Our Opinion

The Apple iPhone 12 mini 128GB is a significantly better phone, but the Apple iPhone SE (128GB, 2020) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint then we recommend the Apple iPhone 12 mini 128GB

Apple iPhone 12 mini 128GB  Apple iPhone SE (128GB, 2020) 
Apple iPhone 12 mini Apple iPhone SE (2020)
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Excellence Score
91.6
75.7
Value for Money Score
59.8
65.3
Price ₹ 74,837 onwards ₹ 40,900 onwards
Launch Date (India) Nov, 2020 May, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 14Expected update to next Apple iOS version Apple iOS 13, Upgradeable to 14Expected update to next Apple iOS version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.4 inches 4.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 477 pixels per inch) 750x1334 pixels (~ 326 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Type OLED IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Super Retina XDR OLED, Dolby Vision, HDR display, True Tone, Wide color (P3), Haptic Touch, Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating Retina HD Display, Wide colour display (P3), True Tone display, Fingerprint-resistant Oleophobic Coating, Support for Display of Multiple Languages and Characters Simultaneously, Display Zoom, Reachability
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 3.1 GHz 2.66 GHz
Processor Type Hexa Core Hexa Core
Processor Name Apple A14 BionicRanked #1 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Apple A13 BionicRanked #2 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Apple GPU Apple GPU
RAM 4 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port Lightning Lightning
Primary Camera 12MP + 12MP 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP: f/1.6 aperture; 26mm focal length; 1.4um pixel size; dual pixel PDAF; OIS, 12MP: f/2.4 aperture; 120-degree ultra-wide; Lens correction, Video: [email protected]/30/60fps; [email protected]/60/120/240fps; Dolby Vision HDR; stereo sound rec., Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Brighter True Tone flash with Slow Sync, Panorama (up to 63MP), Night mode, Deep Fusion, Smart HDR, Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos, Advanced red-eye correction, Auto image stabilization, Burst mode, Photo geotagging, Audio zoom, QuickTake video, Time-lapse video with stabilization, Night mode Time-lapse, Extended dynamic range for video up to 60 fps, Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p), Continuous autofocus video, Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video, Playback zoom f/1.8 Aperture, Optical Image stabilisation, 6P Lens, Quad-LED True Tone Flash with Slow Sync, Panorama (up to 63 megapixels), Sapphire Crystal Lens Cover, Backside Illumination Sensor, Hybrid IR Filter, Autofocus with Focus Pixels, Tap to Focus with Focus Pixels, Live Photos with Stabilisation, Wide Colour Capture for Photos and Live Photos, Improved Local Tone Mapping, Body and Face Detection, Exposure Control, Noise Reduction, Auto HDR for Photos, Auto Image Stabilisation, Burst mode, Timer mode, Geo-tagging, Full HD Video Rec. at 30 fps or 60 fps, Slow-motion Video: 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps, Time-lapse Video with Stabilisation, Cinematic Video Stabilisation (1080p and 720p), Continuous Autofocus Video, Take 8MP Still Photos while Rec. 4K Video, Playback zoom
Secondary Camera 12MP 7MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Portrait Mode, Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Animoji, Memoji, Video: [email protected]/30/60fps; [email protected]/60/120fps, HDR, Cinematic Video Stabilization, Live Photos, Retina Flash, Auto Image Stabilization, Burst mode, Night mode, Deep Fusion, HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 30 fps, Time-lapse video with stabilization, Night mode Time-lapse, Extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps, Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p), QuickTake video, Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos, Lens correction, Retina Flash, Auto image stabilization F/2.2 Aperture, Full HD Video Recording, Retina Flash, Wide Colour Capture for Photos and Live Photos, Auto HDR, Backside Illumination Sensor, Body and Face Detection, Auto Image Stabilisation, Burst mode, Exposure Control, Timer mode
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.4 mmSlim 7.3 mmSlim
Weight 133 gmLight 148 gmLight
Width 64.2 mmComfortable for one-handed use 67.3 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output Lightning Lightning
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 6m for 30 mins) Yes, IP67 Rated (up to 1m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 2227 mAh 1821 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 20W Fast Charging (50% in 30 min) Yes, 18W Fast Charging (50% in 30 min)
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Charging Adapter not included in the box; 12W Fast Wireless Charging; 7.5W Qi wireless charging; Siri; iBeacon microlocation; NFC; TV Out; Lightning Connector; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 Content; AirPlay Mirroring; Photos and Video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later); Video Mirroring and Video Out Support; Dolby Atmos; Spatial audio playback Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified); Wireless Charging (works with Qi chargers); Siri; NFC; TV Out; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 Content; AirPlay Mirroring; Photos and Video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later); Video Mirroring and Video Out Support; AirDrop; AirPlay; AirPrint; Control Centre; Handoff; HomeKit; iCloud; iCloud Keychain; Multitasking; Night Shift; Notification Centre; Siri; Spotlight Search; iMovie; Pages; Keynote; Numbers; iTunes U; GarageBand; Apple TV Remote; iTunes Remote; Music Memos
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Elegant, 'new' charming design, that resonates with the iPhone 4 and 5 models - it has flat aluminium sides and a flat-screen, the glossy back comes in plenty of colours to choose from - it’s the smartphone equivalent of jewelry
  • At the front, the bezels are narrower and Apple is using the new sapphire crystal shield to provide better drop protection than previous iPhones
  • It's cute - very cute in fact - and exceptionally light too, making it a genuine delight to use day-to-day, especially one-handed
  • The back of the phone features Apple’s new MagSafe magnetic wireless charging and mount system - it let's accessories to attach at the back of the phone magnetically, Apple has some of its own accessories like a wireless charger, a wallet and many cases that attach to the back - Apple is hoping a MagSafe ecosystem will develop as third parties find more use for this execution
  • IP68 water and dust resistance - the iPhone 12 series can take a dunk of up to 6 meters, compared to 2 meters on similarly rated phones
  • Face ID is plenty fast and accurate (though, it could be a pain to use while wearing a mask)
  • The iPhone 12 mini features an OLED, 5.4-inch, Full HD+ Super Retina XDR display that looks bright and vibrant, it has blacker blacks - the bezels are a lot thinner all around too, which certainly makes for a far better viewing experience when watching Netflix or scrolling through social media
  • As always iOS 14 continues to be a clean, intuitive, and smooth experience - additionally, you will get regular updates for years to come, something beyond any Android manufacturer could provide
  • Apple has added few customisation options with the new iOS 14 - you can now use custom icon packs and add widgets to your home screen
  • Incredibly rapid performance from the new A14 Bionic - Apple remains the undisputed king when it comes to mobile CPU performance - iPhone 12 series is the fastest phone available in the market - you can throw anything, be it heavy games, AR, or numerous app, it handles everything with ease
  • iPhone 12 mini features the same cameras as on the iPhone 12, just in a smaller package - the primary cameras now has wider ƒ/1.6 aperture to allow in slightly more light, night mode is available on all cameras on the iPhone 12 mini and even a night portrait mode
  • The primary camera's image quality is pretty spectacular - it produces some of the best looking images, with plenty of bright colours and rich detail
  • The ultra-wide camera remains the same as the last year's iPhone 11 - it adds some software improvement and the images look pretty dramatic as the iPhone 12 mini trades detail for space - the night mode on the ultra-wide also works well
  • Low-light photography is excellent with the wider aperture, you will get clearer, brighter shots, a nice improvement in image quality and sharpness in dim lighting conditions
  • Night mode is impressive, the iPhone 12 mini needs to drop into night mode less often, but when it does, you get bright, sharp images that look amazing - they still feel like they were taken at night and the camera doesn't over-blow it
  • Video quality iPhones have always been the best in class, the iPhone 12 mini continues that tradition and even adds Dolby Vision, a first for any mobile camera - the Dolby Vision adds features for Pro filmmakers to use that no other phone provides
  • Very good selfies come out of the front camera on the iPhone 12 mini - the wider view can accommodate more people in selfies - night mode selfies portrait is a great new feature and produces impressive results
  • Overall, the cameras remain excellent and on the top of the chart, right there with the Note 20 Ultra and Pixels of the world
  • Excellent stereo speaker setup - the Dolby Atmos support is still present, with the Apple-exclusive spatial audio feature
  • The Apple iPhone 12 mini might be the smallest of the iPhone 12 models, but it is a fantastic little device that shouldn't be underestimated - it has a lovely lightweight compact design, absolutely stunning display, great cameras, and delivers a smooth and fluid performance
  • Compact design - the iPhone SE (2020) has exactly the same form factor as the iPhone 8 from 2017 - if you like smaller, comfortable phones, you'll like this
  • Extremely light-weight - there's no other phone at this price as light as the iPhone SE (2020)
  • IP67 water and dust resistant
  • The Touch ID fingerprint sensor is very, very good
  • Apple knows how to do software well, and iOS continues to be an intuitive, and smooth experience - this as refined and polished a software experience on a smartphone as you can hope for
  • One of the best things about iPhones, of course, is that you are pretty much guaranteed updates for many years to come (even the best Android phones top out at about 3 years), so as long as you take care of your phone physically, the longevity factor here is really high!
  • Breathtaking, lightning-fast performance powered by Apple’s latest A13 Bionic processor - this makes it just as fast as the pricier iPhone 11 series and gives the SE access to features such as AI-enabled portrait mode
  • A very good single 12MP camera - iPhone SE (2020) features the same camera found on the iPhone 8
  • The iPhone SE (2020) shoots excellent daylight photos - the photos are very natural-looking, the dynamic range and the contrast are superb, the colours are simply spot-on, and the detail levels are very good
  • Decent low-light photos - the low-light performance has improved since the iPhone 8 by a lot even if the same camera takes the images (though, it's nowhere near the best at this price)
  • Portrait are decent too - the subject separation is far from flawless, but the faux bokeh is quite nice
  • Excellent selfie camera - the iPhone SE (2020)'s 7MP images come out with outstanding detail, contrast, and even dynamic range - overall this is one of the best selfie cameras at this price
  • The iPhone SE (2020) selfie shooter can also do excellent portraits - both subject separation and simulated bokeh are remarkable
  • Video recording one the iPhone SE (2020) is class-leading - plenty of detail, jaw-dropping dynamic range - these are among the best videos a smartphone can do
  • Overall, the single camera on the iPhone SE (2020) gives the multi-sensor camera phones a run for their money (though, the low-light images could have been better)
  • Decent battery life from the 1821 mAh battery - a well-optimised iOS and the new processor together help the SE get through a full day
  • Included wireless charging
  • If you are coming from an older iPhone or just want a compact phone, the iPhone SE (2020) has a lot to offer - it has fantastic build quality, great cameras, and one of the fastest processors currently available
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The notch is still present and is significantly larger than any other competing flagship phones
  • There's no high refresh rate to be found on the iPhone 12 mini, so, you're stuck with that 60Hz refresh rate instead - it has become the standard for almost every Android flagship phone out there right now
  • Siri still lags as a virtual assistant - it would be great if Apple would put much more effort into making Siri a little more competitive with the Google Assistant
  • The 2x telephoto lens and LiDAR for improved focus in low-light, is exclusive to only Pro models
  • Apple has added 5G support to all iPhone 12 models, however, they leave out the support for faster 5G mmWave in Indian models - there's also no infrastructure for 5G availability in India and there might not be for years to come - 5G is good to have as an option that makes the iPhones future proof, but not a game-changing feature
  • Average battery life - the iPhone 12 mini gets the smallest battery out of the bunch, it will require a charge to get through the day
  • The iPhone supports improved 20W fast charging, but Apple isn't providing a charging adapter with the new iPhones at all - so, if you don't have an adapter lying around or you want to use that fast charging, you will have to buy that separately
  • Though, if you want a more 'normal' form factor and want better battery, get the bigger iPhones
  • The front design is polarising - the chunky bezels above and below feels like it belongs to the past
  • Though the 4.7-inch LCD display on the iPhone SE (2020) is very good, it certainly doesn’t match the incredible contrast levels of modern OLED displays
  • Because of the low maximum brightness, it is fairly difficult to see the screen on a bright sunny day
  • The new Night Mode is missing from the iPhone SE (2020)
  • Though, the iPhone SE (2020) supports 18W fast charging, the fast charger isn't included in the box and you only get a 5W brick, which is even slower than the 10W charger you get from the basic Android phone at Rs 7000
  • However, if you want the latest and the greatest for the price, the iPhone SE (2020) isn't for you - if you want an iPhone at a similar price, the last year's iPhone XR is still a great phone with better display, even better camera and battery life - and the Android world has a lot of options too, the new OnePlus 8 offers a great display, multiple cameras and great battery life
Expert Reviews
  1. It’s a baby iPhone
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  2. Tiny package, big bang
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  3. The first iPhone in a long time to be designed around ergonomics instead of screen size
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Its lightweight and compact design, stunning display, great cameras, and smooth performance are all big plusses
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
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  1. The second SE is a small and powerful phone, water-resistant and beautiful, with a capable camera and great iOS support
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The iPhone SE (2020) is a compact phone with the same chip and performance that you get on flagship phones and one of the best cameras in this price range
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. iPhone SE (2020) looks like an iPhone 8 but works like Apple's top-of-the-line iPhone 11 Pro
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. This cheap iPhone is as practical as it is powerful
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A brand-new iPhone, with Apple’s fastest smartphone chip
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A good deal
    techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Fast, capable, reliable, and familiar
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The 2020 iPhone SE is lightweight, and future-proofed
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Not for gadget geeks, but the mainstream user
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The iPhone SE (2020) features Apple's latest processor, an excellent camera, Touch ID, plus all-day battery life... but it's not for everyone
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The iPhone SE offers the power of Apple's latest and greatest, at cheaper
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Everything you need at lightning speed
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. The best value iPhone
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  14. The iPhone SE 2020 is an outstanding phone, delivering fast performance and very good cameras in a compact design
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. An iPhone for people who don’t like new iPhones
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. The 2020 iPhone SE packs in a top-spec processor and flagship features at a bargain price, but dated design and bad battery hold it back
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  17. Great power with a limited battery
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  18. The 2020 Apple iPhone SE is a petite powerhouse with no-compromise performance for thousands of rupees less than other recent iPhones
    in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. Incredibly appealing to all those iPhone 6, 6S, 7, 7S, and iPhone 8 users who want to upgrade
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. The new SE is a great phone with only a few drawbacks
    androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. The new iPhone SE nails the important stuff and gives you the build quality of an iPhone Pro for lesser price
    t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. This Is the iPhone to Buy Right Now
    gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
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