Apple on Wednesday announced its latest iPhone SE for 2020, a budget phone that serves as a sequel to its sleeper hit from 2016, the original iPhone SE. In fact, the new iPhone SE largely follows Apple’s original 2016 recipe. Featuring a physical home button, wireless charging and the A13 Bionic processor, the $399 device is the most affordable iPhone in Apple’s lineup today, offering modern hardware and iOS 13 features to a more cost-conscious set of consumers.
But Apple’s foray into budget phones is not without company. For years Android devices have covered this price market and two of the best devices in this category were released last year: Google’s Pixel 3A and the Samsung Galaxy S10E. The $399 Pixel 3A features a headphone jack and has a great Night Sight-enabled camera that shoots great photos in the dark. Meanwhile, the $600 Galaxy S10E has a superfast Snapdragon 855 chip and a long-lasting battery, and can wirelessly charge other phones and accessories. Samsung more recently launched the Galaxy A51, another phone that costs $399 and has impressive camera specs (there is a 5G variant that costs $499).
The new iPhone SE.
To see how Apple’s iPhone compares spec-by-spec to these two other devices, check out the chart below, or do a deeper dive into the differences between iPhone SE’s specs and iPhone 11’s, or compare to the old iPhone SE and other recent iPhones. And for more about the handset, read CNET’s iPhone SE 2020 first take.
iPhone SE (2020) spec comparison
Apple iPhone SE (2020)
Google Pixel 3A
Samsung Galaxy S10E
Samsung Galaxy A51
Display size, resolution
4.7-inch Retina HD; 1,334×750 pixels
5.6-inch gOLED; 2,220×1,080 pixels
5.8-inch AMOLED; 2,280×1,080 pixels
6.5-inch FHD AMOLED; 2,400×1,080 pixels
5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 in.
6.0 x 2.8 x 0.3 in.
5.6 x 2.8 x 0.27 in.
6.2 x 2.89 x 0.31 in.
138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm
151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2mm
142 x 70 x 7.9mm
157.5 x 73.4 x 7.9mm
Weight (ounces, grams)
5.22 oz.; 148g
5.19 oz.; 147g
6.06 oz.; 172g
12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultrawide-angle)
48-megapixel (standard), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 5-megapixel (macro), 5-megapixel (depth sensing)
Apple A13 Bionic
2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 670
Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Up to 512GB
Up to 512GB
Water resistant (IP67); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging
AR in Google Maps, Timelapse video shooting
Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Price off-contract (USD)
$399 (64GB), $449 (128GB), $549 (256GB)
£419 (64GB), £469 (128GB), £569 (256GB)
AU$749 (64GB), AU$829 (128GB), AU$999 (256GB)
UK price converts to AU$650
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