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What is the actual battery difference between the iPhone 12 and the 12 mini?

The iPhone 12 mini has changed the current trend in the smartphone market with a compact design, but with all the power of the superior models. We can say that iPhone 12 mini is one of a kind. However, the drums are one of its only weak points when compared to its older brothers, but is there that much difference?

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini go head-to-head.

IPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini share virtually all of your specifications. Same cameras, same processor and an OLED screen with a very similar resolution. However, for size reasons, the battery capacity of the iPhone 12 mini is lower than that of the iPhone 12.

Let’s start to analize the data we have to buy the battery life between the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 mini and see if there are so many real differences on a day-to-day basis.

Battery data for Apple iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini

Below we have a table with the official battery data of the iPhone 12 and 12 mini, both its battery capacity and the duration that Apple estimates that its two devices have.

iPhone 12 iPhone 12 mini
Battery capacity 2,775 mAh 2,227 mAh
Video playback Up to 17 hours Up to 15 hours
Video streaming Up to 11 hours Up to 10 hours
Play audio Up to 65 hours Up to 50 hours


As we can see, the differences are considerable, the iPhone 12 mini has a battery life around 10% lower than that of the iPhone 12, according to Apple data, although in audio reproduction the differences exceed 20%.

Real battery test of iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini

Although the differences estimated by Apple are around 10%, the real world can be very different. In this case, it is difficult to carry out the tests, so we are going to trust this battery test they have done on YouTube doing exactly the same things on an iPhone 12 and on an iPhone 12 mini.

The test consists of the following: a 1 hour phone call, write messages for 1 hour, use Gmail for 1 hour, surf the internet for 1 hour, use Instagram for 1 hour, leave the iPhone in night mode for 16 hours, use YouTube for 1 hour, play for 1 hour, browse Google Maps for 1 hour, play music for 1 hour, and use Snapchat for 1 hour.

The iPhone 12 mini did not reach the end of the test and it was turned off during the hour of use of Google Maps. For its part, the iPhone 12 lasted until the time of using Snapchat.

Test result:

  • iPhone 12. Active time: 9 hours and 1 minute. Standby time: 16 hours. Total time: 25 hours and 1 minute.
  • iPhone 12 mini. Active time: 7 hours and 40 minutes. Standby time: 16 hours. Total time: 23 hours and 40 minutes.

According to this test, iPhone 12 mini uses more battery especially during a call (4% more per hour), while browsing the internet (3% more), watching YouTube videos (7% more) and playing games (3% more), in the rest of the apps the behavior of the battery it is quite similar to that of an iPhone 12.

How long does the iPhone 12 battery last?

East test is quite reliable by showing actual usage of the devices. It opens and uses numerous applications that we all have installed and that we use often, so it can be a good way to measure the battery life of a device.

  • IPhone 12 battery life. Active time: 9 hours and 1 minute. Standby time: 16 hours. Total time: 25 hours and 1 minute.

How long does the iPhone 12 mini battery last?

The iPhone 12 mini is not a device designed to play games or watch videos all the time, and perhaps that is why the battery is somewhat scarcer at those points. However, for normal use, the test shows that it will withstand an intensive day.

  • IPhone 12 mini battery life. Active time: 7 hours and 40 minutes. Standby time: 16 hours. Total time: 23 hours and 40 minutes.


Clearly the iPhone 12 mini is not designed if you are one of those who needs the maximum battery per dayIn that case, the larger iPhones are your option as they have much higher capacity batteries. In fact, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is one of the best smartphones on the market when it comes to battery life.

But if you are a common user, who uses WhatsApp, calls and makes an inquiry on the internet, uses GPS for an hour a day and listens to music, iPhone 12 mini will hold without problems a full day.

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