The iPhone SE is about to hit stores. But the (old) iPhone 11 could be a valid alternative

Apple smartphones are far from cheap, even though they are popular with many consumers. And it’s a brand that continues to sell models from previous generations very well, even with annual launches of new equipment. The iPhone SE range is the most affordable range in Apple’s catalog, its models being renewed on average every two/three years, looking at the trio of smartphones launched.

Next Friday, March 18, the third generation of the iPhone SE arrives in stores and although affordable compared to the main range, it’s not quite cheap: it starts at 529 euros. But note that some technologies are on par with the latest iPhone 13, including the same A15 Bionic processor. It has six CPU cores and four GPU cores, which is almost twice as fast as the iPhone 8. Plus, it has 5G connectivity, like the rest of the family.

But clearly the comparisons with the iPhone 13 end a bit there. Its design is based on the iPhone 8, especially its small circular Home button with TouchID technology. However, it is priced within current iPhone 11 offerings (the from 609 euro), released in 2019, so it is worth making comparisons with this model.

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First of all, keep in mind that Apple will only launch three colors of the new iPhone SE: Starlight white, Midnight black and the already famous Product RED, the red model that tradition of helping humanitarian causes, in this case AIDS. The iPhone 11 has six colors: white, black, RED, yellow, green and purple.

Obviously the iPhone 11 does not have 5G like the iPhone SE 2022, being an obvious excuse for those who want to dive into the next generation of connectivity. However, you will have to give up screen size and camera quality. These three factors could be differentiators in equipment choice, or a fourth, superior processing power in the new economy.

For the case of choosing a smartphone with 5G, consider that the massification of networks should not happen anytime soon. National operators started practically at the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022 at present the first offers on the market, but only a few geographical areas are covered in 5G, for now. In addition, the speed potential is to be optimized in the years to come. And before you think 4G might soon become obsolete, keep in mind that 3G won’t start being discontinued until 2022. 4G will likely continue until at least 2030.

If screen size is something you value, the new iPhone SE has a 4.7-inch Retina display, a size that appears to be downsized compared to most current offerings. Especially for those who consider multimedia functions, between watching movies or playing games. The “old” iPhone 11 offers a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD display, which is considerably larger. It also has a bit more resolution, 1792×828 pixels versus the iPhone SE’s 1334×750.

But since size doesn’t equal quality, the iPhone SE uses its A15 Bionic chip to process photos, which Apple calls Smart HDR4. It performs optimizations regarding image noise, color and contrast. The Deep Fusion technology also optimizes the processing of photographs, promising more details and textures in the images, both for the rear module and for the front camera.

If the iPhone SE benefits from the image optimization technologies inherited from the new processor, the iPhone 11 stands out when it comes to the cameras themselves. This model has a dual lens system (each with 12 MP), which includes the standard sensor and an ultra wide angle. For those shooting landscapes, for example, you’ll get more open panoramic views than the new model. And Night Mode, which improves the quality of photos taken in less-lit environments, is also missing from the iPhone SE, although Apple is emphasizing the ability to record quality night video. And when it comes to the selfie camera, the iPhone SE has a 7MP lens and the iPhone 11 has a 12MP lens with Face ID facial recognition support.

See in the gallery of images of the iPhone 11:

Another aspect to consider is access to new versions of iOS, as one of the fears of adopting an old iPhone. It is true that the iPhone SE is based on iOS 15, but this operating system is compatible with models from the iPhone 6S, so the iPhone 11 will have to be updated for several years to come. Obviously, some operating system features should only work with the latest hardware, such as your processor.

But on the other hand, since some of the components of iPhone SE are inherited from iPhone 8, there are also limitations that iPhone 11 does not have. For example, the ultra-wideband feature, used to drive the iPhone to AirTags, is not present on the iPhone SE.

Another important aspect for users is the design of smartphones. Clearly at this point the iPhone 11 is more modern, as the iPhone SE resembles the older models with the Home button. The iPhone 11 supports Face ID and has a virtually bezel-less display. The iPhone SE retains thick bezels at the top and bottom of the device.

Also in terms of comparison, its autonomy is fairly equivalent, although the iPhone 11 is estimated to last about two hours longer than the iPhone SE in video playback tests.

In general, despite a modern processor and 5G, the iPhone SE is a clear loser in terms of design, screen size and camera functionality. The iPhone Se is a cheaper smartphone, but the difference with the iPhone 11 is worth thinking about which features and design appeal to you the most.

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