iPhone SE vs iPhone 8: Should You Upgrade?

Jumping from an iPhone 8 to the iPhone SE may not seem like that big of a change. Let’s check out whether or not to think it’s genuinely worth the upgrade. First off let’s talk about price as we all know the new iPhone SE retails for 399 dollars while it is the cheapest iPhone Apple offers right now by a significant margin. Even at that price, it is far and away from the best value iPhone, Apple has ever offered. The iPhone 8 sold for $699 when it first launched in 2017 a year later it dropped to $599 and by 2019 Apple was selling it for $449. If you bought an iPhone 8 at any point over the last three years you paid quite a bit more than what the iPhone SE sells for today.

The iPhone 8 started as a flagship device and the iPhone SE is not really a flagship device. iPhone SE is specifically for the people who want this kind of setup if you have an iPhone XR, for example, you probably wouldn’t replace it with an iPhone SE if you have a current iPhone 11 obviously.

Key Specification

iPhone SEiPhone 8
ChipsetApple A13 BionicApple A11 Bionic
Display6.78 inches6.67 inches
Memory8 GB
128 GB
8 GB
256 GB
Fingerprint SensorYesYes


iPhone SEiPhone 8
Dimensions138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm
Weight148 grams148 grams
Screen Size4.7 inches 4.7 inches
ColorsBlack, White, RedSilver, Space Gray, Gold, Red
Build Materialaluminum framealuminum frame


iPhone SEiPhone 8
ProcessorHexa-core (2×2.65 GHz Lightning + 4×1.8 GHz Thunder)Hexa-core (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral)
GPUApple GPU Apple GPU 
Internal storage128 GB256 GB
Storage expansionNoNo
OSiOS 13.5iOS 13.5


iPhone SEiPhone 8
Rear12 MP, f/1.8 (wide)
12 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide)
Front7 MP, f/2.27 MP, f/2.2
Video recording4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, OIS, stereo sound rec.4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps


iPhone SEiPhone 8
Headphone jackNoNo
LoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakersYes, with stereo speakers
Audio FeaturesNoNo

Battery Life

iPhone SEiPhone 8
Capacity1642 mAh1822 mAh
Quick ChargingYesYes
Wireless ChargingYes


iPhone SEiPhone 8
WifiWi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/nWi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz, MIMO
UsbUSB 2.0, Mass storage device, USB chargingUSB 2.0
SensorsBSI SensorBSI Sensor

Which is Better!

iPhone SE

  • The iPhone SE 2020 has two major things number one being the price for a starting price of $599. You cannot find any other iPhone that was made this year for around that price point.
  • The second thing that’s great about this phone is Apple giving it support just like the previous iPhone has support for the next couple of years, so you will always have the latest FaceTime options and the latest software upgrades.
  • This phone takes you back to the days of the older phones because there’s a bezel on the top and the bottom and it’s really big and the screen itself is really small and the resolution is also very small.
  • The battery life is not as stellar as we’re used to nowadays with all the flagships lasting you well over a day.
  • Somebody who needs a phone temporarily to hold you over until you can get the next flagship this is the phone for you. If you are somebody who just needs to wants an iPhone for cheap that will not slow down for the next couple of years then this might be the phone for you.


iPhone SEiPhone 8
The A13 is faster than any other mobile processoriPhone 8 started as a flagship device
Great for one-handed use with good battery lifeWireless charging
Supports fast LTE and Wi-Fi 6Same size display as iPhone SE
The camera doesn’t have a Night modeBattery life could be better
The design feels a bit oldOlder processor chip
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