Which Low-Cost iPhone Is the Best Deal? Apple iPhone SE vs. iPhone 13 Mini: Which Low-Cost iPhone Is the Best Deal?

Apple’s current cheapest iPhone is the new iPhone SE, which costs $429. It also has a lot going for it, including 5G and a powerful A15 CPU, all at $179 less than the next model up. Is it worth the money, and what are you giving up by not purchasing a more expensive model?
Of course, we’ll have all the answers when we evaluate the iPhone SE. However, for the time being, we have some thoughts based on the spec sheets.

iPhone SE 2022 vs. iPhone SE 2020

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 iPhone SE (2022)iPhone SE (2020)
Display Size and Type4.7-inch LCD4.7-inch LCD
Display Resolution1,334 by 750 pixels1,334 by 750 pixels
Display Brightness625 nits625 nits
ProcessorApple A15 BionicApple A13 Bionic
Storage64GB, 128GB, 256GB64GB, 128GB
Front-Facing Camera7MP F/2.27 MP F/2.2
Rear-Facing Camera12MP F/1.812MP F/1.8
IP RatingIP67IP67
Dimensions (HWD)5.45 by 2.65 by 0.29 inches5.45 by 2.65 by 0.29 inches
Weight5.09 ounces5.22 ounces

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The 2020 iPhone SE isn’t available directly from Apple, but you might be able to find some in stock at stores. It has a fast processor and many of the same capabilities as the 2022 model.
The main benefit of the new SE is the potential for increased performance and coverage from 5G. T-coverage Mobile’s might be improved by adding low-band 5G, while T-Mobile, Verizon, and soon AT&T will benefit from mid-band 5G.

The iPhone SE versus the iPhone 12 mini

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 iPhone SE (2022)iPhone 12 mini
Starting Price$429$599
Display Size and Type4.7-inch LCD5.4-inch OLED
Display Resolution1,334 by 750 pixels2,340 by 1,080 pixels
Display Brightness625 nits625 nits
ProcessorApple A15 BionicApple A14 Bionic
Storage64GB, 128GB, 256GB64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Front-Facing Camera7MP F/2.212MP F/2.2
Rear-Facing Camera12MP F/1.812MP F/1.6 Wide; 12MP F/2.4 Ultra-Wide
IP RatingIP67IP68
Dimensions (HWD)5.45 by 2.65 by 0.29 inches5.18 by 2.53 by 0.29 inches
Weight5.09 ounces4.76 ounces

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The iPhone 12 mini has a higher-resolution display and a more advanced camera system. With 4×4 MIMO, the iPhone 12 mini may have higher cellular range and speeds than the SE. In addition to being smaller, the iPhone 12 mini is also lighter. I have a hunch that the mini has a shorter battery life than the SE, but it’s just a hunch, and we’ll have to test the SE to be sure.

The iPhone SE versus the iPhone 13 mini

Apple iPhone 13 price drops to ₹52,790 only for 128GB variant. Details here
 iPhone SE (2022)iPhone 13 mini
Starting Price$429$699
Display Size and Type4.7-inch LCD5.4-inch OLED
Display Resolution1,334 by 750 pixels2,340 by 1,080 pixels
Display Brightness625 nits800 nits
ProcessorApple A15 BionicApple A15 Bionic
Storage64GB, 128GB, 256GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Front-Facing Camera7MP F/2.212MP F/2.2
Rear-Facing Camera12MP F/1.812MP F/1.6 Wide; 12MP F/2.4 Ultra-Wide
IP RatingIP67IP68
Dimensions (HWD)5.45 by 2.65 by 0.29 inches5.18 by 2.53 by 0.30 inches
Weight5.09 ounces4.97 ounces

Prices pulled from the Amazon Product Advertising API on:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

The iPhone 13 small has a brighter screen and considerably longer battery life than the iPhone 12 mini, though we don’t know how they compare to the iPhone SE. Check back soon for our iPhone SE review, which will have all the specifics.
Also, see our article on the best iPhone to buy in 2022. We’ll update the list once we’ve had an opportunity to test the new iPhone SE.


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