iPhone XS vs iPhone SE

Which one is best for you?

A rebooted release for 2020, iPhone SE remains enduringly popular thanks to its small size, classic design and affordability. iPhone XS, which was released in 2018, also has a sleek, slim design, paired with an edge-to-edge OLED screen and packed with new features and technological advances.

The iPhone XS 5.8-inch Super Retina HD display is just over an inch larger than the iPhone SE’s 4.7-inch Retina HD display. While the iPhone SE has a fair amount of bezel, this has been limited to a bare minimum on the iPhone XS.

Some of the iPhone XS features include a rear 12-megapixel dual lens camera with 2x optical zoom, depth of field effects and Portrait Lighting mode. The front-facing 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera also lets you unlock your phone at a glance and map your expression onto fun 3D animojis. Not to be outdone, the iPhone SE’s single rear 12-megapixel Wide camera and 8-megapixel front camera also come with Portrait Lighting, up to 5x zoom, and Auto HDR for rich, detailed pictures. Both phones have 4K video recording capability with optical image stabilisation and slo-mo video support.

Finally, when it comes to processing power, the iPhone SE has a slightly more powerful processor – it has the A13 Bionic chip, compared to the iPhone XS’ A12 chip.

Name iPhone XS iPhone SE
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iPhone SE (2020)
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Display 5.8 inches 4.7 inches (diagonal)
Size and weight Height: 158.2 mm
Width: 77.9 mm
Depth: 7.3 mm
Weight: 192 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 2658 mAh 1821mAh
Storage 64 GB
256 GB
512 GB
64GB
128GB
256GB
Splash, water and dust resistant Yes Yes - IP67
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