Which iPhone Should You Buy in India? – iPhone 11, 12, 13 (Regular, Mini or the Pro Variants)

As you may be aware, the iPhone prices in India are significantly higher than in the US.

This makes the general advice from several US Tech Youtubers and publications irrelevant.

For instance, the iPhone 13 is available in the US for $799 (or 74*799 = Rs. 59,126), and in India, you can buy it for a staggering Rs. 79,990, so there is a difference of Rs. 20,000 in the India Vs. US price.

For comparison, the Oneplus 9 is available in the US for $729 (729*74=53,946), whereas in India, it is available for just Rs. 46,990.

The Oneplus 9 price is comparable to iPhone 13 in the US; iPhone 13 is Rs. 5000 expensive.

On the other hand, in India, the price difference is about Rs. 25,000 between iPhone 13 and the Oneplus 9.

Unbelievable! But True!

If I am in the US, buying an iPhone is an obvious choice, but it is a complicated purchase in India as it goes against our value for money buying philosophy.

Most Indians want the best deal for their money, and unfortunately, iPhones are too expensive in India due to taxes and duties. Besides, Apple is unwilling to take a haircut in their profits to sell more phones in India. So the prices are high.

In the US, Apple has close to 50% smartphone market share, but Android phones have more than 96% share in India. Apple is growing but slowly.

But all said, I know you want to buy an iPhone!

Nevertheless, an iPhone is an iPhone – Solid Build Quality, Long Lasting, Future updates, Simple to use OS, Fast hardware, and a praise-worthy user interface.

Many Indian buyers go for last-gen iPhones when new iPhones are launched by the Cupertino giant, as the previous models become available for a discount.

However, some features are missing on the previous-generation iPhones, but these still offer plenty of value to the buyers.

We will factor all of that into our recommendations and share the Pros and Cons of buying each model.

We have already shortlisted some of the best iPhones, including the iPhone 11, iPhone 12 series – iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, and iPhone 13 series – iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max.

Let’s start with the iPhone 11:

Apple iPhone 11

There are not too many changes in the last several years when it comes to the design of iPhones.

The overall design language is similar if you look at the iPhone 11 or the new iPhone 13.

Apart from the changes to the camera layout in the iPhone 13, there are not too many changes.

The iPhone 11 is available for close to Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 43,000 online, costs almost half of iPhone 13.

iPhone-11-Image

Key Specification –

  • Display – 6.1 inches Liquid Retina IPS display with 1792*828-pixels resolution.
  • Processor – Decent Apple A13 Bionic chipset(7nm+).
  • GPU – Apple GPU (4-core graphics).
  • Operating System – iOS 13(upgradable to iOS 15).
  • RAM – 4GB.
  • Storage – 64/128/256GB.
  • Rear camera – Dual camera setup(12MP(f/1.8) primary sensor and 12MP(f/2.4) ultrawide lens)
  • Front camera – 12MP(f/2.2) selfie camera.
  • Battery – 3110mAH capacity with 18 Watts fast charging support that offers 17 hours of video playback.
  • Starting price – Rs. 40,900.

Like iconBuying Benefits:

  • Great performance.
  • The camera is good.
  • Value for money.

Dislike iconReason for dropping:

  • It does not have an AMOLED display.
  • Notch and bezels are pretty broad.
  • Lacks 5G Support.

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Considering the price it is a solid option and in all likely hood 5G is not coming to us for the next 2 years, so if you are not willing to put more money, it is a good deal for most buyers.

Read More about When will 5G Launch in India.

iPhone 12

iPhone 12 has a near-identical design as the iPhone 11, and it comes with some upgraded specs and features.

The most prominent upgrade is support for 5G network connectivity. You won’t have to worry about upgrading the mobile when the 5G services launch in India.

The iPhone 12 is available for Rs. 56,000 to 65,000 online.

 

iPhone 12

Key specification:

  • Display – 6.1 inches Super Retina OLED display with 2532*1170-pixels resolution.
  • Processor – Powerful Apple A14 Bionic chipset(5nm).
  • GPU – Apple GPU (4-core graphics).
  • Operating System – iOS 14.1(upgradable to iOS 15).
  • RAM – 4GB.
  • Storage – 64/128/256GB.
  • Rear camera – Dual camera setup(12MP(f/1.8) primary sensor and 12MP(f/2.4) ultrawide lens)
  • Front camera – 12MP(f/2.2) selfie camera.
  • Battery – 2815mAH capacity with 20 Watts fast charging support, 15 Watts Magsafe Wireless fast charging support, and it also delivers 17 hours of video playback.
  • Starting price – Rs. 56,999.

Like iconBuying Benefits:

  • Futuristic phone with 5G network connectivity.
  • The Apple A14 is pretty fast and even faster than the flagship SD 888.
  • It offers An OLED Display with Much better resolution.
  • Compatible with Magsafe accessories and wireless chargers.

Dislike iconReason for dropping:

  • Hardly any excuses to not buy other than the price.

Overall an excellent offering if you can spend a little more money and go for iPhone 12 over the iPhone 11. For Rs. 56,000 we are getting a better display, more storage (128 GB) and 5G support. If I have to buy an iPhone I will opt for the iPhone 12 based on the current prices.

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iPhone 12 Mini

The Mini variant was first introduced in the iPhone 12 series. The iPhone 12 mini is compact and lightweight, easy to carry and hold.

It comes with similar specs as the larger iPhone 12 but offers a smaller display and battery capacity.

It is a compact phone that you may like to use, but for media consumption, the screen is too small, in my opinion.

iphone 12 and iphone 12 mini

Key specification:

  • Display – 5.4 inches Super Retina OLED display with 2340*1080-pixels resolution.
  • Processor – powerful Apple A14 Bionic chipset(5nm).
  • GPU – Apple GPU (4-core graphics).
  • Operating System – iOS 14.1(upgradable to iOS 15).
  • RAM – 4GB.
  • Storage – 64/128/256GB.
  • Rear camera – Dual camera setup(12MP(f/1.8) primary sensor and 12MP(f/2.4) ultrawide lens)
  • Front camera – 12MP(f/2.2) selfie camera.
  • Battery – 2227mAH capacity with 20 Watts fast charging support, 15 Watts Magsafe Wireless fast charging support, and it also delivers 15 hours of video playback.
  • Starting price – Rs. 59,900.

Like iconBuying Benefits:

  • Compact size and lightweight(easily fit in your pocket).
  • Carries a fast processor.
  • Offer value for money.

Dislike iconReason for dropping:

  • It does not have a LiDAR scanner as Pro models.
  • Relatively low battery backup.
  • Compact size may not appeal to many users.

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iPhone 13 Mini

The iPhone 13 Mini is quite similar to the iPhone 12 Mini in terms of design and size. We are getting a faster Apple A15 processor in the iPhone 13 Mini Vs. the A14 in the iPhone 12 Mini.

Read more about Apple A15 VS A14 Performance and Specs.

iPhone 13 Mini

Key specification:

  • Display – 5.4 inches Super Retina XDR display with 2340*1080-pixels resolution.
  • Processor – Flagship Apple A15 Bionic chipset(5nm).
  • GPU – Apple GPU (4-core graphics).
  • Operating System – iOS 15.
  • RAM – 6GB.
  • Storage – 128/256/512GB.
  • Rear camera – Dual camera setup(12MP(f/1.6) primary sensor, 12MP(f/2.4) ultrawide lens)
  • Front camera – 12MP(f/2.2) selfie camera.
  • Battery – 2438mAH capacity with 20 Watts fast charging support, 15 Watts Magsafe Wireless fast charging support, and delivers 17 hours of video playback.
  • Starting price – Rs. 69,999.

Like iconBuying Benefits:

  • Offer great feature and has a compact size.
  • Apple A15 Bionic chipset(5nm).

Dislike iconReason for dropping:

  • Has a smaller display.
  • Lack of Optical zoom camera.

If you are getting the iPhone 12 Mini cheaper (more than 10K, in comparison to the iPhone 13 Mini) than it is a better option. There is not too much advantage of buying the iPhone 13 Mini over the iPhone 12 Mini.

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iPhone 13

The iPhone 13 has the same design as iPhone 12. However, the two rear cameras are placed diagonally.

Also, there is a new powerful A15 Bionic chipset(5nm), and it also offers slightly better battery life than the last-gen.

iPhone 13

Key specification:

  • Display – 6.1 inches Super Retina XDR display with 2532*1170-pixels resolution.
  • Processor – Flagship Apple A15 Bionic chipset(5nm).
  • GPU – Apple GPU (4-core graphics).
  • Operating System – iOS 15.
  • RAM – 6GB.
  • Storage – 128/256/512GB.
  • Rear camera – Dual camera setup(12MP(f/1.6) primary sensor, 12MP(f/2.4) ultrawide lens)
  • Front camera – 12MP(f/2.2) selfie camera.
  • Battery – 3240mAH capacity with 20 Watts fast charging support, 15 Watts Magsafe Wireless fast charging support, and delivers 19 hours of video playback.
  • Starting price – Rs. 79,900.

Like iconBuying Benefits:

  • Good display with HDR 10 support.
  • Dual SIM 5G network connectivity.
  • Amazing camera quality.
  • Apple A15

Dislike iconReason for dropping:

  • Same old design.
  • No charger inside the box.
  • Expensive

Overall the Apple iPhone 13 is an excellent choice but it is not a huge upgrade in comparsion to the iPhone 12. If you have the budget or getting a good deal than only it makes sense to opt for the iPhone 13. For most buyers I will still suggest the iPhone 12.

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Should You Buy the iPhone 12/13 Pro or Pro Max?   

The iPhone 12/13 Pro are pretty expensive phones and are available for more than 1 lakh INR. The Pro models come with better cameras (more versatile rear cameras), a bigger and better display, and a more premium build and design.

Under the hood, these phones come with either A14 or the A15 processor that offers the same performance as the regular iPhone 12/13 but there is more ram to provide an even smoother multi-tasking experience.

You won’t find a difference in these phones in terms of performance, but the real upgrade is the display, battery life, and camera system.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro

The iPhone 12 Pro comes with nifty camera features such as the LiDAR scanner suitable for low light imaging. It was missing in iPhone 12 and 12 Mini.

It has triple rear cameras with dedicated telephoto and ultra-wide lens offering better portrait shots and zoom-in and wide-angle shots. The 6.1-inch display has a higher resolution than the standard iPhone 12 and provides more clarity and vibrance.

Iphone 12 Pro

Key specification:

  • Display – 6.1 inches Super Retina OLED display with 2532*1170-pixels resolution.
  • Processor – Powerful Apple A14 Bionic chipset(5nm).
  • GPU – Apple GPU (4-core graphics).
  • Operating System – iOS 14.1(upgradable to iOS 15).
  • RAM – 6GB.
  • Storage – 128/256/512GB.
  • Rear camera – Triple camera setup(12MP(f/1.8) primary sensor, 12MP(f/2.0) telephoto lens and 12MP(f/2.4) ultrawide lens)
  • Front camera – 12MP(f/2.2) selfie camera.
  • Battery – 2815mAH capacity with 20 Watts fast charging support, 15 Watts Magsafe Wireless fast charging support, and it also delivers 17 hours of video playback.
  • Starting price – Rs. 1,04,405.

Like iconBuying Benefits:

  • Excellent Cameras
  • Great OLED Display.
  • Apple A14 is the fastest processor
  • Trendy triple camera setup with great features.

Dislike iconReason for dropping:

  • Expensive

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iPhone 12 Pro Max.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is a massive phone with 6.7 Inch display and weighs over 200 grams. It is not very comfortable to hold for a long duration but has perks like a large viewing area and a massive battery backup.

The 12 Pro Max has got some similar and some upgraded specs like an iPhone 12 Pro. It has the same processor, 5G network connectivity, and more.

The upgraded specs have a large 6.7 inch super retina XDR display, enhanced camera features, and improved battery backup.

IPhone-12-and-12-PRO-Max

Key specification:

  • Display – 6.7 inches Super Retina XDR display with 2778*1284-pixels resolution.
  • Processor – powerful Apple A14 Bionic chipset(5nm).
  • GPU – Apple GPU (4-core graphics).
  • Operating System – iOS 14.1(upgradable to iOS 15).
  • RAM – 6GB.
  • Storage – 128/256/512GB.
  • Rear camera – Triple camera setup(12MP(f/1.6) primary sensor, 12MP(f/2.2) telephoto lens and 12MP(f/2.4) ultrawide lens)
  • Front camera – 12MP(f/2.2) selfie camera.
  • Battery – 3687mAH capacity with 20 Watts fast charging support, 15 Watts Magsafe Wireless fast charging support, and it also delivers 20 hours of video playback.
  • Starting price – Rs. 1,09,999.

Like iconBuying Benefits:

  • The improved camera than iPhone 12 Pro.
  • Excellent Battery Life.
  • Large display.

Dislike iconReason for dropping:

  • Very Heavy (226 grams).
  • Offer only a 60Hz refresh rate.
  • Large camera bump.

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iPhone 13 Pro

The iPhone 13 Pro is the best and one of the most expensive phones that Apple offers. The phone comes with the fastest Apple A15 Bionic processor, has excellent cameras, a slightly smaller notch than last-gen, and a 120 Hz refresh rate display.

iphone 13 pro

 

Key specification:

  • Display – 6.1 inches Super Retina XDR display along with Promotion technology and 2532*1170-pixels resolution. 120 Hz Refresh Rate.
  • Processor – Flagship Apple A15 Bionic chipset(5nm).
  • GPU – Apple GPU (4-core graphics).
  • Operating System – iOS 15.
  • RAM – 6GB.
  • Storage – 128/256/512GB/1TB.
  • Rear camera – Triple camera setup(12MP(f/1.5) primary sensor, 12MP(f/1.8) ultrawide lens, and 12MP(f/2.8) telephoto lens)
  • Front camera – 12MP(f/2.2) selfie camera.
  • Battery – 3125mAH capacity with 20 Watts fast charging support, 15 Watts Magsafe Wireless fast charging support, and delivers 22 hours of video playback.
  • Starting price – Rs. 1,19,900.

Like iconBuying Benefits:

  • Good display with 120Hz refresh rate.
  • Incredible rear camera system.
  • Fast Performance
  • Easy to use and carry

Dislike iconReason for dropping:

  • Expensive
  • No improvement in fast charging.

I think if you are spending over 1 lakh then it is better to get the 13 Pro due to the 120 Hz refresh rate, A15 and slightly improved cameras. Also, the Pro Max may appeal to people who want a big and bulky phone with massive display and long battery life. For most people the 6.1 Inch display is ideal, the phone also is easy to fit in hand and carry.

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iPhone 13 Pro Max

The iPhone 13 Pro Max is the most expensive iPhone that you can buy. It is pretty similar in design to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Also, it has the same internal hardware as the iPhone 13.

However, the 13 Pro Max comes with an incredible 6.7-inch display and a massive battery capacity that can easily last for 1.5 days even with heavy usage.

iPhone 13 Pro Max

 

Key specification:

  • Display – 6.7 inches Super Retina XDR display along with Promotion technology and 2778*1284-pixels resolution. 120 Hz Refresh rate.
  • Processor – Powerful Apple A15 Bionic chipset(5nm).
  • GPU – Apple GPU (4-core graphics).
  • Operating System – iOS 15.
  • RAM – 6GB.
  • Storage – 128/256/512GB/1TB.
  • Rear camera – Triple camera setup(12MP(f/1.5) primary sensor, 12MP(f/1.8) ultrawide lens, and 12MP(f/2.8) telephoto lens)
  • Front camera – 12MP(f/2.2) selfie camera.
  • Battery – 4373mAH capacity with 20 Watts fast charging support, 15 Watts Magsafe Wireless fast charging support, and delivers 28 hours of video playback.
  • Starting price – Rs. 1,29,900.

Like iconBuying Benefits:

  • Large stunning display.
  • Great camera.
  • Long battery life.

Dislike iconReason for dropping:

  • Pretty Heavy(238 grams).
  • Difficult to use with one hand.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max is ideal for those who want a large smartphone, massive battery life, and fat stacks hidden under the mattress. If you don’t have a budget constraint and enjoy a big display for multimedia consumption, the iPhone 13 Pro Max can be a decent choice.

So that’s all from our side. I hope the article was able to help you get closer to making a decision. If you are still confused, we’ll be happy to help. Please share your thoughts or queries in the comments below.

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Written By Ayush Sharma and Edited By Kanuj Sharma

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