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Apple iPhone SE (16GB) vs Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)

Side by side comparison between Apple iPhone SE vs Apple iPhone 5S phones, differences, pros, cons with full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Apple iPhone 5S XApple iPhone SE (16GB)11Points
Apple iPhone SE (16GB)
4"
IPS

640x1136

12
MP

1.2mp

2GB
RAM

64bit Dual

1642
mAh

(Non removable)

vs
02PointsApple iPhone 5S (16GB)Compare Apple iPhone SE X
Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
4"
IPS

640x1136

8
MP

1.2mp

1GB
RAM

64bit Dual

1560
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Apple iPhone SE (16GB)

The phonemore's choice is much more technical than personal. Therefore, you shouldn't only consider this. Our goal is to help you, but what's important to us may not be important to you. You decide which one is the best! Comment!

iPhone SE (16GB)11 Advantages Apple iPhone SE (16GB)vsiPhone 5S (16GB)2 Advantages Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
+1.84Ghz 64bit Dual-Core17%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
vs1.5Ghz 64bit Dual-Core
+2GB100%
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
vs1GB LPDDR3
+NVMe (SSD)Advantage
Fastest write and read storage.
vseMMC
+(back) 12MP50%
Higher resolution main camera
vs(back) 8MP
+4K UHD (3840x2160)3 times
More image quality for recording videos with the primary camera
vsFull HD (1920x1080)
+iOS 14Advantage
iOS 14 is newer and safer
vsiOS 12
+(4G LTE) 150 Mbps50%
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
vs(4G LTE) 100 Mbps
+1642 mAh5%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
vs1560 mAh
+802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)Advantage
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) is newer and faster
vs802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
+4.2 + A2DPAdvantage
Bluetooth 4.2 + A2DP is newer and faster
vs4.0 + A2DP
+NFCAdvantage
NFC allows you to make payments by approach quickly and securely
vsNot supported
16GB (10GB available)vs+16GB (13GB available)30%
More internal storage for applications and files
113 grams (3.96 ounces)vs+112 grams (3.92 ounces)1%
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37 Common items in both devices
7.6 millimeters (0.3 inches)
Aluminum body, glass front
TFT LED-Backlit IPS LCD
60Hz
16 million
640x1136 pixels
326 PPI
+30 specs and more in the table below

Check the comparison table below for more items that are not evaluated in comparison score above.

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Physical featuresApple iPhone SE (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
ModeliPhone SE (16GB)iPhone 5S (16GB)
Other model namesiPhone SE A1662, iPhone SE A1723, iPhone SE A1724Apple iPhone 5S A1453, iPhone A1457, A1530, A1533
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandAppleApple
Release dateMarch, 2016September, 2013
Depth7.6 millimeters (0.3 inches)7.6 millimeters (0.3 inches)
Size (width x height)58.6 x 123.8 millimeters (2.31 x 4.87 in)58.6 x 123.8 millimeters (2.31 x 4.87 in)
Weight113 grams (3.96 ounces)112 grams (3.92 ounces)
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Build, materialsAluminum body, glass frontAluminum body, glass front
Protection against water and othersNot supportedNot supported
System (OS)Apple iPhone SE (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
Operating systemiOS 9.0iOS 7.0
Firmware updateiOS 14iOS 12
HardwareApple iPhone SE (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
Chipset64bit - Apple A9 APL089864bit - Apple A7 APL0698
CPU processor1.84Ghz Dual-Core Apple Twister1.5Ghz Dual-Core Cyclone ARM v8
GPU graphical controllerPowerVR GT7600 MP6PowerVR G6430 quad-core
RAM memory2GB1GB LPDDR3
Internal storage16GB (10GB available)
NVMe (SSD)
16GB (13GB available)
eMMC
External storageNot supportedNot supported
DisplayApple iPhone SE (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
Display typeTFT LED-Backlit IPS LCDTFT LED-Backlit IPS LCD
Screen size4" inches4" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~60.8% (screen-to-body ratio)~60.8% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution640x1136 pixels (16:9)640x1136 pixels (16:9)
TouchscreenCapacitive MultitouchCapacitive Multitouch 5-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)326 PPI326 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass 4Gorilla Glass
Display features60Hz60Hz
Mobile networksApple iPhone SE (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM card1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum download/upload150/50 Mbps100/50 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G2G, 3G, 4G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM Mhz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkCDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900CDMA 800/1700/1900/2100, GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkCDMA2000 1xEV-DO
TD-SCDMA 1900/2000 (A1724)
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
A1453/A1533 GSM model:
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100

A1453/A1533 CDMA model:
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO

A1457/A1530 model:
UMTS 850/900/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat4

A1662 model:
LTE Cat4 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29)

A1723/A1724 model:
LTE Cat4 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28)
TD‑LTE (38, 39, 40, 41)
LTE Cat3

A1453 model:
LTE 700/800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100 (Bands 1,2,3,4,5,8,13,17,18,19,20,25,26)

A1533 model:
LTE 700/800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100 (Bands 1,2,3,4,5,8,13,17,19,20,25)

A1457 model:
LTE 800/850/900/1800/1900/2100/2600 (Bands 1,2,3,5,7,8,20)

A1530 model:
LTE 800/850/900/1800/1900/2100/2600 (Bands 1,2,3,5,7,8,20)
TD-LTE 1900/2300/2600 (Bands 38,39,40)
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, TD-SCDMA, UMTS, TD-HSDPA, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTEGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported
CallingApple iPhone SE (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
MessagingSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
SpeakerphoneSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
Call controlVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commandsVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commands
CameraApple iPhone SE (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
Back camera (main camera)12 megapixels8 megapixels
Main camera resolution4000x3000 pixels3264x2448 pixels
Video recording (primary)4K UHD (3840x2160) 30 fpsFull HD (1920x1080) 30 fps
FlashDual-LED flashDual-LED flash
Focal aperturef/2.2 (aperture)f/2.2 (aperture)
Focal length29mm lens29mm lens
Sensor size1/3" inches1/3" inches
Pixel size1.22µm pixel1.5µm pixel
AutofocusAutofocusAutofocus
Touch focusSupportedSupported
Image stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilization
ZoomOnly digital zoomOnly digital zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorSupportedSupported
HDRHDR photo/video and HDR photo on front cameraHDR photo on both cameras
2ª cameraApple iPhone SE (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
Front camera (secondary)1.2 megapixels1.2 megapixels
Front camera resolution1280x960 pixels1280x960 pixels
Video recording (secondary)HD (1280x720)HD (1280x720)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/2.4 (aperture)f/2.4 (aperture)
Focal length31mm lens31mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
MultimediaApple iPhone SE (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMPEG4, H.264, H.265, MOVMPEG4, H.264, MOV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, AAX+, AIFFMP3, WAV, AAC, eAAC, M4A
ConnectivityApple iPhone SE (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
USBUSB 2.0 proprietary connectorUSB 2.0 proprietary connector
TV outputProprietary TV-outProprietary TV-out
Audio output3.5mm jack3.5mm jack
Bluetooth4.2 + A2DP4.0 + A2DP
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
DLNANot supportedNot supported
NFCSupportedNot supported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsApple iPhone SE (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
Active noise cancellationSupportedSupported
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
SensorsAccelerometer
Proximity sensor
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)
Accelerometer
Proximity sensor
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)
Other features- Colors: Space Gray, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold
- Oleophobic coating
- Fingerprint sensor (Touch ID)
- Simultaneous HD video and image recording
- FaceTime
- Siri natural language
- AirDrop file sharing
- iCloud cloud service
- NFC for Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX)
- WiFi hotspot
- Colors: Black, White, Gold
- Touch ID
- Oleophobic coating
- Simultaneous HD video and image recording
- FaceTime
- Siri natural language
- AirDrop file sharing
- iCloud cloud service
- WiFi hotspot
Power supplyApple iPhone SE (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
BatteryLiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity1642 mAh1560 mAh
Charger, watts Standard charging Standard charging
Talk time autonomy840 minutes | 14 hours | 0.6 day600 minutes | 10 hours | 0.4 day
Standby14400 minutes | 240 hours | 10 days15000 minutes | 250 hours | 10.4 days
Radiation rateApple iPhone SE (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registered1.12W/kg (head) | 1.18W/kg (body)
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registered1W/kg (head) | 0.8W/kg (body)
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