Apple is no longer a brand that only presents high-end mobiles, the mid-range has become a point of reference for them and we find among their smartphones the new iPhone SE 2020 and iPhone XR, both with interesting features that can make us hesitate when choosing our new smartphone.
With the intention of clarifying all the doubts of those who want to buy a new mobile and Apple is their main option for iOS, in addition to the entire ecosystem, we face each of the characteristics of these two terminals. We will draw conclusions from what they can offer us and we will draw conclusions to know if it is worth spending a little more on any of them.
Very different design and displays
At first glance we already realize that the designs do not have much to do at least on the front, where the iPhone SE 2020 on the left shows us a more miliary screen than the iPhone 8 and yet the Apple iPhone XR is an option that bets on the popular Apple notch. Its construction also has differences, in the iPhone SE we have glass as an outstanding material and the iPhone XR combines glass with the aluminum alloy. In terms of weight, the iPhone XR pro dimensions grows to 196 grams before the light 148 grams of the iPhone SE 2020.
The back of both devices is completely clean except for a lens in the upper right corner and its companion, the LED flash. The panel of the iPhone SE 2020 stays at 4.7 inches with IPS technology in addition to HD + resolution. Before this, the iPhone XR takes a step forward with its 6.1- inch IPS but also maintains an HD + resolution along with HDR.
Processors and features
Between the presentation of one and the other model there has been a generation jump in Apple’s processors, that is why we find in the iPhone SE 2020 the latest Apple A13 Bionic with a frequency of 2.65 GHz with six cores. On the other hand, the iPhone XR is made up of the Apple A12 Bionic that runs at 2.5 GHz and also has six cores. There will be differences in both cases, but minimal.
As for the configuration, the iPhone SE 2020 comes with options of 3 GB of RAM + 64, 128 or 256 GB of storage, which coincides identically with the iPhone XR. In both cases, support for MicroSD cards is not included and we will have to opt for the cloud if we need more space.
Similar front and rear cameras
We reached a key point where it will be difficult for us to get out of doubts, since both include lenses with many similarities. In the case of the iPhone SE 2020 in the back we find a 12 Mpx lens with f / 1.8 aperture. We will have the ability to use autofocus, HDR, scenes, night mode and portrait mode among other modes shared by both models. The iPhone XR slightly improves the rear camera with 12.2 Mpx and f / 1.8 aperture.
In the front camera, the situation is similar: the iPhone XR includes a lens in the 7.2 Mpx notch and the iPhone SE 2020, 7 Mpx, in both cases of f / 2.2 aperture. Video recording in both cases reaches 4K resolution, along with the optical image stabilizer.
Battery and connectivity
We give way to a key section, the battery where we have in the iPhone SE 2020 a capacity of 1821 mAh along with a fast charge of 18W. Before this, the iPhone XR has 2942 mAh with fast charging and also wireless charging. We do not forget the IP67 resistance present in both cases and that will offer us peace of mind against water.
In connectivity, the first difference is in the unlock method, where on the iPhone SE 2020 we have the classic fingerprint reader on the front and the iPhone XR does it through Face ID. Both models have Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and GPS, of course as usual without an audio jack in both despite being cheaper models.
iOS 13 to complete the experience
In both cases we have the latest version of the Apple operating system where we have control of the entire Apple ecosystem at our fingertips and enjoy our smartphone with the best optimization. Thanks to this the small battery of both models will be enough to reach the end of the day. In the case of the iPhone SE 2020 instead of the gesture system we will have the option of opting for the classic button or choosing the iPhone XR to make the leap to gestures.
Prices and purchase recommendation
The iPhone SE 2020 has managed to renew a classic and also make it affordable for many users, a terminal that we can find from 536 dollars in the most basic version with all the benefits we have known. Before this the iPhone XR 64 GB we find it at a starting price of 735 dollars , which means a considerable difference of almost 200 euros.
In case you are interested in buying one of them, we will have to look at its differences, where the design and size will give us the key. If we are looking for a larger screen, it will be worth paying more for the iPhone XR despite having a somewhat lower processor, although if we settle for a smaller screen and the classic design of the IPhone SE 2020 has conquered us, we will have no doubts.