The best iPhone 12 mini deals in January 2023

If you're a fan of smaller devices then this week's best Apple iPhone 12 mini deals are offering some great options. While it's no longer the latest device in the range (check out this week's best iPhone 13 mini deals (opens in new tab)), it's still a superb option for 2022. Not only does it share essentially the same design as the latest models, but it's still really powerful, with 5G capabilities to boot. Also, it's pretty damn cheap!

The iPhone 12 mini is the smallest and most affordable of Apple's iPhone 12 range, offering a one-handed device at a now very affordable price point. While you can now get iPhone 13 mini deals, the 12 mini keeps your costs much lower.

Surprisingly, the mini shares a lot of the same features as iPhone 12 deals and even the larger Pro and Pro Max. It's 5G enabled, it uses the same A14 Bionic chip, has the Magsafe abilities and the same high quality display.

The most noticeable differences come in size, price and battery capacity. Obviously, for those who've grown used to a big phone, an upgrade to one of the other iPhone 12 handsets or even the iPhone 13 is advised...for those on a budget or who like smaller phones, this is the one for you.

The iPhone 12 mini is starting to fall in price across most retailers and we would imagine it will only continue to get cheaper as time goes on. making it a great purchase right now.

We've listed all of the best iPhone 12 mini deals below including all of the cheapest prices and the best big data plans.

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iPhone 12 mini deals: trade in your old phone to save cash

Looking to sneak the costs down on the iPhone 12 mini? Luckily this is easy to do if you've still got your previous phone and it's in good knick, as you can sell it on platforms like Sellmymobile (opens in new tab)

It compares different recycling sites, listing their TrustPilot scores, how long it will take for you to get paid, how you send your phone and of course, how much you'll get.

In terms of what you can earn, taking the iPhone 8 as an example, you can get up to £183 for a working device or £98 for a completely broken device. Or if you have an iPhone 8, you could earn up to £116.

Want to know more? Check out our how to sell my phone guide 

Head to to see how much you can get for your old phone (opens in new tab)

iPhone 12 mini review:

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iPhone 12 mini in brief review

Small and 5G ready


Screen size: 5.4-inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2340
Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP
OS: IOS 14
Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB
Battery: 2227
Weight: 135g

Reasons to buy

New improved processor
High-end camera

Reasons to avoid

Might be too small for some

In a world where smartphones and flagships keep getting bigger, the iPhone 12 mini is unique. It sits at just 5.4-inches but uses the same high-end Super Retina displays as the rest of the iPhone 12 family.

Despite its size and lowered price tag, the iPhone 12 mini is still able to offer 5G capability, Apple's MagSafe feature, the upgraded A14 Bionic chip and even the Dolby Vision technology found in the iPhone 12 range and nowhere else.

For those who like small phones, this is likely going to be the best choice out there right now.

Read our full iPhone 12 mini review to find out more

SIM-free iPhone 12 mini deals

If you have the spare money to put upfront, buying a SIM-free iPhone 12 mini will actually be the cheapest way to get it. Prices start at £699 for the 64GB model but then rise up to £749 if you want the 128GB version and go up again to £849 for the 256GB model.

Despite being the cheapest of the four iPhone 12 handsets, that is still quite pricey. With that in mind, investing in cheap SIM only deals can help you with the overall cost.

iPhone 12 mini deals: FAQ

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Is the iPhone 12 mini the best value of the four iPhone 12 devices?

While it is the cheapest of the four, it's value depends on what you're looking for. The iPhone 12 Mini is the cheapest because of its size, coming a fair bit under the cost of the rest of the handsets.

However, it still has 5G, the same high-powered processor, the same camera set-up as the iPhone 12 and other than a smaller body and battery, pretty much every feature the iPhone 12 has.

With this in mind, if you like small devices then yes, this will easily be the best value of the four new iPhone 12 devices. If you find small phones a bit of a pain, consider the iPhone 12 instead.

What accessories come with the iPhone 12 mini?

Unfortunately, Apple's boxes are a lot lighter these days than they used to be. With the entire iPhone 12 range, Apple has stripped out the charging block and the headphones that normally come in the box.

This means all you are now getting is the phone, the charging cable and the instructions. Apple has stated that this was due to environmental concerns, trying to reduce its footprint.

However, this does now mean if this is your first phone or you don't have any charging blocks lying around, you'll have to invest in one. The same goes for headphones, if you need a new pair they'll have to be bought separately. 

Will the iPhone 12 mini come down in price?

With the release of Apple's iPhone 13 series, both the iPhone 12 and 12 mini saw some pretty considerable price cuts. For the mini device, that meant a fall in price from £699 to £579.

That's a pretty major reduction in price on what is still a top iPhone. This fall in price is now starting to leak out to phone contracts as well. We've seen a considerable reduction in price across all iPhone 12 mini deals.

However, it is unlikely we will see the iPhone 12 mini fall in price again. By the time Apple's next load of iPhones are launched next year, the iPhone 12 mini will most likely be discontinued.

Does the iPhone 12 mini have the same specs as the other iPhone 12 devices?

Yes...and no. For the most part, the iPhone 12 Mini shares the same specs as the iPhone 12. It has the same 5G connections, the same camera set-up, the same MagSafe features and the same tough glass back.

However, it has the smallest screen and battery life of the lot, the lowest pixel density on the screen and compared to the Pro and Pro Max, one less camera lens.

However, all four of the iPhone 12 devices have a lot in common, sharing most of the same specs overall.

What Android devices compete with the iPhone 12 mini?

Realistically, there is very few Android devices that fit into a similar category to the iPhone 12 mini. The closest choice is realistically going to the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE:

- Samsung Galaxy S20 FE deals:
Much like the mini, the S20 FE is the cheapest of Samsung's flagship range of phones. It provides much of the crucial specs found in the rest of Samsung's Galaxy S20 range and the key features of the iPhone 12 devices.

It's 5G enabled, features an impressive array of cameras, a high-end display and a whole lot of other features. While it isn't anywhere near as small as the mini, it shares similarities in price tags and features.

- OnePlus 8 deals:
OnePlus is a brand that doesn't quite have as much name recognition as Apple, Samsung or Google but it is providing some of the best phones available in the UK right now.

The OnePlus 8 provides an all-round impressive performance, a sleek design and a pretty powerful camera while charging a relatively low price tag for it all.

- Google Pixel 5 deals:
The Google Pixel 5 is the most powerful phone from Google right now but thanks to its more affordable price tag, it offers a compelling competition to Apple's smaller iPhone 12 mini.

Both are similar prices, have 5G, impressive camera performances, are one-handed phones and overall, offer some powerful specs.

- Samsung Galaxy S21 deals:
The latest line-up from Samsung includes a handset which would be an excellent competition for the iPhone 12 mini. The S21 came with a far lower price tag than its predecessor and, in the Android world, has the closest level of processing power to the iPhone 12 range.

It's also larger, has a bigger battery and a better camera set-up making it about as close as you are going to be able to get.

Alex is a journalist who has written extensively about all things broadband, SIMs and phone contracts, as well as scouring the internet to land you the best prices on the very latest in gadgets and tech. Whether that be with the latest iPhones and Android handsets, breaking down how broadband works or revealing the cheapest SIM plans, he's in the know, and will help you land a bargain.