iPhone SE vs iPhone 6s: the minor differences you might have missed

iPhone SE vs iPhone 6s: the minor differences you might have missed
Blitz question – can you name a smartphone that's both compact and powerful? The iPhone SE is probably what springs to mind for anyone who has been following the news. In a nutshell, it packs the potential of an iPhone 6s inside the body of an iPhone 5s. It is smaller and cheaper, yet equipped with the A9 system on chip and 12MP main camera of Apple's flagship handset. 

However, the obvious size and design differences aren't all that sets the two phones apart. The different price tags don't complete the list either. In fact, the more we compare the iPhone SE and iPhone 6s side by side, the more differences between the two we come across. Here are the small differences between the iPhone SE and iPhone 6s you might have missed. 


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iPhone SE
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1624 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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47 Comments

1. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

I would be happier if Apple included better antenna , better touch id and better front camera and charge us a little extra for it

26. SonyOwner unregistered

Both Compact and powerfull? 1. Galaxy Alpha 2. Xpreria Z1 compact (which I think the best phone to compete with this recycle SE) 3. Xperia Z3 compact 4. Xperia Z5 compact

38. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

All of the phones you mentioned are a bit outdated with the exception of the Z5 compact . I had a Xperia ZL once , not a big Sony fan . Specs looks okay the but the actually experience wasn't very good . The Z5 series except for the premium has heating issues , Sony's camera has been buggy , the fingerprint scanner is hit and miss and also the A9 on the SE totally destroy the SE in performance . My friend's sister bought my old Redmi note that I used for two weeks because she couldn't stand the overheating , bad speakers , slow camera and crappy battery life on her z1 compact

2. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

iPhone Se has a screen-body ratio of 60.82% That's almost as close as basic phones of 2005.

25. Saioofi

Posts: 336; Member since: May 23, 2014

Let's break this down... The SE has the exact same shell as the 5S which was released in 2013. Phones from 2013 never really had good bezels and you can check for yourself.

27. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

I must have imagined the LG g2

28. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

And the samsung galaxy s4

32. Saioofi

Posts: 336; Member since: May 23, 2014

Nokia Lumia 1020 - 61.15% Blackberry Z30 - 67.71% HTC One (M7) - 65.00% Alcatel OneTouch Evolve - 58.60% Sony Xperia Z1 - 64.52%

41. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

S4 - 71.91 % G2 - 76.28 % Meizu Mx3 - 74.1% Note 3 - 74.8% moto X (2013) - 72.1% Xperia ZL - 75.6%

40. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

And the Xperia ZL

45. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Droid DNA/ HTC Butterfly. Droid Razr M, Droid Razr HD Droid MAXX LG G2 Galaxy S4 was pretty good with the bezels as well.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Well, there's no such thing as FREE LUNCH... AND... If you can do something, never do it for free, or cheap! Ever wondered why iPhone 6S Mighty... Ahem... I mean 6S Plus lack "Split Screen Multi-Tasking" of the iPads? Anyone? Just so it can differentiate iPads from iPhones... Simply and Savvy!!! A BRAND among the BRAND!

4. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Yet the SE costs almost the same as 6S everywhere except US. It costs a f**king 580$ here. You can get a 6S for less than 650$, and 5S which is not much different for 280$. It's not differentiation. Apple just wants to milk money because it has no competition in the 4" space. There is no way around this. This phone is a ripoff, any way you look at it.

21. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Yea tell me more, maybe you remember how much I was hooray about this phone but now that pre orders are live in my country and I saw the price I a so f pissed off, I really think about buying some used Android (probably G Alpha) and see if I like the platform. Apple really pushed it this time for me, SE costs around 30$ dollars more in Poland than S7 which is in every aspect far superior than iPhones. I am not getting screwed, I only once bought device from Apple as new and it was iPad Air and I think it got great value for the price but this time I'm sure: screw Apple

9. Iodine

Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

What is a problem with differentiating iPad's and iPhones ? You expect an Apple pencil to work with Apple watch or having premium quand-speaker audio in an iPhone too ? You are bassically complaining that iPhone doesn't have all iPad features, because Apple willfully differentiates iPad with bigger screen ! Such injustice !

15. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Well... Ahem... "Iodine" (Weird I.D BTW), I'm not complaining nor complementing the fact that iPhone doesn't posses some features of iPad... I am... You know... Just sayin'...! G'Day!

12. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well yes, they user older parts and cut down price accordingly, however they could easily have used those parts and not cut it down, though yes, that would cut into the insane profit margin they have, but they 'could' have done it.

5. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

By the way PA, the Touch ID on the iPhone SE might be the same as the 5s but it also the same as the iPhone 6 and 6S Plus and even all the newer iPad. And the actual difference in speed is less than a second of difference so no need to make it sound so dramatic LOL. And it's the chip to that help the fingerprint reader, hence, a better chip makes the fingerprint faster anyhow so it beats the iPhone 5S and 6's fingeprint in the end.

6. tyrionTheWise unregistered

it will never beat the 6's fingerprint reader. the iPhone 6 has twice the resolution of the fingerprint sensor compared to 5S and hence SE.

16. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Resolution and fingerprint, what's the link??? Tyrion the wise I'm sorry but you don't seem to be so wise:D A9 Vs A8, it's clear that the SE is superior, resolution wise maybe not but that's not important for everyone. Furthermore, 12MGP VS 8MGP xd :)

30. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Can you read dumbs**t? "iPhone 6 has twice the resolution of the fingerprint sensor compared to 5S" Read it again, now again. Once more will you. Resolution of fingerprint scanner has everything to do with the speed. The more detailed your image in the scanner, the faster and more accurate it can detect. It can also verify more points. Fingerprint scanners store a print of your finger, and every fingerprint scanner has a resolution. I wasn't referring to screen or camera resolution. Feeling smart now?

33. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Yeah well I challenge you to go watch a speed comparison of iPhone SE vs the 6 and you will see that the SE beats it because of the A9 processor! But yes, indeed I misread your comment but ain't my fault that Apple din't make it know that they had made changes to the fingerprint reader on the 6:D In any case, my original point still stands, because of the faster processor, the fingerprint on the SE should logically be faster.

34. tyrionTheWise unregistered

WTF are you talking about. Obviously the SE will beat the 6 in usual speed tests. I never talked about the general speed of the device at all, all I referred to was the speed of fingerprint scanner; and I made it crystal clear unless you have dyslexia. Read my comments again and don't make a fool of yourself like you did twice already. It won't be faster on the SE. The 6 has a better sensor. Faster processor won't make a difference since usually the CPU isn't used for fingerprint recognition. That's why a Nexus 5X has a fingerprint scanner just as fast as 6P and much faster than iPhone 6 despite having a lot worse processor than both of them. Apple stores the fingerprint in hardware and probably uses seperate hardware to recognise the print. Everything isn't done by the CPU, smartass.

36. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Ok now your the one who is losing his mind here, WTF are you smoking man!! You're the one who should read my comments again xd, I said that, and I quote: "Indeed, I misread your comment but ain't my fault that Apple din't make it know (to the public) that they had made changes to the fingerprint scanner on the 6" and then I simply explain my logical reason of thinking otherwise. Got it now:D In any case, I learn something new about the 6's fingerprint scanner thanks to your comments so (+1) to you:D For the record though,learn some manners!

49. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Yes, fingerprint scanners do have resolution. The finer the resokution, the mire accurate the recognition (in theory). Not only the front and back cameras FYI.

13. Iodine

Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

There are many generations of touch ID... Apple labeled them as gen 1 that are those slower ones and gen 2 the fastest one in 6S. iPhone 6 has better ID than 5S - supposedly much higher resolution, those newer iPad's have better than iPhone 6 - I read they aren't as sensitive to dirt. And we only know that the SE has one of theese, just not the very best one possible. Like with cameras 8 MP from 4S to 6, just a huge difference in image quality before they name them "12MP" like touch ID gen 2.

17. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Says who!! The iPhone 6 DOES NOT use a newer version of TouchID versus the iPhone 5S, that is just not true. The only reason that the iPhone 6 has a slightly (tiny difference) speedier fingerprint is because it uses a better chip (A8 VS A7), it's pure logic!! Go check the facts before spreading stories here!! Hence, logically, the fingeprint on SE is slightly better than iPhone 6 because of the newer chip but slightly slower than 6S because it still uses the same fingeprint as iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 did.

31. tyrionTheWise unregistered

See the apple event genius. They specifically said the 6 has TWICE the resolution on fingerprint scanner.

7. Arschsalat

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

iPhone is always a downgrade

8. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I think the iPhone SE has a smaller screen.

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