iPhone SE 2016 Vs iPhone SE 2020, What’s the Difference?

iPhone SE 2020

iPhone SE second generation finally officially released after a hiatus for four years. The cheapest iPhone from Apple is the successor to the first generation iPhone SE which debuted in 2016. At that time, the iPhone SE 2016 was quite popular.

iPhone SE 2020

Because besides the price is cheap compared to other iPhones, the size is also small and its performance is quite high for its class.

The principle was then brought to the iPhone SE 2020 which certainly carries a higher specification than its predecessor. So what are the differences between the iPhone SE 2016 and the iPhone SE 2020?

Old home button with new technology

Apple finally “returns” the iPhone’s iconic buttons on the iPhone SE 2020. Both the iPhone SE 2016 and the iPhone SE 2020, both have a home button physical. This phone also became the only iPhone in 2020 that has a physical home button.

Even though it looks similar, the home button on the two iPhone SEs is apparently different. The difference lies in the fingerprint scanning technology, aka Touch ID. The iPhone SE 2016 still uses the first generation Touch ID technology, the same as in the iPhone 5S .

While Touch ID on the iPhone SE version 2020 has been updated. Apple did not mention the generation of Touch ID that is paired to the iPhone SE 2020.

Screen size, dimensions and design

In the past, the iPhone SE 2016 was released to fill the 4-inch screen smartphone segment . In the latest version, the screen size of the iPhone SE is expanded to 4.7 inches, as used by the iPhone 8. The type of screen is also different.

iPhone SE (2020) is equipped with a True Tone Retina HD screen while older models still use IPS LCD screens. The phone is also waterproof with IP67 certification and has a glass-back back to support wireless chargers, a significant improvement over its predecessor.

The dimensions of the two phones are also different. iPhone SE 2020 more large with dimensions of 138.4 mm x 67.3 mm x 7.3 mm and weighs 148 grams. While the 2016 version is smaller with dimensions of 123.8 mm x 58.6 x 7.6 mm and weighs 113 grams.

Nevertheless, the iPhone SE 2020 which is similar to the iPhone 8 is slimmer than the iPhone SE 2016 which “clones” the body of the iPhone 5S. Unlike the iPhone SE 2016 which has rose gold, gold, silver, and gray space variants , the latest iPhone SE is available in red, white and black.

Improved hardware

In a way, the iPhone SE 2020 uses the old body of the iPhone 8 but the newer innards of the iPhone 11. iPhone SE 2020 is powered by Bionic A13 SoCs, such as the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. This is a plus point for the iPhone SE 2020 which is cheaper than other new iPhone series.

The cheapest iPhone SE 2020 price is priced at 399 US dollars while the cheapest iPhone 11 is sold at 699 US dollars at launch. This concept was also applied when Apple released the iPhone SE 2016 which has the body of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6s innards at that time.

The A13 Bionic chip offers advantages in the camera sector and augmented reality technology. iPhone SE 2020 also has some excellent features such as wireless charging and fast charging up to 50 percent within 30 minutes.

With this “weapon”, the iPhone SE 2020 at the same time outperformed the iPhone XR which is driven by the A12 Bionic chip.

Camera and battery

From a series of features that have improved there is one thing that remains the same. Both the iPhone SE 2016 and 2020 are equipped with a single 12 MP resolution camera.

However, the lens opening (aperture) of the iPhone SE 2020 is greater that is f / 1.8 than the old version with an aperture of f / 2.2. Don’t forget, the A13 Bionic chip which is embedded in the iPhone 2020, has contributed to improving the capabilities of the camera rather than the iPhone SE 2016.

For example, in the new model there are already portrait features , Portrait Lighting mode and depth control of objects. There are still other features such as LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync, Autofocus with Focus Pixel and stereo video recording.

The front camera of the iPhone SE 2020 has a 7 MP resolution, up significantly from the iPhone SE 2016 armed with a 1.2 MP front camera. For batteries, Apple claims the iPhone SE 2020 has the equivalent of 13 hours of video playback on a single charge.

This is similar to the power in the iPhone SE 2016. But for audio playback, Apple calls the iPhone SE 2020 can last up to 40 hours. This duration is shorter than the 2016 iPhone SE which is said to last up to 50 hours, as compiled from MacWorld , Thursday (4/16/2020).


The launch price of the iPhone SE 2016 and 2020 varies slightly. The cheapest price tag for both is equal to US $ 399. However, at that time the cheapest variant of the iPhone SE 2016 had 16 GB of memory. While the cheapest iPhone 2020 is a 64 GB internal memory variant.

There is also the iPhone SE 2020 variant of 128 GB which is sold at 449 US dollars the same as the price of the iPhone SE 2016 variant of 64 GB at that time. Apple provides the highest variant for the second generation iPhone SE with 256 GB of internal memory for 549 US dollars

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