Comparison: iPhone SE (2020) vs iPhone 11

iPhone SE (2020) or iPhone 11: which one to buy? Before answering this question, it is important to know and analyze the settings for each of them. The two smartphones have interesting specifications, which approximate Apple’s most expensive models: iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. Still, the SE (2020) and iPhone 11 are quite different, especially in the visual.

Release year*

  • The iPhone SE (2020) was launched in April 2020;
  • The iPhone 11 launched in October 2019.

* We consider the month / year of launch in Brazil.

Design and Colors

Design is a big differentiator here. The iPhone SE (2020) maintains the look of the iPhone 8, which also refers to the iPhone 6. The iPhone 11 comes with the most robust models of the brand (11 Pro and Pro Max), bringing a large screen, less borders and two cameras.

iPhone 11

Regarding the construction, both have a glass and aluminum structure. The iPhone 11 does not have a Home button (physical, on the front), that is, it is not possible to unlock it with your fingerprint; only with Face ID (or password). At the rear, the device features two 12 megapixel cameras and an LED flash.

The iPhone SE (2020) has the traditional Home button which is also a fingerprint reader (Touch ID). It has more prominent edges: chin and forehead, limiting immersion a little. The device has only a 12 megapixel rear camera.

iPhone SE (2020) / Apple / Playback

For those who enjoy colorful smartphones, the iPhone 11 offers six colors, while the iPhone SE (2020) is available in just three:

  • IPhone SE colors (2020): black, white and red (PRODUCT) RED;
  • IPhone 11 colors: purple, yellow, green, black, white and red (PRODUCT) RED.

As we can see below, the iPhone SE (2020) is considerably lighter than the iPhone 11:

iPhone SE (2020) iPhone 11
Height 138.4 mm 150.9 mm
Thickness 7.3 mm 8.3 mm
Width 67.3 mm 75.7 mm
Weight 148 grams 194 grams

The iPhone 11 wins here for bringing a design that accompanies the most expensive versions, in addition to a large screen and more color options.

Winner: iPhone 11


iPhone SE vs iPhone 11 (same screen size as iPhone XR)

Unfortunately, neither has an OLED panel. However, the iPhone 11 stands out with a large 6.1-inch screen (Liquid Retina HD, borderless LCD, multi-touch, with IPS technology). It is only interrupted by a notch, which houses the selfie camera, the speaker and the sensors.

The iPhone SE has the same screen as the iPhone 8: it is 4.7 inches (widescreen LCD with borders, multi-touch, with IPS technology). At the top is the speaker next to the selfie camera, while at the bottom is the Home button.

iPhone SE (2020) iPhone 11
Size 4.7 inches 6.1 inches
Screen type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1334 x 750 pixels at 326 dpi (pixels per inch) 1792 x 828 pixels at 326 dpi (pixels per inch)
Brightness 625 nits (max) 625 nits (max)
True Tone Yes Yes
Touch control 3D Touch Haptic Touch

Winner: iPhone 11


Here, we have another significant change. The iPhone SE (2020) has a 7 megapixel front camera and an aperture of f / 2.2. It also has portrait mode, being able to focus on the person in the foreground and blur the background. Behind, there’s a 12 megapixel camera with an aperture of f / 2.2. It shoots in 4K at up to 60 fps.

The front camera of the iPhone 11 has 12 megapixels and an aperture of f / 2.2. It also serves for Face ID (TrueDepth), to unlock the device via facial recognition. At the rear, the iPhone 11 houses two cameras: a main 12 megapixel camera (f / 1.8) and an ultrawide one also 12 MP (f / 2.4).

Apple iPhone 11 - Review

A positive point here is that the two iPhone 11 cameras work in partnership: they can help in recovering details of the photo. It also records in 4K at up to 60 fps.

Both have optical image stabilization, up to 5x digital zoom and intelligent HDR for photos.

Photos with iPhone SE (images: Apple):

Photos with iPhone 11:

Winner: iPhone 11

Processor, RAM, battery and storage


Internally, iPhone SE (2020) and iPhone 11 use the A13 Bionic processor with Neural Engine. It is the same chip present in Apple’s most powerful devices: iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Therefore, the “cheap” gain positive points in the processor area.

The A13 Bionic highlights energy efficiency and guarantees great gaming performance. In addition, according to the company, the CPU and GPU register 20% higher performance compared to the A12 Bionic, which equips the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max.

The smartphones run iOS 13 and will receive iOS 14, too.

RAM memory

As usual, Apple does not reveal RAM. But the numbers are these: 3 GB for the iPhone SE (2020) and 4 GB for the iPhone 11.

iPhone SE Black


As usual (part 2), Apple does not disclose the capacity of its batteries. But we already know the numbers and the difference here is considerable: the iPhone SE (2020) has 1,821 mAh, as does the iPhone 8. While the iPhone 11 has excellent capacity: 3,110 mAh – leaving the SE behind in terms of battery.

Some numbers:

Activity iPhone SE (2020) iPhone 11
Video playback Up to 13 hours Up to 17 hours
Video playback (streaming) Up to 8 hours Up to 10 hours
Audio playback Up to 40 hours Up to 65 hours

According to Apple, the battery of both can reach 50% in 30 minutes using an 18-watt charger.

Internal storage

When it comes to internal memory, both devices are available in: 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB. You cannot add a memory card.

Processor winner: indifferent
Winner of RAM and battery: iPhone 11
Winner of internal storage: indifferent

Price and other details

In terms of connectivity, both are pleasing: iPhone SE (2020) and iPhone 11 have Wi-Fi 6 (with MIMO support), Bluetooth 5.0, NFC (Near Field Communication), Siri, Apple Pay, as well as wireless and Dual SIM recharge. (eSIM and nano SIM). The connector is Lightning – used to charge the device and the headset (sad rs).

iPhone 11

For those on duty, the iPhone SE (2020) and the iPhone 11 are IP67 and IP68 certified, respectively. They are resistant to water, splash and dust, but the iPhone 11 wins here by having water resistance at a depth of up to 2 meters, against 1 meter of the SE:

iPhone SE (IP67) iPhone 11 (IP68)
Dustproof Dustproof
Splash proof Splash proof
Water resistance (depth up to 1 meter for 30 minutes) Water resistance (depth up to 2 meters for 30 minutes)

Let’s go to prices?

Model Price in July 2020 *
iPhone SE (64 GB) R $ 3,699
iPhone SE (128 GB) R $ 3,999
iPhone SE (256 GB) R $ 4,499
iPhone 11 (64 GB) R $ 4,999
iPhone 11 (128 GB) R $ 5,299
iPhone 11 (256 GB) R $ 5,799

* There has been no price change since the launch (value verified on the Apple website).

iPhone SE (2020) or iPhone 11: which one to buy?

Both devices are very interesting, but can I give you some advice? I would buy the iPhone 11 and, of course, he comes out as the winner in this comparison. Okay, the price is not at all friendly, but one must consider that the iPhone 11 is closer to Apple’s most powerful devices, delivering a large screen, two cameras, a powerful battery and more color options.

In a period when consumers are looking for more screen, more camera and more battery, does it make sense to migrate to the iPhone SE (2020)?

Of course, this does not mean that it is bad, on the contrary. I see the Special Edition as an iPhone 8 that has been upgraded to not be so outdated. Apple did well to put the A13 Bionic on this “most popular” device. Bringing some features of the 11 family to the iPhone SE (2020) is very positive.

Still, the choice is yours! 🙂

With information: Apple.

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