iPhone SE 3 vs iPhone 13 mini: comparison and differences

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Screen

With 5.4 inches, the screen of the iPhone 13 mini is the largest. But this does not mean that it is the best, since it is not “full” with the notch which sits at its top. Conversely, the third generation iPhone SE offers a true “full screen” experience but with a diagonal of 4.7 inches only.

On the technology side, the iPhone SE 3 has an LCD panel. However, a quick comparison of energy consumption will show that it is more greedy than the OLED display of the iPhone 13 mini. As for the resolution, it is also lower with the iPhone SE at 326 ppi against 476 for the iPhone 13 mini. For the rest, only the maximum brightness will make the difference with 1,200 nits for the iPhone 13 mini vs iPhone SE 3 at 625 nits maximum.

Balance sheet iPhone 13 mini vs iPhone SE (screen): 1-0

Isn’t bigger than you think

Although its screen is the largest, the iPhone 13 mini is the smallest of our comparison: it is less high by 6.9 mm and less wide by 3.1 mm. For thickness, on the other hand, it is the iPhone SE 2022 which wins with 7.3 mm against 7.65 mm. But let’s bet that few will really make a difference on a daily basis, especially by having chosen a protective shell.

Besides, what about design in general? It’s very simple: the iPhone SE takes up the codes of the iPhone 6 released in 2014, while the iPhone 13 mini adopts more contemporary sharp edges. But it’s a detail. No, what is really shocking are above all the borders with a Only 65.4% screen-to-body ratio on iPhone SE (3rd generation). On iPhone 13 mini, this figure climbs to 85.1%.

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Still with regard to appearance, you should know that Apple has chosen glass and aluminum to wrap these two iPhones. No difference here except that the iPhone 13 mini is advertised as more scratch resistant on the front. Which is not its only strength in terms of muscles: immerse it in water, it will hold without batting an eyelid up to six meters deep (IP68). For comparison, the iPhone SE 3 is IP67 certified (1 meter).

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Photo comparison

In the front

Without hesitation, the iPhone 13 mini is the best for video calls with its sensor of 12 MPx versus 7 MPx on iPhone SE 3. The aperture is however identical (ƒ/2.2), but two other specificities once again allow the iPhone 13 mini to stand out: Cinematic mode and video recording in 4K up to 60fps.

In the back

At the back, our comparison shows that the best results are still obtained on the iPhone 13 mini (see the winning shots here). And for good reason: Apple has added a second 12 MPx lens which is not present on the third generation iPhone SE. It’s a ultra wide angle with ƒ/2.4 aperture, which is also equipped with Night mode.

Balance sheet iPhone SE vs iPhone 13 mini (photo): 1-0

Face ID vs. Touch ID

Another major difference between the iPhone 13 mini and the iPhone SE 3, which explains the notch: the first is entitled to easy recognition while the second has a fingerprint scanner. If the biometrics are therefore not identical, we notice on a daily basis that it is as fast as it is with one or the other of the solutions. A good point for Apple by the way, since the competition rarely manages to achieve such fluid unlocks.

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The losing iPhone SE 2022 battery

The iPhone 13 mini and the third-generation iPhone SE both still charge via Lightning, while this proprietary connection could soon be abandoned. It is possible to get 50% charge in thirty minutes with a dedicated 20 watt adapter. But the iPhone 13 mini is the one that lasts the longest: Apple’s comparison speaks of 17 hours (max) in video playback against 15 hours (max) for the iPhone SE 3.

In addition, you should know that the iPhone 13 mini is the only one to be compatible with MagSafe accessories.

iPhone SE vs iPhone 13 mini review (autonomy): 1-0

What does not change

iOS 15

This comparison would not be so enlightened if it was limited to the differences between the iPhone SE 3 and the iPhone 13 mini. Indeed, it is important to say that the duo also has many points in common, starting with the operating system. Here, iOS 15 is automatically installed with dozens of pre-downloaded services such as Apple TV, Photos, Messages, Mail or even Safari.

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So there is no noticeable difference to be honest, except maybe the iPhone SE 3 may be entitled to free updates longer because it came out after the iPhone 13 mini. But we are only talking about a few months difference here, which is not really significant. Especially when you know that iPhone buyers are more and more likely to change equipment before the end of the support period offered by the developer.

Performance

THE positive point of the third generation iPhone SE (discover its complete technical sheet) is that it is powered by a proprietary processor which is exactly the same as that of the iPhone 13 mini. It is of course the A15 Bionic chip, coupled with 4 GB of RAM on both models. Most comparative benchmarks do not note any major difference between them in terms of velocity. Games, videos, multitasking: no slowdown to be expected even in the medium term.

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As for data transfer, iPhone SE and iPhone 13 mini are entitled to a modem 5G signed Qualcomm. Suffice to say that there too, the speed is there as long as the antennas are nearby. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth complement wireless, and casting content is a breeze with AirPlay. Apple also offers AirDrop, to send files to Mac or iPad very quickly.

Prices, colors and storage

L’iPhone 13 mini has the comparative advantage of being the only one available in six different colors: green, pink, red, blue, starlight Where Midnight. Starting price : 809 euros. A price that rises to 929 euros to go from 128 GB to 256 GB of storage, or even 1,159 euros with 512 GB of storage. To this, buyers can add AppleCare+ breakage protection when ordering for 169 euros.

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For’iPhone SE 3it’s different and the choices are more limited: it will be Midnight, starlight or red, not a color more. However, the price starts at 529 euros, or 280 euros less than the iPhone 13 mini, which is not negligible especially when you know that it is the small purses that turn to these products. Count 579 euros for double the memory (128 GB) or 699 euros in 256 GB. And for AppleCare +, it will be 89 euros.

Our opinion: iPhone SE vs iPhone 13 mini

It can therefore be said that in some cases, the iPhone 13 mini is twice as expensive than the iPhone SE 2022 despite equivalent performance. Its larger screen in a more compact format could however work in its favor, but it will be up to everyone. Beyond this benefit, the photo capabilities of the iPhone 13 mini will also make the difference, but you might as well bet on a “classic” iPhone 13 with a 6.1-inch panel to better preview your shots in these cases.

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In short, the iPhone SE (3rd generation) is aimed more at youth who enter working life or use social networks regularly. As for the iPhone 13 mini, it is in our opinion the best choice of this comparison but rather targets content creators freelance who are just starting out.

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