Apple, at a press event in Cupertino, launched their latest smartphone - the iPhone SE, where the SE stands for Special Edition. Bringing the 4-inch back after 2 years, this new iPhone has hardware specifications that match those of the iPhone 6S.
In many ways, this iPhone is a mini version of the iPhone 6S and has similar hardware specifications. Here is a complete rundown of 5 differences and 5 similarities between the iPhone SE and iPhone 6S.
1. A 4-inch display
The whole purpose of launching the iPhone SE has been to get back the audience that had since abandoned Apple after they shifted onto bigger screens with the iPhone 6.
Therefore, the iPhone SE has been modeled on the same screen as of the iPhone 5S, so that consumers can now experience the compact feel with flagship-level hardware specifications. The iPhone 6S, on the other hand, has a bigger 4.7-inch display.
2. Touch ID
The iPhone 5S was the first smartphone from Apple to incorporate the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, right into the home button. While the iPhone 6S debuted with the faster 2nd gen Touch ID, the iPhone SE still sports the same fingerprint sensor that was present on the 5S. Most other hardware specifications have been adopted from the 6S, except this one. Quite weird.
3. Secondary camera
While the primary/rear camera on the iPhone SE and iPhone 6S are quite similar, the secondary or front camera is quite different. The iPhone SE sports a 1.2MP camera sensor with features like 31mm sensor size, face detection, HDR, FaceTime and an aperture of f/2.2. The iPhone 6S sports a 5MP front camera sensor with features like face detection, HDR and the ability to record 1080p videos at 30FPS and 720p at up to 240FPS.
4. Storage variants
The iPhone SE comes in two internal storage variants - 16GB and 64GB. The iPhone 6S was also launched in these two variants, including another bigger 128GB option too.
Both these smartphones, like Apple's each one, has no option for expandable storage so you'll have to manage with the variant you buy.
5. Battery capacity
The iPhone 6S being the bigger and larger iPhone among the two has a relatively bigger battery unit at 1715 mAh. Compared to that, the 4-inch iPhone SE isn't quite behind with a 1650 mAh battery - just around 85 mAh lesser than its bigger brother.
The iPhone 6S was launched back in 2015 and is powered by the Apple A9 processor, the latest by the company currently. In true tradition, the iPhone SE will also sport the same A9 processor. Counted among the best in the world, the A9 chipset is a beast by all means and rips apart performance benchmark tests.
2. Color variants
The iPhone SE will come in four color variants - Silver, Space Grey, Gold and Rose Gold, the latter being introduced only last year with the iPhone 6S.
This means that, although the iPhone SE takes design elements from the 5S, it will have the exact same color options as does the latest iPhone 6S flagship model.
3. Camera specifications
The iPhone SE has a 12MP rear camera with features like phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash, HDR and an aperture of f/2.2. It can record 4K videos at 30FPS and Full HD videos at 60FPS.
This is the exact same camera hardware as seen on the iPhone 6S as well as the iPhone 6S Plus. Termed as one of the best combinations of camera modules, you can be guaranteed to experience natural photography as never seen before.
4. Live Photos
Live Photos is a big upgrade that was first seen on the iPhone 6S. Enabling users to record short videos, while taking photos, is what Live Photos offered last year. Apple has used the same technology on the iPhone SE, although there is no 3D Touch to complement complete usage of the feature. Nonetheless, people can create short GIFs or videos - 3 seconds before and 3 seconds after - while clicking still photos, to capture important moments.
5. Memory Capacity
The iPhone SE comes with two gigabytes of RAM, same as on the iPhone 6S. In times of extensive and memory-hogging applications, 2GB is the minimum requirement for ensuring a completely lag-free user experience. While the older 5S will not be completely useless, it surely doesn't stand up to the SE in terms of multitasking capabilities.