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

by | 29/06/2021 12:16 pm
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Should you buy the iPhone SE 2020 or the iPhone 11? Let’s look at the PROS and CONS of both phones from the perspective of 2021…


Apple’s iPhone SE is now (almost) a couple of years old. The iPhone 11 has been replaced by the iPhone 12. And the iPhone 12 will soon be replaced by the iPhone 12s / iPhone 13.

Neither the iPhone 11 nor the iPhone SE 2020 have 5G. Neither have OLED displays. But they’re now both a lot cheaper than before. And this makes them a great option for anyone looking to save some cash in 2021.

The iPhone 11 is the superior (and more expensive) option. The iPhone SE 2020 is smaller, based on the iPhone 8’s design, and runs on the same chipset as the iPhone 11 which is a big plus for the phone given its low price tag.

Given a choice between the two phones, I would go with the iPhone 11. Even by 2021’s standards, it is a great phone. It works brilliantly and it looks more or less the same as the iPhone 12. If you can live without 5G, the iPhone 11 represents excellent value for money in 2021.

Need something cheaper and smaller? Go with the iPhone SE 2020 – it is now very cheap to buy. You’ll get excellent performance and a compact iPhone with a home button.

The SE’s camera and battery life are nowhere near as good as the iPhone 11’s, however, so if that is important to you, again, go with the iPhone 11 – it’s now very affordable and is just a more complete phone.

iPhone 11 vs iPhone SE (2020) Quick Comparison

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Design

  • iPhone 11 – The iPhone 11 has a 6.1in display and features Apple’s biometric authentication system called Face ID. Its industrial design features a glass and aluminum body and comes in a wide range of six color options, including a new green model.
  • iPhone SE – The iPhone SE has a 4.7in display and features Apple’s original biometric authentication system called Touch ID, which uses your fingerprint instead of your face to unlock your phone. Its industrial design features a glass and aluminum body and comes in a wide range of three color options.

Winner? iPhone 11 – The iPhone 11 blows the iPhone SE out of the water with its modern design.

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Displays

  • iPhone 11 – The iPhone 11 features an edge-to-edge LCD display that is 6.1in and has a 1792 x 828-pixel resolution at 326ppi.
  • iPhone SE – The iPhone SE features a Retina HD LCD display that is 4.7in and has a 1334 x 750-pixel resolution at 326ppi.

Winner? iPhone 11 – That edge-to-edge display can’t be beaten.

CPU/Processor

  • iPhone 11 – the iPhone 11 features the A13 chipset. This A13 is a 7nm chip with 6 cores, which is absolutely INSANE.
  • iPhone SE – the iPhone SE features the A13 chipset. This is the same one found in the iPhone 11.

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

Camera

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  • iPhone 11 – The iPhone 11 features a 12MP front-facing camera. But on the rear camera you get a dual-lens 12MP rear camera complete with a wide-angle and telephoto lens and dual optical zoom. It also supports advanced photo features like portrait photography.
  • iPhone SE – The iPhone SE features a 7MP front-facing camera. On the rear camera you get a single-lens 12MP camera complete with a wide-angle lens.

Winner? iPhone 11 – That dual-lens puts the single-lens to shame.

Storage Options

  • iPhone 11 – 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB
  • iPhone SE – 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB

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Battery Life

  • iPhone 11 – The iPhone 11 Pro’s battery will get you about 18 hours of battery life with mixed usage. It also features wireless charging.
  • iPhone SE – The iPhone SE’s battery will get you about 13 hours of battery life with mixed usage. It also features wireless charging.

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

Price

  • iPhone 11 – The 6.1in iPhone 11 costs $699 (64GB) and $749 (128GB) and $849 (256GB).
  • iPhone SE – The 4.7in iPhone SE costs $399 (64GB) and $449 (128GB) and $549 (256GB).
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Verdict?

There’s no doubt about it: the winner in this matchup is the iPhone 11. It features a fantastic dual-lens rear camera system with a 12MP wide-angle and telephoto lenses, optical image stabilization, optical zoom, and 4K video recording. That’s not even to mention the new night photography features.

But from a performance standpoint, the iPhone SE and the iPhone 11 is going to be virtually identical. That’s because they both use the exact same A13 chipset.

Still, the iPhone 11 just offers too many other advantages: an extra five hours of battery life, Face ID, and edge-to-edge gigantic display.

It’s no wonder then that the only thing the iPhone SE can compete on is price, which comes in at $300 cheaper than the iPhone 11. If you’re looking to save some cash, go for the iPhone SE.

But if you’re looking for a phone that has technology that is future-proof for years, go with the iPhone 11 – it can be had for not much money these days too.

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iPhone 11 vs iPhone SE (2020): Specs

Here are the specs for the iPhone 11:

  • Display: 6.1in LCD Liquid Retina display with a 1792 x 828-pixel resolution at 326ppi
  • Dimensions: 150.9mm x 75.7mm x 8.3mm
  • Weight: 194 grams
  • Storage: 64, 128, or 256GB
  • Processors: A13 Bionic chip with third-generation Neural Engine
  • Front camera: 12 MP TrueDepth camera with 4K video recording at up to 60 fps
  • Rear camera: Dual 12MP Ultra Wide and Wide cameras with Night mode; 4K video
  • Battery: Up to 18 hours (video playback)
  • Other: Face ID, NFC, wireless charging, IP68 waterproof (2m)

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

  • Display: 4.7in LCD Retina HD display with a 1334 x 750-pixel resolution at 326ppi
  • Dimensions: 138.4mm x 67.3mm x 7.3mm
  • Weight: 148 grams
  • Storage: 64, 128, or 256GB
  • Processors: A13 Bionic chip with third-generation Neural Engine
  • Front camera: 7MP FaceTime HD camera with 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps, Portrait Mode
  • Rear camera: Single 12MP Wide camera; 4K video, Portrait Mode
  • Battery: Up to 13 hours (video playback)
  • Other: Touch ID, NFC, wireless charging, IP67 waterproof (1m)

Also be sure to check out our iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11 Pro!

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