iPhone 12 mini Singapore Price and Review

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The iPhone 12 Mini has received a lot of positive reactions. In an age of massive phones, the iPhone 12 sticks out with it’s small and diminutive form factor. 

Before we get into the finer details. Here’s what the iPhone 12 Mini costs in Singapore. 

The iPhone 12 Mini’s price in Singapore starts from $1149 for the 64GB version, $1219 for the 128GB version and $1389 for the 256GB version. 

It’s available in five colours – White, Black, Blue, Green and (PRODUCT) Red. 

Here are the iPhone 12 Mini operator plans

iPhone 12 Mini Singtel Price

Singtel Plans / iPhone 12 MiniiPhone 12 Mini (64GB)iPhone 12 Mini (128GB)iPhone 12 Mini (256GB)
XO 48 – 5G$558$628$778
XO 78 – 5G$198$258$408
XO 108 – 5G$0$0$148
Combo 2 – 5G$648$718$868
Combo 3 – 5G$408$478$628
Combo 6 – 5G$198$268$418
Combo 12 – 5G$0$0$0

The iPhone 12 Mini is the most affordable phone from the iPhone 12 series. But does it have what it takes to compete with the flagships from other companies? 

Firstly if you have used only big sized phones for a while, the iPhone 12 Mini will feel a bit different. It’s super small. At 5.4-inches, even people with the smallest fingers will not have a problem operating this phone.

For people who like small phones, this is the flagship device of small smartphones. 

This is Apple’s foray into 5G and the iPhone 12 Mini is part of the first iPhone’s to have 5G enabled. 

iPhone Mini Display & Design 

Before we get to the display, we need to talk about the design. The design is a retro throwback to the yesteryear iPhone 5 with the squared off edges and absolutely flat sides. You can keep the phone standing upright with no support. 

The design is spectacular. It’s made of Aerospace-grade aluminum, which is strong and sturdy. 

Although it has a tiny display, the screen is a Super Retina XDR display which is an OLED screen. This is the same for the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro. 

As usual the displays of an iPhone are top class and it’s the same with the 12 Mini. From the colour contrasts to the richness of the details. If you are into the whole refresh rate comparison, then you’ll be disappointed because it’s got a 60Hz refresh rate which is 50% lesser than some of the competing phones out there which are available at half the cost. 

It’s got a glass in the front and the back and is equipped with the highly touted Ceramic Shield. There have been tests conducted and the ceramic shield is way better than just the plain old Gorilla Glass displays from the earlier versions.

The Ceramic Shield can withstand 4X more drops. 

Performance & Chipset 

The A14 chipset which is the latest from Apple is common among all the iPhone 12 series phones and that includes the iPhone 12 mini as well. This is by no means an inferior device.

But there’s one downside to a powerful processor in a small phone like the iPhone 12. The processor cannot over work itself because of the lesser heat dissipating capabilities of a small device.

But that’s just theory, In reality, the iPhone 12 is as powerful as the iPhone 12 Pro Max in terms of performance. All scores from Geekbench, AnTuTu and Jet Stream tallied, the results are clear. The iPhone 12 Mini is an uber powerful phone.

iPhone 12 mini Cameras 

Apart from the size of the display and the battery, the iPhone 12 has the same capabilities as the iPhone 12. That is quite impressive for a tiny device.

It has dual cameras with 12-megapixels each. It has the wide and ultrawide shooting capabilities of the iPhone 12 Pro.

In terms of other camera specs, it has Smart HDR 3, Deep Fusion, Night Mode and can shoot high quality Dolby Vision HD recording at 4K up to 30FPS. 

Videos and photos on the iPhone 12 Mini are the same as the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. There are no differences there. 

iPhone 12 mini Battery 

Small body, small batteries and this was expected. It has a 2227 mAh battery which is a good 20% smaller than that of the iPhone 12. 

The battery life for this phone is pretty abysmal. Battery life is tested by playing constant videos at 720p endlessly till the battery runs out and the iPhone 12 Mini can last just under 4 hours. That’s about an hour and a half less than the iPhone 12.

But obviously nobody is going to be draining their batteries in such a manner. Even with real-world use, you get about 8 to 10 hours, which is pretty poor for a smartphone in this day & age. 

Considering this is a 5G device, it makes matters worse in terms of battery life. If you obsess over battery life, forget about it. 

It works seamlessly with the Magsafe charger which just gets stuck to the back and is pretty seamless. 

Other Features & Details

The back magnets let you attach a wallet as well which is seamless. This is a rugged phone and can last underwater for up to 30 minutes and up to 6 metres. You don’t have to worry about splashes and spills.

Apple doesn’t ship out the power brick and you’ll need to use an old power brick or buy a new one. They do ship the USB-C to lightning cable. 

Final thoughts

The iPhone 12 Mini is an interesting offering from Apple. It’s the cutest iPhone with its size and design, but it also packs quite a punch when it comes to the A14 chipset and the dual cameras which are the same as the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. 

In terms of performance it has no concerns. But there is an area where the iPhone 12 Mini is lacking considerably and that’s the battery life.

The battery is itself small and the battery life is even smaller. It cannot last the entire day and it would require some midday charging even during nominal use. 

If you are outside, you very likely need to carry a powerbank. Apart from that downside, the iPhone 12 Mini is an uber powerful phone.