iPhone SE vs iPhone SE (2020): What's the Difference?

iPhone SE from 2016 and the iPhone SE (2020), both have single 12-megapixel rear cameras.

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iPhone SE vs iPhone SE (2020): What's the Difference?

iPhone SE and iPhone SE (2020), both have Touch ID fingerprint scanners as a part of the home button

Highlights
  • iPhone SE was launched in 2016 with a 4-inch display
  • iPhone SE (2020) comes with a 4.7-inch display
  • iPhone SE (2020) has A13 Bionic chip while the iPhone SE has the A9 chip

Apple on Wednesday unveiled the new iPhone SE as its low-cost iPhone model. It retains the iPhone 8 design along with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. But, Apple has packed the phone with the latest A13 Bionic chip that is present in the iPhone 11 series. The iPhone SE (2020) stands as the successor to the original iPhone SE that was released back in 2016. It followed the same pattern by retaining an older design (iPhone 5s) but packing newer internals (similar to iPhone 6s). Now, let's put the original iPhone SE and new iPhone SE against each other and see what all has changed.

iPhone SE vs iPhone SE (2020): Price in India

The iPhone SE launched with 16GB and 64GB storage options with the former priced at Rs. 39,000 and the latter at Rs. 49,000. Later, Apple refreshed the lineup with the 32GB and 128GB models, replacing the 16GB and 64GB models, for the same price. It was available in Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, and Space Grey colour options.

Talking about the new iPhone SE, the phone comes with 64GB storage variant priced at Rs. 42,500, 128GB model priced at Rs. 47,800, and the 256GB storage variant priced at Rs. 58,300. It will be available in Black, White, and (PRODUCT) RED colour options. Information on availability in the Indian market is currently unknown.

 

iPhone SE vs iPhone SE (2020): Specifications

The Apple iPhone SE was launched with iOS 9.3 and is compatible with the latest iOS 13 as well. The iPhone SE (2020) runs iOS 13 out of the box. Coming to the displays, the older iPhone SE has a 4-inch Retina (640x1,136 pixels) IPS display while the 2020 model has a larger 4.7-inch Retina HD (750x1,334 pixels) IPS display. Both phones have the same 326ppi pixel density. Under the hood, iPhone SE is powered by the A9 chip with the M9 co-processor. The iPhone SE (2020) is powered by the latest A13 Bionic chip with the third-generation Neural Engine.

Talking about the cameras, the original iPhone SE has a single 12-megapixel shooter with f/2.2 aperture on the back with 4K video support. There is also a 1.2-megapixel shooter with f/2.4 aperture on the front. The newer model has comes with a single 12-megapixel camera on the back with an f/1.8 aperture and true-tone LED flash. There is also a 7-megapixel camera on the front with f/2.2 aperture.

In terms of storage, originally iPhone SE was last offered in 32GB and 128GB options while the new iPhone SE will be released in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage options. Connectivity options for the older model include Wi‑Fi 802.11ac, 4G LTE, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, VoLTE, NFC, and a 3.5-inch headphone jack. The iPhone SE (2020) has Wi‑Fi 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 6) support, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, VoLTE, and NFC but no headphone jack.

Both phones have Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The iPhone SE from 2016 does not have any dust or water resistance but the iPhone SE (2020) comes with an IP67 rating.


Is iPhone SE the ultimate 'affordable' iPhone for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

iPhone SE (2020) vs Apple iPhone SE comparison
  iPhone SE (2020) Apple iPhone SE
Ratings
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for Money Rating
GENERAL
BrandAppleApple
ModeliPhone SE (2020)iPhone SE
Release date15th April 2020March 2016
Launched in IndiaYes-
Body typeGlass-
Dimensions (mm)138.40 x 67.30 x 7.30123.80 x 58.60 x 7.66
Weight (g)148.00113.00
IP ratingIP67-
Removable batteryNoNo
Fast chargingProprietary-
Wireless chargingYes-
ColoursBlack, White, (Product) REDSilver, Gold, Space Grey, Rose Gold
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches)4.704.00
Resolution750x1334 pixels640x1136 pixels
Protection typeOther-
Pixels per inch (PPI)326326
HARDWARE
Processor makeApple A13 BionicApple A9
Internal storage64GB16GB
Expandable storageNoNo
Dedicated microSD slotNo-
Processor-one-core
RAM-2GB
CAMERA
Rear camera12-megapixel (f/1.8)12-megapixel
Rear autofocusYes-
Rear flashLEDYes
Front camera7-megapixel (f/2.2)1.2-megapixel
Pop-Up CameraNo-
SOFTWARE
Operating systemiOS 13iOS 9.3
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/Yes-
BluetoothYes, v 5.00Yes, v 4.20
NFCYesYes
USB OTGNoNo
USB Type-CNo-
Micro-USBNo-
LightningYes-
Number of SIMs21
Active 4G on both SIM cardsYes-
Wi-Fi Direct-No
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)-No
SIM 1
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYes
SIM 2
SIM TypeeSIM-
4G/ LTEYes-
SENSORS
Face unlockNo-
Fingerprint sensorYes-
In-Display Fingerprint SensorNo-
Compass/ MagnetometerYesYes
Proximity sensorYesYes
AccelerometerYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYes
GyroscopeYesYes
BarometerYesNo
Temperature sensorNoNo
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Modern processor
  • Slim, light, easy to use
  • Good daylight camera performance
  • Regular iOS updates likely for many years
  • Bad
  • Dated looks and small screen
  • Single rear camera
  • Average battery life
  • Expensive
Display 4.70-inch
Front Camera 7-megapixel
Rear Camera 12-megapixel
Storage 64GB
OS iOS 13
Resolution 750x1334 pixels
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