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The iPhone 13 Mini is most compact edition in 2021's suite of iPhones. Read on for a snapshot of what it's got to offer.

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Features and specs

  • 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display, with 2340 x 1080-pixel resolution at 476 ppi
  • Weight: 140g
  • Dimensions: 131.5mm x 64.2mm x 7.65mm
  • Dual lens camera with 12MP Wide and Ultra Wide cameras
  • Three storage options: 128GB, 256GB and 512GB
  • 2,406mAh battery capacity
  • Five colourways: Product Red, Blue, Pink, Starlight White, Midnight Black
  • Other models: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max

The iPhone 13 Mini is the most affordable and most compact model in Apple's iPhone 13 range. But it still manages to pack all the features of the regular iPhone 13 in its compact frame, such as dual rear cameras, 5G support and an A15 Bionic chip.

Availability and price 

iPhone 13 Mini release date: 24 September 2021

Price: From £679 (at release)

At the time of release, the iPhone 13 Mini was priced £679 when bought SIM-free and off-contract. That's quite a bit cheaper than the higher-end iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max models.

Apple has released newer handsets since then, so you can now snap up the iPhone 13 Mini at a cheaper price than at launch. Apple no longer sells it, but you can buy it refurbished from a reseller – or on a pay-monthly contract from a household-name network.

Better still, if you shop around and compare deals using our comparison table above, you can get it with no upfront cost and a decent data allowance. 

How good is the iPhone 13 Mini's design and display?

Like the previous iPhone 12 Mini, the iPhone 13 Mini takes the design of its regular counterpart and shrinks it into a very pocketable size. Featuring curved edges, a wraparound aluminium frame and a flat-edge design, it’s super sleek. And with tough Ceramic Shield technology in the screen, it’s durable too.

The main difference to the iPhone 12 design is that the notch at the top of the screen has shrunk, so you get to see more of the dazzling display.

And when it comes to display, it’s great. Although it’s certainly smaller, the 5.4-inch OLED screen is bright and pleasing to the eye.

How good is the iPhone 13 Mini’s camera?

Like the regular iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Mini sports a dual rear camera setup, with a 12MP wide lens and ultra-wide lens.

The wide lens captures 47% more light than 2020's iPhone 12, to help you get better shots when you're shooting in challenging, low-light conditions.

Meanwhile, new sensor-shift optical image stabilisation technology helps cut down on shakycam, keeping your shots steady and blur-free.

Both rear cameras are equipped with Apple’s new Photographic Styles, which are real-time filters that can customise the look and feel of your photos. There’s also the new Cinematic Mode, which helps capture professional-looking videos with a depth-of-field effect.

On the front, the notch houses a 12MP selfie camera and retina-scanning security technology.

How good is the iPhone 13 Mini’s battery life?

Although its compact size means a smaller battery, the iPhone 13 Mini still packs a 2,406mAh battery that's larger and lasts longer than iPhone 12 Mini.

It’s not quite as long-lasting as the rest of the iPhone 13 range, but it’s well-optimised and should be able to take you from morning to night with moderate usage.

Plus, there’s faster wireless and wired charging too.

iPhone 13 Mini full review

For more on the iPhone 13 Mini, read our full review.

What's the difference between the iPhone 13 Mini and iPhone 12 Mini?

At first glance, not an awful lot. Both phones have the same 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR display, as well as a very similar overall look and feel.

However, the iPhone 13 Mini is a major improvement in a lot of key areas.

Although both phones sport a dual camera system, the setup on the iPhone 13 Mini is a marked upgrade. While the iPhone 12 Mini lacks the range of fancy photography features exclusive to the more premium Pro models, the iPhone 13 Mini includes new features that can be found in its Pro counterparts, such as Cinematic Mode and Photographic Styles.

The iPhone 13 Mini also features a greater battery capacity – on average, you can expect around 1.5 hours longer battery life than the iPhone 12 Mini.

Plus, the new A15 processor promises much greater power.

How does the iPhone 13 Mini compare to other flagship handsets in the UK market?

On the Android side of things, other flagships include the Samsung Galaxy S21 and the Google Pixel 6. However, you’d be hard pressed to find flagships as small as the iPhone 13 Mini.

MoneySuperMarket’s expert rating

Our rating out of five: 4/5

The iPhone 13 Mini delivers the same premium experience as the regular iPhone 13. While it’s still on the pricier side, it’s definitely the most affordable way of getting your hands on an Apple flagship.

The main thing to consider is whether the size works for you. If you’re searching for a device that’s eminently pocketable and easy to use with one hand, the iPhone 13 Mini ticks all the boxes. On the other hand, if you value more screen real estate, you may want to check out the rest of the iPhone 13 line.

Its smaller size means a smaller battery, too. But this may be a worthy trade-off for a more lightweight and compact design.

The Pro models also have an extra telephoto lens on its rear camera, which is worth bearing in mind if you’re a keen snapper – the iPhone 13 Mini only has two, although they’re both very capable.

Contract options

If you want to get a mobile phone contract, there are several ways you can get a good deal.

Can I get the iPhone 13 Mini with no upfront cost?

Yes, you can. In fact, because the iPhone 13 Mini is the cheapest model in the iPhone 13 range, it's easier to find contracts with no upfront charge than it would be with the more expensive models.

Can I get the iPhone 13 Mini with unlimited data? 

Absolutely. Pretty much all the major networks offer the iPhone 13 Mini on contracts that include unlimited data. 

What's the cheapest way to get the iPhone 13 Mini? 

In general, the cheapest way of buying any phone is to buy it upfront, off-contract. And then get a SIM-only deal that meets your needs. 

Although it’s more money to spend upfront, it works out cheaper than buying the phone on a monthly contract.

Apple no longer sells the iPhone 13 Mini. So, your best bet is to either buy a refurbished device outright, or getting it on a pay-monthly contract with a mobile network – the latter of which lets you spread your payments over a monthly basis.

Can I get the iPhone 13 Mini with poor credit? 

Major networks generally carry out pretty rigorous credit checks, especially with new iPhones. So we'd say your chances of being approved for an iPhone 13 Mini contract are slim.

If you currently have a poor credit rating, you'll most likely have better luck by choosing an older, less costly phone. Or saving up a lump sum to be able to get the iPhone 13 Mini off-contract.

Visit our webpage on what you can do if you have a bad credit score.

Frequently asked questions

Is the iPhone 13 Mini worth buying in 2024?

As the iPhone 13 Mini went on sale in 2021, Apple has released newer, more high-spec handsets since then.

However, if your heart is set on the mini size, it may be the best – and only – option. It's the last pint-sized version of the iPhone, as Apple got rid of the Mini model in its iPhone 14 line-up.

Will the iPhone 13 Mini drop in price?

Typically, you’ll have to wait until the newest model is released before the current line-up drops in price.

Apple usually unveils its newest generation of iPhone every September or October. As there's been more recent releases since, you can now get the iPhone 13 Mini at a cheaper price.

Apple no longer sells it, but you can still buy it via a reseller or mobile network (on a pay-monthly contract).

Should I upgrade or wait for the 2024 model?

It depends. If you're looking for a more recent release, it's worth considering the iPhone 14 or iPhone 15 instead.

However, if it's a small-sized handset you're keen on, the iPhone 13 Mini is the latest one you can get. In fact, it's Apple's last Mini iteration of an iPhone.

iPhone 13 mini specs

General
Manufacturer Apple
Operating System iOS
Sim Card Type Nano
Sensors
Accelerometer Yes
Proximity Yes
Compass Yes
Barometer Yes
Gyroscope Yes
GPS No
Size & Weight
Form Factor Candy Bar
Thickness 7.7 mm
Size 64.2mm x 7.7mm x 131.5mm
Weight 141 g
Battery
Battery Type Lithium Ion
Capacity mah
Standby hours
Talktime hours
Display
Display Size 5.4 inches
Screen Type AMOLED
Resolution 1080 x 2340 inches
Pixels Per Inch 476 ppi
Touch Screen Type Capacitive
Processing power
CPU 0 mhz
Processor Cores 6 Cores Cores
Memory 6000 MB
Storage
Internal Storage 128, 256, 512
External Storage No
Camera & Video
Primary Camera 12 MP
Flash Yes
LED Flash
GEO Tagging Yes
Auto Focus Yes
Fixed Focus Yes
Touch Focus
Face Detection Yes
Smile Detection
Image Stabilisation Yes
Video Quality
2nd Camera 12 MP
Data
Generation 5G
Frequency Dual-band
NFC No
Wi-Fi No
Wi-Fi Hotspot No
Wi-Fi Direct No
Bluetooth No
USB No
Sound
Loudspeaker Yes
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