iPhone SE (2022) vs iPhone SE (2020); what changes? – Mobile – Technoblog

Apple has launched a new generation of iPhone SE in 2022. The model promises Improved performance over the 2020 version, however, it retains several design features and more points from the technical file. But, after all, what changes between cell phones? Is it worth upgrading? Find out what the differences between smartphones are in the following comparison.

iPhone SE (2022) vs iPhone SE (2020) (Image: Guilherme Reis/Tecnoblog)


Differences between iPhone SE (2022) and iPhone (2020)

launch price

Let’s start with the critical point: the price.

Despite having this proposal of being a more accessible device, the iPhone SE (2022) brings the impact of price increases in the electronics sector in the last two years, and arrives in Brazil for R$ 4,199. It is still much less than other models with the A15 Bionic, which cost more than R$ 6 thousand in the Apple store.

The 2020 iPhone SE was launched for R$ 3,699, and is already found in retailer promotions for around R$ 2,500.

Processor and RAM

The main difference between the 2020 and 2022 generations of the iPhone SE is due to the A15 Bionic chip, the same present in the iPhone 13 line, and Apple’s most powerful smartphone to date. The second generation came with the A13 Bionic, manufactured at 7 nm and less efficient than the current model, made at 5 nm.

While the 2020 iPhone SE had 3 GB of RAM, the 2022 version already comes with 4 GB to better handle multitasking and more demanding applications.

iPhone SE 2022 in three colors
iPhone SE 2022 in three colors (Image: Playback/Apple)

With 16 core neural enginethe iPhone SE (2022) also promises better performance with complex activities involving artificial intelligence and machine learning.

In practice, the most efficient way to assess the evolution is in the various possibilities for photography that the third generation of the iPhone SE brings in relation to its predecessor. We’ll talk more about that later.

camera features

even though both cell phones have the same camera hardware (single 12 MP rear sensor and 7 MP front sensor) and shoot in up to 4K @ 60 fps, Apple takes advantage of the presence of A15 Bionic to be able to optimize photos and videos on iPhone SE (2022).

The device is capable of taking images with more details and lower noise thanks to Deep Fusion, and users can take advantage of photographic styles, in addition to Smart HDR 4, for better contrasts and lighting, which are not present on the iPhone SE (2020). ). Slow motion selfies are also an asset of the latest version.

In any case, both are capable of taking pictures with Portrait Mode, and can also take advantage of the depth control, to blur the background with the intensity of your preference.

iPhone SE (2022) promises photos with better contrasts and lighting (Image: Handout/Apple)
iPhone SE (2022) promises photos with better contrasts and lighting (Image: Handout/Apple)

battery life

With more efficient processor, the iPhone SE (2022) is also able to last longer away from the sockets. According to Apple, the battery of this model can withstand 15 hours of video playback, while the 2020 version yielded two hours less.

Both devices support wireless charging (Qi standard) and neither supports MagSafe.

New iPhone SE (Image: Apple)
iPhone SE 2020 (Image: Handout/Apple)


One of the most expressive differentials of the iPhone SE (2022) is the 5G network support. The smartphone comes “ready for the future”, as it allows connections on Sub-6 frequencies. The iPhone SE (2020) is limited to 4G.

In addition, both have Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC, for approximation payments using Apple Pay.

Impact resistance

O iPhone SE (2022) promises to be more resistant to drops and impacts due to the stronger glass coating, the same found on the back of the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro. It is worth mentioning that it does not have the Ceramic Shield, which protects the screen of the iPhone 13 line.

Operating system at launch

Released with iOS 13, the iPhone SE (2020) is still compatible with iOS 15, present in the 2022 model. This factor shouldn’t be critical for your choice, considering Apple’s update policy, which can result in five or up to six years of new iOS for cell phones.

What remained the same?

Design and dimensions

O iPhone SE (2022) retains the body of the iPhone SE (2020), which in turn was already very similar to the iPhone 8, from 2017. Even the dimensions are the same: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm. It’s an outdated design compared to the rest of the smartphone industry, which now clings to large screens and extremely thin bezels for greater immersion.

Even the Home button is retained, and with that, Touch ID, which may please many users who prefer this biometric method for authentication. On the other hand, Face ID, for facial recognition, is not present in either model.


Both smartphones also share the same screen specs. It is a 4.7-inch Retina HD panel, with IPS LCD technology and 1334 x 750 pixel resolution. For those who prefer small screens to comfortably use the cell phone with just one hand, it can be a good choice.

However, you give up features present in OLED screens, which deliver more vivid colors and better contrasts.


Both the iPhone SE (2022) and the iPhone SE (2020) launched with the same three storage options: 64 GB, 128 GB or 256 GB. As these devices do not have memory expansion via microSD, the tip is to be careful to find the version that will best suit your usage profile. People who save a lot of videos and heavy apps on their phone should prefer the 128GB or higher model.

water resistance

Finally, the water and dust resistance (IP67) present in the iPhone SE (2020) remains the same as the 2022 iPhone SE. According to the manufacturer, it is possible to submerge smartphones in a depth of up to one meter for up to 30 minutes.

Data sheet: iPhone SE (2022) vs iPhone SE (2020)

iPhone SE (2022) iPhone SE (2020)
Launch March 2022 April 2020
launch price from BRL 4,199 from BRL 3,699
Screen 4,7” Retina HD, IPS LCD, resolução 1334 x 750 pixels, True Tone 4,7” Retina HD, IPS LCD, resolução 1334 x 750 pixels, True Tone
Processor A15 Bionic (6-core CPU, 4-core GPU), 16-core Neural Engine A13 Bionic (6-core CPU, 4-core GPU), 8-core Neural Engine
RAM memory 4 GB 3 GB
Storage 64GB, 128GB and 256GB 64GB, 128GB and 256GB
Back camera 12 MP Wide Angle Camera (f/1.8), Deep Fusion, Photographic Styles 12 MP wide-angle camera (f/1.8)
Frontal camera 7 MP (f/2.2), Portrait Mode with Depth Control, Photo Styles, Slow Motion Selfies (1080p @ 120 fps), Deep Fusion 7 MP (f/2.2), Portrait Mode with Depth Control
Video up to Up to 4K @ 60 fps Up to 4K @ 60 fps
Biometry Touch ID Touch ID
Drums Up to 15 hours of video playback Up to 13 hours of video playback
factory system iOS 15 iOS 13
connectivity 5G (Sub-6), 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 e NFC 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 e NFC
water resistance Yes, IP67 (maximum depth of one meter for up to 30 minutes) Yes, IP67 (maximum depth of one meter for up to 30 minutes)
dimensions 138,4 x 67,3 x 7,3 mm 138,4 x 67,3 x 7,3 mm
Weight 144 g 148 g
Cores Midnight, stellar and red black, white and red

With information: Apple (1 and 2)

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