Apple iPhone 7 vs iPhone 12 mini

Here we compared two flagship smartphones: the 4.7-inch Apple iPhone 7 (with Apple A10 Fusion) that was released on September 7, 2016, against the Apple iPhone 12 mini, which is powered by Apple A14 Bionic and came out 50 months after. 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 7
  • Fingerprint scanner
Reasons to consider the Apple iPhone 12 mini
  • 2.4x better performance in AnTuTu Benchmark (695K versus 288K)
  • Thinner bezels – 19.5% more screen real estate
  • Has a 0.7 inch larger screen size
  • Better camera quality (According to DxOMark rating)
  • 46% higher pixel density (476 vs 326 PPI)
  • Shows 13% longer battery life (24:46 vs 21:51 hours)
  • Compatible with the latest Wi-Fi 6 wireless networks
  • Newer Bluetooth version (v5)
  • Supports wireless charging up to 7.5W
  • Supports 18W fast charging
  • Waterproof body (IP68 classification)
  • More energy-efficient CPU – Apple A14 Bionic

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 IPS LCD OLED
Size 4.7 inches 5.4 inches
Resolution 750 x 1334 pixels 1080 x 2340 pixels
Aspect ratio 16:9 19.5:9
PPI 326 ppi 476 ppi
Refresh rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
Max rated brightness 625 nits 625 nits
HDR support No Yes, Dolby Vision
Screen protection Tempered glass -
Screen-to-body ratio 65.6% 85.1%
Display features - - DCI-P3
Display tests
RGB color space 100% -
PWM Not detected -
Response time 35.5 ms -
Contrast 1635:1 -
Peak brightness test (auto)
iPhone 7 +5%
652 nits
622 nits
Sources: NotebookCheck [3]

Design and build

Height 138.3 mm (5.44 inches) 131.5 mm (5.18 inches)
Width 67.1 mm (2.64 inches) 64.2 mm (2.53 inches)
Thickness 7.1 mm (0.28 inches) 7.4 mm (0.29 inches)
Weight 138 gramm (4.87 oz) 135 gramm (4.76 oz)
Waterproof IP67 IP68
Rear material Metal Glass
Frame material Metal Metal
Colors Black, Silver, Gold, Red, Pink White, Black, Blue, Green, Red
Fingerprint scanner Yes, in home button No
Screen-to-body ratio
65.6%
85.1%

Performance

Tests of Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 12 mini in the benchmarks
SoC
Chipset Apple A10 Fusion Apple A14 Bionic
Max. clock 2340 MHz 3100 MHz
CPU cores 4 (2 + 2) 6 (2 + 4)
Architecture - 2 cores at 1.05 GHz: Zephyr
- 2 cores at 2.34 GHz: Hurricane
- 4 cores at 1.8 GHz: Icestorm
- 2 cores at 3.1 GHz: Firestorm
L3 cache 4 MB -
Lithography process 16 nanometers 5 nanometers
Graphics PowerVR GT7600 Apple GPU
GPU clock 900 MHz -
FLOPS ~115 GFLOPS -
Memory
RAM size 2 GB 4 GB
Memory type LPDDR4 LPDDR4X
Channels 2 2
Storage
Storage size 32, 128, 256 GB 64, 128, 256 GB
Storage type NVMe NVMe
Memory card No No

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
718
1596
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
1294
4173
AnTuTu Benchmark 9
288051
695029
CPU 91046 190074
GPU 93318 284641
Memory 44851 94157
UX 61454 126265
Total score 288051 695029
3DMark Wild Life Performance
2581
7680
Stability 62% 69%
Graphics test 15 FPS 45 FPS
Graphics score 2581 7680
Sources: 3DMark [3], [4]

Software

Operating system iOS 10 (Can be upgraded to iOS 15.7) iOS 14.1 (Can be upgraded to iOS 16.1.1)
OS size 12.5 GB -

Battery

Specifications
Capacity 1960 mAh 2227 mAh
Charge power 5 W 18 W
Battery type Li-Ion Li-Ion
Replaceable No No
Wireless charging No (7.5 W) Yes (7.5 W)
Reverse charging No No
Fast charging No Yes (60% in 30 min)
Full charging time 2:35 hr 1:29 hr
Battery life tests
Web browsing 07:29 hr 09:23 hr
Watching video 08:03 hr 09:46 hr
Gaming 03:08 hr 04:55 hr
Standby 84 hr 78 hr
General battery life
21:51 hr
24:46 hr

Camera

Specs and camera test of smartphones
Main camera
Matrix 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Image resolution 4032 x 3024 4032 x 3024
Zoom Digital Digital
Flash Quad LED Quad LED
Stabilization Optical Optical
8K video recording No No
4K video recording Up to 30FPS Up to 60FPS
1080p video recording Up to 60FPS Up to 60FPS
Slow motion 240 FPS (720p) 240 FPS (1080p)
Angle of widest lens - 120°
Lenses 1 (12 MP) 2 (12 MP + 12 MP)
Wide (main) lens - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.8
- Focal length: 28 mm
- Pixel size: 1.22 micron
- Sensor: 1/3", Apple iSight Camera (BSI CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
- 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.6
- Focal length: 26 mm
- Pixel size: 1.4 micron
- Sensor: 1/3.4", Sony IMX372 (Exmor-RS CMOS)
- Phase autofocus (Dual Pixel)
- Optical stabilization
Ultra-wide lens - - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/2.4
- Focal length: 13 mm
- Sensor: 1/2.55", Sony IMX503 (Exmor-RS CMOS)
Camera features - Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- RAW support
- Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
Samples Photo samples of Apple iPhone 7 from DxOMark Photo samples of Apple iPhone 12 mini from DxOMark
Selfie camera
Megapixels 7 megapixels 12 megapixels
Image resolution 3088 x 2320 4290 x 2800
Aperture f/2.2 f/2.2
Focal length 32 mm 23 mm
Pixel size 1 microns -
Sensor type BSI CMOS CMOS
Sensor size - 1/3.6"
Video resolution 1080p (Full HD) at 30 FPS 2160p (4K) at 60 FPS

DxOMark camera tests

Photo quality
132
Video quality
112
Generic camera score
122

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 b/g/n/ac) Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax)
Wi-Fi features - Dual Band
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Dual Band
- Wi-Fi MiMO
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Wi-Fi Display
Bluetooth version 4.2 5
Bluetooth features LE, A2DP LE, A2DP
USB type No No
USB version 2 -
USB features - Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- Charging
- USB-Storage mode
GPS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS
NFC* Yes Yes
Infrared port No No
Network
Number of SIM* 1 1
Type of SIM card Nano Nano
Multi SIM mode Standby -
eSIM support* No Yes
Hybrid slot No No
LTE Cat* 12 18
5G support No Yes

Sound

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

Other

Category Flagship Flagship
Announced September 2016 October 2020
Release date September 2016 November 2020
SAR (head) 1.38 W/kg 0.99 W/kg
SAR (body) 1.34 W/kg 0.99 W/kg
Sensors - Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Fingerprint
- Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Face recognition sensor
*Disclaimer! NFC, GSM network support, and some other specs can be different depending on the country.

Conclusion

After analyzing all the data, we think that the Apple iPhone 12 mini is definitely a better buy.

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