The iPhone SE 2020 vs SE 2016 battery capacity revealed, same battery life as iPhone 8

The iPhone SE 2020 vs SE 2016 battery capacity revealed, same battery life as iPhone 8
Apple is the only manufacturer that doesn't list the full specs sheet of its phones. Instead of battery capacities, it lists battery lives. Instead of RAM amounts, it lists, well, nothing.

If you ask its fans, it is partly because Steve Jobs thought those don't matter as much as long as the iPhones work smooth and seamless, and if you ask Android fans it's because iPhones are usually under-spec'd, compared to their Android counterparts.

Whatever the real reasons, the new iPhone SE 2020 is no different than Apple's previous handset in that there are no official values for its battery capacity and RAM amounts. The phone certification listings of China Telecom, however, are the gift that keeps on giving in that respect, and both numbers have now leaked out, confirming what we had heard only as rumors before.


Apple iPhone SE 2020 vs iPhone SE 2016 RAM, battery life and capacity


Other than the chipset upgrade, and a bit more memory at 3GB RAM, the iPhone SE 2020 keeps as much of the parts of the iPhone 8 as possible, including the housing and the camera specs. That goes for the battery capacity, too, as the new iPhone SE apparently uses the exact same 1821mAh battery that is in the iPhone 8 which offers more capacity than the 1624mAh one in the iPhone SE.

Coupled with the more frugal A13 processor that is two generations ahead of the A11, one would think that Apple's dumpster-diving for iPhone 8 parts in 2020 results in a much better battery life than the iPhone SE's predecessor.

That may not really be the case, though, as Apple lists the exact same 13 hours of video playback on a charge for the iPhone SE, iPhone 8 and the new iPhone SE 2020. If anything, Apple lists a bit more audio playback on a charge from the OG iPhone SE.


By now it probably takes less than a Benjamin to assemble an iPhone 8, and it shouldn't cost much more for Apple to make the iPhone SE replacement that probably commands at least 200% profit margin. 

Not only that, but the iPhone SE strategy is probably geared towards giving a gateway drug to the iOS ecosystem to as broad a market as possible, including in developing markets.


Related phones

iPhone SE (2020)
  • Display 4.7 inches
    1334 x 750 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A13 Bionic, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1821 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x
iPhone 8
  • Display 4.7 inches
    1334 x 750 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A11 Bionic, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1821 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x
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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