The iPhone 11 Pro is, without a doubt, the star in Apple‘s iPhone series due to its three rear cameras, 12-hour battery life, and high-resolution OLED display. However, it comes at a rather costly price, as it starts at $999.
With so many performant Apple smartphones on the market, including the $699 iPhone 11 and the affordable $399 iPhone SE 2, you may be torn between which one to purchase. We decided, therefore, to compare the company’s flagship to the budget iPhone to see the difference the $600 makes.
iPhone SE 2020 vs. iPhone 11 Pro
Although the iPhone SE might seem an older Apple device on the outside, it features the same A13 Bionic processor both the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro have, offering amazing performance and great camera ability for only $399.
The battery doesn’t last as long as the one on iPhone 11 series, but overall, the company managed to make some decent compromises to keep the price low.
The king of Apple smartphones, the iPhone 11 Pro, has a shiny stainless-steel chassis, excellent battery life, and high-resolution OLED screen, which makes it deserve the ‘Pro’ label. It is the most strong iPhone on the market at the moment and has three rear cameras. You also get the possibility to choose bigger screen size, with options from 5.8-inch to 6.5-inch if you want the iPhone 11 Pro Max, which also has a larger 512GB of storage space.
iPhone SE is Compact; iPhone 11 Pro is Durable
With a 4.7-inch display size, the iPhone SE has an almost identical design as the iPhone 8, which means that it features a home button. The iPhone 11 Pro packs a 5.8-inch screen and a newer design with no home button.
While the iPhone SE has an aluminum frame, the iPhone 11 Pro packs a stainless-steel chassis. We already knew that all Apple smartphones have a custom glass on the back and front – manufactured by Corning – but the Cupertino-based tech giant states the iPhone 11 Pro packs the most durable screen among all its mobile devices.
Both devices come with a water resistance certificate, but at slightly different degrees, as the iPhone SE is rated IP67, and the iPhone 11 Pro has a rating of IP68.
The iPhone 11 Pro and That Stunning OLED Display
When it comes to the display, the iPhone SE packs an LCD liquid retina screen, while the iPhone 11 Pro features an OLED Super Retina XDR display. The latter looks stunning due to a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1 and HDR support, as well as the ability to offer deeper black levels than the LCD on the budget Apple smartphone.
Touch ID vs. Face ID
Many people prefer using a fingerprint to unlock their smartphone rather than the Face ID function. Although the latter is solid, it has some limitations. Touch ID works better in more situations, but Face ID encounters, at times, difficulty with its recognizing functions.
On the iPhone SE, the screen size is sacrificed to make a place for the home button, but the convenience it brings is worth it.
The iPhone 11 Pro comes with three cameras on the backside: an ultra-wide-angle, a wide and a 2x telephoto cameras. In comparison, the iPhone SE has only one, wide rear camera. However, after being analyzed side-by-side, the difference was not as striking as you might have thought.
The main camera on both devices have Smart HDR support, and while the iPhone 11 Pro snapped images with greater dynamic in lightening conditions, it is rather difficult to tell the two cameras apart when it comes to color and processing. The iPhone 11 Pro has Deep Fusion processing, which helps generate better captures indoors, and it typically offers better flexibility when taking the shots due to its ultra-wide and telephoto lenses.
The device also offers more flexibility when it comes to selfies, such as creating Animoji and Memoji that mirror your facial expressions, and 4K filming. However, the biggest difference between the two setups is the night mode; the iPhone 11 Pro has it, but the iPhone SE does not.
Both Smartphones Sport the A13 Bionic Chip
Both these phones have the same processor, which makes their performance similar. Still, when benchmarked, the iPhone 11 Pro was pulling ahead for multicore performance on Geekbench.
However, both phones load apps extremely fast and do not encounter lags when trimming down a 4K video. As a matter of fact, the iPhone SE reported faster performance than the iPhone 11 Pro.
In terms of battery, the iPhone is known to have a similar one to the iPhone 8. The iPhone 11 Pro, though, has a higher capacity with unofficial analyses revealing a 3,046mAh battery. And while the iPhone SE’s battery barely makes it through the day, the one of the iPhone 11 Pro lasts for sometimes a day and a half of heavy use. Both phones support wireless and fast charging, but the iPhone 11 Pro comes out of the box with an 18-watt fast charger.
Overall, the iPhone 11 Pro gets full points on almost all the categories, which explains the $600. While the iPhone SE is extremely performant and makes a great device, when it comes to camera specs, it clearly misses a few points. However, it compensates with the Touch ID, which, for most people, is more comfortable to use than Face ID.
Of course, the iPhone 11 Pro pulls ahead on most specs, but for those on a budget, the iPhone SE 2020 is a great investment.
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