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iPhone 12 vs iPhone SE 3rd Gen 2022

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The iPhone 12 is part of the 14th generation iPhone lineup and was released in October 2020. The iPhone SE (2022) is part of the 15th generation and was released in March 2022. The iPhone SE lineup is a lower-priced, mid-range model in the iPhone lineup, so while the iPhone SE (2022) is newer than the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 has some better features, such as a better camera setup and higher quality display. Of course, a key reason to choose the iPhone SE (2022) is to get Touch ID with a home button, as opposed to Face ID on the iPhone 12.

Price Comparison

iPhone SE 3rd Gen 2022

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iPhone 12 vs iPhone SE 3rd Gen 2022 Pricing

The iPhone 12 fetches a higher starting price at $185 compared to the iPhone SE 3rd Gen 2022, which starts at $134.

Specs Comparison

A key difference between the iPhone 12 and iPhone SE (2022) is the use of Face ID on the iPhone 12 and the use of Touch ID and a home button on the iPhone SE (2022). The iPhone SE (2022) is also smaller in size and has a smaller display, 4.7 inches as compared to the 6.1-inch display on the iPhone 12. Otherwise, the iPhone SE (2022) is powered by an A15 Bionic chip and has an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance, and has a 7MP FaceTime HD camera on the front with a single 12MP wide camera on the back. The iPhone 12 is powered by an A14 Bionic chip and has an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, and has a 12MP TrueDepth camera on the front with a dual 12MP wide and ultra-wide camera on the back.

Size

Size iPhone 12 iPhone SE 3rd Gen 2022
Width 72 mm 2.8 inches 67 mm 2.7 inches
Height 147 mm 5.8 inches 138 mm 5.5 inches
Depth 7 mm 0.3 inches 7 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 162 g 5.7 ounces 144 g 5.1 ounces

The iPhone SE (2022) has a smaller display and is smaller in size than the iPhone 12. The iPhone SE (2022) display size is 4.7 inches with overall measurements of 5.45” (H) x 2.65 (W) x 0.29” (D). The iPhone 12 display size is 6.1 inches with overall measurements of 5.78” (H) x 2.82 (W) x 0.29” (D). The iPhone SE (2022) weighs 5.09 ounces and the iPhone 12 weighs 5.78 ounces.

Camera

Camera iPhone 12 iPhone SE 3rd Gen 2022
Primary 12.2 MP 12.2 MP
Resolution 4032x3024 4032x3024
Aperture f/2.4
Secondary 12.0 MP

The camera setup on the iPhone 12 is more advanced than the iPhone SE (2022). The iPhone 12 has a 12MP TrueDepth camera on the front with a dual 12MP wide and ultra-wide camera on the back. Camera features for the iPhone 12 include Night Mode and Smart HDR 3. The iPhone SE (2022) has a 7MP FaceTime HD camera on the front with a single 12MP wide camera on the back. The iPhone SE (2022) camera features include Smart HDR 4 for photos and Photographic Styles.

Screen

Display iPhone 12 iPhone SE 3rd Gen 2022
Screen Tech OLED None
Resolution 1170x2532 750x1334
Screen Size 154 mm 6.1 in 120 mm 4.7 in
Pixels Per Inch 457 ppi 326 ppi
Refresh Rate 60 Hz - Hz

The screen on the iPhone 12 is larger and also of higher quality than the iPhone SE (2022). The iPhone 12 has a 6.1” Super Retina XDR (OLED) display with HDR, a resolution of 2532 x 1170, and a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio. The iPhone SE (2022) has a 4.7” Retina HD (LCD) display with a resolution of 1334 x 750 and a contrast ratio of 1400:1. Both models also feature wide color (P3), a 625 nits (typical) max brightness, and True Tone.

Battery

Battery iPhone 12 iPhone SE 3rd Gen 2022
Capacity 2815 mAh 2018 mAh
Longevity 13 hours 14 hours
USB Lightning Lightning

The iPhone 12 has a 2,815 mAh battery and the iPhone SE (2022) has a 2,018 mAh battery, both of which are fast-charge capable and can reach a 50% charge in 30 minutes using a 20W Apple wall power adapter. Battery life estimates for the iPhone 12 include up to 17 hours of video playback time and up to 65 hours of audio playback time. Battery life estimates for the iPhone SE (2022) include up to 15 hours of video playback time and up to 50 hours of audio playback time. Both models can charge using a Lightning cable, wireless using a Qi wireless charging page, or using Apple’s MagSafe charging system.

Processing

Processor iPhone 12 iPhone SE 3rd Gen 2022
CPU Apple A14 Bionic APL1001 / APL1W01 Apple A15 Bionic APL1007 / APL1W07
CPU Cores 6
GPU 16-core Neural Engine
GPU Cores 4

Color Choices

iPhone 12

Available in 6 colors:

  • Black
  • White
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Purple
  • Red

Which iPhone 12 color should you buy?

iPhone SE 3rd Gen 2022

Available in 3 colors:

  • Midnight
  • Red
  • Starlight

Which color iPhone SE 3rd Gen 2022 is the most popular?

iPhone 12 vs iPhone SE 3rd Gen 2022 Colors

The iPhone 12 introduces two new colors not found in the iPhone SE 3rd Gen 2022 color palette: Starlight and Midnight. Both the iPhone 12 and iPhone SE 3rd Gen 2022 share one color: Red. However, the iPhone 12 does away with Black, Blue, Green, Purple, and White, previously seen on the iPhone SE 3rd Gen 2022.
Swappasaurus

The iPhone 12 is available in six colors, and the iPhone SE (2022) is available in three colors. Both models are available in PRODUCT(RED). Otherwise, the remaining color options for the iPhone 12 include Purple, Blue, Green, White, and Black. The remaining color options for the iPhone SE (2022) include Starlight and Midnight.

Storage Options

iPhone 12

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB

Which iPhone 12 storage should I buy?

iPhone SE 3rd Gen 2022

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB

Which storage iPhone SE 3rd Gen 2022 is the most popular?

iPhone 12 vs iPhone SE 3rd Gen 2022 Storage

Both the iPhone 12 and iPhone SE 3rd Gen 2022 share three storage options: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.
Swappasaurus

The iPhone 12 and iPhone SE (2022) share the same three options for storage. The storage options are as follows: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.

Reviews

iPhone 12

39 reviews 4.9 stars

iPhone SE 3rd Gen 2022

92 reviews 4.9 stars

iPhone 12 vs iPhone SE 3rd Gen 2022 Reviews

Both the iPhone 12 and iPhone SE 3rd Gen 2022 earn 4.9 of 5.0 stars from Swappa user reviews.

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