Want a compact iPhone? Should you go for iPhone 13 Mini or wait for iPhone SE 3; Find out

If you like small sized iPhone devices, then which is your better bet: waiting for iPhone SE 3 or getting the iPhone 13 Mini now. Check it out

| Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 10:26 IST
iPhone 13 Mini
If you are a fan of compact smartphones, should you be buying the iPhone 13 Mini now or hold on for iPhone SE 3 (HT Tech/Amritanshu Mukherjee)
iPhone 13 Mini
If you are a fan of compact smartphones, should you be buying the iPhone 13 Mini now or hold on for iPhone SE 3 (HT Tech/Amritanshu Mukherjee)

With many rumors suggesting March 8 as the date for the launch of the much anticipated iPhone SE 3, there is a huge excitement among Apple enthusiasts. With the promise of 5G compatibility and improved features all around, fans of the cheaper SE series would definitely look to upgrade their existing model. However, the iPhone 13 Mini, which was released last year, is part of the flagship iPhone 13 series and will likely have more features than the SE variant. So, which compact iPhone is better? The answer to it is not as straightforward as you may think as both of them have their own strongholds. Further, while rumors have told us quite a lot about iPhone SE 3, there is much still unknown. But based on what we do know, this is how the two Apple smartphones will fare.

iPhone SE 3 vs iPhone 13 Mini: Size matters

iPhone SE 3 and iPhone 13 Mini both are famous for their smaller and more compact size. But, which one gives you more? Well, according to rumors, iPhone SE 3 will retain the size of its predecessors, meaning most likely a 4.7-inch display. On the other hand, iPhone 13 Mini comes with a 5.4-inch display. However, if you thought the iPhone 13 Mini was a larger phone, you'd be mistaken. Even though Mini 13 has a larger display, it is actually shorter than iPhone SE 2020 with a height of 5.2-inch as opposed to SE 2020's 5.5-inch. So, if iPhone SE 3 keeps the same size, then iPhone 13 Mini will lead the race in terms of both compactness as well as giving better screen to body ratio.

Expectations from iPhone SE 3

While that is the most important aspect for the comparison, it is still one aspect of the comparison. You should be aware of the other things the iPhone SE 3 might be bringing to the table. According to our analysis of various rumors around iPhone SE 3, the smartphone can fall between the price of Rs. 30,000 - Rs. 45,000. The iPhone SE series is also chosen as the entry level iPhone, so most likely it will be priced lower than the iPhone 13 Mini.

But the price is lesser as iPhone SE 3 may also have less features than the iPhone 13 Mini. One such case can be the camera. While not much is known about the details of the kind of camera the iPhone SE 3 may have, it is very unlikely to go beyond a single rear camera. Which means, iPhone 13 Mini will definitely have a better camera with its dual rear camera setup.

Next, iPhone SE 3 may come equipped with A15 bionic chipset, which will put it on par with iPhone 13 Mini in terms of processor power. However, we are not sure that iPhone SE 3 will have the same RAM to back the processor like iPhone 13 Mini. Still given how optimized the chipset is, it should perform largely well. But will it be equal or better than iPhone 13 Mini? It is hard to say at the moment but if your concern is performance, you should wait till the launch of iPhone SE 3.

While we do not have much details about the battery for the new iPhone SE 3, it should get a decent bump compared to the 1821 mAh battery of SE 2020. Our review of iPhone 13 Mini gave us the impression that the smartphone with its 2,406 mAh battery could last an entire day with some leftover charge. In comparison, the iPhone SE 2020 was not able to last an entire day. Even with upgrades, it is hard for us to see a significant change over iPhone 13 Mini when it comes to battery life.

The choice is not easy when not all the details are out for iPhone SE 3. However, there are certain areas where iPhone 13 Mini will likely lead the race based on the rumored information. But we would suggest, you should still wait out till the official launch of the smartphone and make a choice based on your preference, and which factors give you a better value.

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First Published Date: 24 Feb, 11:02 IST