Apple iPhone SE (2022) vs iPhone 7

Here we compared two smartphones: the 4.7-inch Apple iPhone SE (2022) (with Apple A15 Bionic) that was released on March 8, 2022, against the Apple iPhone 7, which is powered by Apple A10 Fusion and came out 67 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 (2022)
  • 2.5x better performance in AnTuTu Benchmark (711K versus 288K)
  • Better camera quality (According to DxOMark rating)
  • Shows 18% longer battery life (25:41 vs 21:51 hours)
  • Compatible with the latest Wi-Fi 6 wireless networks
  • Newer Bluetooth version (v5)
  • Supports wireless charging up to
  • Supports 20W fast charging
  • The phone is 5-years and 7-months newer
  • More energy-efficient CPU – Apple A15 Bionic
  • Has 2x more RAM: 4GB versus 2GB
  • Uses a faster type of memory: LPDDR4X
  • Ready for eSIM technology

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 4.7 inches
Resolution 750 x 1334 pixels 750 x 1334 pixels
Aspect ratio 16:9 16:9
PPI 326 ppi 326 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% 65.6%
Display features - DCI-P3 -
Display tests
RGB color space 99.9% 100%
PWM - Not detected
Response time 38 ms 35.5 ms
Contrast 1655:1 1635:1
Peak brightness test (auto)
646 nits
iPhone 7 +1%
652 nits
Sources: NotebookCheck [3], [4]

Design and build

Height 138.4 mm (5.45 inches) 138.3 mm (5.44 inches)
Width 67.3 mm (2.65 inches) 67.1 mm (2.64 inches)
Thickness 7.3 mm (0.29 inches) 7.1 mm (0.28 inches)
Weight 144 gramm (5.08 oz) 138 gramm (4.87 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 (2022) and Apple iPhone 7 in the benchmarks
SoC
Chipset Apple A15 Bionic Apple A10 Fusion
Max. clock 3223 MHz 2340 MHz
CPU cores 6 (2 + 4) 4 (2 + 2)
Architecture - 4 cores at 2.02 GHz: Blizzard
- 2 cores at 3.24 GHz: Avalanche
- 2 cores at 1.05 GHz: Zephyr
- 2 cores at 2.34 GHz: Hurricane
L3 cache - 4 MB
Lithography process 5 nanometers 16 nanometers
Graphics Apple GPU PowerVR GT7600
GPU clock 1200 MHz 900 MHz
FLOPS - ~115 GFLOPS
Memory
RAM size 4 GB 2 GB
Memory type LPDDR4X 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)
1728
718
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
4592
1294
AnTuTu Benchmark 9
711075
288051
CPU 189244 91046
GPU 269834 93318
Memory 129820 44851
UX 127582 61454
Total score 711075 288051
3DMark Wild Life Performance
8226
2581
Stability 72% 62%
Graphics test 49 FPS 15 FPS
Graphics score 8226 2581
Sources: 3DMark [3], [4]

Software

Operating system iOS 15.3 (Can be upgraded to iOS 16.1.1) iOS 10 (Can be upgraded to iOS 15.7)
OS size 12 GB 12.5 GB

Battery

Specifications
Capacity 2018 mAh 1960 mAh
Charge power 20 W 5 W
Battery type Li-Ion Li-Ion
Replaceable No No
Wireless charging Yes No (7.5 W)
Reverse charging No No
Fast charging Yes (61% in 30 min) No
Full charging time 1:18 hr 2:35 hr
Battery life tests
Web browsing 09:55 hr 07:29 hr
Watching video 08:38 hr 08:03 hr
Gaming 03:26 hr 03:08 hr
Standby 93 hr 84 hr
General battery life
25:41 hr
21:51 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 Digital
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) 1 (12 MP)
Wide (main) lens - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.8
- Pixel size: 1.22 micron
- 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
Camera features - Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- RAW support
Samples Photo samples of Apple iPhone SE (2022) from DxOMark Photo samples of Apple iPhone 7 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
Pixel size - 1 microns
Sensor type - 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 a/b/g/n/ac/ax) Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 b/g/n/ac)
Wi-Fi features - Dual Band
- Wi-Fi MiMO
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Wi-Fi Display
- Dual Band
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
Bluetooth version 5 4.2
Bluetooth features LE LE, A2DP
USB type - No
USB version 2 2
USB features - Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- OTG
- Charging
- USB-Storage mode
GPS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS 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
eSIM support* Yes No
Hybrid slot No No
LTE Cat* - 12
5G support Yes No

Sound

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

Other

Category Mid-range Flagship
Announced March 2022 September 2016
Release date March 2022 September 2016
SAR (head) - 1.38 W/kg
SAR (body) - 1.34 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 (2022) is definitely a better buy.

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