Apple’s updatediPhone SEis the only iPhone táo apple sells that has a home button. Just like theoriginal iPhone SE, which was a rebooted iPhone 5s, the 2020 iPhone SE is basically an iPhone 8 with new guts. But even if you can find a refurbished iPhone 8 for half the price of a $399 iPhone SE, here’s why you should spend extra—or hunt for a deal—on an iPhone SE.

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Design, display, & size

The iPhone SE and iPhone 8 are identical in kích cỡ and shape (138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm) and both weigh 148 grams. They both have a single rear camera and vertically aligned flash along with a glass back. The only difference is the position of the táo bị cắn logo, which is slightly lower on the SE to lớn match the iPhone 11. The SE also comes in a (Product) Red color, which replaces the iPhone 8’s gold hue.

The new iPhone SE has basically the same display as the iPhone 8, bringing a 4.7-inch Retina HD 1334×750 resolution at 326 ppi, along with True Tone, wide color, và 625 nits of max brightness. Below the display, you’ll find a cảm biến ID sensor on both. The only major difference is 3d Touch: the iPhone 8 has it và the iPhone SE doesn’t. In its place is Apple’s newer Haptic cảm ứng system that was introduced with the iPhone 11. They’re not quite identical systems, but most users won’t notice the difference.

What you won’t find with the iPhone SE is a larger model. Where táo bị cắn dở offered a “Plus” variant khổng lồ the iPhone 8 that bumped the display to lớn 5.5 inches, the iPhone SE only comes in a single size. And you might be waiting a while for a larger mã sản phẩm to arrive. The latest rumors suggest that an iPhone SE 3 won’t launch in 2021 and we haven’t heard hide nor hair of a “Plus” mã sản phẩm in months.

Performance, storage, and battery

Here’s where the iPhone SE starts to set itself apart from the iPhone 8. The SE has Apple’s A13 Bionic chip, while the iPhone 8 is powered by the A11 Bionic chip. That means the SE will be faster and smarter, thanks lớn its third-generation Neural Engine. Apple doesn’t divulge the amount of RAM inside its phones, but we know from teardowns that the iPhone SE has the same 2GB of RAM as the iPhone 8.

Both phones are IP67 rated for water and dust resistance, meaning you can dunk them in a meter of water for a half-hour. They also both have stereo speakers, táo bị cắn Pay tư vấn via NFC, và Bluetooth 5. Both the iPhone SE và iPhone 8 are available in 64GB and 128GB varieties, while the SE adds a 256GB tier. They also both have wireless charging capabilities, and fast charging with an 18W adapter or higher, which you’ll need to buy. Finally, the iPhone SE supports Wi-Fi 6 while the iPhone 8 has Wi-Fi 5.

Apple says the SE, “lasts about the same as iPhone 8,” but even with the same capacity (1,821mAh), in our rundown tests, the SE actually lasted a bit longer (3 hours & 37 minutes vs 3 hours and 17 minutes). Still, it’s a far cry from the nearly six-hour battery life in theiPhone 11 & iPhone 12.

The iPhone SE comes in three colors, including a new hàng hóa Red version.


While the iPhone 8 và iPhone SE both have a single 12MP, f/1.8 wide camera with digital zoom up to 5x, the SE is far more advanced than the iPhone 8. Táo apple VP Phil Schiller says it’s Apple’s “best-ever single-camera system for great photos & videos,” meaning it’s similar but a little better than the one in the iPhone XR from last year.

Under the sapphire crystal lens cover (a feature not on the iPhone 8), you’re getting Portrait Mode (limited to lớn people), Portrait Lighting, Smart HDR, và QuickTake video, all of which are not available on the iPhone 8. Additionally, you can also take portrait videos with the 7MP, f/2.2 selfie camera. And like the iPhone 8, you can record 4K clip on the iPhone SE. So while it’s not quite as good as the main camera in Apple’s newer flagships—most notably, it’s missing night mode—the iPhone SE is one of the best camera phones for under $400.


Apple offers the same AppleCare+ coverage for the iPhone SE that it does for all of its iPhones, but it’s cheaper for the new model. Where táo charged $129 for coverage on the iPhone 8,AppleCare+ on the iPhone SE is just $79for two years of service, a 40 percent decrease. Like the other models, it carries a deductible of $29 for screen repair & $99 for all other repairs, with a limit of two instances. You can also get a Theft và Loss policy for $149 ($50 cheaper than before), which allows you to get a full SE replacement for a $149 deductible, a total price of at least $100 less than it would cost khổng lồ buy a new one outright (or more depending on capacity).

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Price and conclusion

Apple has undercut even the latest iPhone 8 prices with the iPhone SE, making it Apple’s cheapest iPhone since, well, the last iPhone SE:

iPhone 864GB:$449128GB:$499

iPhone SE 202064GB:$399128GB:$449256GB:$549

Apple has stopped selling the iPhone 8 on its website, but you can still find refurbished models. When available, hãng apple is sellingthe 64GB mã sản phẩm is now $339andthe 256GB mã sản phẩm is $469, which offers some savings over the iPhone SE. But we’d still recommend spending a few dollars more on the SE.