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax module found in iPhone 12 mini.

Is the iPhone 13 mini waterproof?

iPhone 13 mini keeps the same durability rating as the iPhone 12 mini. It is IP68 dust and water-resistant. This means iPhone 13 mini can withstand up to withstand a maximum depth of 6 meters for up to 30 minutes.

Does the iPhone 13 mini have MagSafe?

new apple magsafe wallet

Yes, the iPhone 13 mini supports MagSafe for iPhone. It’s compatible with all of Apple’s iPhone’s MagSafe accessories, like Wallet, Cases, MagSafe Charger, and others.

You can buy Apple’s MagSafe charger using the link given below.

Apple MagSafe for AirPods Pro

Magsafe Charger

Buy Apple's MagSafe charger for iPhone 13 and charge your iPhone on the go!

Is the iPhone 13 mini Qi wireless charging compatible?

Yes, iPhone 13 mini is Qi wireless charging compatible. With a compatible MagSafe wireless charger, iPhone 13 mini can charge with a speed of up to 15W. However, with a standard Qi wireless charger, charging speeds are limited to 7.5W.

Does the iPhone 13 mini come with a charger?

Like all the iPhones of the iPhone 12 series, Apple iPhone 13 mini doesn’t come with a charger in the box. You’ll have to buy a separate charging brick for your iPhone 13 mini. With Apple’s fast wired charger, iPhone 13 mini can charge at a speed of up to 20W. With the first-party 20W charging brick, Apple says the iPhone 13 mini will charge up to 50% in 30 minutes. 

You can buy Apple’s 20W charging brick using the links given below. 

Apple 20W charger for iPhone 12 family

Apple 20W USB-C Charging Brick

Buy Apple's 20W USB-C to Lightning charger for iPhone 13 and get faster charging speeds.

What is the wired charging speed of the iPhone 13 mini?

iPhone 13 mini doesn’t come with a charging brick in the box. So, the wired charging speed of your iPhone 13 mini depends on the charging brick you buy. With Apple’s USB-C to Lightning adapter, you can charge your iPhone 13 mini at a speed of up to 20W. You can buy one using the link given below.

Apple 20W charger for iPhone 12 family

Apple 20W USB-C Charging Brick

Buy Apple's 20W USB-C to Lightning charger for iPhone 13 and get faster charging speeds.

What is the wireless charging speed of the iPhone 13 mini?

With a compatible MagSafe charger, iPhone 13 mini can charge at a speed of 15W wirelessly. However, with a standard Qi wireless charger, the iPhone 13 mini only charges at a speed of 7.5W. 

	

Is the iPhone 13 mini portless?

		

No, the iPhone 13 mini isn’t the portless iPhone. It has a Lightning port in the bottom for wired charging. Although, some rumors do indicate that the answer to this question may change with a future iPhone.

Is the iPhone 13 mini dual sim?

Yes, the iPhone 13 mini is Dual SIM. But, it also depends on where you buy the iPhone. In China, the iPhone 13 mini comes with physical Dual SIM slots, whereas in other regions, such as the US and UK, iPhone 13 has one physical SIM and one e-SIM capability.

Does the iPhone 13 mini support 5G?

iPhone 13 Pro 5G compatible

Yes, the iPhone 13 mini supports 5G cellular networks. Apple says the new iPhone 13 series is compatible with 5G networks of a huge number of carriers. Apple says it’s continuing to add more and more 5G networks, and the phone will support over 200 5G networks next year.

Sadly, like the iPhone 12 series, mmWave 5G is still limited to the US versions, meaning if you want to take advantage of mmWave 5G, you’ll have to import a phone from the US.

What 5G bands does the iPhone 13 mini support?

The iPhone 13 mini supports the following 5G network bands.

  • Sub-6Ghz 5G Bands: n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n20, n25, n28, n29, n30, n38, n40, n41, n48, n66, n71, n77, n78, n79.
  • mmWave 5G Bands: n258, n260, n261.

It features four additional 5G bands in comparison to iPhone 12 series, three in the sub-6Ghz spectrum and one in the mmWave 5G-based frequencies.

Will there be a foldable version of the iPhone 13 mini available?

No. Apple hasn’t announced a foldable iPhone just yet.

Does the iPhone 13 mini have a notch?

Apple iPhone 13 display

Yes, the iPhone 13 mini comes with a smaller notch that is 20% smaller than the older generation iPhones. However, it’s slightly taller than the previous notch(es).

Does the iPhone 13 mini show battery percentage now that it has a smaller notch?

Well, the answer to this question should be yes. But, sadly, Apple still doesn’t show the battery percentage in the status bar – despite the13 series boasting a 20% smaller notch.

Does the iPhone 13 mini come with AirPods?

No, the iPhone 13 mini does not come with AirPods within its retail packaging. The iPhone doesn’t even come with EarPods (wired earphones Apple used to bundle in iPhone box) in the box. However, if you want to use AirPods with your iPhone 13 mini, you can buy AirPods using the links given below.

AirPods with wireless charging case

Buy Apple's AirPods with seamless pairing, wireless charging, and Hey, Siri support.

Does the iPhone 13 mini have a Home Button?

No, the iPhone 13 mini does not feature a Home Button. Every iPhone with an edge-to-edge display and a notch does not come with the Home Button. Instead, you can swipe up to go to the Home Screen on iPhone 13 mini. But, if you’re a fan of its functionality, you can activate Assistive Touch within the Accessibility Menu of your iPhone, which mimics the Home Button via software.

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