iPhone 7 vs iPhone SE

How does iPhone SE match up to iPhone 7?

Apple released iPhone SE just six months after iPhone 6s and 6s Plus – featuring the same A9 chip as the flagship models and the same impressive 12-megapixel camera as Phone 6s. With its smaller 4-inch screen and similar appearance to the pocket-sized iPhone 5S, it was an instant hit.

Since the release of iPhone 7, the more affordable iPhone SE can no longer claim to feature Apple’s latest chip. The A10 is 40% faster than the A9 and has been completely redesigned to offer better battery life. iPhone 7 has an all-new camera, with a 6 element lens, too. Added to that, iPhone 7 captures a wider range of colours than iPhone SE. And its new ‘wide colour’ screen is designed to show off the results of the improved camera. As an entry-level model though, the iPhone SE is still an attractive and desirable phone.

It depends what you’re looking for …

Traditionalists may prefer the convenience of the smaller size of iPhone SE, and are likely to be attracted to the existence of a standard 3mm headphone jack. This has been ditched in iPhone 7 – and users are encouraged to invest in wireless headphones or AirPods. But for those who want a larger screen, and especially the benefit of the faster A10 chip and improved camera, iPhone 7 is a clear winner.

 
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Capacity1 32GB
128GB
256GB
32GB
128GB

Display Retina HD display with wide colour gamut and 3D Touch
4.7 inches (diagonal)
1334x750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
Retina display 
4 inches (diagonal)
1136x640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi

Size and Weight2 Height 138.3 mm (5.44 inches)
Width 67.1 mm (2.64 inches)
Depth 7.1 mm (0.28 inches)
Weight 138 grams (4.87 ounces)
Height 123.8 mm (4.87 inches)
Width 58.6 mm (2.31 inches)
Depth 7.6 mm (0.30 inches)
Weight 113 grams (3.99 ounces)

Splash, Water and Dust Resistant3 Yes -

Chip A10 fusion chip with 64-bit architecture
Embedded M10 motion coprocessor
A9 chip with 64-bit architecture
Embedded M9 motion coprocessor

Camera All-new 12MP cameras

ƒ/1.8 aperture

Optical image stabilisation

Digital zoom up to 5x

Live Photos with stabilisation

Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos

Quad-LED True tone flash

Autofocus with Focus Pixels

Exposure control

Auto HDR for photos

Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)

Auto image stabilisation

Burst mode
12MP camera

ƒ/2.2 aperture

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Digital zoom up to 5x

Live Photos with stabilisation

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True Tone flash

Autofocus with Focus Pixels

Exposure control

Auto HDR for photos

Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)

Auto image stabilisation

Burst mode

Video recording 4K video recording at 30 fps

1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps

Optical image stabilisation for video

Digital zoom up to 3x

Quad-LED True Tone flash

Cinematic video stabilisation

Continuous autofocus video

Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps

Time-lapse video with stabilisation

Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video

Playback zoom
 
4K video recording at 30 fps

1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps

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Digital zoom up to x

Quad-LED True Tone flash

Cinematic video stabilisation

Continuous autofocus video

Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps

Time-lapse video with stabilisation

Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video

Playback zoom
 

FaceTime HD Camera 7-megapixel photos

ƒ/2.2 aperture

Retina Flash

Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos

1080p HD video recording

Auto HDR

Body and Face detection

Auto image stabilisation

Burst mode

Exposure control
 
1.2-megapixel photos

ƒ/2.4 aperture

Retina Flash

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720p HD video recording

Auto HDR

Face detection

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Burst mode

Exposure control
 

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