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Apple iPhone 12 Mini Vs. Google Pixel 4a: Head-To-Head

The CRN Test Center compares Apple’s first-ever “Mini” iPhone with Google’s affordably priced Pixel 4a.

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While the iPhone 12 Mini is the most compact-sized option in the new iPhone 12 lineup, its display is not exactly tiny. The iPhone 12 Mini screen measures 5.4 inches--which, to put in perspective, is just a bit smaller than the iPhone “Plus” models that were once the largest models in the iPhone portfolio. The iPhone 12 Mini opts for a vibrant OLED display, and Apple is now going with a new flat-edge design for the device—enabling the aluminum enclosure and glass to stay flush--while also reducing the bezels around the display on the iPhone 12 Mini. The display resolution comes in at 476 pixels per inch (ppi)--which is above that of the Google Pixel 4a at 443 ppi. However, the Pixel 4a has a larger display to offer at 5.8 inches, and also sports OLED display technology. If you’re looking for evidence that LCD is nearly dead on smartphone screens, consider that even the lower-tier models in Apple and Google’s latest lineups have gone with OLED).

Meanwhile, for the first time on a Pixel device, the Pixel 4a features a “hole-punch” design with the front-facing camera placed in the upper left-hand corner. That allows the device to avoid either a camera notch cutout or large bezels.

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