iPhone XR vs iPhone SE

Which one is best for you?

iPhone SE was a hugely popular release for Apple in 2016, returning to the classic square-edged iPhone design, and delivering a compact model which can easily be operated with one hand.

But while iPhone SE may look like an old-generation iPhone, Apple loaded it with lots of fresh tech, including its fast A9 processor. Still, that was 2016, and Apple have hardly been sleeping since then. iPhone XR’s screen is a third bigger than iPhone SE’s, and although it is an LCD display, Apple have found a way of stretching it to the edges of the phone, doing away with the old bezel and keeping the overall phone size down.

Both models sport a 12-megapixel camera, but Apple’s powerful new A12 Bionic chip provides a number of superb in-camera processing tools – Smart HD technology enables much improved low-light photography, and Depth Control allows you to change depth-of-field after taking a portrait, giving your shots a professional feel.

iPhone SE retains a cult following thanks to its size and retro styling, but if you don’t mind a bigger phone in your pocket, the feature-packed iPhone XR is an excellent choice.

  • Apple

    iPhone XR

    • Use Portrait Mode to create stunning images that stand out with breath-taking detail against naturally blurred backgrounds

    • Enjoy the latest Augmented Reality games and apps – including 3D Animoji

    • See everything in true-life colour on the edge-to-edge Liquid Retina HD display

    • Choose from a range of vibrant colours to suit your style

    Buy the iPhone XR
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    iPhone SE

    • Get great value. The SE is an older iPhone, but still has loads of great features and is more affordable than some newer models

    • A perfect pocket-sized companion – with its 4-inch screen, it fits neatly into your lifestyle

    • Enjoy peace of mind, thanks to the strong and durable aluminium enclosure

    • Relive your favourite memories and bring your photos to life with Live Photos

    Buy the iPhone SE
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Display 6.1 inch all-screen LCD 4.0 inches (diagonal)
Size and weight Height: 150.9 mm
Width: 75.7 mm
Depth: 0.33 mm
Weight: 194 grams
Height: 123.8 mm
Width: 58.6 mm
Depth: 7.6 mm
Weight: 113 grams
Rear camera 12 MP 12 MP
Front camera 7 MP 1.2 MP
Video recording 4K video recording at 24 fps 4K video recording at 30 fps
1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
Processor A12 Bionic chip A9 chip with 64-bit architecture
Embedded M9 motion coprocessor
Battery 2942 mAh 1624 mAh
Storage 64 GB
128 GB
256 GB
32 GB
128 GB
Splash, water and dust resistant Yes
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