iPhone XS Max vs iPhone SE

Which one is best for you?

2020 saw the bold re-release of Apple’s compact iPhone SE offering, boasting the classic looks of earlier designs with the impressive performance and features of later models. It’s perfect for users wanting a smaller phone with a 4.7-inch screen they can operate with one hand.

By contrast, iPhone XS Max adopts OLED technology for a Super Retina HD 6.5-inch screen display. That’s a full inch bigger than the screen of its predecessor, iPhone 8. iPhone SE’s single rear 12-megapixel camera and 7-megapixel front camera have a range of Portrait Lighting effects, including bokeh and Depth Control for better detail and focus. iPhone XS Max boasts dual 12-megapixel Wide and Telephoto cameras, and a 7-megapixel True Depth front camera for Face ID unlock, as well as all the same Portrait features as iPhone SE.

In terms of processors, iPhone SE has an A13 Bionic Chip – a slightly faster chipset than  iPhone XS Max’s A12 processor. iPhone XS Max boasts a more powerful battery and is available with more storage.

Name iPhone XS Max iPhone SE
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Buy the XS Max
iPhone SE (2020)
Buy the iPhone SE
Display 6.5 inches 4.7 inches (diagonal)
Size and weight Height: 157.5 mm
Width: 77.4 mm
Depth: 7.7 mm
Weight: 208 grams
Height: 138.4mm
Width: 67.3mm
Depth: 7.3mm
Weight: 148g
Rear camera Dual 12 MP 12-megapixel Wide camera
Front camera 7 MP 7 MP
Video recording 4K video recording at 24fps 4K video recording at 24, 30 or 60 frames per second
Processor A12 Bionic Chip A13 Bionic Chip with third generation Neural Engine
Battery 3174 mAh 1821mAh
Storage 64 GB
256 GB
512 GB
Splash, water and dust resistant Yes Yes - IP67
Buy now Buy the XS Max Buy the iPhone SE