Should I change iPhone SE to iPhone XR?

Apple will definitely not release an updated version of iPhone SE. If you still have this small 4-inch smartphone, it's time to upgrade to something newer. It might be worth choosing a brand new iPhone XR.

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iPhone XR is completely different from iPhone SE. For iPhone SE owners with a small display, the 5.8-inch iPhone XS would be more suitable, but it is much more expensive. Plus, the iPhone XR has the same design and almost all of the same features. So is it worth changing iPhone SE to iPhone XR? Below we will figure it out.

Bezel-less design and large size


iPhone The SE with its small 4-inch display and huge bezels certainly looks dated. The iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display with a resolution (1792×828) much higher than the SE (1136×640). In addition, the display of the new model has an expanded color gamut and support for True Tone technology.

However iPhone XR is higher than iPhone SE: 150.9mm versus 123.8mm. It is wider than the old smartphone: 75.7mm versus 58.6mm. Accordingly, it weighs more: 194g versus 113g.

The large size iPhone XR may scare the owners of the iPhone SE, because users loved this model so much precisely for its compactness. However, the difference can take some getting used to, so it's not worth giving up on the iPhone XR.

The iPhone XR has glass panels at the front and rear, connected by aluminum frames. The new glass is tougher than the glass used for iPhone SE. The lack of borders iPhone makes the XR look more modern and expensive. In addition, the iPhone XR supports wireless charging and is IP67 water and dust resistant. iPhone SE has no such protection at all. iPhone XR is available in six new colors and iPhone SE is available in just four.


The iOS 12 update improved the performance of older models, but the A9 processor inside the iPhone SE remains too old. By comparison, the A12 Bionic processor contains 6.9 billion transistors, an 8-core neural engine and a 4-core GPU Apple. iPhone XR will work great for the next at least 2-3 years.

TrueDepth camera, Face ID

The iPhone SE has a 1.2MP front-facing FaceTime HD camera. iPhone XR has a new TrueDepth camera. The new system consists of several sensors and a 7MP camera that can read depth information. The camera powers the Face ID technology, which just got faster.

The iPhone XR's camera captures video better thanks to its high dynamic range and cinematic image stabilization. The TrueDepth camera on iPhone XR also provides Animoji, Memoji, and portrait selfies with adjustable depth effect. All this is not on iPhone SE.

iPhone SE supports Touch ID. This technology is more reliable, but fingerprint scanners are already considered outdated, and Apple strongly promotes Face ID technology, because it is more convenient and faster.

Main camera


Both iPhone SE and iPhone XR have one 12MP main camera. One camera aperture iPhone XR f / 1.8, and its sensor is faster. Plus, thanks to OIS, the pictures are much better. What's more, the iPhone XR can take portraits with portrait light and supports Smart HDR technology.

Even in terms of video shooting iPhone XR is better iPhone SE. It can shoot 4K video at 60fps and record stereo sound. And thanks to cinematic image stabilization and high dynamic range, the new model can shoot slow-motion video in better quality.


Mobile internet speed is iPhone XR higher, and technology Bluetooth performance is better. The same goes for Wi-Fi operation. In addition, in some countries, the new smartphone can be used with two SIM cards.

However, the iPhone SE has a 3.5mm headphone jack, which the iPhone XR does not.


If you're willing to sacrifice compactness for the iPhone XR, you'll be rewarded with a powerful battery. iPhone XR has up to 25 hours of talk time, 11 hours more than iPhone SE. In addition, when working on the Internet, it works up to 15 hours, and when playing video – up to 16 hours.

What's more, the iPhone XR supports fast charging, which means it can be charged up to 50% in just 30 minutes. There is also support for wireless charging.


The iPhone XR (from £ 64,990) isn't as cheap as iPhone SE (from £ 18,000), but it does support a lot of new features that justify its cost. In addition, the new smartphone will serve you for at least 2-3 years.

Changing iPhone SE to iPhone XR is worth at least because of the new design. If you think it will be too big for you, consider buying a 5.8-inch iPhone XS.

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