Apple iPhone 13 mini vs iPhone 11

Here we compared two flagship smartphones: the 5.4-inch Apple iPhone 13 mini (with Apple A15 Bionic) that was released on September 14, 2021, against the Apple iPhone 11, which is powered by Apple A13 Bionic and came out 24 months before. On this page, you will find tests, full specs, strengths, and weaknesses of each of the gadgets.

Key differences

An overview of the main advantages of each smartphone
Reasons to consider the Apple iPhone 13 mini
  • 46% higher pixel density (476 vs 326 PPI)
  • Better camera quality (According to DxOMark rating)
  • Delivers 29% higher maximum brightness (828 against 640 nits)
  • The phone is 2-years newer
  • OLED display (versus competitor's IPS LCD)
  • Thinner bezels – 6.1% more screen real estate
  • Better grip in hands – the body is 11.5 mm narrower
Reasons to consider the Apple iPhone 11
  • Has a 0.7 inch larger screen size
  • Comes with 704 mAh larger battery capacity: 3110 vs 2406 mAh
  • Shows 25% longer battery life (94 vs 75 hours)
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Review

Display
Screen quality, color accuracy, brightness
Performance
CPU/GPU performance in apps and games
Battery
Battery life, charging type and speed
Camera
Photo and video recording quality
Connectivity
Networks, ports, data transmission
NanoReview score
Final comparison evaluation

Value for money

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Price

Tests and specifications

Comparison table of technical specifications and tests

Display

Type OLED IPS LCD
Size 5.4 inches 6.1 inches
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels 828 x 1792 pixels
Aspect ratio 19.5:9 19.5:9
PPI 476 ppi 326 ppi
Refresh rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
HDR support Yes, Dolby Vision Yes, Dolby Vision
Screen protection Ceramic Shield Tempered glass
Screen-to-body ratio 85.1% 79%
Display features - DCI-P3 - DCI-P3
Display tests
RGB color space 99.7% 99.8%
PWM 510 Hz Not detected
Response time 4.8 ms 24.8 ms
Contrast ∞ Infinity 999:1
Max. Brightness
828 nits
640 nits
Sources: NotebookCheck [3], [4]

Design and build

Height 131.5 mm (5.18 inches) 150.9 mm (5.94 inches)
Width 64.2 mm (2.53 inches) 75.7 mm (2.98 inches)
Thickness 7.65 mm (0.3 inches) 8.3 mm (0.33 inches)
Weight 141 gramm (4.97 oz) 194 gramm (6.84 oz)
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Rear material Glass Glass
Frame material Metal Metal
Colors White, Black, Blue, Red, Pink White, Black, Green, Red, Purple, Yellow
Fingerprint scanner No No
Screen-to-body ratio
85.1%
79%

Performance

Tests of Apple iPhone 13 mini and Apple iPhone 11 in the benchmarks
SoC
Chipset Apple A15 Bionic Apple A13 Bionic
Max. clock 3200 MHz 2650 MHz
CPU cores 6 (2 + 4) 6 (2 + 4)
Architecture - 4 cores at 1.82 GHz: Blizzard
- 2 cores at 3.223 GHz: Avalanche
- 4 cores at 1.6 GHz: Thunder
- 2 cores at 2.66 GHz: Lightning
Lithography process 5 nanometers 7 nanometers
Graphics Apple GPU Apple A13 Bionic GPU
GPU clock 1200 MHz -
FLOPS - ~736 GFLOPS
Memory
RAM size 4 GB 4 GB
Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory clock 2133 MHz -
Channels 2 2
Storage
Storage size 128, 256, 512 GB 64, 128, 256 GB
Storage type NVMe NVMe
Memory card No No

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
1723
1323
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
4660
3464
AnTuTu Benchmark 9
712866
651332
CPU 192504 168277
GPU 280479 280490
Memory 119167 83080
UX 127322 121409
Total score 712866 651332
3DMark Wild Life Performance
9054
7564
Stability 69% 72%
Graphics test 54 FPS 45 FPS
Graphics score 9054 7564
Sources: 3DMark [3], [4]

Software

Operating system iOS 15 (Can be upgraded to iOS 15.2) iOS 13 (Can be upgraded to iOS 15.2)
OS size 12 GB -

Battery

Specifications
Capacity 2406 mAh 3110 mAh
Charge power 20 W 18 W
Battery type Li-Ion Li-Ion
Replaceable No No
Wireless charging Yes (7.5 W) Yes (7.5 W)
Reverse charging No No
Fast charging Yes (61% in 30 min) Yes (50% in 30 min)
Full charging time 1:24 hr 1:45 hr

Battery life tests

Web browsing (Wi-Fi)
13:12 hr
iPhone 11 +17%
15:29 hr
Watching videos (Player)
13:34 hr
iPhone 11 +38%
18:43 hr
Talk (3G)
14:17 hr
iPhone 11 +23%
17:45 hr

Camera

Specs and camera test of smartphones
Main camera
Matrix 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Image resolution 4032 x 3024 4000 x 3000
Zoom Digital Digital
Flash Dual LED Quad LED
Stabilization Optical Optical
8K video recording No No
4K video recording Up to 60FPS Up to 60FPS
1080p video recording Up to 60FPS Up to 60FPS
Slow motion 240 FPS (1080p) 240 FPS (1080p)
Angle of widest lens 120° 120°
Lenses 2 (12 MP + 12 MP) 2 (12 MP + 12 MP)
Wide (main) lens - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.6
- Focal length: 26 mm
- Pixel size: 1.7 micron
- Phase autofocus (Dual Pixel)
- Optical stabilization
- 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.8
- Focal length: 26 mm
- Pixel size: 1.4 micron
- Sensor: 1/2.55", Apple iSight Camera (CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
Ultra-wide lens - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/2.4
- Focal length: 13 mm
- Sensor: 1/3.4", Sony IMX372 (Exmor-RS CMOS)
- 12 MP
- Aperture: f/2.4
- Focal length: 13 mm
Camera features - Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- RAW support
- Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- RAW support
Samples Photo samples of Apple iPhone 13 mini from DxOMark Photo samples of Apple iPhone 11 from DxOMark
Selfie camera
Megapixels 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Image resolution 4032 x 3024 4032 x 3024
Aperture f/2.2 f/2.2
Focal length 23 mm 23 mm
Sensor type Exmor-RS CMOS BSI CMOS
Sensor size 1/3.6" -
Video resolution 2160p (4K) at 60 FPS 2160p (4K) at 60 FPS

DxOMark camera tests

Photo quality
Video quality
Generic camera score

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax) Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 b/g/n/ac/ax)
Wi-Fi features - Dual Band
- Wi-Fi MiMO
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Wi-Fi Display
- Dual Band
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
Bluetooth version 5 5
Bluetooth features LE, A2DP LE, A2DP
USB type - No
USB version 2 2
USB features - Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- OTG
- Charging
- USB-Storage mode
GPS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS
NFC* Yes Yes
Infrared port No No
Network
Number of SIM* 2 2
Type of SIM card Nano Nano
Multi SIM mode Standby Standby
eSIM support* Yes Yes
Hybrid slot No No
LTE Cat* 18 18
5G support Yes No

Sound

Speakers Stereo Stereo
Headphone audio jack No No
FM radio No No
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Speakers test
Max. loudness
87.7 dB
83.4 dB

Other

Category Flagship Flagship
Announced September 2021 September 2019
Release date September 2021 September 2019
SAR (head) 0.97 W/kg 0.95 W/kg
SAR (body) 0.98 W/kg 0.99 W/kg
Sensors - Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Face recognition sensor
- Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Compass
- Face recognition sensor
*Disclaimer! NFC, GSM network support, and some other specs can be different depending on the country.

Conclusion

If the display, performance, camera, and design are more important to you, then choose the Apple iPhone 13 mini. But if the battery life is more of a priority – go for the Apple iPhone 11.

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