Like the rest of the iPhone 12 line, the 12 mini is powered by the six-core Apple A14 "Bionic" processor and features Ceramic Shield on the front screen and back panel for 4x improved drop performance over previous models. It supports 5G networks for improved speed (up to 4Gbps) with the ability to automatically switch to LTE as needed to conserve battery life. The wireless changing coil inside the phone includes MagSafe for magnetic alignment and attachment of chargers (up to 12W) and accessories. The updated Lightning connector supports faster charging though USB-C (up to 20W).
The Super Retina XDR display features a 5.4-inch OLED screen with a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a resolution of 2340 x 1080 at 476ppi. The flattened aluminum sides of the case resemble the iPhone 4 in a size between that of the iPhone 5 and 6. It is available in 6 different colors: blue, (PRODUCT)RED, white, green, black, and purple. The rear-facing dual-camera system includes an ultra-wide and wide angle lens. Unlike the larger iPhone 12, the mini's camera does not contain any spacers as the internal component space is limited. The Taptic Engine is also smaller. However, the capacity of the 12 mini's battery is 8.57 Wh, greater than that of the 2nd generation iPhone SE.
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