iPhone SE 2020 vs. iPhone 12 – Best Specs and Features Comparison

The iPhone 12 is Apple’s flagship for 2021, and it is undoubtedly one of the best performing phones of the moment.

The iPhone 12 was even more expensive than its predecessor, which was undoubtedly expensive, even for those who are more financially fortunate. Some aren’t big fans of Apple’s choice of increasing the size of the displays.

However, the more budget-minded Apple fan will likely consider purchasing the new iPhone SE for several reasons.

First of all, it is less than half the price for the base model compared to the base iPhone 12.

In terms of design, the iPhone SE looks dated because of its resemblance to the 2017 iPhone 8.

However, that’s not the most relevant comparison for the two devices. In terms of display, the iPhone 12 display features a 6.1-inch panel and 19.5:9 proportions.

The SE screen is not only smaller at 4.7-inch and 16:9, but it’s also of a lower resolution than that of the 12 (1170 x 2532 vs 750 x 1334).

Also, the iPhone 12 screen looks better because it features an OLED display, in contrast to the SE’s outdated IPS LCD.

However, that may not be a concern for many users. Both devices run their displays at a refresh rate of only 60Hz.

As for the cameras, there is simply no comparison. The iPhone 12 is far superior to the SE, though the SE is undoubtedly one of the best performers for the under $400 segment.

As for the devices’ brains, the iPhone SE packs an A13 Bionic chip, while its rival has an Apple A14 Bionic.

You wouldn’t notice the difference unless you were pushing the device to its limits.

Therefore, you should pick the iPhone SE unless you really need all of the top-tier features of the iPhone 12.

Tonia Nissen
Based out of Detroit, Tonia Nissen has been writing for Optic Flux since 2017 and is presently our Managing Editor. An experienced freelance health writer, Tonia obtained an English BA from the University of Detroit, then spent over 7 years working in various markets as a television reporter, producer and news videographer. Tonia is particularly interested in scientific innovation, climate technology, and the marine environment.