Apple iPhone SE (2020) vs iPhone 7 Plus

Here we compared two smartphones: the 4.7-inch Apple iPhone SE (2020) (with Apple A13 Bionic) that was released on April 15, 2020, against the Apple iPhone 7 Plus, which is powered by Apple A10 Fusion and came out 44 months before. On this page, you will find tests, full specs, strengths, and weaknesses of each of the gadgets.

Key differences

An overview of the main advantages of each smartphone
Reasons to consider the Apple iPhone SE (2020)
  • 82% better performance in AnTuTu Benchmark (559K versus 308K)
  • Better camera quality (According to DxOMark rating)
  • Compatible with the latest Wi-Fi 6 wireless networks
  • Newer Bluetooth version (v5)
  • Supports Qi wireless charging up to 7.5W
  • Supports 18W fast charging
  • More energy-efficient CPU – Apple A13 Bionic
  • The phone is 3-years and 8-months newer
  • Better grip in hands – the body is 10.6 mm narrower
  • Ready for eSIM technology
Reasons to consider the Apple iPhone 7 Plus
  • Comes with 1079 mAh larger battery capacity: 2900 vs 1821 mAh
  • Has a 0.8 inch larger screen size
  • The rear camera has a 2x optical zoom
  • 23% higher pixel density (401 vs 326 PPI)

Review

Display
Screen quality, color accuracy, brightness
Performance
CPU/GPU performance in apps and games
Battery
Battery life, charging type and speed
Camera
Photo and video recording quality
Connectivity
Networks, ports, data transmission
NanoReview score
Final comparison evaluation

Value for money

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Price

Tests and specifications

Comparison table of technical specifications and tests

Display

Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Size 4.7 inches 5.5 inches
Resolution 750 x 1334 pixels 1080 x 1920 pixels
Aspect ratio 16:9 16:9
PPI 326 ppi 401 ppi
Refresh rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
Max rated brightness 625 nits 625 nits
HDR support Yes, Dolby Vision No
Screen protection Tempered glass Tempered glass
Screen-to-body ratio 65.4% 67.7%
Display features - DCI-P3 -
Display tests
RGB color space 99.9% 99.9%
PWM Not detected Not detected
Response time 29 ms 26.5 ms
Contrast 2457:1 1591:1
Peak brightness test (auto)
655 nits
681 nits
Sources: NotebookCheck [3], [4]

Design and build

Height 138.4 mm (5.45 inches) 158.2 mm (6.23 inches)
Width 67.3 mm (2.65 inches) 77.9 mm (3.07 inches)
Thickness 7.3 mm (0.29 inches) 7.3 mm (0.29 inches)
Weight 148 gramm (5.22 oz) 188 gramm (6.63 oz)
Waterproof IP67 IP67
Rear material Glass Metal
Frame material Metal Metal
Colors White, Black, Red Black, Silver, Gold, Red, Pink
Fingerprint scanner Yes, in home button Yes, in home button
Screen-to-body ratio

Performance

Tests of Apple iPhone SE (2020) and Apple iPhone 7 Plus in the benchmarks
SoC
Chipset Apple A13 Bionic Apple A10 Fusion
Max. clock 2650 MHz 2340 MHz
CPU cores 6 (2 + 4) 4 (2 + 2)
Architecture - 4 cores at 1.6 GHz: Thunder
- 2 cores at 2.66 GHz: Lightning
- 2 cores at 1.05 GHz: Zephyr
- 2 cores at 2.34 GHz: Hurricane
L3 cache - 4 MB
Lithography process 7 nanometers 16 nanometers
Graphics Apple A13 Bionic GPU PowerVR GT7600
GPU clock - 900 MHz
FLOPS ~736 GFLOPS ~115 GFLOPS
Memory
RAM size 3 GB 3 GB
Memory type LPDDR4 LPDDR4
Channels 2 2
Storage
Storage size 64, 128, 256 GB 32, 128, 256 GB
Storage type NVMe NVMe
Memory card No No

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
AnTuTu Benchmark 9
559871
308043
CPU 140999 94245
GPU 221156 95401
Memory 86770 48493
UX 113507 72324
Total score 559871 308043
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Stability 68% 67%
Graphics test 41 FPS 15 FPS
Graphics score 6940 2645
Sources: 3DMark [3], [4]

Software

Operating system iOS 13 (Can be upgraded to iOS 16.1.1) iOS 10 (Can be upgraded to iOS 15.7)
OS size 8.4 GB 12.5 GB

Battery

Specifications
Capacity 1821 mAh 2900 mAh
Charge power 18 W 5 W
Battery type Li-Ion Li-Ion
Replaceable No No
Wireless charging Yes, Qi (7.5 W) No (7.5 W)
Reverse charging No No
Fast charging Yes (55% in 60 min) No
Full charging time 2:32 hr 4:01 hr
Battery life tests
Web browsing 09:36 hr 08:41 hr
Watching video 07:32 hr 07:34 hr
Gaming 03:09 hr 04:42 hr
Standby 86 hr 97 hr
General battery life
23:56 hr
24:35 hr

Camera

Specs and camera test of smartphones
Main camera
Matrix 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Image resolution 4032 x 3024 4032 x 3024
Zoom Digital Optical, 2x
Flash Quad LED Quad LED
Stabilization Optical Optical
8K video recording No No
4K video recording Up to 60FPS Up to 30FPS
1080p video recording Up to 60FPS Up to 60FPS
Slow motion 240 FPS (1080p) 240 FPS (720p)
Lenses 1 (12 MP) 2 (12 MP + 12 MP)
Wide (main) lens - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.8
- Focal length: 28 mm
- Pixel size: 1.22 micron
- Sensor: 1/3", Apple iSight Camera (CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
- 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.8
- Focal length: 28 mm
- Pixel size: 1.22 micron
- Sensor: 1/3", Apple iSight Camera (BSI CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
Telephoto lens - - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/2.8
- Focal length: 56 mm
- Sensor: 1/3.6" (BSI CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
Camera features - Bokeh mode - Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- RAW support
Samples Photo samples of Apple iPhone SE (2020) from DxOMark Photo samples of Apple iPhone 7 Plus from DxOMark
Selfie camera
Megapixels 7 megapixels 7 megapixels
Image resolution 3088 x 2320 3088 x 2320
Aperture f/2.2 f/2.2
Focal length 32 mm 32 mm
Pixel size 1 microns 1 microns
Sensor type CMOS BSI CMOS
Video resolution 1080p (Full HD) at 30 FPS 1080p (Full HD) at 30 FPS

DxOMark camera tests

Photo quality
Video quality
Generic camera score

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 b/g/n/ac/ax) Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 b/g/n/ac)
Wi-Fi features - Dual Band
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Dual Band
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
Bluetooth version 5 4.2
Bluetooth features LE, A2DP LE, A2DP
USB type No No
USB version 2 2
USB features - Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- Charging
- USB-Storage mode
GPS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo
NFC* Yes Yes
Infrared port No No
Network
Number of SIM* 1 1
Type of SIM card Nano Nano
Multi SIM mode Standby Standby
eSIM support* Yes No
Hybrid slot No No
LTE Cat* 16 12
5G support No No

Sound

Speakers Stereo Stereo
Headphone audio jack No No
FM radio No No
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Speakers test
Max. loudness
86.4 dB
81.4 dB

Other

Category Mid-range Flagship
Announced April 2020 September 2016
Release date April 2020 September 2016
SAR (head) 0.98 W/kg 1.24 W/kg
SAR (body) 0.99 W/kg 1 W/kg
Sensors - Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Fingerprint
- Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Fingerprint
*Disclaimer! NFC, GSM network support, and some other specs can be different depending on the country.

Conclusion

After analyzing all the data, we think that the Apple iPhone SE (2020) is definitely a better buy.

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