specification of Apple iPhone SE 16GB rose gold comparing with Apple iPhone 5S

Apple iPhone SE
Apple iPhone 5S
4.87 x 2.31 x .30 inches
4.87 x 2.31 x .30 inches
3.99 ounces
3.95 ounces
Display size
4 inches
4 inches
1136 x 640 pixels
1136 x 640 pixels
iOS 9.3
iOS 7, upgradable to 9.3
16, 64GB
16, 32, 64GB
A9 chip with 64 bit architecture, Embedded M9 motion coprocessor
Apple A7, M7 motion coprocessor
4G LTE, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, hotspot
4G LTE, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, hotspot
12 MP primary, 1.2 MP secondary
8 MP primary, 1.2 MP secondary
4K at 30fps, 1080p at 30, 60, 0r 120fps, 720p at 240fps
1080p at 30fps, 720p at 120fps
Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Apple Pay
Non-removable Li-Po 1642 mAh battery
Non-removable Li-Po 1560 mAh battery
Apple App Store
Apple App Store
Avg. Price
 No longer on sale
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile
Space Gray, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold
Space Gray, Silver, Gold
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Design and Display

There’s not much separating the two devices in terms of size or design. They both measure in at 4.87 inches tall, 2.31 inches wide, and 0.30 inches thick. The iPhone SE is a mere .04 ounces heavier, true, but we doubt anyone will notice such a minor increase in weight while using the SE. They even look identical, with chamfered metal edges, that somewhat chubby aluminum body, and those two glass sections on the back for reception.

The 4-inch screens are also exactly the same, with identical 1,136 x 640-pixel resolutions. The button layout, body design, charger port, and mic/speaker location on both smartphones is also identical, meaning there aren’t any drastic visual changes between the two. Bearing this in mind, we feel it’s appropriate to call this category a draw.


Apple’s assertion that the iPhone SE is the most powerful 4-inch phone looks to be true, based on the specs, meaning it outpaces the iPhone 5S by a mile.

First off, let’s look at their chipsets. The 5S uses the Apple A7 chipset with 64-bit architecture, and includes an embedded M7 motion coprocessor. These chips are not one but two generations behind the iPhone SE’s A9 chipset and M9 coprocessor. Not only that, but the iPhone SE runs double the RAM at 2GB, versus the 5S’s 1GB.

Obviously, the iPhone SE is much faster and more powerful than the iPhone 5S. Users will likely notice an appreciable difference in response time, app loading and installation, and stability between the two. Furthermore, while the 5S is upgradeable to iOS 9.3 — the device ships with iOS 7.1 — it won’t run as well on the device’s outdated hardware. The iPhone SE, on the other hand, is packed with the same chipset as the iPhone 6S, and ships with iOS 9.3. As time goes on, the 5S will have a harder time running the latest version of iOS, which is why it isn’t particularly surprising that Apple no longer offers the device online or through any of its retail outlets.

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The iPhone SE also has the edge in terms of battery life, especially when you consider how the 1,642mAh battery on the SE compares with the 1,560mAh battery on the 5S. It’s not as big of a difference as you’ll find between the SE and, say, the Samsung’s Galaxy S7, but it’s still worth noting.

On all power-related fronts, the iPhone SE defeats the iPhone 5S.


 The iPhone SE’s 12-megapixel, rear-facing camera is a considerable upgrade from the 8-megapixel camera on the iPhone 5S, though both still feature a 1.2-megapixel on the front. The pixel size on the SE is smaller, at 1.22 µm, versus the 5S’s 1.5 µm. That increase in megapixel count and decrease in pixel size translates to higher picture quality on the iPhone SE.

The video capabilities are also stronger with the SE, given the device is capable of capturing video at numerous resolutions and speeds (4K at 30 fps, 1080p at 60 fps, slow-motion, etc.). The SE provides a wide range of speeds and resolutions to work with, but the 5S can only record in 1080p at 30 fps, and 720p at 120fps for slo-mo capture.

The iPhone SE is a healthy upgrade camera-wise, as it offers expanded video and camera capabilities that completely overshadow the 5S. The 5S is more than three years old at this point, so it makes sense that the iPhone SE features better camera components.
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