iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone SE

The pocket-friendly favourite

It’s safe to say that iPhone SE is likely to appeal to a different audience than iPhone 8 Plus. It’s the smallest in the current range and in appearance closer to iPhone 5s than any of the newer models. With much the same specs as iPhone 6s, iPhone SE has a lot going for it if you like a pocket-sized phone. With the A9 processor, it can keep up with most modern apps and games, and a 12-megapixel camera lets you take impressive pictures. You won’t miss out on the convenience of fingerprint recognition – though it doesn’t feature 3D touch, which all the later models have.

The big challenger

iPhone 8 Plus, on the other hand, will suit anyone who likes a large screen and wants the benefits of an improved camera, wireless charging, a better looking True Tone display and exponentially faster chip. In fact, iPhone 8 Plus has not one but two 12 megapixel cameras. These cleverly work together to offer 2X optical zoom, as well as enabling some neat special effects. The new Portrait Lighting mode also lets you edit your images to create stunning selfies. There’s no question that iPhone 8 Plus can outperform iPhone SE in almost every field – if you’re looking for a large format phone with great features it’s a great choice. iPhone SE still has its place, however, as great little iPhone that sits easily in your pocket.

 

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Capacity1 64GB
256GB
32GB
128GB

Display Retina HD display with 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 158.4 mm (6.24 inches)
Width 78.1 mm (3.07inches)
Depth 7.5 mm (0.30 inches)
Weight 202 grams (7.13 ounces)
Height 123.8 mm (4.87 inches)
Width 58.6 mm (2.31inches)
Depth 7.6 mm (0.30 inches)
Weight 113 grams (3.99 ounces)

Splash, Water and Dust Resistant3 Yes -

Chip A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture
Embedded M11 motion coprocessor
A9 chip with 64-bit architecture
Embedded M9 motion coprocessor
 

Camera 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras

Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture Telephoto: f/2.8 aperture

Optical image stabilisation

Optical zoom; digital zoom up to 10x

Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos

Quad-LED True Tone flash with slow sync

Autofocus with Focus Pixels

Exposure control

Auto HDR for photos

Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)

Auto image stabilisation

Burst mode

Portrait mode

Portrait Lighting (beta)
 
12MP wide-angle 

f/2.2 aperture

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Digital Zoom up to 5x

Live photos with stabilisation

True Tone flash

Autofocus with Focus Pixels

Exposure control 

Auto HDR for photos

Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)

Auto image stabilisation

Burst mode

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Video recording 4K video recording at 24 fps,  30 fps or 60fps

1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps

Optical image stabilisation for video

Optical zoom; 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
 
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1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps

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Digital zoom up to 3x

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

Burst mode

Exposure control

Portrait mode

Portrait Lighting (beta)

Animoji
 
1.2-megapixel photos

ƒ/2.4 aperture

Retina Flash

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720p HD video recording

Auto HDR

Face detection

Burst mode

Exposure control

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