iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone SE (2020) – Do They Even Compare?

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 04/20/20 •  5 min read

Apple’s flagship is the iPhone 11 Pro. But that’s not Apple’s newest iPhone. The company’s newest iPhone is the iPhone SE. The thing is, the iPhone SE is almost identical to the iPhone 11 Pro in some respects and couldn’t be any more different in other respects.

Confused yet? You’re not alone. Both the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone SE are major sellers, but each phone appeals to a different type of consumer. Let’s take a look at the two devices to see how they compare and which is right for you.

iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone SE (2020) Quick Comparison

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

Winner? iPhone 11 Pro – The iPhone 11 Pro features a stunningly modern industrial design.

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Displays

Winner? iPhone 11 Pro – That OLED edge-to-edge display can’t be beaten. The LCD display on the iPhone SE doesn’t even compare.

iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone SE (2020) - Do They Even Compare?
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CPU/Processor

Winner? Draw – Both use the exact same A13 SoC.

Camera

Winner? iPhone 11 Pro – That triple-lens camera cannot be beaten.

Storage Options

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Battery Life

Winner? iPhone 11 Pro – You get an extra five hours of battery life.

iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone SE (2020) - Do They Even Compare?
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Price

Verdict?

So as you can see, the BIG way the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone SE compare is that they use the latest A13 chipset. This is the fastest SoC in a smartphone on the market–and its an astounding selling point for the iPhone SE given just how low cost the device is. Thanks to the A13, any app or game on the iPhone SE is going to run just as fast as it would on the iPhone 11 Pro.

However, that’s where the like-for-like features end. In every other respect, the iPhone 11 Pro blows the iPhone SE out of the water. That’s thanks to its larger, OLED display; the triple-lens rear camera system; its beautiful industrial design; its superior battery life; and its larger storage options.

Of course, the iPhone 11 Pro does come with a price tag that is at least twice as much as the iPhone SE. However, you’re getting more than twice the features with that increased price.

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iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone SE (2020): Specs

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Here are the specs for the iPhone 11 Pro:

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

iPhone 11 Pro 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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