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Apple on Wednesday announced its latest iPhone SE for 2020, a budget phone that serves as a sequel to its sleeper hit from 2016, the original iPhone SE. In fact, the new iPhone SE largely follows Apple’s original 2016 recipe. Featuring a physical home button, wireless charging and the A13 Bionic processor, the $399 device is the most affordable iPhone in Apple’s lineup today, offering modern hardware and iOS 13 features to a more cost-conscious set of consumers.

But Apple’s foray into budget phones is not without company. For years Android devices have covered this price market and two of the best devices in this category were released last year: Google’s Pixel 3A and the Samsung Galaxy S10E. The $399 Pixel 3A features a headphone jack and has a great Night Sight-enabled camera that shoots great photos in the dark. Meanwhile, the $600 Galaxy S10E has a superfast Snapdragon 855 chip and a long-lasting battery, and can wirelessly charge other phones and accessories. Samsung more recently launched the Galaxy A51, another phone that costs $399 and has impressive camera specs (there is a 5G variant that costs $499).

To see how Apple’s iPhone compares spec-by-spec to these two other devices, check out the chart below, or do a deeper dive into the differences between iPhone SE’s specs and iPhone 11’s, or compare to the old iPhone SE and other recent iPhones. And for more about the handset, read CNET’s iPhone SE 2020 first take.


Apple iPhone SE (2020)Google Pixel 3ASamsung Galaxy S10ESamsung Galaxy A51
Display size, resolution4.7-inch Retina HD; 1,334×750 pixels5.6-inch gOLED; 2,220×1,080 pixels5.8-inch AMOLED; 2,280×1,080 pixels6.5-inch FHD AMOLED; 2,400×1,080 pixels
Pixel density326ppi441ppi438ppi405ppi
Dimensions (inches)5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 in.6.0 x 2.8 x 0.3 in.5.6 x 2.8 x 0.27 in.6.2 x 2.89 x 0.31 in.
Dimensions (millimeters)138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2mm142 x 70 x 7.9mm157.5 x 73.4 x 7.9mm
Weight (ounces, grams)5.22 oz.; 148g5.19 oz.; 147g5.3oz.; 150g6.06 oz.; 172g
Mobile softwareiOS 13Android 9.0Android 9.0Android 10
Camera12-megapixel12.2-megapixel12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultrawide-angle)48-megapixel (standard), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 5-megapixel (macro), 5-megapixel (depth sensing)
Front-facing camera7-megapixel8-megapixel10-megapixel32-megapixel
Video capture4K4K4K4K
ProcessorApple A13 Bionic2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 670Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8552.3GHz octa-core
Storage64GB, 128GB, 256GB64GB128GB, 256GB128GB
RAMNot disclosed4GB6GB, 8GB4GB
Expandable storageNoNoUp to 512GBUp to 512GB
BatteryNot disclosed3,000 mAh3,100 mAh4,000 mAh
Fingerprint sensorHome buttonBackPower buttonIn-screen
Headphone jackNoYesYesYes
Special featuresWater resistant (IP67); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless chargingAR in Google Maps, Timelapse video shootingWireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0Dual-SIM capabilities
Price off-contract (USD)$399 (64GB), $449 (128GB), $549 (256GB)$399$750$399
Price (GBP)£419 (64GB), £469 (128GB), £569 (256GB)£399£669£329
Price (AUD)AU$749 (64GB), AU$829 (128GB), AU$999 (256GB)AU$649AU$1,199UK price converts to AU$650

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