iPhone 12 vs iPhone SE (2020)

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iPhone 12
iPhone 12 Starting from $192.45
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iPhone SE (2020)
iPhone SE (2020) Starting from $92.84
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How they compare

Customer reviews

iPhone 12 iPhone SE (2020)
Average
4.1/5
(1197)
4.3/5
(1346)

Design

iPhone 12 iPhone SE (2020)
Width 71.5 mm 67.3 mm
Height 147.7 mm 138.4 mm
Weight 164 g 148 g
Thickness 7.4 mm 7.3 mm
Volume 78.15 cm³ 67.99 cm³

Screen

iPhone 12 iPhone SE (2020)
Resolution 1170 x 2532 px 750 x 1334 px
Density 460 ppi 326 ppi
Size 6.1 inches 4.7 inches

Battery

iPhone 12 iPhone SE (2020)
Battery capacity 2815 mAh* 1821 mAh*
Removable battery No No
Wireless charging Yes Yes
Fast charging Yes Yes
Ultra power saving mode Yes Yes

*Refurbished devices sold on Back Market offer at least 85% of this maximum charge capacity.

Performance

iPhone 12 iPhone SE (2020)
Maximum storage 256 GB 256 GB
External memory slot No No
RAM capacity 4 GB 3 GB
LTE support Yes Yes

Camera

iPhone 12 iPhone SE (2020)
Front camera resolution 12 MP 7 MP
Main camera resolution 12 MP 12 MP
Multi lens Yes No
Optical zoom Yes No
Flash Yes Yes
Optical stabilization Yes Yes
Slow motion video Yes Yes
Main camera video resolution 2160 px 2160 px

Audio

iPhone 12 iPhone SE (2020)
Stereo speakers Yes Yes
3.5mm jack socket No No
Number of microphones 2 3

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iPhone 12 vs iPhone SE (2020) Comparison

iPhone SE (2020) vs iPhone 12

The iPhone SE (2020) and the iPhone 12 differ greatly in price, but that's not the only difference between these two phones. They are two of Apple's best-selling models, each for their own reasons. 


If you’re not sure which iPhone is best for you, here's some information to help you decide.

Design and display

The design differences between these two iPhones are readily apparent. The iPhone 12 has no home button, giving it a higher screen size ratio than the iPhone SE. Instead of TouchID, which unlocks your iPhone using a fingerprint on the home button, the iPhone 12 uses FaceID, Apple’s facial recognition technology.


The iPhone SE 2020 display is an IPS LCD panel, compared to the iPhone 12’s OLED display panel. While this difference may seem to tip the scales in favor of the iPhone 12 on paper, that’s not always the case in real-life usage. It's impossible to see the difference with the naked eye.


Screen size, however, is a differentiating factor. The iPhone 12 has a 6.1-inch display, significantly larger than the 2020 iPhone SE’s 4.7-inch screen size. If you make a lot of video calls or watch a