Forget iPhone SE 3 at Rs 41,900, this is the compact iPhone you should buy

Here's why you should buy an iPhone 12 mini instead of the iPhone SE 3.

Highlights
  • iPhone SE 3 is available at Rs 39,800 after card discount
  • iPhone 12 mini is available at Rs 47,499 after card discount
  • iPhone 12 mini offer a better display, battery, and camera compared to iPhone SE 2022

Apple recently added a 3rd-gen iPhone SE or iPhone SE 2022 to its compact phone portfolio. Launched at Rs 43,900, the iPhone SE 3 might be an attractive pick for many. But, what if we told you that there is another compact iPhone available in the same price range? Well, that’s where this article comes in. Today, we will show you a better alternative to the newly launched iPhone SE 3. We’re talking about the iPhone 12 mini here. So, without further ado, let’s find out why iPhone 12 mini is a better pick.

iPhone 12 mini and iPhone SE 3 prices in India

The iPhone SE 3 price in India starts at Rs 41,900 on Flipkart. The price drops down to Rs 39,800 after the 5 percent card discount. The iPhone 12 mini, on the other hand, is available at Rs 49,999 on Flipkart. The price drops to Rs 47,499 after the 5 percent card discount.

iPhone 12 mini vs iPhone SE 3

To make this comparison easier to understand, let’s look at each componentone at a time.

Battery life

We all hate it when we are in the middle of an intensive game or watching a movie, and the iPhone’s battery gives up. Only if you had a lil-extra juice. Well, the iPhone SE 3 has a 2,018mAh Li-Ion battery that can easily get you up to 15 hours of battery life on moderate usage, according to Apple. The iPhone 12 mini, on the other hand, has a bigger 2,227mAh Li-Ion battery that should last you a couple of hours longer than the iPhone SE 3.

Charging option

Speaking of battery, both iPhones have a similar battery capacity. Still, the charging capabilities of these phones are different. The iPhone 12 mini comes with support for MagSafe and wireless charging technology, a privilege we don’t see on the newer iPhone SE 3. Both iPhones have the standard wired charging support.

Display

Apple iPhone SE 2022

Things get exciting here. The iPhone SE 3 has a 4.5-inch display that features an outdated LCD Retina HD panel. Now, the iPhone 12 Mini is thinner than the iPhone SE 3 but still packs a larger 5.4-inch display that offers an OLED Super Retina XDR panel. The reason for this is the outdated iPhone 8’s design of the iPhone SE 3 that flaunts thick bezels and a Home/Touch ID button.

iPhone 12 mini

The iPhone 12 mini has not only a bigger and better display but also a better contrast, brightness level, and better resolution. This results in a better viewing experience. The display also has scratch-resistant ceramic glass protection on top.

Camera

iPhone SE 2022

Most people love to take photos on their iPhones. In fact, the camera of the iPhone is a primary purchase factor for many interested buyers. The iPhone SE 3 has a single shooter at the back with a 12MP camera. The 12MP shooter is a wide lens, and that’s all you’ll get with the iPhone SE 3. No optical zoom and night mode for iPhone SE 2022. The front camera is a 7MP snapper. The iPhone SE 3 supports HDR, Dolby Vision, and up to 4k 30fps videos.

iPhone 12 mini

The iPhone 12 mini houses a dual 12MP camera setup at the back. One is a wide lens, and another is an ultra-wide lens. The front camera of the iPhone 12 mini is a 12MP snapper that also supports ultra-wide mode, a handy feature for group selfies.

Face ID vs Touch ID

This comes down to personal preference, whether you prefer the good-old Touch ID embedded in the physical home button of the iPhone SE 3 or a more modern authentication mode – Face ID on the iPhone 12 mini. Face ID also offers Animoji and Memoji.

Water resistance

There is no denying that using the phone underwater or in a pool is a sassy move. The IP67 rating of the iPhone SE 3 can get you up to 1m depth for 30 minutes. While the IP68 rating of the iPhone 12 mini promises up to 6m depth for 30 minutes.

Now, you must be thinking that the iPhone 12 mini is better than iPhone SE 3 in all categories (display-camera). Is there anything that iPhone SE 3 has an advantage over the iPhone 12 mini?

Processor

The answer is Yes, the iPhone SE 3 has the latest A15 Bionic processor, the same that powers the iPhone 13 series. The 12 mini takes the L here as it has a slightly outdated A14 Bionic chipset. The A15 of the iPhone SE 3 will provide a snappier performance than the A14 of the iPhone 12 mini.