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Compare the Apple iPhone SE to the Apple iPhone 8

The Apple iPhone SE and the Apple iPhone 8 look identical on the outside. But on the inside, there is at least one big difference: the processor. In this article, you can read all about the similarities and differences between the Apple iPhone SE and the Apple iPhone 8.

Apple iPhone SE 128GB Black

128GB storage capacity | 4.7-inch LCD screen | iOS 13
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  • Thanks to the fast A13 processor, your device can even handle the most demanding apps.
  • You can take sharp photos with the 12-megapixel camera with portrait mode.
  • You can easily charge your iPhone SE without cables via wireless charging.
  • Since it doesn't have an ultra wide-angle or telephoto lens, the camera is less versatile.
  • FaceID isn't available on this iPhone, so you unlock the Apple iPhone SE with TouchID.

Refurbished iPhone 8

Given the arrival of new iPhone models, the Apple iPhone 8 will no longer be made. Only refurbished Apple iPhone 8 models are currently available.

Compare the iPhone SE to the iPhone 8

iPhone SE iPhone 8
Screen 4.7-inch LCD Retina 4.7-inch LCD Retina
Dimensions 13.8 x 6.7 x 0.7cm 13.8 x 6.7 x 0.7cm
Processor A13 Bionic chip A11 Bionic chip
Expected system updates Until 2026 Until 2023
Rear camera 12 MP wide-angle lens 12 MP wide-angle lens
Front camera 7-megapixel camera 7-megapixel camera
Water-resistant IP67 (1 meter deep for 30 seconds) IP67 (1 meter deep for 30 seconds)
Colors Black, white, RED Space Gray, Gold, and Silver
Storage capacity 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB 64GB and 256GB


iPhone SE RED

iPhone SE: A13 Bionic chip

The biggest difference between the 2 devices is the processor. The iPhone SE 2 has the A13 Bionic chip with 3GB RAM integrated in it. You can also find this processor in iPhone 11 (Pro). As such, you can quickly switch between apps and play demanding games on this device. The A13 bionic chip is also more economical with a longer battery life than that of the Apple iPhone 8.

iPhone 8 silver

iPhone 8: A11 Bionic chip

The A11 Bionic chip with 2 GBRAM in the Apple iPhone 8 is less efficient than the processor in the Apple iPhone SE. This means the processor requires a little more battery power than that of the iPhone SE model. When opening apps and browsing the internet, the iPhone 8 is also a bit slower than the iPhone SE.


iPhone SE camera

iPhone SE: more camera functions

Although the iPhone SE and iPhone 8 have the same camera lenses, the iPhone SE has more camera options. This is thanks to the integrated A13 Bionic chip, which ensures you can use Smart HD for better photos in poor light conditions. You can also photograph your friends in portrait mode. This makes the camera more versatile than the camera on the iPhone 8.

Camera iPhone 8

iPhone 8: without extra functions

With the camera of the Apple iPhone 8, you can't take portrait photos and Smart HDR isn't available. Due to the A11 processor, you can't use extra camera functions such as these. The camera lens is the same, though. You have a 12-megapixel rear camera and you can record videos in 4K quality, for example.


iPhone SE colors

iPhone SE: more variation in storage

The Apple iPhone SE is available in the colors black, white, and RED. Unlike the bezels of the iPhone 8, the bezels of all iPhone SE models are black. The black bezels around the screen ensure the image is calm to the eyes. You can choose 3 different storage capacities with the iPhone SE: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. This means Apple has added a 128GB version since the Apple iPhone 8, which is a great option if 64GB isn't enough for you and 256GB is way too much.

iPhone 8 colors

iPhone 8: black and white bezels

With the Apple iPhone 8, you can choose between 64GB or 256GB of storage capacity. You can't get 128GB with an iPhone 8. In addition, this device is available in other colors than the iPhone SE: Space Gray, gold, and silver. Only the Space Gray versions has black bezels. The other 2 colors have white bezels.


The Apple iPhone SE and the Apple iPhone 8 look identical at first glance. The Apple iPhone SE has a more powerful processor that makes the device faster and more economical. Thanks to the processor, the iPhone also has more camera options, such as Smart HDR and portrait mode. With the iPhone SE, you'll also benefit from the latest software for a long time. It's expected that you can install system updates on the iPhone SE until 2026. With the iPhone 8, support is expected to end after 2023.

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