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The iPhone SE has a bigger battery than the iPhone 5s

The iPhone SE has a bigger battery than the iPhone 5s
While rivalry within the Android ecosystem has led to a perpetual race for the latest and greatest in hardware, Apple has held a pretty leisurely pace in comparison. And so while the likes of Samsung, LG, and HTC are cramming as many as 1440 x 2560 pixels in tiny screens, Apple is unwilling to cross the 1080 x 1920 resolution line. And while Samsung's latest Galaxy S7 features a 3,000 mAh battery, its direct rival, the iPhone 6s, makes do with a little over half that capacity.

Hardware specifications aren't everything, of course—as we've consistently tried to impress over the years—and Apple seems to agree. Which is why the company is traditionally lax when it comes to listing what it considers minutiae details about the techno stuff inside its devices. Battery capacity is a good example of that, and the iPhone SE has been the latest mystery.

As it turns out, despite it essentially being an iPhone 6s trapped in an iPhone 5s body, it adopts the cell of neither. Instead, as a teardown courtesy of ETSupply reveals, Apple went middle of the road—a slightly larger unit than the iPhone 5s', but still smaller than the iPhone 6s'. This allows us to fill in the final piece—specs wise—of our battery table that we published on the day of the SE's announcement:

iPhone SE
iPhone 6s
iPhone 5s
Wi-Fi browsing*131110
LTE browsing*131010
3G browsing*12108
3G talk*141410
Battery capacity1624 mAh1715 mAh1560 mAh

As you can see, on paper, the iPhone SE appears certain to deliver better battery life than even the iPhone 6s. This is due to a combination of factors, such as a smaller screen real estate and more efficient components compared to the iPhone 5s.

source: ETSupply

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Apple iPhone SE specs
  • 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 14.x
Apple iPhone 5s specs
  • Display 4.0 inches 1136 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A7 1GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1570 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x

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