iPhone 11 Pro Max vs iPhone SE (2020) – Apple’s Largest & Smallest Phones Fight!

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 04/21/20 •  6 min read

Back in the good old days things were easier when deciding which iPhone to buy. That’s because Apple just made one iPhone. But those days are long gone and now Apple not only makes multiple sizes of the same iPhone (a Pro vs a Pro Max, for example) but they make multiple models of iPhone all with different screen sizes.

This wide gamut of iPhone sizes is no more apparent than with Apple’s latest iPhone, the iPhone SE, and Apple’s premium flagship iPhone, the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The former is (relatively) tiny and the latter is positively gigantic. But how do the two devices compare in other areas? Let’s dive in…

iPhone 11 Pro Max vs iPhone SE (2020) Quick Comparison

iPhone 11 Pro Max vs iPhone SE (2nd generation)
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Design

Winner? iPhone 11 Pro Max – The iPhone 11 Pro Max looks like a phone designed for the 2020s, while the iPhone SE looks like it’s stuck in the 2010s.

MORE: Is The iPhone XS Actually Worth Buying In 2020? My 2¢…

Displays

Winner? iPhone 11 Pro Max – That OLED edge-to-edge display can’t be beat. The OLED tech behind the display means you’ll get deeper blacks and more contrast.

CPU/Processor

Winner? Draw – Yep, they both use the exact same A13 SoC.

iPhone 11 Pro Max vs iPhone SE (2020) – Apple's Largest & Smallest Phones Fight!
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Camera

Winner? iPhone 11 Pro Max – That triple-lens camera, as well as features like night mode, destroy the camera capabilities of the iPhone SE.

Storage Options

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Battery Life

Winner? iPhone 11 Pro Max – You get a whopping SEVEN extra hours of battery life.

Price

Verdict?

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Look, there’s no contest here. This wasn’t even a fair fight. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is Apple’s cream of the crop flagship smartphone. The thing is an absolute beast in terms of both size and features.

And while it is true that the A13 processor is used in both the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the iPhone SE, nothing else is even remotely comparable between the two phones. The iPhone 11 Pro Max offers a staggeringly better camera setup, more RAM, astoundingly better battery life, a more secure Face ID authentication system, and a much, MUCH better display.

iPhone SE: we know you have your fans, but let’s face it–you just can’t compete in design or specs with a modern smartphone like the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

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iPhone 11 Pro Max vs iPhone SE (2020): Specs

iPhone 11 Pro Max vs iPhone SE (2020) – Apple's Largest & Smallest Phones Fight!
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Here are the specs for the iPhone 11 Pro Max:

And here are the specs for the iPhone SE (2020):

iPhone 11 Pro Max vs iPhone SE (2nd generation)
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Michael Grothaus

Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.
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