iPhone 12 mini size — here’s how small it truly is

iPhone 12 mini size
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Apple says that the iPhone 12 mini is the smallest, lightest and thinnest 5G phone in the world. And it has the potential to be the best small phone yet. But how does the size stack up to Android phones and other iPhones? And is it too small for you?

The iPhone 12 mini features a 5.4-inch display, which is considerably smaller than the 6.2-inch Samsung Galaxy S20 6-inch Google Pixel 5 and other flagship phones. But there clearly is still a market for small phones.

To give you a better sense of the iPhone 12's size, here's how it stacks up to the iPhone SE, the other new iPhones and the closest competing Android phones.

iPhone 12 mini size comparisons

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Row 0 - Cell 0 SizeWeight
iPhone 12 mini5.18 x 2.53 x 0.29 inches4.76 ounces
iPhone SE5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 inches5.2 ounces
Google Pixel 55.70 x 2.77 x 0.31 inches5.33 ounces
iPhone 125.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 inches5.78 ounces
Samsung Galaxy S205.9 x 3 x 0.31 inches5.7 ounces
iPhone 12 Pro5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 inches6.66 ounces
iPhone 12 Pro Max6.33 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches8.03 ounces

iPhone 12 vs iPhone SE

iPhone mini size

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The iPhone 12 mini packs a 5.4-inch display into a very compact 5.18 x 2.53 x 0.29 inch-body. To put that into perspective, the iPhone SE, which has a smaller 4.7-inch display, measures 5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 inches. So the iPhone 12 mini is shorter and narrower despite having a larger screen.

The iPhone 12 mini is also one of the lightest phones out there, weighing in at just 4.76 ounces, compared to 5.2 ounces for the iPhone SE. That's pretty impressive when you consider that the iPhone 12 mini adds 5G and a second rear camera.

iPhone 12 mini vs iPhone 12 vs 12 Pro vs Pro Max

iPhone mini size

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The iPhone 12 mini looks almost tiny compared to the rest of the new iPhone 12 lineup. It's a full ounce lighter than the regular iPhone 12 and it's shorter and narrower, meaning you should have no issues slipping this phone in a front pocket (yes, even skinny jeans).

Keep in mind, though, that the regular iPhone 12 is also considerably more compact than the iPhone 11, as Apple has trimmed the borders around the display and mad the device thinner. The iPhone 12 measures 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 inches and weighs 5.78 ounces, compared to a beefier 5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches and 6.84 ounces for the Galaxy S20.  So the iPhone 12 should be easier to use with one hand than its predecessor.

The iPhone 12 Pro has the same dimensions as the iPhone 12 but is heavier at 6.66 ounces, likely owning to its telephoto lens and LiDAR sensor, as well as its stainless steel band. The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 have a lighter aluminum band.

iPhone 12 mini vs Galaxy S20 vs Google Pixel 5

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The iPhone 12 mini is in its own league compared to Samsung's and Google's flagship phones. It's far smaller and lighter than than the Samsung Galaxy S20 (5.70 x 2.77 x 0.31 inches, 5.3 ounces). But the Galaxy S20 also has a larger 6.2-inch display.

The Google Pixel 5 features a slightly smaller 6-inch screen and has a shorter and narrower body at 5.7 x 2.77 x 0.31 inches and 5.33 ounces. The regular 6.1-inch iPhone 12 is much closer to these two Android phones in size and weight.

iPhone 12 mini: Is the size just right?

The iPhone 12 mini is a phone that's definitely going to turn heads. And there are millions of people with 4.7-inch iPhones out there that will consider a 5.4-inch display to be a welcome upgrade, especially when you combine that with a faster A14 Bionic processor, better drop resistance and improved cameras.

But I also get the sense that the iPhone 12 mini will turn off just as many shoppers, as a lot of buyers consider a big screen to be a must when shopping for a phone. We'll reserve our own judgement on the iPhone 12 mini until we can review it.

Mark Spoonauer

Mark Spoonauer is the global editor in chief of Tom's Guide and has covered technology for over 20 years. In addition to overseeing the direction of Tom's Guide, Mark specializes in covering all things mobile, having reviewed dozens of smartphones and other gadgets. He has spoken at key industry events and appears regularly on TV to discuss the latest trends, including Cheddar, Fox Business and other outlets. Mark was previously editor in chief of Laptop Mag, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc. Follow him on Twitter at @mspoonauer.

  • kep55
    Well, how about that. Apple has introduced a phone that's small enough to fit into a shirt pocket. Takes me back to 2012.