Apple's iPhone SE specs vs. the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone 5S specs

How does Apple's new budget phone compare to its other iPhones?


Left to right, the iPhone SE, iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.

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Apple just announced the smaller, budget-friendly iPhone SE. Switching gears from its larger phones, Apple's going back to the popular 4-inch size with the new iPhone.

Just because it's smaller doesn't mean it's weaker. The iPhone SE has the same 64-bit A9 chip and M9 motion co-processor as the iPhone 6S. It's also got a 12-megapixel camera, TouchID and Apple Pay.

Exclusive to the iPhone SE for now is "Hey Siri," a hands-free way to ask Siri for help.


Apple didn't design the iPhone SE to compete with the iPhone 6 and its other high-end models. But if you're grappling with which model to buy, it's helpful to see how they all compare.

While the iPhone 5S is no more, we want to see how this new lower-cost phone stacks up to Apple's previous "budget" model.

iPhone SE iPhone 6S iPhone 6 iPhone 5S
Display size, resolution 4-inch; 1,136x640 pixels 4.7-inch; 1,334x750 pixels 4.7 inches; 1,334x750 pixels 4-inch; 1,136x640 pixels
Pixel density 326ppi 326ppi 326ppi 326ppi
Dimensions (inches) 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 in 5.4 x 2.6 x 0.28 in 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 in 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 in
Dimensions (millimeters) 123 x 58 x 7.6mm 138 x 67 x 7.1mm 138.1 x 67 x 6.9mm 123 x 58 x 7.6mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 3.99 oz (113g) 5 oz (143g) 4.55oz (129g) 4 oz (112g)
Mobile software iOS 9.3 iOS 9 iOS 9 iOS 9
Camera 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 8-megapixel 8-megapixel
Front-facing camera 1.2-megapixel 5-megapixel 1.2-megapixel; 720p HD video 1.2-megapixel; 720p HD video
Video capture 4K 4K 1080p HD 1080p HD
Processor Apple A9 chip (64-bit) with M9 motion co-processor Apple A9 chip (64-bit) with M9 motion co-processor Apple A8 chip (64-bit) with M8 motion co-processor Apple A7 (64-bit) with M7 motion processor
Storage 16GB, 64GB 16GB, 64GB, 128GB 16GB, 64GB,128GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
Battery 13 hours of video playback 1,715mAh Talk time up to 14 hours on 3G and Internet usage time up to 10 hours of 3G Talk time up to 10 hours on 4G LTE; standby time up to 10 days
Touch ID Yes Yes Yes Yes
Color options Silver, gray, gold, rose gold Silver, gold, gray, rose gold Silver, gray, gold Silver, gray, gold
Price off-contract (USD) $399 (16GB); $499 (64GB) $649 (16GB); $749 (64GB); $849 (128GB) $649 (16GB); $749 (64GB); $849 (128GB) $450 (16GB); $499 (32GB)
Price (GBP) £359 (16GB) £439 (64GB) £539 (16GB); £619 (64GB); £699 (128GB) Unlocked £539 (16GB), £619 (64GB), £699 (128GB) £379 (16GB); £419 (32GB)
Price (AUD) AU$679 (16GB); AU$829 (64GB) AU$1,079 (16GB); AU$1,229 (64GB); AU$1,379 (128GB) Unlocked AU$869 (16GB), AU$999 (64GB), AU$1,129 (128GB) AU$749 (16GB); AU$829 (32GB)

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