iPhone Xs vs iPhone SE 2nd Gen 2020

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Switching from the iPhone Xs to the iPhone SE 2 gets you a slightly smaller and faster device, with a more traditional user interface. Rather than the bezel-free front face found on the iPhone Xs, the iPhone SE 2nd generation features a traditional home button with Touch ID authentication. The iPhone SE 2020 also loses the 5.8-inch Super Retina HD OLED, in favor of a 4.7-inch Retina HD display based on IPS LCD technology. The iPhone SE 2 is faster thanks to its powerful Apple A13 Bionic chip with third-generation Neural Engine, and the upgraded processor enables improved computational photography such as next-generation Smart HDR for photos.

Price Comparison

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iPhone Xs vs iPhone SE 2nd Gen 2020 Pricing

The iPhone Xs fetches a higher starting price at $206 compared to the iPhone SE 2nd Gen 2020, which starts at $138.

Specs Comparison

The iPhone SE (2020) is newer than the iPhone XS, but the XS has several advantages over the SE (2020). For example, the iPhone XS has a larger and higher-quality display, more available internal storage space, an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, and a dual 12MP rear camera with a wide and telephoto lens. The iPhone SE (2020) has an IP67 rating and a single 12MP wide-angle rear camera.

Size

Size iPhone Xs iPhone SE 2nd Gen 2020
Width 71 mm 2.8 inches 67 mm 2.7 inches
Height 144 mm 5.7 inches 138 mm 5.5 inches
Depth 8 mm 0.3 inches 7 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 177 g 6.2 ounces 148 g 5.2 ounces

The iPhone SE (2020) is smaller than the iPhone XS. Measurements for the iPhone SE (2020) are as follows: 5.45” (H) x 2.65” (W) x 0.29” (D). The iPhone SE (2020) has a 4.7” display size and weighs 5.22 ounces. In comparison, measurements for the iPhone XS are as follows: 5.65” (H) x 2.79” (W) x 0.30” (D). The iPhone XS has a 5.8” display size and weighs 6.24 ounces.

Camera

Camera iPhone Xs iPhone SE 2nd Gen 2020
Primary 12.2 MP 12.2 MP
Resolution 4032x3024 4032x3024

The front camera on the iPhone SE (2020) is a 7MP FaceTime HD and the front camera on the iPhone XS is a 7MP TrueDepth. Overall, the features of the front-facing cameras are mostly the same, but the XS supports Animoji and Memoji and the SE (2020) supports QuickTake video. On the back, the iPhone XS has a dual 12MP camera with a wide and telephoto lens and the iPhone SE (2020) has a single 12MP wide lens. The rear camera features are also similar, with an exception being the XS has up to 10x digital zoom and the SE (2020) has up to 5x digital zoom.

Screen

Display iPhone Xs iPhone SE 2nd Gen 2020
Resolution 1125x2436 750x1334
Screen Size 149 mm 5.8 in 120 mm 4.7 in
Pixels Per Inch 463 ppi 326 ppi

The display on the iPhone XS is larger and of better quality than the display on the iPhone SE (2020). Details on the iPhone XS display are as follows: 5.8” Super Retina HD (OLED) HDR with a resolution of 2436 x 1125, a PPI of 458, and a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. In comparison, the iPhone SE (2020) has a 4.7” Retina HD (LCD) display with a resolution of 1334 x 750, a PPI of 326, and a 1,400:1 contrast ratio. Shared display features include True Tone support, wide color (P3), and a 625 nits (typical) max brightness.

Battery

Battery iPhone Xs iPhone SE 2nd Gen 2020
Capacity 2659 mAh 1821 mAh
Longevity 12 hours 14 hours
USB Lightning Lightning

The iPhone XS and iPhone SE (2020) both support Qi wireless charging and are fast-charging capable. The fast wired charging requires a Lighting cable and 20W wall power adapter which means users can get a 50% charge in 30 minutes. Battery life estimates for the iPhone XS include up to 14 hours of video playback time or up to 60 hours of audio playback time. The battery life estimates for the iPhone SE (2020) include up to 13 hours of video playback time or up to 40 hours of audio playback time.

Processing

Processor iPhone Xs iPhone SE 2nd Gen 2020
CPU Apple A12 Bionic APL1081 / APL1W81 (T8020) Apple A13 Bionic APL1085 / APL1W85 (T8030)

Color Choices

iPhone Xs

Available in 3 colors:

  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Silver

Which iPhone Xs color should you buy?

iPhone SE 2nd Gen 2020

Available in 3 colors:

  • Black
  • Red
  • White

Which color iPhone SE 2nd Gen 2020 is the most popular?

iPhone Xs vs iPhone SE 2nd Gen 2020 Colors

The iPhone Xs and iPhone SE 2nd Gen 2020 have completely different color choices. The iPhone Xs offers three color choices: Silver, Gold, and Gray. The iPhone SE 2nd Gen 2020 sports three different color choices: Red, Black, and White.
Swappasaurus

The iPhone XS and iPhone SE (2020) are each available in three colors, two of which are similar. The iPhone XS has Silver and Space Gray, and the iPhone SE (2020) has White and Black. The other color for the iPhone XS is Gold, and the other color for the iPhone SE (2020) is PRODUCT(RED).

Storage Options

iPhone Xs

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB

Which iPhone Xs storage should I buy?

iPhone SE 2nd Gen 2020

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB

Which storage iPhone SE 2nd Gen 2020 is the most popular?

iPhone Xs vs iPhone SE 2nd Gen 2020 Storage

The iPhone SE 2nd Gen 2020 introduces one new storage option not found on the iPhone Xs: 128GB. Both the iPhone Xs and iPhone SE 2nd Gen 2020 share two storage options: 64GB and 256GB. However, the iPhone SE 2nd Gen 2020 does not have options for 512GB, as seen on the iPhone Xs.
Swappasaurus

The iPhone XS has three storage configurations that max out at 512GB, and the iPhone SE (2020) has two storage configurations that max out at 128GB. The remaining two options for the iPhone XS are 64GB and 256GB, and the remaining option for the iPhone SE (2020) is 64GB.

Reviews

iPhone Xs

148 reviews 4.9 stars

iPhone SE 2nd Gen 2020

117 reviews 4.9 stars

iPhone Xs vs iPhone SE 2nd Gen 2020 Reviews

Both the iPhone Xs and iPhone SE 2nd Gen 2020 earn 4.9 of 5.0 stars from Swappa user reviews.

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