The iPhone SE (2020) is Apple’s mobile phone that combines the iPhone 8 design with current hardware to compete with cheaper smartphones. The second-generation iPhone SE rivals the iPhone XS because both have common specifications like the 12 MP camera. Check below the differences and similarities in the price and technical specifications of the devices.
The iPhone SE (2020) was launched in April 2020, but can already be found for values in the range of $399. The iPhone XS was launched in September 2018 and can be seen for prices starting from $469.
iPhone SE (2020) vs iPhone XS
|iPhone SE (2020)||iPhone XS|
|Launch||April 2020||September 2018|
|Current price||From $399||$469|
|Screen||4.7 inches||5.8 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1334 x 750 pixels||2436 x 1152 pixels|
|Processor||A13 Bionic||A12 Bionic|
|RAM||3 GB||4 GB|
|Storage||64, 128, and 256 GB||64, 256, and 512 GB|
|Main camera||12 MP||Dual camera: 12, and 12 MP|
|Front Camera||7 MP||7 MP|
|Battery||1,821 mAh||2,658 mAh|
|Operating system||iOS 13||iOS 12|
|Dimensions and weight||138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm; 148g||143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm; 177g|
|Available colors||black, white, and red||space gray, silver, or golden|
Screen and Design
The iPhone SE (2020) design reproduces the appearance of the iPhone 8. Therefore, it features thick edges and the Home button at the bottom of the phone. In the case of the iPhone XS, the smartphone is a breakthrough in the iPhone X, which revolutionized the screen of the devices by initiating a notch. The cutout became very popular as it increased the usable area of the screen and exempted the buttons on the front.
As it has an older design, the iPhone SE (2020) comes with an LCD panel of 4.7 inches and HD+ resolution (1334 x 720 pixels). The XS screen has 5.8 inches with Full HD+ resolution (2436 x 1152 pixels).
In both cases, the 3D Touch no longer exists. Therefore, the screens do not detect the pressure levels, which were previously configured with fast extra functions. The iPhone SE (2020) is available in black, white, and red. The iPhone XS can be purchased only in space grey, silver, and gold.
On both iPhones, the camera has 12 Megapixels. The difference is in the number. The XS has a dual camera, an ultra-wide (f/1.8), and a telephoto (f/2.4). Meanwhile, the iPhone SE (2020) has only one wide lens (f/1.8).
Both have a 7 MP front sensor with f/2.2 aperture, but the iPhone XS has TrueDepth technology for facial recognition.
Performance and Storage
The iPhone SE uses Apple’s most current processor, the A13 Bionic, present in the iPhone 11 line. As the iPhone XS was launched before the manufacture of this chip, it left the factory with the A12 Bionic, the previous model. Even with this difference, which is expected to make the iPhone SE processing faster, the iPhone XS can overcome it in RAM, since it comes with 4 GB, while the competitor comes with 3 GB.
They are similar in storage, they come with capacities of 64 GB and 256 GB. However, the iPhone SE still includes 128 GB, while the XS has 512 GB. Both have no input for the microSD card.
Apple does not disclose the capacity of the components, but specialized sites estimate that the iPhone XS comes with 2,658 mAh, a greater capacity than the iPhone SE (2020), which would have 1,821 mAh. However, the iPhone SE has a fast 18 W charge and is compatible with Qi technology that allows you to recharge the phone wirelessly. The iPhone XS offers similar specifications in this regard, but its charger is 15 W.
iOS Version and Additional Features
The iPhone XS has Face ID biometrics and also comes with an option for two carriers through eSIM. The iPhone SE (2020) does not come with this feature and has the Touch ID, and fingerprint sensor on the Home button. Both phones have NFC, which allows payments for approach by Apple Pay.
Price and Availability
The iPhone SE (2020) can already be found on Amazon for $399. The iPhone XS, as it was top of the line at the time can now be acquired for $469 on Amazon.