Best iPhone 13 mini deals October 2021

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iPhone 13 mini (Apple)
iPhone 13 mini (Apple)

The iPhone 13 mini is the smallest version in Apple’s latest quartet of handsets. But in terms of tech and new features, it still packs a very decent punch.

Here are the latest deals - including the best pay-monthly plans - that you can get with the iPhone 13 mini. Plus a look at what makes this latest miniature iPhone tick.

Pay nothing upfront

For users looking to swerve upfront payments, network provider Three offers a 128GB iPhone 13 mini at £41 a month for a 24-month period. The deal comes with unlimited calls and texts plus 100GB a month.

Vodafone isn’t far behind, offering the same basic deal but for £43 a month instead.

For the same outlay, O2 offers this version of the handset plus the same allowances for calls and texts, but this time with a lower, 60GB data cap.

If data usage is important to you, Three offers unlimited data, messages and calls for £44. Again, that’s with nothing to pay upfront.

If you’re with Vodafone and want to sidestep data caps, then you’ll have to pay an extra £2 a month on top.

Upfront options

Pay iD Mobile £79 upfront and you’ll get a 128GB iPhone 13 mini with no limits on calls, texts or data for £35.99 a month on a 24-month contract. Vodafone has a similar deal, but it costs marginally more at £38 per month.

Opt to pay just £29 upfront with iD Mobile and you can have an iPhone 13 mini with unlimited calls, texts and data for £38.99 a month on a 24-month contract. Alternatively, pay Vodafone’s £39 upfront fee and the same handset and allowances can be yours for £40 a month.

If you don’t need unlimited data, iD Mobile offers a £35.99 per month tariff with 20GB of data when you pay £29 upfront, or £36.99 per month for 50GB of data assuming the same upfront payment.

Three will give you 100GB of data, unlimited calls and texts plus the iPhone 13 mini 128GB for £38 upfront, plus £38 a month over two years. For the same handset and allowances, Vodafone has a deal for £15 upfront and then £39 a month.

What’s new with the iPhone 13 mini?

Apple’s iPhone 13 mini is an overall improvement on its predecessors in several ways.

The device’s basic footprint is more or less unchanged, save for the odd gram and millimetre, so the size and screen are much the same as before.

Apple’s latest iteration, however, comprises a more powerful chipset (the A15 Bionic processor), improved battery life and increased screen brightness.

While the camera set-up is the same as the iPhone 12 mini, Apple has added new image stabilisation technology to improve the quality of your snaps.

The A15 Bionic processor, which is also found in the larger iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max models is Apple’s latest bit of computing kit.

It claims the six-core CPU and four-core GPU of the A15 makes it 50% more powerful than the competition’s, including 30% faster graphics.

Longer battery life

Apple also credits the chipset for the iPhone 13 mini’s extended battery life. From a single charge it now offers 1.5 hours’ more use compared with the iPhone 12 mini.

Both the 12 and 13 have a 5.4” Super Retina XDR display with a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 and a pixel density of 476 pixels per inch (PPI). The latter is capable of 28% higher maximum brightness, which can come in handy on a particularly sunny day.

The iPhone 13 mini’s front camera still sits within a black bar at the top of the screen often referred to as the ‘notch’. This feature is now about 20% smaller compared with the iPhone 12 mini’s.

There are new camera features too, such as Cinematic Mode, which mimics Hollywood’s ‘rack-focus’ effect - switching focus between subjects and objects in the frame automatically.

The iPhone13 mini’s Ceramic Shield protects against scratches and scuffs and its oleophobic coating reduces fingerprints on the display. There’s the option for 5G connectivity, plus an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, which means the handset will still work after being submerged in up to 1.5m of fresh water for up to 30 minutes.

Finally, Apple’s latest miniature handset represents slightly better value than its predecessor. The iPhone 13 mini has started off life at £679 for the 128GB model compared with £699 when the iPhone 12 mini launched last year.

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