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iPhone SE vs iPhone 8 comparison; buy wisely!

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

03rd May, 2020. 11:37 am
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iPhone SE vs Iphone 8

Apple, amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, has debuted its new iPhone SE 2020 for $399 which has similar looks and specs as iPhone 8.

The company, however, has decided to end iPhone 8’s flagship as of having same feature like the new iPhone SE.

When it first debuted, the iPhone 8 cost $699, but the price lowered to $449 before Apple pulled the plug on it.

These days, you can still get the phone from third-party retailers for even less.

The iPhone SE may share many of the iPhone 8’s specs, but for $50 more you’ll get more mileage out of a phone that isn’t going to be three years old out-of-the-box.

Here are more reasons through which the comparison could be easy.

iPhone SE vs iphone 8

The new SE has a few upgrades that make it better than the iPhone 8. That includes an A13 Bionic processor, dual-SIM capabilities and a handful of camera upgrades.

If you already have a well-functioning iPhone 8, there’s no reason to update to a new one if you can help it.

In addition to the iPhone SE 2020 upgrades you’ll be missing out on, there’s the likelihood that software updates from Apple and customer support from wherever you purchase your iPhone 8 may not be as robust on a 3-year-old device than on a new one.

Camera: iPhone SE has some hidden extras

The iPhone SE and iPhone 8 both have a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 7-megapixel front-facing shooter.

On the surface, it looks as if there’s no difference between the two phones’ cameras, but Apple added some useful camera features in the new champ. These include:

  1. Portrait Mode and Depth Control for taking and adjusting bokeh photos
  2. Smart HDR, to improve highlights and shadows
  3. Red-eye correction
  4. Quicktake, which lets you quickly record video without tapping out of Photo mode
  5. Video improvements: Extended dynamic range for 30fps; 3x digital zoom (the iPhone 8 has 2x); cinematic video stabilization for 4K video (the iPhone 8 has it only up to 1080p) and stereo recording
  6. Front-facing camera: Portrait mode and cinematic video stabilization up to 1080p (the iPhone 8 has none)

Moreover, iPhone SE captures better quality photos and video than the iPhone 8, and at times takes photos equally comparable to the iPhone 11.

Processor, battery, dual-SIM and memory

The iPhone SE is equipped with Apple’s latest proprietary A13 Bionic chip, the same one that’s inside the iPhone 11 flagship. When we ran processing performance speeds on 3DMark and Geekbench 5, the iPhone SE clocked in similar results with the iPhone 11, which is to say that the new debut also performed comparably — and at times better than — the Galaxy S20, Pixel 4 and the OnePlus 8 Pro.

And compared to the iPhone 8, the iPhone SE’s result for 3DMark’s Ice Storm Unlimited test resulted miles above the iPhone 8’s (97,415 compared to the iPhone 8’s 62,206 score).

Apple never discloses its iPhones’ battery capacities, so when it announced the new one, all it revealed that it features the same as the iPhone 8.

It also listed identical wireless video and audio playback hours (13 hours and 40 hours, respectively) for both phones.

However, when we ran our battery tests for video playback on Airplane mode, the new SE lasted longer than the iPhone 8 by nearly two hours.

In addition, the iPhone SE has options for a nano-SIM and an e-SIM, meaning you can manage two phone numbers on the same phone.

Having dual-SIM capabilities is handy if you travel a lot and need a phone abroad.

Further, while both phones have a 64GB and 256GB memory option, the new SE has a third, 128GB model.

That capacity is commonly considered to be the ‘sweet spot’ as far as storage goes.

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