Apple iPhone X vs iPhone 12 mini

Here we compared two flagship smartphones: the 5.8-inch Apple iPhone X (with Apple A11 Bionic) that was released on September 12, 2017, against the Apple iPhone 12 mini, which is powered by Apple A14 Bionic and came out 38 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 X
  • The rear camera has a 2x optical zoom
  • Has a 0.4 inch larger screen size
  • Comes with 489 mAh larger battery capacity: 2716 vs 2227 mAh
Reasons to consider the Apple iPhone 12 mini
  • 81% better performance in AnTuTu Benchmark (695K versus 384K)
  • Better camera quality (According to DxOMark rating)
  • Shows 10% longer battery life (24:46 vs 22:33 hours)
  • Compatible with the latest Wi-Fi 6 wireless networks
  • Waterproof body (IP68 classification)
  • More energy-efficient CPU – Apple A14 Bionic
  • Uses a faster type of memory: LPDDR4X
  • Has an ultra-wide angle camera lens
  • Has 33% more RAM: 4GB versus 3GB
  • The phone is 3-years and 2-months newer
  • The front-facing camera can record video at 4K
  • Ready for eSIM technology
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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 OLED
Size 5.8 inches 5.4 inches
Resolution 1125 x 2436 pixels 1080 x 2340 pixels
Aspect ratio 19.5:9 19.5:9
PPI 458 ppi 476 ppi
Refresh rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
Max rated brightness 625 nits 625 nits
HDR support Yes, Dolby Vision Yes, Dolby Vision
Screen protection Tempered glass -
Screen-to-body ratio 82.9% 85.1%
Display features - Always-On Display - DCI-P3
Display tests
RGB color space 99.3% -
PWM 240 Hz -
Response time 2.2 ms -
Contrast ∞ Infinity -
Peak brightness test (auto)
612 nits
628 nits
Sources: NotebookCheck [3]

Design and build

Height 143.6 mm (5.65 inches) 131.5 mm (5.18 inches)
Width 70.9 mm (2.79 inches) 64.2 mm (2.53 inches)
Thickness 7.7 mm (0.3 inches) 7.4 mm (0.29 inches)
Weight 174 g (6.14 oz) 135 g (4.76 oz)
Waterproof IP67 IP68
Rear material Glass Glass
Frame material Metal Metal
Colors Silver, Gray White, Black, Blue, Green, Red
Fingerprint scanner No No
Screen-to-body ratio
82.9%
85.1%

Performance

Tests of Apple iPhone X and Apple iPhone 12 mini in the benchmarks
SoC
Chipset Apple A11 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
Max. clock 2390 MHz 3100 MHz
CPU cores 6 (2 + 4) 6 (2 + 4)
Architecture - 4 cores at 1.42 GHz: Mistral
- 2 cores at 2.39 GHz: Monsoon
- 4 cores at 1.8 GHz: Icestorm
- 2 cores at 3.1 GHz: Firestorm
Lithography process 10 nanometers 5 nanometers
Graphics Apple GPU Apple GPU
FLOPS ~325 GFLOPS -

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
941
1600
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
2524
4191
AnTuTu Benchmark 9
384054
695142
CPU 124881 190074
GPU 115568 284641
Memory 60636 94157
UX 79405 126265
Total score 384054 695142
3DMark Wild Life Performance
3539
7673
Stability 63% 69%
Graphics test 21 FPS 45 FPS
Graphics score 3539 7673
Sources: 3DMark [3], [4]

Memory

RAM
RAM size 3 GB 4 GB
Memory type LPDDR4 LPDDR4X
Channels 2 2
Storage
Storage size 64, 256 GB 64, 128, 256 GB
Storage type NVMe NVMe
Memory card No No

Software

Operating system iOS 11.1 (Can be upgraded to iOS 16.1.1) iOS 14.1 (Can be upgraded to iOS 16.2)
OS size 5.3 GB -

Battery

Specifications
Capacity 2716 mAh 2227 mAh
Charge power 18 W 18 W
Battery type Li-Ion Li-Ion
Replaceable No No
Wireless charging Yes, Qi (7.5 W) Yes (7.5 W)
Reverse charging No No
Fast charging Yes (50% in 30 min) Yes (60% in 30 min)
Full charging time 2:00 hr 1:29 hr
Battery life tests
Web browsing 07:08 hr 09:23 hr
Watching video 09:17 hr 09:46 hr
Gaming 04:03 hr 04:55 hr
Standby 84 hr 78 hr
General battery life
22:33 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 Optical, 2x Digital
Flash Quad 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 240FPS Up to 60FPS
Slow motion 240 FPS (1080p) 240 FPS (1080p)
Angle of widest lens - 120°
Lenses 2 (12 MP + 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 Duo Camera (BSI CMOS)
- Phase autofocus (Dual Pixel)
- 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
Telephoto lens - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/2.4
- Focal length: 52 mm
- Pixel size: 1 micron
- Sensor: 1/3.4" (BSI CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- 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 X from DxOMark Photo samples of Apple iPhone 12 mini from DxOMark
Selfie camera
Megapixels 7 megapixels 12 megapixels
Image resolution 3472 x 2063 4290 x 2800
Aperture f/2.2 f/2.2
Focal length 32 mm 23 mm
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
101
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 Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Dual Band
- Wi-Fi MiMO
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Wi-Fi Display
Bluetooth version 5 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 GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS
NFC* Yes Yes
Infrared port No No
Network
Number of SIM* 1 1
Type of SIM card Nano Nano
eSIM support* No Yes
Hybrid slot No No
LTE Cat* 16 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
85.3 dB

Other

Category Flagship Flagship
Announced September 2017 October 2020
Release date November 2017 November 2020
SAR (head) 0.87 W/kg 0.99 W/kg
SAR (body) 0.97 W/kg 0.99 W/kg
Sensors - Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Face recognition sensor
- 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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