PSA: The iPhone 12 mini screen width is (almost) identical to the screen width of the 6/7/8
I realized this earlier while looking at screen resolution and dpi info. The 12 mini has a higher resolution than the 8, but also a higher pixel density, making the physical screen width almost exactly the same.
Device | Pixel width | PPI | Screen width (in.)
iPhone 8 | 750 | 326 | 2.300
iPhone 12 mini | 1080 | 476 | 2.268
That’s a difference of 1.4% — probably imperceptible in actual use. The UI is also laid out at the same scale for both devices (375 points wide), so buttons and icons will appear the same size as well.
A lot of people have been thinking of the 12 mini as a new size of device, somewhere between the original SE and the 8/SE2. But in terms of the interface and user experience, it’s really more like a modified 8 — with slimmer bezels and a screen that goes edge-to-edge vertically.
Hope that’s helpful to anyone else interested in the mini!