iPhone 8 vs iPhone SE

Which one is best for you?

iPhone 8 offers some very impressive features, but that might not be enough to put iPhone SE into second place – the two phones are remarkably similar.

They both have a tough glass and aluminium exterior, wireless charging and can charge up to 50% in 30 minutes. Both have a 1821mAh battery, and 4.7-inch screens. The displays are compact, but they’re more than capable of accommodating both phones’ Retina HD screens.

In terms of cameras, both phones have rear 12-megapixel Wide cameras with a ƒ/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilisation and up to 5x digital zoom. However, only the iPhone SE has Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and depth control, portrait lighting with six effects and next-generation Smart HDR. Both phones have a 7-megapixel front FaceTime HD camera – but the iPhone SE pips the iPhone 8 to the post again as it has the same Portrait features available on its front camera, as well as cinematic video stabilisation.

Both phones have Touch ID and a second generation iPhone fingerprint sensor. They are also compatible with EarPods. The iPhone SE has a slightly more advanced A13 Bionic chip (the iPhone 8 has a A11 Bionic chip) and the iPhone SE is also available with up to 256GB storage.

Name iPhone 8 iPhone SE
Image note 9
Buy the iPhone 8
iPhone SE (2020)
Buy the iPhone SE
Display 4.7 inches
4.7 inches (diagonal)
Size and weight Height: 138.4 mm
Width: 67.3 mm
Depth: 7.3 mm
Weight: 148 grams
Height: 138.4mm
Width: 67.3mm
Depth: 7.3mm
Weight: 148g
Rear camera 12 MP
12-megapixel Wide camera
Front camera 7 MP
7 MP
Video recording 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps
4K video recording at 24, 30 or 60 frames per second
Processor A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture
A13 Bionic Chip with third generation Neural Engine
Battery 1821 mAh 1821mAh
Storage 64 GB
256 GB
Splash, water and dust resistant Yes Yes - IP67
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