iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone SE

A tough challenge for a great little phone

When iPhone SE was first released, it offered a more affordable alternative to iPhone 6s – with a smaller screen but the same impressive A9 chip and 12-megapixel camera. It did a great job – but matching up to the newer, faster and better equipped iPhone 7 Plus is a much bigger ask.

Among other advances, iPhone 7 Plus boasts Apple’s impressive A10 chip (40% faster than the A9) and a dual rear-facing camera that’s cleverly designed to offer 2x optical zoom. Added to that, iPhone 7 Plus captures a wider range of colours than iPhone SE and its new ‘wide colour’ screen is designed to show off the results to full effect.

This is pretty much as you’d expect, as each new release from Apple makes big leaps forward. The SE was designed as an entry-level alternative to iPhone 6s – not to compete with iPhone 6s Plus or iPhone 7 Plus. As a pocket-sized phone that runs Apple’s user-friendly operating system, it still delivers pretty decent specs and impressive performance.

Each one has its place

iPhone SE and iPhone 7 Plus are likely to appeal to very difference users. If you love the design, feel and ease of use of Apple products, but you’re not hugely fussed about a big screen or having the latest model, iPhone SE might be the best choice for you. Especially if you like a phone that fits into smaller pockets. If you want the luxury of a large format phone and an advanced camera and processor, plus improvements in battery life and more, then iPhone 7 is sure to appeal.

 
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Capacity1 32GB
128GB
256GB
32GB
128GB

Display Retina HD display with wide colour gamut and 3D Touch
5.5  inches (diagonal)
1920x1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi
Retina display 
4 inches (diagonal)
1136x640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi

Size and Weight2 Height 158.2 mm (6.23 inches)
Width 77.9 mm (3.07 inches)
Depth 7.3 mm (0.29 inches)
Weight 188 grams (6.63 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 wide-angle and telephoto cameras

Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture; telephoto; f/2.8 aperture

Optical image stabilisation

Optical zoom at 2x:Digital zoom up to 10x

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

Optical zoom at 2x; digital zoom up to 6x

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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