iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone SE

Which one is best for you?

The 2020 re-release of iPhone SE meant new Apple feature favourites, an impressive processor and longer batter life – but how does the much loved iPhone 7 Plus compare?

In terms of similarities, both have Touch ID, Apple’s second-generation fingerprint sensor, a front 7-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording and Retina HD display, and they’re both water resistant to a depth of 1m for up to 30 minutes.

When it comes to rear cameras, iPhone SE has a very capable single 12-megapixel Wide camera with digital zoom up to 5x, and iPhone 7 Plus has dual 12-megapixel Wide and Telephoto cameras with 2x optical zoom and digital zoom up to 10x. Both phones have True Tone flash, but only iPhone SE has Portrait Lighting features with six effects.

iPhone 7 Plus’ 7.7-inch screen is larger than iPhone SE’s 4.7-inch screen, and iPhone 7 Plus’ screen has a higher resolution with 3D Touch (iPhone SE has newer Haptic touch, which responds to the length of time you press the screen for, not the pressure you use). But iPhone SE holds its own with the powerful A13 Bionic chip with third-generation Neural Engine, compared to iPhone 7 Plus’ A10 Fusion chip. iPhone SE’s battery also lasts slightly longer – it’s comparable to iPhone 8’s, whereas iPhone 7 Plus has a battery similar to iPhone 6 Plus.

Finally, iPhone 7 Plus comes with up to 128GB of storage, whereas iPhone SE comes with up to 256GB. Both are compatible with Apple Pay.

Name iPhone 7 Plus iPhone SE
Image iPhone 7 Plus
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iPhone SE (2020)
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Display 5.5 inches (diagonal) 4.7 inches (diagonal)
Size and weight Height: 158.2 mm
Width: 77.9 mm
Depth: 7.3 mm
Weight: 188 grams
Height: 138.4mm
Width: 67.3mm
Depth: 7.3mm
Weight: 148g
Rear camera 12 MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
12-megapixel Wide camera
Front camera 7 MP
7 MP
Video recording 4K video recording at 30 fps
4K video recording at 24, 30 or 60 frames per second
Processor A10 fusion chip with 64-bit architecture
Embedded M10 motion coprocessor
A13 Bionic Chip with third generation Neural Engine
Battery 2900 mAh 1821mAh
Storage 32 GB
128 GB
256 GB
Splash, water and dust resistant Yes Yes - IP67
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