iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini review : what’s new?

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini review : what's new?

Taking into account the three-year update cycle for Apple smartphones, the 2021 model was supposed to be a logical evolutionary development of its predecessor. They did not expect a revolution from the new iPhone, especially since the naming itself confirmed this – from the number 13, Apple was clearly not going to start the countdown of the new generation of its main product. The iPhone 13 line, as expected, retained the common design cues of its predecessor, but received minor cosmetic changes, as well as improved performance and camera capabilities.

IPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini design

IPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini design

The shape of the case repeats its predecessor, iPhone 12. This is understandable – the cycle of design renewal has taken shape, and the shape has not yet become boring. The connecting frame has clear straight corners, in the style of the successful and laconic iPhone 4. The current iPad Pro has the same rectangular edges. So the iPhone 13 complements Apple’s selling lineup of devices. Nothing unexpected happened here.

IPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini design

iPhone 13 features a lightweight, durable aluminum design. This is exactly what is used in the aerospace industry. The screen is covered with a particularly durable Ceramic Shiled glass, the same was in the previous model. Sharp edges are not to everyone’s liking, but the fact that it looks stylish is hard to deny.

Most of the front side is occupied by the screen. It features a cutout for the front camera, speaker, and Face ID sensor. I must say that such decisions seem a little irrelevant, but Apple at least reduced the cutout – it is now not as big as in the iPhone 12. It is difficult to call it a compromise, but the manufacturer at least tried to do something with its “monobrow”.

IPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini design

iPhone 13 mini differs from its older brother only in size. The release of the next “mini” was expected, because the compact model turned out to be popular – there are practically no powerful devices of this form factor on the market. The dimensions of the smartphone allow us to operate it with one hand from which we have already lost the habit. The 5.4-inch screen seems to be a good solution for those who like compact devices.

Comparison of sizes of iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

Dimensions of iPhone 13 mini:

Dimensions iPhone 13 mini

  • Length: 131.5mm
  • Width: 64.2mm
  • Thickness: 7.65mm
  • Weight: 140g

Dimensions of iPhone 13:

IPhone 13 Dimensions

  • Length: 146.7mm
  • Width: 71.5mm
  • Thickness: 7.65mm
  • Weight: 173g

Both smartphones received a glass back. On the rear panel, in the upper left corner, there is a platform with protruding two camera modules – a wide-angle and an ultra-wide-angle one. But if in the previous model the modules were located one above the other, then in the iPhone 13 they are located diagonally from each other. The flash also moved to a corner of the site.

IPhone 13 cameras

The layout of the controls also remains the same. On the left side there are volume keys, a sound profile switch, and a SIM card slot. On the right side there is a power / lock button. The upper part of the smartphone is devoid of functional elements, but on the lower one you can find the main speaker, microphone and Lightning port. He is responsible for both charging and transferring information. Microphones and speakers also remained in the same place.

IPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini design

IPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini colors

IPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini colors

The new Apple smartphone will be of interest to a wide variety of people, which is why five color options are offered at once. Long gone are the days when you were asked to choose between a black and a white iPhone. At the same time, the colors are interesting. The same black is called “dark night”, there is also a red version (PRODUCT) RED, white “shining star”, blue and pink. The latter is a novelty, and the shade is soft, unobtrusive.

IPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini display

IPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini display

IPhone screens are the benchmark for most competitors, if not in resolution, then in quality. Starting with the previous generation, Apple smartphones have received a new type of display with the loud and complex name Super Retina XDR OLED. In such screens, each pixel glows by itself. This allows for a truly natural black. For its appearance, the necessary pixels are simply turned off. According to the new Apple matrix smartphones capable of providing standard brightness 800 cd / m 2 (this is 28% brighter than its predecessor), and 1200 cd / m 2for HDR viewing, contrast ratio up to 2,000,000: 1. The picture is still bright, juicy and realistic – it’s hard to compete with the screen quality of the iPhone 13. The screen makes it possible to distinguish the smallest shades of all colors. The picture looks as natural as possible.

Both iPhone 13 models under review support HDR and True Tone technology, and industry-standard P3 wide color gamut. Pressing the screen is accompanied by a tactile response, the display is protected by an oleophobic coating, there is support for multitouch. However, these capabilities have already become basic for several generations of the iPhone. But the cutout on the top of the screen, the very famous “bangs”, decreased by 20%. There was no revolution with this element, and the software was already well adapted to it. But there will be a little more space for the image.

Comparison of sizes of iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

iPhone 13 mini is the smallest member of the family. Its screen is in the shape of a rectangle with rounded corners and a diagonal of 5.4 inches, a resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels. The image density is 476 ppi. The beauty of such a model is that the powerful device has a compact shape and at the same time a relatively large screen due to minimal frames.

The base model, the iPhone 13, also has an OLED display, but with a 6.1-inch diagonal, whose resolution is 2532 x 1170 pixels. The density is slightly less than that of the younger brother – 460 ppi, but hardly anyone will notice it.

This generation of iPhone continues to use Ceramic Shield technology to protect glass. Ceramic nanocrystals were added to the matrix, which, with their strength, can give odds even to well-known metals. The use of this technology can reduce the risk of damage to iPhone 13 from falling by as much as 4 times.

Processor and storage in iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

Processor and storage in iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

Describing the new A15 Bionic chip installed in the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13, Apple does not skimp on compliments. The processor has been called both simply adding speed and enhancing the camera, augmenting reality, protecting data and increasing energy efficiency. Apple believes that the A15 chip can literally change everything in the use cases of a smartphone.

The A15 SoC is an improved version of the A14 chip. The new chip consumes 15% less power than its predecessor, but at the same time has more performance. The A15 Bionic is manufactured using a 5nm process technology. The central processing unit has 15 billion transistors and 6 cores. Two of them operate at 3.2 GHz, another 4 at 1.8 GHz. Four new graphics cores are responsible for the graphics, and the 16-core Neural Engine system has been updated. She is responsible for the operation of the artificial intelligence system, which is important in modern smartphones. For example, the details in photographs are more and more often “pulled up” by algorithms, and not by optics. A powerful processor will help cameras, for example, when shooting HDR video in the Dolby Vision standard.

Apple is rather evasive about the real speed of the chip, claiming that it has a speed advantage of up to 50% over many other smartphones, or a 30% advantage in graphics processing over the same faceless competitors. In synthetic tests, the A15 Bionic outperforms its predecessor, the A14 Bionic, by 7% in Antutu 8 and 3-6% in GeekBench 5 for single and multiple cores. But the gap from the flagship Snapdragon 888 in GeekBench 5 is more noticeable – 46% for one core and 12% for several.

IPhone 13 performance

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini received 4GB of LPDDR5 RAM, which is one and a half times more than the 2020 models. Then only Pro models got such a volume. This will also clearly affect performance. The 2021 Pro flagship models get even more with 6GB of storage.

And here’s another nice difference from the previous model – the drive options. Finally, Apple realized that the base 64GB variant was not in line with market realities. The iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 have three storage capacities: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. And again, we can remind you that there are simply no options like the iPhone 13 mini with the maximum storage capacity on the market, not to mention the rest of the possibilities.

Cameras in iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

Cameras in iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

The distribution of camera modules in this line has not changed – three cameras along with a LiDAR scanner received the flagship iPhone 13 Pro, but the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini have only two cameras: a wide-angle ƒ / 1.6 aperture and an ultra-wide-angle ƒ / 2.4 aperture and a viewing angle 120 degrees. The resolution of each is 12 megapixels. And outwardly, the module has changed – now the lenses have turned 45 degrees relative to each other. Apple says that this is no coincidence – this is how it managed to place the best sensor inside, the optical stabilization system by shifting the sensor for a wide-angle camera. And the super-width began to work clearly faster. Cameras see more detail in dark areas, while a wide-angle camera captures 47% more light.

Ultra wide-angle camera on iPhone

iPhone 13 boasts Movie Effect mode, which moves focus from one subject in the frame to another. An example of using the Cinema Effect mode:

Moving and sharpening effects will be added automatically during video recording.

Movie effect function in iPhone Movie effect function in iPhone

And the depth of field can be changed even after shooting, which not all professional cameras are capable of.

Movie effect function in iPhone

The Cinema Effect mode is excellent for shooting HDR video in the Dolby Vision standard. The iPhone 13 looks more and more like a cool professional tool with its cameras and computing power.

Apple subtly convinces Apple users that iPhones can take great shots automatically. Yes, sometimes it is impossible to do without operator intervention, for this, the necessary tools are provided, but most often smart algorithms successfully solve the tasks of rendering the image assigned to them. This is especially evident in the “Night mode”, with which the iPhone 13 creates bright and rich images even in low light conditions.

"Night Mode" in iPhone 13 "Night Mode" in iPhone 13 "Night Mode" in iPhone 13

Portrait mode artistically blurs the background to accentuate the subject in focus. You can use one of six lighting effects to get creative with iPhone 13 in hand.

"Portrait Mode" in iPhone 13

The Smart HDR mode has improved, now this is its fourth generation. With it, the iPhone 13 can recognize up to four people in a frame and optimize contrast, lighting, and even skin tone for each character. Deep Fusion technology manifests itself in low light. The iPhone 13 will take multiple shots, varying the exposure, for a final result with accurate texture and detail.

Smart HDR в iPhone 13

The iPhone 13 has an interesting feature – Photographic Styles. With its help, you can make your photos more expressive.

Photographic Styles in iPhone 13

The difference from conventional filters is that styles can be applied to every part of the image, enhancing or dulling colors there, changing skin tones to a more natural one. You can automatically apply your favorite style to new pictures.

New Cinema Effect, Smart HDR 4, and Photo Styles features the front-facing TrueDepth camera.

Front camera in iPhone 13

Its resolution remains the same, 12 megapixels, as well as the ƒ / 2.4 aperture. Now there are the same amount of tools for taking selfies as for the main module. Hence, your shots will be even better. The front camera works with Night mode, supports Deep Fusion technology, Dolby Vision HDR standard for video recording.

Review of iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini Review of iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

IPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini battery

IPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini battery

We are already accustomed to the fact that Apple offers to evaluate its devices not by ampere-hours, but by hours of real work, or even by an advantage over their predecessors. Thanks to the use of a more energy efficient processor, it was possible to increase the autonomy of the iPhone 13 by 2.5 hours, and the iPhone 13 mini – by 1.5 hours. Now the iPhone 13 mini will be able to play videos for up to 15 hours, show streams for up to 10 hours in a row, or play audio for 50 hours. The iPhone 13 has more impressive numbers – 17 hours of video, 11 hours of streaming, and 65 hours of audio.

The iPhone 13 has a battery capacity of 3,095 mAh, while the iPhone 13 mini has a 2,406 mAh battery.

Fast Magnetic MagSafe Wireless Charger for iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

Fast Magnetic MagSafe Wireless Charger for iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

If for iPhone 12 wireless MagSafe charging has become a bright “chip”, then for a year they got used to the accessory. Apple doesn’t put much emphasis on it, but isn’t it great that we are already used to being able to charge our smartphone wirelessly and using magnets to improve ergonomics?

While Qi wireless charging can charge your iPhone at 7.5W, the MagSafe charger is already providing 15W. Thanks to the magnets on the back of your smartphone, you can combine it with a variety of accessories: cases, charger, wallet or power bank.

Water permeability of iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

IPhone 13 is IP68 rated against splash, water and dust according to IEC 60529. It allows you to lower the device to a depth of 6 meters, but no more than half an hour. There is nothing new here either, in fact, improved protection is not needed for most of us. It should also be noted that Apple’s recommendations not to abuse the contact of the smartphone with liquid, nevertheless, possible damage is not considered a warranty case.

5G support for iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

And again, we can state that the advanced technologies last year already seem to be commonplace and even obligatory. iPhone 12 was the first Apple device to support 5G networks. The presence of this technology in the iPhone 13 no longer surprises anyone and does not look like a distinctive feature of the new flagship. And in Russia there are still no 5G networks in commercial operation.

In the meantime, you can be content with working in 4G, the iPhone 13 supports 32 bands. The speed in LTE can reach 2 Gbps, thanks to MIMO 4×4 and LAA technologies.

Package of iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

Package of iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

Last year, Apple overhauled its iPhone kit radically, stripping the 12 Series of its charger and headphones. This was due to concern for the environment, because it is assumed that Apple technology users already have the necessary accessories. This move was ridiculed, criticized, but soon followed by many other manufacturers.

The iPhone 13 box looks as compact as possible. Inside, besides the smartphone itself and the documentation for it, you can only find a USB-C / Lightning cable. If this is your first iPhone, then you will have to purchase a power supply separately.

Comparison of technical characteristics (specifications) iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

Comparison of technical characteristics (specifications) iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

IPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini price and release date

Long gone are the days when the iPhone is fundamentally more expensive than all other flagships. Today, the price tag for top models of Samsung, Huawei and even Xiaomi is comparable to Apple products. To the company’s credit, it is worth noting that the new generation of iPhone, which has received improved hardware and interesting features, is at the start only a little more than a year ago. At the same time, the initial model has twice the storage capacity and exactly the same price.

iPhone 13 will go on sale on September 24th.

  • Buy iPhone 13 mini 128 GB – 69,990 rubles.
  • Buy iPhone 13 mini 256 GB – 79,990 rubles.
  • Buy iPhone 13 mini 512 GB – 99,990 rubles.
  • Buy iPhone 13 128 GB – 79,990 rubles.
  • Buy iPhone 13 256 GB – 89,990 rubles.
  • Buy iPhone 13 512 GB – 109,990 rubles.


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