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Apple debuts $699 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini

iPhone 12 mini (top) versus iPhone 12 (bottom)

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Apple has debuted the new iPhone 12 mini, packing all the power of the iPhone 12, in a chassis about the same size as the iPhone SE.

The iPhone 12 mini replaces the old iPhone 11, with a smaller display at 5.4-inches compared to the iPhone 11 6.1-inch display. It's also larger than the current iPhone SE's 4.7-inch screen, with a similar footprint to that device.

As with the rest of the iPhone 12 range, the iPhone 12 mini has a new design. It features flat sides instead of the previous curved one, but continues to be made from glass and aluminum.

Apple claims that the new iPhone 12 mini is effectively the iPhone 12, bar the larger screen. "[The] iPhone 12 mini has the exact same features as iPhone 12," said Kaiann Drance, vice president, iPhone Product Marketing. "In fact, iPhone 12 mini is the smallest thinnest and lightest 5G phone in the world, with its large screen and compact size."

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini sizes compared
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini sizes compared

"[It] fits in the palm of your hand while still keeping the expansive edge-to-edge Super Retina XDR display," she continued. "It's smaller and lighter than our 4.7 inch models like iPhone 8, but with a larger 5.4 inch display that lets you see so much more with its compact size."

"We think this will be an incredibly popular iPhone," said Drance. "[With] everything on iPhone 12, an iPhone 12 mini is the latest 5G [phone, which has] the fastest chip... the most advanced display with all the all new design with ceramic shield, even better water resistance, new cameras for low light and MagSafe."

The iPhone 12 mini will be available starting from $699, for a 64GB model. It will also be available in 128GB, and 256GB, and will come in blue, green, black, white, and (PRODUCT)RED. Preorders start in the US and many territories at 05:00 PT on November 6, with shipping from November 13.