iPhone SE vs. iPhone 5s: How Do They Compare?

iphone SE vs iPhone 5s

How does the iPhone SE compare to the iPhone 5s? (Getty)

The iPhone SE has just been announced. The new 4-inch iPhone is going to be a replacement for the iPhone 5s, which appears to no longer even be available on the iPhone store. How does the iPhone SE compare to the iPhone 5s? What are the two phones’ dimensions, processor speed, size, and weight?

Here’s what we know so far. We’ll add more specs for the iPhone SE as they are available.

The biggest differences between the SE and 5s come down to a few key points:

  • The SE has more GB capacity than the 5s
  • The SE has a better camera with Live Photos and 4K recording
  • The processor on the SE is an A9 vs. the A7 of the 5s
  • Apple Pay capability on the SE
  • Better battery life with the SE
  • The SE has a low starting price of $399 for 16 GB and $499 for 64 GB. The 5s does not appear to be available on the Apple store. You can get unlocked versions of the 16GB 5s on Amazon for around $250 to $299, with some running closer to $400. Overall, it seems like the SE is a better deal for what you get.

Here are the detailed specs of the SE and the 5s:


iPhone SE Specs

Size: 4-inch (diagonal) screen; height 4.87 inches – width 2.31 inches – depth .30 inch

Weight: 3.99 ounces

Capacity: 16 GB and 64 GB 

Resolution: 1130-by-640 pixel resolution at 326 ppi

Chip: 64 bit A9 Processor with an M9 motion coprocessor for always-on “Hey Siri” support

Camera & Video Recording: 12 MP with Live Photo capability, plus 4K video recording and 1080 p up to 60 fps

FaceTime Camera: 1.2 MP, Retina flash for low-light selfies

Battery/Talk Time: The phone will feature great battery improvements. Talk time of up to 14 hours on 3G; 10 days of standby; Internet use of up to 12 hours on 3G (13 hours on LTE and Wi-Fi)

iOS: 9

Colors: Gold, silver, space gray, rose gold. Matte chaffered edges and an inset logo just like the iPhone 6s.

Other Features: Ultrafast LTE Advanced wireless, Touch ID, Apple Pay built-in, Bluetooth 4.2


iPhone 5s Specs

Size: 4-inch (diagonal) screen; height of 4.87 inches – width of 2.31 inches – .3 inch depth

Weight: 3.95 ounces

Capacity:  16, 32 GB, 64 GB

3D Touch? No

Resolution: 1136-by-640 pixel at 326 ppi

Chip: A7 Processor

Camera & Video Recording: 8 MP iSight camera (no Live Photos); 1080 HD video recording (no 4K)

FaceTime Camera: 1.2 MP

Battery/Talk Time: up to 10 hours on 3G; up to 10 days on Standby; up to 8 hours on 3G (up to 10 hours on LTE & Wi-Fi)

iOS: 9

Colors: Gold, silver, space gray, rose gold

Other Features: Ultrafast LTE Advanced wireless, Touch ID, Bluetooth 4.0, (No Apple Pay)

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