iPhone SE (2020) vs. iPhone XR vs. iPhone 11: Apple’s Cheap iPhones Comparison, Is iPhone SE 2020 Worth It?

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Are you one of the fans of Apple products or decided to switch from android to iPhone, but always knowing that the products were too pricey?

Here is what you have been given the chance to fulfil you dream for obtaining a cheaper version of iPhone that you have been desperate about.

Do you still remember the retiring iPhone 8 introduced during 2017? That model had rebranded as the new iPhone SE (2020) which is fundamentally an iPhone 8 with external built however its internal hardware were coming from latest iPhone 11.

The great part is that this new iPhone SE comes with numbers of flagship features yet priced in mid-range category. Premium features of using the wireless charging and waterproofing still available, including single camera from iPhone 8, which were updated with new operating system from the iPhone 11.

It is quite obvious that Apple is naming this iPhone SE as “Second Generation” for 2020 that relatable referred to as iPhone SE 2 and iPhone 9 previously.

Should you still have doubt whether to buy this new iPhone SE 2020 or decided to rather go for more expensive yet top-tier quality of iPhone XR or even iPhone 11? Below this we had compiled the complete specification and detail description of difference between iPhone SE, iPhone XR and iPhone 11.

Phone Design & Built

The new iPhone SE (2020) is built with fundamental body of iPhone 8 while classify this as ordinary variant of Apple’s smartphone range. Though iPhone SE packs with impressive innards, however Apple ranks iPhone XR as the superior than SE.

iPhone SE designed the screen with a Touch ID-based, thus you may discovered finger print sensor front-mounted on the home button (software button rather).

The opposite that you may discover iPhone 11 and iPhone XR comes with Face ID thus the screen doesn’t comes with the home button anymore.

Build with feature of waterproofing up to 1m for 30 mins the phone with IP67 rating on iPhone SE 2020 and XR while getting better waterproof up to 2m for 30 mins rating of IP68 for iPhone 11.

Screen Type

Though all this phones does not equipped with OLED displays not like the advanced iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone XS and even iPhone X. Coming in with bigger diagonal screen size at 6.1 inches on iPhone 11 and iPhone XR, also proud to mentioned the premium Liquid Retina LCD display at similar resolution of 1,792 x 828 pixel allowing sharpness pixel density of 326ppi.

On the other, the iPhone SE (2020) present you with Retina IPS LCD Display at diagonal screen size of 4.7 inches similar to iPhone 8 with 1,334 x 750 pixel display and sharpness of density 326ppi, wide color gamut, true-tone, 625 nits max brightness, support Dolby Vision and HDR10 playback. The screen even protected by ion-strengthened glass and oleophobic coating.

Internal hardware and operating system

You are getting A13 Bionic platform powered chipset on the iPhone SE (2020) and iPhone 11, which ranked much better than the A12 chipset equipped on iPhone XR.

You visually had seen the SE used with Touch ID finger print sensor mounted on a Home button unlike the Face ID-toting iPhone XR and iPhone 11.

Wi-Fi 6 feature was supported on iPhone 11 and SE but not on XR. The feature of Wifi6 was very significant for smoother internet connection especially during congested internet traffic situation.

It is common that all these smartphone comes with conventional nano sim card tray, yet also comes with the support for a second SIM in the form of an eSIM that is not as convenient for switch network carrier but it’s a leap to future and effective theft prevention.

So far there are only 4G iPhone only, there are no 5G equipped yet found in any iPhone.

All these phones are coming out of the box with latest version of iOS 13, while even having the capability to continue upgrade to iOS 14 in following update release.

Setup of Cameras

It is obvious that iPhone 11 takes the lead in winning with better camera phone with a dual-camera rear of 12MP wide and ultra-wide sensor while also having dual-front camera of 12MP with wide and TrueDepth (SL3D, for scanning 3D structure, especially your face) and also takes great Bokeh effect pictures with its camera sensor.

Primary rear camera offers feature of dual-pixel PDAF autofocus, and a stabilized (OIS) lens. Also coming in with greater improved on the new low light night mode.

Going down to inferior version of iPhone XR equipped with only one 12MP rear camera with features of OIS and Digital zoom up to 5x. Front selfie camera comes with 7MP standard camera that also paired with the impressive SL3D TrueDepth feature.

As for the camera packs built on iPhone SE (2020) comprising single camera setup just like iPhone 8 and iPhone XR, which is more feature wise than the XR due to having more camera software features from the iPhone 11. The features added up are six Portrait Lighting effects and Depth Control in totalling to the second-generation Smart HDR. One missing feature is to be considered that is no night mode in the SE. However selfie front camera take portrait mode selfie with much greater selfie brightness better than the XR, similar to iPhone 11, yet does not comes along with the Animoji or Memoji. Similar to the XR, portrait mode selfie can only capture your face detection, but your pet’s face can’t be taken with the portrait mode effect.

In video recording capability for all 3 phones can takes up to 4K in 60fps and 1080p recoding of Slo-mo up to 240fps with their respective rear camera setup.

Battery Consumption

On the iPhone SE 2020 side of battery size coming in at 1821 mAh (6.96 Wh) that is sufficient for a day consumption due to its smaller screen taking lesser energy while paired with fast charging of 18W charger which can easily charge at 50% in 30 minutes. For your further input, you are getting about 9hours of battery life considered about similar to the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G the regular version.

Since iPhone XR known to be leader in 2018 are larger and better in its display unit, we are expecting a larger battery capacity required at 2942 mAh battery (11.16 Wh), paired with its effective fast charging 15W, charged at 50% in 30 minutes.

If you are getting the superior iPhone 11, you should expect larger battery capacity at 3110 mAh battery (11.91 Wh) paired with fast charging of 18W charger that can charger up to 50% in 30 minutes. You should able to last sufficiently a day with average usage.

It is quite impressive that all 3 phones does comes with Qi wireless charging features which usually quite rare to found it on cheaper Android phones compared to iPhone SE 2020.

Whereas for feature of USB Power Delivery 2.0 for effective charging power delivery only available in iPhone XR & 11.

Expected Phone Price

The latest iPhone SE (2020) known to be latest iPhone 8 that priced at starting price of $399, whereas iPhone XR starting price at $466, and iPhone 11 priced premium at $699.

Facing difficulty to go with which version of iPhone?

Then you should choose iPhone SE (2020) if you do not care much about camera and smaller screen, though its camera does a very great job than XR and its processor is considered higher up than XR as well, thus you should not go wrong with the SE.

If you wish for better quality camera sensor and larger screen, you should easily just choose the iPhone XR rather than the SE.

Whereas for much premium option, you should upsizing your options to the iPhone 11 whenever you desired the best camera setup in these 3 phone comparison, else just select the SE if you just coming in from Android fans to peek stage-by-stage about this premium goodies of Apple products.

PROs and CONS

iPhone SE (2020) vs. iPhone XR vs. iPhone 11: Pros and Cons

Apple iPhone SE (2020)

PROS

CONS

·         Water resistant.

·         Newer & faster A13 processor.

·         Compact sized with smaller size

·         Weigh a lot lighter at 148grams compared to many phones.

·         Touch-ID to unlock phone.

·         Camera was lacking of low-light feature.

·         Smaller screen at 4.7 inches.

Apple iPhone XR

·         Water resistant.

·         Better front facing camera with depth sensor.

·         Larger and more vivid screen at 6.1 inches.

·         Face-ID to unlock phone.

·         Weight and sized similar to other android phone (trending larger screen).

·         Inferior A12 processor.

Apple iPhone 11

·         Better water resistant.

·         Newer & faster A13 processor.

·         Better rear and front camera than XR or SE.

·         Larger and more vivid screen at 6.1 inches.

·         Face-ID to unlock phone.

·         Premium price.

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Full Specification & Price.

iPhone SE (2020) vs. iPhone XR vs. iPhone 11– Full Phone Specification & Price Comparison.

Specs

Apple iPhone SE (2020)

Apple iPhone XR

Apple iPhone 11

Display Retina IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors.

 

Diagonal screen size of 4.7 inches, 60.9 cm2 with 65.4% screen-to-body ratio.

Resolution at 750 x 1334 pixels, 16:9 ratio at 326 ppi density.

 

Protection with Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating.

 

Wide color gamut.

True-tone.

625 nits max brightness.

Liquid Retina IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors.

 

Diagonal screen size of 6.1 inches, 90.3 cm2 with 79.0% screen-to-body ratio.

Resolution at 828 x 1792 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio at 326 ppi density.

 

Protection with scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating.

 

625 nits max brightness.

True-tone.

Wide color gamut.

120Hz touch-sensing.

Liquid Retina IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors.

 

Diagonal screen size of 6.1 inches, 90.3 cm2 with 79.0% screen-to-body ratio.

Resolution at 828 x 1792 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio at 326 ppi density.

 

Protection with scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating.

 

625 nits max brightness.

True-tone.

Wide color gamut.

120Hz touch-sensing

Operating System iOS 13 iOS 12, upgradable to iOS 13.4. iOS 13, upgradable to iOS 13.4.
Chipset Apple A13 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic Apple A13 Bionic
Processor

 

Hexa-core (2×2.65 GHz Lightning + 4×1.8 GHz Thunder) Hexa-core (2×2.5 GHz Vortex + 4×1.6 GHz Tempest) Hexa-core (2×2.65 GHz Lightning + 4×1.8 GHz Thunder)
GPU Apple GPU (4-core graphics)

 

Apple GPU (4-core graphics)

 

Apple GPU (4-core graphics)

 

RAM 3/3/3GB 3/3/3GB 4/4/4GB
Storage size and type 64G/128/256GB

NVMe

64G/128/256GB

NVMe

64G/128/256GB

NVMe

Cameras 12 MP (wide), f/1.8, PDAF, OIS.

 

Quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama.

 

Video Recording at 4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, OIS, stereo sound recording.

 

Front Camera:
13 MP (normal), f/2.3, 29mm, 1/3.1″, 1.12µm

HDR, panorama.

Video recording at 1080p@30fps.

12 MP (wide), f/1.8, 26mm, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, PDAF, OIS.

 

Quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama).

 

Video recording at 4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, stereo sound recording.

 

Front Camera:

7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm (standard).

SL 3D scanner, (depth/biometrics sensor).

HDR.

Video recording at 1080p@60fps.

12 MP(wide), f/1.8, 26mm, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS

12 MP(ultrawide), f/2.4, 13mm.

 

Quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama).

 

Video recording at 4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, stereo sound recording.

 

Front Camera:

12 MP (wide), f/2.2, 23mm,

SL 3D scanner, (depth/biometrics sensor)

 

HDR.

Video recording at 4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS

Sensors Fingerprint front-mounted, accelerometer, proximity, gyro, compass, barometer.

 

Siri natural language commands and dictation.

Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer.

 

Siri natural language commands and dictation

Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer.

 

Siri natural language commands and dictation

SD Card Slot No No No
USB type 2.0, proprietary reversible connector 2.0, proprietary reversible connector 2.0, proprietary reversible connector
SIM card Slot Nano-SIM and/or eSIM

 

Single SIM (Nano-SIM and/or eSIM) or

 

Dual SIM with Nano-SIM, dual stand-by for China set.

Single SIM (Nano-SIM and/or eSIM) or

 

Dual SIM with Nano-SIM, dual stand-by for China set.

Networking GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE,

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, hotspot

Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE

GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS

NFC: Yes

Radio: No

GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE,

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot

Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE

GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS

NFC: Yes

Radio: No

GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE,

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, hotspot

Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE

GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS

NFC: Yes

Radio: No

Audio Loud Speaker: Yes, Stereo Speaker.

3.5mm jack headphone: No.

Loud Speaker: Yes, Stereo Speaker.

3.5mm jack headphone: No.

Loud Speaker: Yes, Stereo Speaker.

3.5mm jack headphone: No.

Battery Size Non-removable Li-Ion 1821 mAh battery (6.96 Wh)

 

Fast charging with 18W charger, charged at 50% in 30 minutes.

 

Qi wireless charging.

Non-removable Li-Ion 2942 mAh battery (11.16 Wh)

Fast charging 15W, charged at 50% in 30 minutes.

 

USB Power Delivery 2.0.

 

Qi wireless charging.

Non-removable Li-Ion 3110 mAh battery (11.91 Wh)

Fast charging 18W, 50% in 30 minutes.

 

USB Power Delivery 2.0

 

Qi wireless charging

Dimensions , Weight and Build 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm (5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 in)

Weight            : 148 g (5.22 oz).

Build with glass front and back, aluminum frame.

 

IP67 dust/water resistant up to 1meter for 30 minutes.

 

Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified).

150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm (5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 in)

Weight: 194 g (6.84 oz)

Build glass front and back with Gorilla Glass, aluminum frame (7000 series).

 

IP67 dust/water resistant up to 1meter for 30 minutes.

 

Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)

150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm (5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 in)

Weight: 194 g (6.84 oz)

Build glass front and back with Gorilla Glass, aluminum frame (7000 series).

 

IP68 dust/water resistant up to 2meter for 30 minutes.

 

Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)

Colors Black, White, Red Black, Red, Yellow, Blue, Coral, White Black, Green, Yellow, Purple, Red, White

 

Model         A2275, A2296, A2298 A2105, A1984, A2107, A2108, A2106 A2221, A2111, A2223
Price Apple iPhone SE (2020) priced at

 

$399 for 64GB+3GB

 

$499 for 128GB+3GB

 

$549 for 256GB+3GB

 

Apple iPhone XR priced at

 

$ 466 for 64GB+3GB

 

$ 540 for 128GB+3GB

 

$ 800 for 256GB+3GB

 

Apple iPhone XR priced at

 

$ 699 for 64GB+4GB

 

$ 749 for 128GB+4GB

 

$ 938 for 256GB+4GB

 

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