iPhone SE vs. iPhone 11: What accurately do we get by spending roughly double?


  • iPhone SE 2020

  • iPhone 11

As a supplement to Apple’s 2016 sleeper-hit iPhone of a same name, a new iPhone SE starts during $399, £419 or AU$749. With that cost tag, a phone aims to justice budget-minded users who might not be means to splurge on $1,000 handsets like a iPhone 11 Pro or Galaxy S20. While that does meant some cuts in hardware (the phone has a smaller 4.7-inch arrangement and a singular back camera, for example) a iPhone SE does embody some complicated fixings, such as a same A13 processor as a iPhone 11 phones. 

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With a four-year opening between a new iPhone SE and a comparison one, Apple brought many upgrades. That includes wireless charging, improved camera specs and H2O resistance. (Unfortunately, for connected headphone users, a new iPhone SE doesn’t have a headphone jack.) If you’re looking for a new iPhone nonetheless wish to save as many income as possible, a iPhone SE is your best gamble — you’ll save $300 undisguised compared to a cost of a iPhone 11 (which costs $699, £729 or AU$1,199).

Read a Apple iPhone SE (2020) review.

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The iPhone 11 costs $300 some-more than a iPhone SE. Despite carrying many of a same inner specs, however, a categorical advantages are twofold: It has a bigger shade (6.1 inches contra 4.7, totalled diagonally) and it packs improved camera specs all around (a second wide-angle lens and a improved selfie camera, for starters). If both are large priorities for you, get a iPhone 11.

Read a Apple iPhone 11 review.

Need some-more specifics? Here’s an in-depth walk-through of how these dual models differ so we can learn what accurately a iPhone SE offers during a reduce price.  

Size and design: iPhone SE is tiny and compact

The many apparent disproportion between a dual phones is that a iPhone 11 is larger. The iPhone 11 has a 6.1-inch shade while a iPhone SE has a 4.7-inch display. While we get some-more shade genuine estate for your apps and examination videos with a former, a iPhone SE will pull users for a gentle portability and compress grip. 

Both iPhones have LCD displays, nonetheless a iPhone 11 has a “Liquid Retina HD display” while a iPhone SE has “Retina HD.” These are branding terms that Apple uses to compute a arrangement technology; all we have to know, though, is that a iPhone 11’s shade is sharper, nonetheless they both have a same series of pixels-per-inch or pixel density.


The new iPhone SE in red.

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Some users will also like a iPhone SE’s home button. Now that Apple is discontinuing a iPhone 8, a iPhone SE will be a usually iPhone Apple will sell with a earthy home button. In further to being discerning to use, it also means we don’t have to use appropriate gestures to lapse to a home shade or call adult new apps. The home symbol will also residence a device’s fingerprint reader for unlocking a phone and sanctioning digital payments (what Apple calls Touch ID). The iPhone 11, however, uses facial mapping sensors on a front-facing camera for biometric confidence (aka Face ID).

The inclination are both IP approved for H2O protection. But since a iPhone 11 is rated IP68 compared to a iPhone SE’s IP67 rating, it means that a iPhone 11 is a tad some-more durable opposite submersion (as in, it’s approved to withstand longer or deeper soak in water). On paper, an IP67 turn of acceptance means a iPhone SE can tarry in adult to a scale (3.3 feet) of H2O for about 30 minutes.

Lastly, a iPhone SE usually comes in black, white and red. The iPhone 11 comes in those 3 colors, too, nonetheless if we wish some-more options, we can also get it in pastel yellow, immature and purple.  

Camera: iPhone 11 has a top hand

If you’re not indispensably a camera energy user, a iPhone SE’s singular 12-megapixel back camera should sufficient for posting images on Instagram and infrequent video recording. But if we caring about photography or wish some-more collection during your disposal, a iPhone 11 has a particularly improved camera setup than a iPhone SE.

The iPhone 11, for instance, has a second wide-angle camera. That means we can take unconditional landscape photos or creative, some-more thespian cinema during tighten distances. The iPhone 11 also has Apple’s low-light camera mode, Night Mode. Night Mode reduces things like digital artifacts, graininess and suit fuzz to constraint and lighten adult images taken in low lighting.

As for a front-facing camera, a iPhone 11 doesn’t only have a improved selfie camera since it has some-more megapixels (12 megapixels compared to a iPhone SE’s 7 megapixels). It can constraint 4K video (compared to a iPhone SE’s 1080p video) and record slow-motion video, too.

Processor and battery: Both have A13 Bionic

As a categorical bill phone, Apple could have given a iPhone SE with an comparison processor. But a device is versed with a latest exclusive A13 Bionic chip, a same one that’s inside a iPhone 11. When we ran estimate opening speeds on 3DMark and Geekbench 5, both phones clocked in identical results, that is also to contend that a iPhone SE achieved comparably — and during times improved than — a Galaxy S20, Pixel 4 and a OnePlus 8 Pro. 

Apple's A13 processor in a iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max

Apple’s A13 processor.

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As always, Apple doesn’t divulge a iPhone SE’s battery capacity. According to a run times listed on Apple’s site, a iPhone SE’s battery is identical to that of a iPhone 8, that isn’t as prolonged as a iPhone 11. (Unofficial tear-downs from third parties also suggested that a iPhone 11 has a 3,110-mAh battery while a iPhone 8 has a 1,821-mAh battery.) 

When we ran continual video playback on Airplane mode, however, both phones lasted a same: about 15 and a half hours, give or take. While we have nonetheless to run streaming tests on a iPhone SE, it’s earnest that a initial set of battery runs are identical to a iPhone 11.

iPhone SE (2020) vs. iPhone 11

Apple iPhone SE (2020)

iPhone 11

Display size, resolution

4.7-inch Retina HD; 1,334×750 pixels

6.1-inch LCD Liquid Retina; 1,792×828 pixels

Pixel density



Dimensions (inches)

5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 in.

5.94×2.98×0.33 in.

Dimensions (millimeters)

138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm


Weight (ounces, grams)

5.22 oz.; 148g

6.84 oz.; 194g

Mobile software

iOS 13

iOS 13



12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide)

Front-facing camera



Video capture




Apple A13 Bionic

Apple A13 Bionic


64GB, 128GB, 256GB

64GB, 128GB, 256GB


Not disclosed

Not disclosed

Expandable storage




Not disclosed

Not disclosed

Fingerprint sensor

Home button





Headphone jack



Special features

Water resistant (IP67); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging

Water resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging

Price off-contract (USD)

$399 (64GB), $449 (128GB), $549 (256GB)

$699 (64GB), $749 (128GB), $849 (256GB)

Price (GBP)

£419 (64GB), £469 (128GB), £569 (256GB)

£729 (64GB), £779 (128GB), £879 (256GB)

Price (AUD)

AU$749 (64GB), AU$829 (128GB), AU$999 (256GB)

AU$1,199 (64GB), AU$1,279 (128GB), AU$1,449 (256GB)

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