iPhone SE (2020) vs iPhone 8: differences

iPhone SE (2020) vs iPhone 8: differences
The new iPhone SE is here and it comes to replace the iPhone 8 which will no longer be offered. In fact, this new iPhone SE is a lot like the iPhone 8, and not at all like the first-generation iPhone SE which was a tiny, 4-inch phone.

The new iPhone SE model features a 4.7" Retina LCD screen with Touch ID and it provides exactly the same battery life as the iPhone 8.

But what are the differences? There are some and we line them all up below.

iPhone SE (2020) vs iPhone 8 differences summary:


  • Apple A13 Bionic chip (iPhone SE) vs Apple A11 (iPhone 8)
  • Support for Portrait mode (iPhone SE only)
  • Extended dynamic range for video at 30fps, stereo sound recording (iPhone SE only)
  • Next generation Smart HDR for photos (iPhone SE)
  • $400 starting price (iPhone SE) vs $450 starting price (iPhone 8)
  • No Plus sized model iPhone SE
  • No 3D Touch on iPhone SE (it only supports Haptic Touch) vs 3D Touch support on iPhone 8
  • Dual SIM card support on iPhone SE (nanoSIM + eSIM) vs single SIM for iPhone 8
  • Faster connectivity on iPhone SE (60% faster cellular, 38% faster Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi 6 support)

For all else, new iPhone SE is absolutely identical to the iPhone 8: it has the same battery and Apple officially says both phones can play back video for around 13 hours; it has exactly the same dimensions, exactly the same Touch ID, exactly the same IP67 water protection and the list goes on and on.

The thing that upsets us the most with the new iPhone SE has to be that slow 5W charger that Apple includes in the box. Both the new iPhone SE and the iPhone 8 support fast charging, but for both you would need to buy a fast-charging adapter separately.

Also, it's worth knowing that cases for the iPhone 8 will fit the new iPhone SE without a problem.

Buy Apple iPhone SE (2020) on Apple.com



How would you rank the iPhone SE (2020)?

Excellent! No complaints!
25.21%
Very good, but I wish a few minor things were better
31.39%
Average! Neither bad, nor great
20.41%
Disappointing! I wish it was better
12.4%
A disaster! Not competitive against current rivals
10.59%

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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

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