Apple iPhone 5s vs iPhone SE: What's changed?

Apple launched the new iPhone SE today and it seems that even though the Cupertino giant hasn't launched a premium iPhone today, it has still ended up clicking all the right boxes and has probably doomed the LG G5 to a mere footnote in the smartphone race.

iPhone SE isn't just a handy iPhone for those who still need and love 4-inch ones, it also incorporates the soul of iPhone 6s which is the best Apple can offer at the moment.

For those who were wondering if iPhone SE will really add real value for existing iPhone 5 and 5s users, here's a quick glimpse at the specs and capabilities of iPhone SE compared with the older ones.


iPhone SE comes with the latest 64-bit A9 chip which is 50 per cent faster than the A7 chip in iPhone 5s. The A9 chip is also 90 per cent faster in terms of GPU speed than the A8 chip powering iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and also 70 per cent faster in terms of CPU speed.

The new M9 co-processor will also let iPhone SE perform functions like fitness tracking and will let you activate Siri by just saying 'Hey Siri' without picking up your iPhone.


While iPhone 5s came with an 8MP rear cam with an f/2.2 aperture and a new, larger sensor with 1.5μ pixels for better sensitivity and low-light performance, iPhone SE beats it to the punch with a 12MP iSight camera which is capable of shooting 4k videos and contains True Tone feature which emits flashes that are consistent with the surrounding environment which make the pictures look real and not overly bright.

The primary camera in iPhone SE also features Live Photos which turns a photo into a short 1-2 second video without compromising on image size!

LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity

Today's smartphones are duds without internet connectivity and iPhone SE's superiority over iPhone 5s in terms of LTE prowess highlights it even further.

Carrying up to 19 LTE bands, iPhone SE offers download speeds of up to 150 Mbps over LTE and 433 Mbps over Wi-Fi, way faster than iPhone 5s would let you.

Other Features

Apple's iPhone SE also rules over iPhone 5s thanks to several ground-breaking features that Apple invented or created over the years. It comes in the extremely popular Rose Gold colour, Apple Pay, several new and exciting features that come with iOS 9.3, ability to record 4K videos as well as an improved battery life.

However, Apple has retained several features of iPhone 5s as well like the same display, the same front camera, the same build, the same handset weight and the exact same dimensions.


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