Apple's Cheapest iPhones: Specs Compared for iPhone SE 2022, 12 Mini, 11

Here's how the specs of the new iPhone SE 2022 compare with those of Apple's other budget handsets.

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The 2022 iPhone SE is the latest addition to Apple's lineup of smaller, more affordable phones. Launched during the company's Peek Performance event, the phone packs the same A15 Bionic chip found in Apple's iPhone 13, along with superfast 5G connectivity. But with the previous iPhone SE still available, along with the older iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 Mini, which cheap iPhone is best? Here's how the specs compare.

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The 2022 iPhone SE is almost identical to the previous iPhone SE. Its size, weight and overall look haven't changed at all, it still has a fingerprint scanner in the home button and the same 12-megapixel rear camera. The big upgrades are the new processor, Apple says allows for better computational photography, and that 5G connectivity for superfast downloads. Apple has replaced the previous iPhone SE, so if you're looking for the cheapest iPhone around, the 2022 iPhone SE is the one for you.

The iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 11 both pack multiple rear cameras, but only the 12 Mini has 5G, and neither phone will be as fast with the latest games as the A15-equipped iPhone SE.  

We're excited to get the new iPhone SE into our hands for testing, but for now, check out the chart below to see how all the specs compare.

iPhone SE (2022) vs. iPhone SE (2020) vs. iPhone 12 Mini vs. iPhone 11 specs compared

Apple iPhone SE (2022)Apple iPhone SE (2020)Apple iPhone 12 MiniiPhone 11
Display size, resolution 4.7-inch Retina HD; 1,334x750 pixels4.7-inch Retina HD; 1,334x750 pixels5.4-inch OLED; 2,340x1,080 pixels6.1-inch LCD Liquid Retina; 1,792x828 pixels
Pixel density 326 ppi326 ppi476 ppi326 ppi
Dimensions (inches) 5.45 by 2.65 by 0.29 in 5.45 by 2.65 by 0.29 in 5.18 by 2.53 by 0.29 in5.94 by 2.98 by 0.33 in
Dimensions (millimeters) 138.4 by 67.3 by 7.3 mm 138.4 by 67.3 by 7.3 mm 131.5 by 64.2 by 7.4 mm150.9 by 75.7 by 8.3 mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 5.09 oz; 144 g5.22 oz; 148 g4.76 oz; 135 g6.84 oz; 194 g
Mobile software iOS 15iOS 13iOS 14iOS 13
Camera 12 megapixel12 megapixel12 megapixel (wide), 12 megapixel (ultrawide)12 megapixel (wide), 12 megapixel (ultrawide)
Front-facing camera 7 megapixel7 megapixel12 megapixel12 megapixel with Face ID
Video capture 4K4K4K4K
Processor Apple A15 BionicApple A13 BionicApple A14 BionicApple A13 Bionic
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB64GB, 128GB, 256GB64GB, 128GB, 256GB64GB, 128GB, 256GB
RAM UndisclosedUndisclosedUndisclosedUndisclosed
Expandable storage NoneNoneNoneNone
Battery UndisclosedUndisclosedUndisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playbackUndisclosed
Fingerprint sensor Home buttonHome buttonNone (FaceID)None (Face ID)
Connector LightningLightningLightningLightning
Headphone jack NoneNoneNoneNone
Special features 5G enabled; Water resistant (IP67); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless chargingWater resistant (IP67); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) Water resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging
Price off-contract (USD) $399 (64GB), $449 (128GB), $549 (256GB)$399 (64GB), $449 (128GB), $549 (256GB)$729 (64GB), $779 (128GB), $879 (256GB)$599 (64GB), $649 (128GB), $749 (256GB)
Price (GBP) £419 (64GB), £469 (128GB), £569 (256GB)£419 (64GB), £469 (128GB), £569 (256GB)£699 (64GB), £749 (128GB), £849 (256GB)£599 (64GB), £649 (128GB), £749 (256GB)
Price (AUD) AU$749 (64GB), AU$829 (128GB), AU$999 (256GB)AU$749 (64GB), AU$829 (128GB), AU$999 (256GB)AU$1,199 (64GB), AU$1,279 (128GB), AU$1,449 (256GB)AU$999 (64GB), AU$1,079 (128GB), AU$1,249 (256GB)