Apple iPhone XR vs SE (2022)

Here we compared two smartphones: the 6.1-inch Apple iPhone XR (with Apple A12 Bionic) that was released on September 12, 2018, against the Apple iPhone SE (2022), which is powered by Apple A15 Bionic and came out 42 months after. 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 XR
  • Has a 1.4 inches larger screen size
  • Comes with 924 mAh larger battery capacity: 2942 vs 2018 mAh
  • Shows 29% longer battery life (33:02 vs 25:41 hours)
  • Thinner bezels – 13.6% more screen real estate
Reasons to consider the Apple iPhone SE (2022)
  • Better camera quality (According to DxOMark rating)
  • 44% better performance in AnTuTu Benchmark (715K versus 495K)
  • Compatible with the latest Wi-Fi 6 wireless networks
  • The phone is 3-years and 6-months newer
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Has 33% more RAM: 4GB versus 3GB
  • Better grip in hands – the body is 8.4 mm narrower

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 6.1 inches 4.7 inches
Resolution 828 x 1792 pixels 750 x 1334 pixels
Aspect ratio 19.5:9 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 Yes, Dolby Vision
Screen protection Tempered glass Tempered glass
Screen-to-body ratio 79% 65.4%
Display features - - DCI-P3
Display tests
RGB color space 100% 99.9%
PWM Not detected -
Response time 32.8 ms 38 ms
Contrast 1920:1 1655:1
Peak brightness test (auto)
635 nits
641 nits
Sources: NotebookCheck [3], [4]

Design and build

Height 150.9 mm (5.94 inches) 138.4 mm (5.45 inches)
Width 75.7 mm (2.98 inches) 67.3 mm (2.65 inches)
Thickness 8.3 mm (0.33 inches) 7.3 mm (0.29 inches)
Weight 194 gramm (6.84 oz) 144 gramm (5.08 oz)
Waterproof IP67 IP67
Rear material Glass Glass
Frame material Metal Metal
Colors White, Black, Blue, Red, Orange, Yellow White, Black, Red
Fingerprint scanner No Yes, in home button
Screen-to-body ratio
iPhone XR +21%
79%

Performance

Tests of Apple iPhone XR and Apple iPhone SE (2022) in the benchmarks
SoC
Chipset Apple A12 Bionic Apple A15 Bionic
Max. clock 2490 MHz 3223 MHz
CPU cores 6 (2 + 4) 6 (2 + 4)
Architecture - 4 cores at 1.6 GHz: Tempest
- 2 cores at 2.49 GHz: Vortex
- 4 cores at 2.02 GHz: Blizzard
- 2 cores at 3.24 GHz: Avalanche
Lithography process 7 nanometers 5 nanometers
Graphics Apple A12 Bionic GPU Apple GPU
GPU clock 1100 MHz 1200 MHz
FLOPS ~560 GFLOPS -
Memory
RAM size 3 GB 4 GB
Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory clock 2133 MHz -
Channels 2 2
Storage
Storage size 64, 128, 256 GB 64, 128, 256 GB
Storage type NVMe NVMe
Memory card No No

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
1109
1715
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
2211
4600
AnTuTu Benchmark 9
495798
715747
CPU 136583 189244
GPU 179228 269834
Memory 77872 129820
UX 103093 127582
Total score 495798 715747
3DMark Wild Life Performance
5248
8289
Stability 68% 72%
Graphics test 31 FPS 49 FPS
Graphics score 5248 8289
Sources: 3DMark [3], [4]

Software

Operating system iOS 12 (Can be upgraded to iOS 15.5) iOS 15.3 (Can be upgraded to iOS 15.5)
OS size 11.1 GB 12 GB

Battery

Specifications
Capacity 2942 mAh 2018 mAh
Charge power 15 W 20 W
Battery type Li-Ion Li-Ion
Replaceable No No
Wireless charging Yes, Qi (10 W) Yes
Reverse charging No No
Fast charging Yes (50% in 30 min) Yes (61% in 30 min)
Full charging time 1:43 hr 1:18 hr
Battery life tests
Web browsing 11:16 hr 09:55 hr
Watching video 12:45 hr 08:38 hr
Gaming 05:10 hr 03:26 hr
Standby 123 hr 93 hr
General battery life
iPhone XR +29%
33:02 hr
25:41 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 60FPS
1080p video recording Up to 60FPS Up to 60FPS
Slow motion 240 FPS (1080p) 240 FPS (1080p)
Lenses 1 (12 MP) 1 (12 MP)
Wide (main) lens - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.8
- Focal length: 26 mm
- Pixel size: 1.4 micron
- Sensor: 1/2.55", Apple iSight X (BSI CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
- 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.8
- Pixel size: 1.22 micron
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
Camera features - Bokeh mode
- RAW support
- Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
Samples - Photo samples of Apple iPhone SE (2022) from DxOMark
Selfie camera
Megapixels 7 megapixels 7 megapixels
Image resolution 3088 x 2316 3088 x 2320
Aperture f/2.2 f/2.2
Focal length 32 mm -
Sensor type CMOS -
Video resolution 1080p (Full HD) at 60 FPS 1080p (Full HD) at 30 FPS

DxOMark camera tests

Photo quality
Video quality
Generic camera score

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax)
Wi-Fi features - Dual Band
- Wi-Fi MiMO
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Dual Band
- Wi-Fi MiMO
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Wi-Fi Display
Bluetooth version 5 5
Bluetooth features SPP, PBAP/PAB, PAN, OPP, MAP, LE, HSP, HID, HFP, HDP, GAP, GAVDP, DIP, AVRCP, A2DP LE
USB type No -
USB version 2 2
USB features - Charging
- OTG
- Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- OTG
GPS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS
NFC* Yes Yes
Infrared port No No
Network
Number of SIM* 1 1
Type of SIM card Nano Nano
eSIM support* Yes Yes
Hybrid slot No No
LTE Cat* 12 -
5G support No Yes

Sound

Speakers Stereo Stereo
Headphone audio jack No No
FM radio No No
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Speakers test
Max. loudness
iPhone XR +2%
87.3 dB

Other

Category Flagship Mid-range
Announced September 2018 March 2022
Release date October 2018 March 2022
SAR (head) 0.99 W/kg -
SAR (body) 0.99 W/kg -
Sensors - Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Face recognition sensor
- 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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Mike 15 July 2022 15:44
Yeah iPhone SE batter performance, but remember it has a much smaller display at 4,7inch while iPhone XR is a 6,1-inch display and the iPhone SE battery is much worse than the iPhone XR battery and the difference between A12 and A15 isn’t much since both them can run most games at 60 FPS except for Genshin impact on iPhone XR, it I’ll run it but you will have slight lag because it’s a demanding game, so mainly iPhone XR is better.
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