iPhone XS Max vs iPhone SE

Which one is best for you?

You’d struggle to find two more different iPhone models than iPhone SE and iPhone XS Max. 2016 saw the bold release of Apple’s compact offering. Sporting the classic looks of earlier iterations but with the impressive performance of later models, iPhone SE’s big selling point was its size – designed for users who wanted a smaller phone they could operate with one hand.

By contrast, with the adoption of OLED technology, Apple decided to increase the screen size of their large iPhone to 6.5 inches with iPhone XS Max. That’s a full inch bigger than the screen of its predecessor, iPhone 8.

As you’d expect the specs of iPhone XS Max are considerably more impressive than its smaller cousin, but iPhone SE retains a loyal following, squeezing premium features into a compact phone. Have a look at our feature guide to decide which suits you best.

  • Apple

    iPhone XS Max

    • Take stunning professional pictures with iPhone XS Max’s feature-laden dual-lens camera, including Apple’s Smart HDR

    • See more on the gorgeous 6.5-inch OLED display – or multi-task with split screen view

    • Experience a smoother and more immersive gaming experience thanks to the powerful new A12 Bionic chip.

    • Personalise your favourite Animoji and add stickers and filters for even more fun

    Buy the XS Max
  • Apple

    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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Buy the XS Max
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Buy the iPhone SE
Display 6.5 inches 4.0 inches (diagonal)
Size and weight Height: 157.5 mm
Width: 77.4 mm
Depth: 7.7 mm
Weight: 208 grams
Height: 123.8 mm
Width: 58.6 mm
Depth: 7.6 mm
Weight: 113 grams
Rear camera Dual 12 MP 12 MP
Front camera 7 MP 1.2 MP
Video recording 4K video recording at 24fps 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 3174 mAh 1624 mAh
Storage 64 GB
256 GB
512 GB
32 GB
128 GB
Splash, water and dust resistant Yes
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