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


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!

Apple iPhone 5s vs Apple iPhone 6s vs Apple iPhone SE

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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 (13.x, 12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x)
iOS (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 22 days (539 h)
10.0 days (240 hours)
the average is 22 days (539 h)
10.0 days (240 hours)
the average is 22 days (539 h)

Talk time (3G)

10.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1232 min)
14.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1232 min)
14.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1232 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 6.2 oz (178 g)
5.04 oz (143.0 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (178 g)
3.99 oz (113.0 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (178 g)

Materials

Back: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum; Frame: Glass

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)

Buyers information

Price

 
$ 849
$ 499

Related phones

iPhone SE
  • Display 4.0 inches
    1136 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A9 APL0898
    2GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1624 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x

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