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iPhone SE 2020 vs 2022 – The 5G Upgrade Worth it?

The Apple iPhone SE series is one of the best compact phone series from Apple. There are usually very limited compact phones available in the market. The iPhone SE 2020 and 2022 are the most valuable devices for now.

Many people are genuinely confused about which phone they should buy. Because both are kind of similar at least in design but with a big upgrade of 5G chipset. With some other changes, this is necessary to compare both phones with ease.

The whole idea behind this blog post is to provide a clear vision about which device you should go for iPhone SE 2020 or 2022.

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Design and Build

Physical dimensions and weight

specsiPhone SE 2020iPhone SE 2022
DisplayRetina IPS LCD, 60.9 cm2, 16:9Retina IPS LCD, 60.9 cm2, 16:9
Display Size4.7-inch4.7-inch
Pixels Per Inch326 PPI326 PPI
Dimensions (inch)2.65 inch × 5.45 inch × 0.29 inch2.65 inch × 5.45 inch × 0.29 inch
Device Weight148 g144 g

Both have the same physical dimensions but the iPhone SE 2022 has a bit lower weight.

iPhone SE
iPhone SE

Materials used in construction

Both iPhones have an aluminium build and have glass on both sides of the phone. The materials used in both phone constructions are the same on iPhone 13. Moreover, both have an IP67 water resistance rating of up to 1 meter for 30 minutes.

Changes in design elements from 2020 to 2022

There is not a single thing that is changed in both phone’s designs. You will not change your decision on behalf of design.

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iPhone SE Display

Comparison of display sizes and resolutions

SpecsiPhone SE 2020iPhone SE 2022
Size4.7 inches4.7 inches
Resolution1334 x 750 pixels, 16:9 ratio1334 x 750 pixels, 16:9 ratio
Peak brightness625 cd/m2 (nit)625 cd/m2 (nit)

Same story with the display segment. Not a single aspect has changed or improved. There is no notable improvement in display quality. After all, you will not change your decision on behalf of the display.

iPhone SE
iPhone SE

Also, there is no impact on user experience and multimedia consumption when comparing both phones.

Performance and Hardware

Processor and RAM specifications

One of the main reasons why you should buy the iPhone SE 2022 is its 5G chipset. Because performance on both phones will not be a big upgrade. The 5G capability of the iPhone SE 3rd Gen is more valuable. Look at this comparison :

Architecture2x 3.23 GHz
4x 2.02 GHz
2x 2.65 GHz
4x 1.6 GHz
Frequency3.2 GHz2.6 GHz
CPU Specs

Look there is a significant CPU improvement but this is on paper specs. The actual usage of the CPU is declared at a certain usage. Usually, compact phones are used for normal tasks. You can’t do heavy gaming, video editing, etc. Therefore, there is a lot of potential but the use is very limited.

But keep in mind, that this A15 chipset will improve camera performance. The processing of captured images will be different from A13 as well.

Benchmark comparisons and real-world performance

AnTuTu 1012,91,5018,79,675
GeekBench 6 (Single Core)2,3451,753
GeekBench 6 (Multi-Core)5,7744,161

These scores are flagship scores and enough for every task. In real-world performance, you can do all heavy tasks but the experience will be not as good as an average screen size phone.

In my opinion, there is an improvement of course the A15 is a 5G chipset but for performance, there is not a big upgrade (only for compact phones like the iPhone SE series). If your priority is 5G then definitely you must go for iPhone SE 2022. The only important aspect of buying the iPhone 3rd gen is its 5G capability.

Gaming and multitasking capabilities

Gaming on both phones are same or a bit improved on the A15 but you can do just normal gaming. Multitasking will affected because of the 3GB RAM on iPhone SE 2020 and 4GB RAM on iPhone SE 2022.

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Camera Systems

Rear and front-facing camera specifications

Look there is not a single spec of camera that has been changed. The same 12MP back camera and 7MP front-facing camera for selfies. Both have the same capture specs and camera capabilities.

iPhone SE
iPhone SE

For the iPhone SE 2022, the image quality is a bit improved due to the different chipsets. But I don’t think that you should buy the iPhone SE 2022 just for the camera. There is a minor upgrade, not a major upgrade and this effect is possible due to chipset tunning.

Image and video quality improvements

Again same story image quality is same or a bit improved on iPhone SE 3rd gen. As well as video capabilities both phones can record video at 4K60FPS from the back camera and 1080P at 30FPS from the front camera.

In conclusion for camera capabilities, there is a minor upgrade but if you are not concerned about 5G then this is not worth an upgrade. If you are concerned about 5G capability then yes you will enjoy minor significance due to the newer chipset.

Battery Life

Battery capacity of both models

iPhone SE 20201821 mAh
iPhone SE 20222018 mAh
Battery specs

iPhone SE 2022 has a higher battery capacity about 10% more. Battery backup depends on the workload. Note that if you buy this device then battery health must be above 85% or more but not 100%. Because a 100% healthy battery is fake or not original it might decrease battery performance.

Efficiency improvements and impact on daily usage

There is about a 7 to 10 per cent improvement in iPhone SE 2022 battery performance. Also while gaming iPhone SE 2nd Gen heates first and drops brightness.

Software and Updates


Operating system versions for both models

Both phones are running on IOS 17 and the iPhone SE 3rd Gen has a newer processor, it will run for more than 2 years than the iPhone SE 2nd Gen. The iPhone 2020 will last until 2027 and the 3rd Gen will last until 2029.

Longevity of software support

If you want a phone for longer use then the iPhone SE 2022 is a good option but if you want a phone for just a few years then SE 2nd Gen is also a good option.

Price and Value for Money

Initial launch and current prices for the 2020 and 2022 models

ModelsCurrentInitial launch
iPhone SE 2020₹28,990 ($199)Rs 42,500 ($510)
iPhone SE 2022₹43,900 ($429)₹49,900 ($600)
Note: Price for 64GB models, price may vary…

Current market prices and availability

SE 2nd Gen is currently not available instead SE 3rd Gen is available to buy online. You can go for a refurbished one or a new one depending on your budget. But this blog post will carry you for both conditions either refurbished or new.

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User Reviews and Feedback

iPhone SE 2022 Users Reviews
iPhone SE 2020 Users Reviews


Ultimately, choosing between the iPhone SE 2020 and iPhone SE 2022 depends on your preferences. If you prioritize 5G capabilities, better performance, and longer software support, the iPhone SE 2022 is a better investment despite its higher initial cost.

However, if your budget is limited and you don’t mind missing out on the latest features, the iPhone SE 2020 remains a solid option, especially if you get it at a more affordable price. Consider your specific needs and budget constraints to make the right decision for a satisfactory smartphone experience.

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