The 3rd gen­er­a­tion Apple iPhone SE came out in March 2022 and got wild­ly pop­u­lar… in Japan. In Rus­sia and the rest of the world, the lev­el of sales is still below the desired one, but it is pos­si­ble that it will grow in the near future. This arti­cle described in detail all the advan­tages of the Apple iPhone SE 2022. They told how it is bet­ter than the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion mod­el and what to expect from the next iPhone SE.

Apple iPhone SE 2022 vs 2020 - comparison of budget modelsSmall, styl­ish and pow­er­ful bud­get smart­phone from Apple. Pho­to:

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions iPhone SE 2020 vs 2022
Sam­ple pho­tos from iPhone SE cam­eras
Water and dust pro­tec­tion
Addi­tion­al fea­tures
Who is this smart­phone for?
Apple iPhone SE 4th gen­er­a­tion — what to expect from new items

Specifications iPhone SE 2020 vs 2022

iPhone SE 2 (2020) iPhone SE 3 (2022)
Screen IPS, 4.7 inch­es, 1334 x 750, 326 dpi, 625 nits, 1400:1 con­trast ratio, 3D Touch, True Tone, P3 IPS, 4.7 inch­es, 1334 x 750, 326 dpi, 625 nits, 1400:1 con­trast ratio, 3D Touch, True Tone, P3
CPU Apple A13 Bion­ic (6 cores, 2.65GHz, 7nm+) Apple A15 Bion­ic (6 CPU cores, 16-core neu­roblock, 15.8 Gop/s, 5 nm)
Mem­o­ry, GB 64, 128 and 256 GB 64, 128 and 256 GB
Main cam­era 12 MP (f/1.8, 28mm, 1.4µm, OIS) + 4K video record­ing at 60 FPS 12MP (f/1.8, 28mm, 1.4µm, OIS) + 4K video record­ing at 60 FPS + slow mo record­ing in Full­HD at 120fps
Front-cam­era 7 MP (f/2.2) + FHD video 7 MP (f/2.2) + FHD video
Bat­tery enough for 13 hours of active use enough for 15 hours of active use
The size 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm
Pro­tec­tion against mois­ture and dust IP67 IP67
Apple iPhone SE 2022 vs 2020 - comparison of budget modelsSE 3rd gen­er­a­tion is top-end hard­ware at a low price. Pho­to:


Apple iPhone SE 3 received a new, pow­er­ful, mod­ern A15 Bion­ic chip. By com­par­i­son, the iPhone SE 2 has an ear­li­er ver­sion — A13 Bion­ic.

The same ver­sion of the chip (A15) is used in the iPhone 13, the com­pa­ny’s most advanced smart­phone. True, the per­for­mance in the bud­get mod­el is slight­ly cur­tailed. This is done in order to increase the auton­o­my of the device.

Why is the chip so impor­tant? It is respon­si­ble for the per­for­mance of the device. Now phone:

  • per­forms even more oper­a­tions at the same time;
  • launch­es more mod­ern games (and after all, a lot of new prod­ucts and updates have been released in 2 years).

The new smart­phone han­dles graph­ics 20% faster and bet­ter than its pre­de­ces­sor (with the A13 Bion­ic proces­sor). This means that video con­tent and games will not slow down. Also now shoot­ing video in 4K has become smoother. And the proces­sor and the case itself begin to heat up only after 15–25 min­utes of active games.

Apple iPhone SE 2022 vs 2020 - comparison of budget modelsiPhone SE 2022 is not only pow­er­ful, but also a beau­ti­ful smart­phone. Pho­to:


Tra­di­tion­al­ly, Apple does not seek to adver­tise the capac­i­ty of its bat­ter­ies, and does not dis­close the fig­ure in mAh. Why? It’s easy to explain. The num­ber does­n’t always mat­ter. Much more impor­tant is ener­gy effi­cien­cy.

For exam­ple, in our arti­cle on the best gam­ing smart­phones, we com­pared the iPhone 13 with oth­er brands. The smart­phone from Apple has a bat­tery with a low­er capac­i­ty (3208 mAh ver­sus 4000+ mAh). But even with such a capac­i­ty, it can work for 8 hours on a sin­gle charge with active use.

The small­er num­ber of mAh is com­pen­sat­ed by the high adapt­abil­i­ty of games and appli­ca­tions for the iPhone, the ener­gy effi­cien­cy of the A15 Bion­ic proces­sor.

This also applies to the bud­get mod­el. Accord­ing to review­ers, its capac­i­ty does not exceed 2018 mAh. But due to its high ener­gy effi­cien­cy, a smart­phone can work longer than sim­i­lar devices with the same bat­tery.

The iPhone SE 3 2022 has a more pow­er­ful bat­tery than its 2nd gen­er­a­tion coun­ter­part. Now the smart­phone works 2 hours longer with active use (15 hours ver­sus 13).

You can charge the iPhone SE bat­tery in the usu­al way (via a cord) or via the Qi wire­less stan­dard. There is a fast charg­ing func­tion, thanks to which the smart­phone restores half the charge in half an hour.


Smart­phone Apple iPhone SE 2nd gen­er­a­tion is appre­ci­at­ed by users for a good cam­era. The main char­ac­ter­is­tics in the bud­get iPhone 2022 have not changed: 12 MP (f / 1.8, 28 mm, 1.4 microns, opti­cal sta­bi­liza­tion) + 4K video record­ing at 60 FPS.

Apple iPhone SE 2022 vs 2020 - comparison of budget modelsThe spec­i­fi­ca­tions of the 3rd gen­er­a­tion SE cam­era remained unchanged. Pho­to:

But has any­thing got­ten bet­ter? Yes. The qual­i­ty of pic­tures and videos has become high­er thanks to the intro­duc­tion of new tech­nolo­gies and arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence.

deep fusion is a new fea­ture avail­able in iPhone 13 and SE 2022 bud­get ver­sion. When the func­tion is enabled, the cam­era takes not one, but 8 shots. Each of them has a dif­fer­ent expo­sure val­ue. The A15 Bion­ic proces­sor ana­lyzes the shots and selects the 2 clear­est and most suc­cess­ful ones. Next, arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence com­bines two images and forms one from them. It is as detailed as pos­si­ble, bright, with rich col­ors.

Both front and rear cam­eras are now avail­able:

- opti­cal sta­bi­liza­tion — reduces video shak­ing, even if it is filmed on the go;

- pho­to­graph­ic styles. This is a ready-made pre­set that can be select­ed in advance and will auto­mat­i­cal­ly be applied to all pic­tures tak­en in nor­mal mode;

- Smart HDR fea­ture. With it, you can take bright pho­tos even in dif­fi­cult light­ing con­di­tions. For exam­ple, you can take a pic­ture against the sun. In this case, the image will not be over­ex­posed.

There is anoth­er cool fea­ture that went to the bud­get iPhone SE (iOS) from top mod­els. This is the abil­i­ty to record in “slow mo” (slow motion) in Full­HD at 120 frames per sec­ond.

Sample photos from iPhone SE cameras

Apple iPhone SE 2022 vs 2020 - comparison of budget modelsPho­to tak­en dur­ing day­light hours. Pho­to:
Apple iPhone SE 2022 vs 2020 - comparison of budget modelsSelf­ie exam­ple. Pho­to:
Apple iPhone SE 2022 vs 2020 - comparison of budget modelsThis is what the pho­to was tak­en at night. Pho­to:
Apple iPhone SE 2022 vs 2020 - comparison of budget modelsAnoth­er exam­ple of shoot­ing in low light at night. Pho­to:
Apple iPhone SE 2022 vs 2020 - comparison of budget modelsSnap­shot on the main cam­era. Pho­to:


The sec­ond and third gen­er­a­tion smart­phones are iden­ti­cal in size and appear­ance. For the man­u­fac­tur­er, this is a sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings on com­po­nents. But users have long been ask­ing Apple to release a bud­get ver­sion with a larg­er screen.

The body of the phone is made of alu­minum. It is pro­tect­ed by glass on both sides. The cor­ners are neat and round­ed. The fin­ger­print sen­sor is locat­ed at the bot­tom.

The design is also unchanged. The col­ors are iden­ti­cal to the 2nd gen­er­a­tion: black, red, white. If you want oth­er col­ors, you can buy a case. There are options for every taste.


The screen in the iPhone SE 3 remained unchanged. This is Reti­na HD with a diag­o­nal of 4.7. The iPhone SE dis­play is bright, com­pact, and sup­ports mul­ti-touch tech­nol­o­gy. This is recog­ni­tion of mul­ti­ple simul­ta­ne­ous taps on the screen.

Screen res­o­lu­tion 1334x750. It’s not a lot, but it’s enough to have a bright and clear pic­ture on such a small screen.

There is a built-in True Tone func­tion. This is an option that adjusts the bright­ness and con­trast of the screen accord­ing to the ambi­ent light.

Apple iPhone SE 2022 vs 2020 - comparison of budget modelsiPhone SE 3 is a smart­phone for those who want a styl­ish, pow­er­ful and com­pact phone. Pho­to:

Water and dust protection

As in the case of the 2nd gen­er­a­tion of 2020, the smart­phone has an IP67 stan­dard. This means that the smart­phone is not afraid of mois­ture. It can be kept no deep­er than 1 m under water for 30 min­utes. Also, the case is com­plete­ly pro­tect­ed from dust ingress.

Additional features

There are 2 more dif­fer­ences between the iPhone SE 2022 and the 2020 mod­el:

  • RAM is no longer 3 GB, but 4. This increas­es the per­for­mance of the device. Now the smart­phone opens and clos­es appli­ca­tions faster, it is eas­i­er to work in mul­ti­task­ing mode;
  • added 5G mod­ule. This means that the iPhone will be able to con­nect to 5th gen­er­a­tion net­works. What dif­fer­ence will the user notice? For exam­ple, the pic­ture in Face­Time will be in HD qual­i­ty not only when con­nect­ed to WiFi, but also when con­nect­ed to the mobile Inter­net. Of course, if it is pos­si­ble to con­nect to 5G (in Rus­sia, for exam­ple, it is not yet avail­able).
Apple iPhone SE 2022 vs 2020 - comparison of budget modelsOne of the main advan­tages of the SE 2022 is its low price. Pho­to:

Who is this smartphone for?

For every­one who:

  • not ready to give $1,000 for 13 iPhones;
  • appre­ci­ates small smart­phones;
  • wants a good cam­era and a pow­er­ful proces­sor for lit­tle mon­ey.

Apple iPhone SE 4th generation — what to expect from new items

What has every­one been wait­ing for from SE for a long time? That’s right, screen mag­ni­fi­ca­tion! And in the updat­ed ver­sion of the 4th gen­er­a­tion, this can hap­pen! Line fans were encour­aged by ana­lyst Ross Young.

Can he be trust­ed? Young’s pre­dic­tions about Apple prod­ucts often come true, so many peo­ple trust his opin­ion.

The com­pa­ny plans to intro­duce a new mod­el in 2024. There is no infor­ma­tion about the tech­ni­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics, proces­sor or cam­era of the nov­el­ty yet. It is only known that the iPhone SE 4 will have the best “stuff­ing” among all bud­get mod­els of the brand. As soon as new infor­ma­tion about this mod­el appears, you can find it out from our blog.


By Yara