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Apple iPhone SE vs iPhone 6s vs iPhone 5s: three-way specs comparison

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The rumors were true, Apple today announced a new 4-inch iPhone, the iPhone SE, which is combining the refreshed looks of the iPhone 5s with the undoubtedly spectacular hardware specs of the iPhone 6s/6s Plus.

Indeed, it's probably the most powerful 4-inch smartphone we've ever seen, and given its quite affordable price of $399, there will most probably be huge demand for the munchkin.

But how does it stacks against its predecessor and the slightly larger and newer iPhone 6s? As were also quite curious to compare them against one another, we devised a three-way specs comparison between the  Feel free to check out right below!

Display
Size
4.0 inches
4.7 inches
4.0 inches
Technology
IPS LCD
IPS LCD
IPS LCD
Screen-to-body
60.82 %
65.71 %
60.82 %
Peak brightness
500 cd/m2 (nit)
500 cd/m2 (nit)
500 cd/m2 (nit)
Features
Oleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Pressure-sensitive, Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Hardware
System chip
Apple A7
Apple A9 APL0898
Apple A9 APL0898
Processor
Dual-core, 1300 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bit, 28 nm
Dual-core, 1840 MHz, Twister, 64-bit
Dual-core, 1840 MHz, Twister, 64-bit
GPU
PowerVR G6430
PowerVR GT7600
PowerVR GT7600
RAM
1GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR4
2GB
Internal storage
64GB, not expandable
128GB, not expandable
128GB, not expandable
OS
iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x, 7.x)
iOS (15.x, 14.x, 13.x, 12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x)
iOS (14.x, 13.x, 12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x)
Battery
Capacity
1570 mAh
1715 mAh
1624 mAh
Stand-by time
10.4 days (250 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
10.0 days (240 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
10.0 days (240 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
Talk time (3G)
10.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
14.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
14.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
Internet use
 
3G: 10 hours; LTE: 10 hours; Wi-Fi: 11 hours
3G: 12 hours; LTE: 13 hours; Wi-Fi: 13 hours
Music playback
40.00 hours
50.00 hours
50.00 hours
Video playback
10.00 hours
11.00 hours
13.00 hours
Camera
Rear
Single camera
Single camera
Single camera
Main camera
8 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, Autofocus, BSI sensor)
12 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, PDAF, BSI sensor)
12 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, Autofocus, BSI sensor)
Specifications
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.5 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm
Video recording
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
Features
Time-lapse video, Picture-taking during video recording, EIS
Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
Front
1.2 MP
5 MP
1.2 MP
Video capture
1280x720 (HD)
 
1280x720 (HD)
Design
Dimensions
4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm)
5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches (138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm)
4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm)
Weight
3.95 oz (112.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.04 oz (143.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
3.99 oz (113.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
Materials
Back: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum; Frame: Aluminum
Biometrics
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Buyers information
Price
 
$ 849
$ 499

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