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OnePlus 8 vs Apple iPhone 12 Mini: Is The Mini Good Enough?

author Luis Silva (November 2020 Updated: August 2021 - 6 min. reading time)

The price of the iPhone 12 Mini isn't that much higher, but it also is the better device of the two considering their specs.

It has better performance (+32%), better glass protection, and water-resistance. But the 8 adds better battery life and more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB).

What else sets them apart?

The iPhone 12 Mini also features a cleaner user interface, a lightweight body (45 g./1.59 oz less), and wireless charging. But the 8 also features a higher refresh rate, Always-On, larger (+1.1") display, more RAM (8GB vs. 4GB), and Bluetooth 5.1.

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you ignore carrier offers, you'll have to spend approximately $109 more.

Is the 8 still worth buying in 2021?

The OnePlus 8 is clearly worth buying in 2021, even if there are better phones out there. You can go for the iPhone 11, but we should acknowledge this device, as it has good performance and good battery life.

Is the iPhone 12 Mini still worth getting in 2021?

The iPhone 12 Mini continues to be a rock-solid smartphone because of its good performance, good cameras, and excellent glass protection. That's why I'll continue to recommend it in 2021, but keep an eye on the iPhone 12 too.

Just keep reading if you want to know everything about them, how they differ from their competition, and how the industry is scoring their specs.

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OnePlus 8, Apple iPhone 12 Mini

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Introduction

In November of 2020, Apple launched its iPhone 12 Mini. The 8, however, saw the light of day in April 2020.

We've run down the specs, design, price, and much more in this guide to help you choose between the 8 and the iPhone 12 Mini.

The weight of each section

For additional information regarding our smartphone comparisons, check this FAQ.

to check who their rivals are.

Price*
vs.
Device 8 iPhone 12 Mini
Release Date 2020, April 2020, November 0y.
OS Updates 2 years 6 years 4y.
Security Updates 3 years 6 years 3y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) scores the iPhone 12 Mini 32% ahead of its rival in the multi-core ranking. If you value performance, be aware of that difference, as it will be noticeable daily. Remember that iOS does run smoother than Android on equivalent hardware because of the optimizations that Apple does.

Are you looking for the quickest phone around? The good news is that both clearly are above the average against similarly priced phones.

We can classify both of them as high-end.

Performance*
vs.
Features 8 iPhone 12 Mini
SoC Snapdragon 865 Apple A14
Graphics Adreno 650 Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 3165
4174
1009
OS Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 iOS 14.1
Tek-Score
7.3
9.0
1.7

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

OnePlus 8 front transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Mini front transparent png

The 8 is the title-holder here, and you'd be able to tell the difference. But the iPhone 12 Mini's glass is more resistant to shatter and scratches.

If you're trying to keep your phone's display small, the iPhone 12 Mini is the one. At least it's short when compared to the average phone for its price range.

If you value a clean, almost notch-free screen, the 8 isn't perfect, but it's pretty close to that.

Bearing in mind the 8, you should know that 84% of its rivals can play HDR content, 97% have an AMOLED screen, and 88% have an Always-On display.

Compared to the iPhone 12 Mini, please be aware that 92% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 96% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features 8 iPhone 12 Mini
Size 6.5
5.4
-1.1
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2400
1080x2340
-64800
Refresh Rate 90hz 60hz -30
Dots per Inch 404.89
477.26
72.37
Always-On-Display Yes No
Notch Hole Wedge
Peak Brightness 802 nits
627 nits
-175
HDR HDR10+ HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
8.7
3.1
-5.6
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Tek-Score
6.7
7.6
0.9

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

OnePlus 8 back transparent png Apple iPhone 12 Mini back transparent png

We can safely assume that the Apple iPhone 12 Mini has a better shooter.

About the 8: As soon as DXOMARK evaluates this camera, I'll update this article, and when they do, I'm sure they'll give it about 111* points. Then, if you consider its wide-angle lens, it'll get 122** points.

Before moving on, you'd probably like to know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

About the iPhone 12 Mini: On DXOMARK's reviewing article, they gave this shooter 132 points. By considering its wide-angle lens, this score goes up to 139 points. For an out-and-out review, check their article.

Furthermore, just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. That said, only 4% of them feature a macro lens.

We can classify the 8 as a lower high-end and the iPhone 12 Mini more as a high-end.

A telephoto lens would've been a great addition. If you agree with me, just ignore these two and check the Sony Xperia 1 II or the Google Pixel 4 XL instead. Or just forget them because devices like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra are much more fun.

*I do recommend DXOMARK's reviews. Unfortunately, they don't test every smartphone camera out there. That's why when I come across one of them, I consider every camera spec and give an approximated score. This score should have a topmost discrepancy of 2 points.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, especially with cameras with less than 40MP and no telephoto lens. They moved to a new camera test protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera 8 iPhone 12 Mini
Megapixels 48
12
-36
Aperture 1.8
1.6
-0.2
Lens 25mm
26mm
1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 2 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 122
139
17

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) 8 iPhone 12 Mini vs.
Megapixels 16
12
-4
Aperture 2.2
2.4
0.2
Lens 14mm 13mm -1
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 2 -
Aperture 2.4 -
Score 11 7 -4
Selfie Camera 8 iPhone 12 Mini vs.
Megapixels 16
12
-4
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens - 23mm
8 iPhone 12 Mini vs.
Tek-Score
7.2
8.2
1.0

Who has the best frame?

The iPhone 12 Mini does have an advantage here, thanks to its weight and water resistance.

By doing some math, I found out that the iPhone 12 Mini is 28% smaller than other phones at nearly the same price.

The 8 is 45 g. (1.59 oz) heavier than its rival, which sits at 135 g. (4.76 oz). If you're curious, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The 8 got a score of 6.2, showing a pretty nice weight for its screen size. Having said that, the iPhone 12 Mini has 8.6, which suggests exceptional work from Apple.

The iPhone 12 Mini is rated IP68, which means it's water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters. But remember: it's for a maximum period of half an hour, in standby mode, so no underwater photos.

Looks*
vs.
Body 8 iPhone 12 Mini
Size 160 x 72 x 8 mm
(5.64 x 2.54 x 0.28 in)
131 x 64 x 7 mm
(4.62 x 2.26 x 0.25 in)
-33472
Weight 180 g. (6.35 oz)
135 g. (4.76 oz)
-45
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Onyx Black, Interstellar Glow, Glacial Green, and Polar Silver Black, Red, White, Green, and Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 88.55%
85.38%
-3.17
Disp.Size To Weight Score 6.2 8.6 2.4
Looks 10.0/10
9.6/10
-0.4
Waterproof - IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Face ID
Tek-Score
2.9
9.9
7.0

*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.

Which has the best battery?

The 8 features a 4300 mAh battery, while the iPhone 12 Mini has 2227 mAh. And as reported by GSMArena, the 8 does have an advantage here.

OK, the iPhone 12 Mini isn't winning any battery contest, but Apple did its job and did it right. That's the conclusion that we take from its "battery to phone size" rate of 9.9.

This is one of the iPhone 12 Mini's worse features. Way worse than other price-liked phones. It lasts 10% less than the average on these tasks.

You should know that the 8 can also easily defeat most devices. Let's see if it still has a place on our top 10 list of smartphones with the best battery life.

Apple brought MagSafe from their Macbooks so you can effortlessly charge the new iPhones. It's nice but not as good as USB-C charging.

What about having reverse wireless charging on your next phone? If you want it, that's already a reality on the Samsung Galaxy S20 and the Samsung Galaxy S21, for example.

Battery*
vs.
Features 8 iPhone 12 Mini
Capacity (mAh) 4300 2227 -2073
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 85% left
75% left
-10
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 71% left
59% left
-12
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 74% left
59% left
-15
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.6 9.9 4.3
Sub Tek-Score
7.7
6.4
-1.2
Fast Charging 30w
20w
-10
Wireless Charging No 12w
12
Tek-Score
6.7
6.3
-0.3

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The 8 has about two times more storage.

On the iPhone 12 Mini, you'll find 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. If you're wondering, you can effortlessly get more storage and more RAM on most of its rivals. 8Gb/139Gb. That's the average.

Both phones have more than enough storage and RAM for the average consumer. However, if you love to store 4k videos, 64 GB will be a problem sooner than later.

Storage*
vs.
Features 8 iPhone 12 Mini
RAM (GB) 8GB
4GB
-4
Internal (GB) 128GB
64GB
-64
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
6.0
2.8
-3.3

*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The 8 for sure, as it has Bluetooth 5.1.

About the 3.5mm jack: Now may be the time to consider moving to wireless earbuds. Just skip adapters and get a decent pair of wireless earbuds. There also are other options out there if you don't mind searching for them. You'd have to pick a smartphone like the Sony Xperia 1 II.

These two are (LTE and) 5G compatible.

Connectivity
vs.
Features 8 iPhone 12 Mini
Network 5G 5G
Bluetooth 5.1
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
5.1
4.6
-0.5

Which is more affordable?

Here's what we've found out:

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How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).

Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.

Value for money 8 iPhone 12 Mini VS
Amazon - - ! -
eBay 1.35 0.57 -0.78
Best Buy - - ! -
Walmart - - -

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Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. Let me point out the average of its competitors. They're at 6.5 (for the 8) and 7.0 (for the iPhone 12 Mini).

Verdict: What Makes the Apple iPhone 12 Mini Stand Out?

Usually and feature-wise, any given iPhone competitor can easily beat Apple, and these two even have a similar price tag. But things are different between these two.

That's not to say that the 8 doesn't have some respectable features, like higher refresh rates on an Always-on display. Not only that, but having a better battery life, more internal storage, and more RAM also helps.

Still, the iPhone Mini has a top-of-the-notch performance, better glass protection, and better cameras. All of this while being lighter, water-resistant, and having fast wireless charging.

Obviously, the Mini is quite smaller, but if that doesn't matter, you'll also get a much higher resell value or double the years of software support.

Pros 8 iPhone 12 Mini
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Always-On-Display Cameras
#4 Cameras Fast Charging
#5 Battery Life Wireless Charging
#6 Fast Charging Glass Protection
Cons 8 iPhone 12 Mini
#1 Wireless Charging Always-On-Display
#2 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#3 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#4 Price Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score 8 iPhone 12 Mini
Gaming Score
7.2
6.3
-0.9
Tek-Score
6.48
6.84
0.36
Your Score

Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.

Performance 1.9
Display 1.7
Cameras 1.4
Frame 0.9
Battery 1.9
Storage 2.0
Connectivity 0.4
Total Should be 10 or as close as possible: 9.6

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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"Display size to phone weight" ratio explained

This indeed is a "display size to phone weight" ratio, but because every phone ended up somewhere between 0.0272 and 0.0421, I've amplified (adapted) those values so they would fit in a 0-10 scale. As of now, the best smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy A40, with 140g. (4.94 oz) for a 5.9 inch display. It got a score of 9.92. While the worse device is the iPhone 8 Plus, which weighs 202 g. (7.13 oz) and has a 5.5-inch display. It ended up with a score of 0.75.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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"Battery to device size" ratio explained

This score should give you an idea about the energy footprint of the devices you're considering. It reflects not only the hardware and the energy that it requires but also the amount of energy that the battery can deliver.

The major spenders on any device should be the display and the SoC. But everything from a notification led to its modems need to be optimized, or else, the OEM should simply include a bigger battery as a compensation. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible due to size limitations. But in the end, if a particular OEM can do a good job and give you excellent battery life on a small device, so should everyone else. That's why I've added a "battery to device size" ratio. But since the real scale went from 119 (for the Galaxy S10e, Snapdragon variant) and up to 164 (for the iPhone 7 Plus), I've decided to convert them so they would fit in a 0-10 scale, being 0 the worst device, (the iPhone 7 Plus) and 10 the one every OEM should look up to.

As an example, Apple did an excellent job on the iPhone 7. It has a score of 8. Despite having a small capacity, the hardware is well optimized, and it still gives you decent battery life considering its size. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, with those bezels shrinking its display size, clearly could've been the #1 in our top 10 list of best battery devices if Apple simply filled all that empty space with a bigger battery.

As a side note: I haven't included the dept of the devices in this formula because even if a device ended up being 1mm/0.03 inches thicker, it wouldn't matter that much to those who really value battery life.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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Rivals

As of now, these are the rivals that were considered for each of them. They may change every time its prices are updated.

These are the lowest prices found on Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, and Walmart.


 OnePlus 8 
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
    $385
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $419
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $565
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $575
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
    $499
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $398
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $499
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 SD
    $535
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ SD
    $535
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $429
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $499
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $503
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $386
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $436
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
    $400
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $425
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $463
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $398
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
    $396
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $549
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A72
    $445
  • OnePlusrival9
    $551
  • OpporivalFind X3 Lite
    $554
  • XiaomirivalMi 9t Pro
    $385

 Apple iPhone 12 Mini 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $689
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $649
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $598
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $684
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $650
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $697
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $789
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $599
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $780
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $697
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $600
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $809
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $849
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $799
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $729
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $600
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $650
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698
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Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mclass-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they dclassn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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About GeekBench 5

This is just a quick note to let you know that, if, by any chance, the smartphone you're looking for isn't on the GeekBench site yet, you can check on GsmArena.com, as they also usually test smartphones with that benchmark tool.



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