iPhone SE vs. iPhone 11: The 5 Main Differences


Apple has taken out of the iPhone-XR-Fauxpas and reissued his best-selling hit iPhone SE. There is a lot of excitement online – the second-generation iPhone SE is being traded as a flagship killer and could help Apple to a glorious fiscal year this year despite the Corona crisis. We take a look at the 479 Euro iPhone SE in direct comparison to the 799 Euro iPhone 11. Because many things are impressively similar, but five differences stand out.

1. The display

Visually obvious, but technically similar: The display of both iPhones is an LCD based on IPS technology. The new iPhone SE uses the retina HD display as the same technology that was first used on the iPhone 6 and up to and including the iPhone 8. In fact, the display of the iPhone SE is identical to that of the iPhone 8. The panel can still keep up with the built-in Notch screen in the iPhone 11. Apple’s Liquid Retina only promises a high brightness and contrast ratio, as well as a large color gamut when viewing HDR videos and photos. On the data sheet, both panels do nothing, Apple calls the large, rounded Notch displays without OLED technology only “Liquid-Retina”.

This makes it all the more important that we find differences in display design. The iPhone SE comes with wide margins, you could call the design outdated, but many tech fans want the times before the Notch back. For example, the TrueDepth camera is missing from the iPhone 11’s Notch with the new SE. For this, iPhone fans can finally use the home button with Haptic Touch and fingerprint sensor again. The SE display measures 4.7 inches, while the iPhone 11 comes in a borderless design and at 6.1 inches.

2. The size

The new iPhone SE is the same size as the two-and-a-half-year-old iPhone 8. This is characterized by a very light weight and compact dimensions. The iPhone 11 is larger and nearly 50 grams heavier than the iPhone SE (148 grams vs. 194 grams). Currently, the iPhone SE is the smallest current iPhone you can get from Apple. If you’ve used a much larger iPhone before, you’ll probably need a little re-accustomation time – just typing on a keyboard in the larger iPhone is very convenient. But every user feels this very individually.

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The iPhone SE and iPhone 11 in direct comparison. / © Apple

3. The Home Button

The iPhone 11 is cheerfully swiped, the iPhone SE is pressed. Apple’s Home Button was one of the best components– especially in combination with Haptic Touch. The Home Button is back and unlocks the iPhone SE very quickly via fingerprint sensor. Apple’s biometric sensor in the iPhone 11’s camera also unlocks the device rapidly. In direct sunlight, with an everyday mask or large sunglasses, However, Face ID shows its weaknesses in the TrueDepth camera. The Home Button in the iPhone SE can be stopped here by nothing but severe damage and gloves.

iPhone SE vs. iPhone 11

iPhone SE iPhone 11

4.7 inch Retina HD Display (LCD)

1,334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi, 625 nits)

Contrast Ratio: 1,400:1

True Tone

Colour space P3

Haptic Touch

6.1 inch Liquid Retina HD Display (LCD) with Notch

1,792 x 828 pixels (326 ppi, 625 nits)

Contrast Ratio: 1,400:1

True Tone

Colour space P3

Haptic Touch

Size 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 millimeters 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.33 millimeters

148 grams

194 grams
Os iOS 13 iOS 13
Processor Apple A13 Bionic + 3rd Generation Neural Engine Apple A13 Bionic + 3rd Generation Neural Engine

64GB, 128GB, 256GB

64GB, 128GB, 256GB


??? Mah

18 Watt Quick Charge (optional), wireless charging

3110 mAh

18 Watt Quick Charge, wireless charging


Main camera

12 megapixel wide angle sensor (f/1.8 aperture), 5x digital zoom, portrait mode, OIS & AIS, smart HDR, video recording in 4K at up to 60 fps

Front camera

7 megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture, portrait mode, AIS, auto HDR, video recording in 1,080p at up to 30 fps

Main camera

Dual camera with 12 megapixel wide angle sensor (f/1.8 aperture) + 12 megapixel ultra wide angle sensor (f/2.4 aperture), 2 x optical zoom | 5x Digital zoom, portrait mode, OIS & AIS, Smart HDR, night mode, video recording in 4K at up to 60 fps

Front camera

TrueDepth camera with FaceID, 12 megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture, portrait mode, Animoji & Memoji, AIS, Smart HDR 2nd generation, video recording in 4K at up to 60 fps

Special features Home Button with Touch ID, Contactless Payment, Dual SIM with eSIM, IP67 Notch with Face ID, Contactless Payment, Dual SIM with eSIM, IP68

Available in White / Black / Product RED

64 GB: 479 Euro

128 GB: 529 Euro

265 GB: 649 Euro

Available in White / Black / Product RED / Yellow / Green / Purple

64 GB: 799 Euro

128 GB: 849 Euro

265 GB: 969 Euro

4. The cameras

In the camera section, we find the biggest difference on the back of the two iPhones. Because Apple installs the camera of the iPhone XR with wide-angle sensor in the new low-cost model. Speculation is circulating that Apple has installed the iPhone 8’s sensor, which has similar features on paper. With regard to the software features, however, this cannot be confirmed, because the latest Smart HDR and the portrait mode are not used on the iPhone 8.

So let’s compare it to the built-in dual camera in the iPhone 11: The iPhone 11 offers camera-technically more, namely a dual camera with wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle sensor. However, the photo results of the iPhone SE will still be impressive. Because Apple donates everything you can do with a single lens to the single-knips on the software side.

The 12-megapixel camera is one of the best single systems on the market. The iPhone SE gets optical image stabilization, a bokeh mode including Apple’s numerous portrait modes and the latest Smart HDR. The iPhone 11 also includes the Ultra Wide Angle Lens. The 11 also features Apple’s first night mode. Both camera systems have a 5x digital zoom; the iPhone 11 also comes with 2x optical reduction in ultra wide angle.

No Animojis on iPhone SE

The front camera may differ even more on both devices. Because Apple’s TrueDepth system with sensors for three-dimensional measurement is only used in Notch iPhones. In addition to FaceID, users of the new iPhone SE will also have to do without Apple’s Animoji and Memoji games, which allow moving emojis with the front camera. The front knip in the iPhone SE offers 7 megapixels and an f/2.2 aperture. Video recordings can be up to 1,080p and 30frames per second, while the iPhone 11 features a 12 megapixel camera, f/2.2 aperture and 4K video function at 60fps. The relatively new Slofie feature (SloMo videos via front camera) is also reserved for the more expensive iPhone 11.

5. The price

It seems that the iPhone 11 pays a lot for it, mainly because of the cameras installed. Because the mobile phones are similar for a long time. Apple is pushing down the price of the iPhone SE enormously. The cheapest memory size starts at 64GB for 479 euros, while the iPhone 11 is available from 799 euros (RRP). The 256GB version of the iPhone 11 is scratching at the 1,000-euro mark – nothing unusual for an Apple smartphone in 2020. All the more surprising is the price of 649 euros for the most expensive iPhone SE. The network has been saying since the launch that the iPhone SE will sell like sliced bread.

iPhone SE and iPhone 11: Battery, Processor, Memory

We can only assess the battery information after a comparative test of the iPhone SE. Apple does not attach much importance to specifying the battery capacity in its data sheets. Comparatively, these values are also extremely low. Apple’s iPhones, however, are known for smart erase and better energy management, so capacity in numbers is hard to compare with the competition. Battery benchmarks will provide more detailed insights. Both smartphones come with Apple’s latest chipset. The ARM-based A13 Bionic is considered one of the most powerful chips on the market and is manufactured using the 7nm process, which helps it to manage energy in a good way. In the test of the iPhone 11, the performance of the chip was also convincing when playing. However, we have to wait for a final statement, however, the test and measurements of the installed RAM.

Internally, both iPhones are equipped with optionally three storage capacities: 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB. In particular, the 126 GB version of the iPhone SE is likely to be a bestseller. The more expensive iPhone 11 Pro lacks this size between 64GB and 256GB.

Conclusion (Opinion)

There seems to be little reason to buy the iPhone 11. The similarity between the two models is astounding, and yet there are numerous smears that interested parties need to be aware of. FaceID, Animojis and Memojis, Night Mode and Ultra Wide Angle as well as a “huge” display are missing from the iPhone SE. For this, the smartphone should show a fast performance and fans of smaller Notch-free displays like. The price of the technology is unbeatable – in terms of the iOS cosmos, mind you. The iPhone SE will surely soon be Apple’s best-selling iPhone and is a worthy successor to the successful first iPhone SE.


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