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iPhone SE (2020) Vs iPhone XS Max

iPhone SE (2020)
iPhone SE (2020) Starting from €181.34
iPhone XS Max
iPhone XS Max Starting from €313.45

How they compare

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iPhone SE (2020) iPhone XS Max
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iPhone SE (2020) iPhone XS Max
Width 67.3 mm 77.4 mm
Height 138.4 mm 157.5 mm
Weight 148 g 208 g
Thickness 7.3 mm 7.7 mm
Volume 67.99 cm³ 93.87 cm³


iPhone SE (2020) iPhone XS Max
Resolution 750 x 1334 px 1242 x 2688 px
Density 326 ppi 456 ppi
Size 4.7 inches 6.5 inches


iPhone SE (2020) iPhone XS Max
Battery capacity 1821 mAh* 3174 mAh*
Removable battery No No
Wireless charging Yes Yes
Fast charging Yes Yes
Ultra power saving mode Yes Yes

*Refurbished devices sold on Back Market offer at least 85% of this maximum power


iPhone SE (2020) iPhone XS Max
Maximum storage 256 GB 512 GB
CPU frequency 2.65 GHz 2.5 GHz
External memory slot No No
RAM capacity 3 GB 4 GB
LTE support Yes Yes


iPhone SE (2020) iPhone XS Max
Front camera resolution 7 MP 7 MP
Main camera resolution 12 MP 12 MP
Multi lens No Yes
Optical zoom No Yes
Flash Yes Yes
Optical stabilization Yes Yes
Slow motion video Yes Yes
Main camera video resolution 2160 px 2160 px


iPhone SE (2020) iPhone XS Max
Stereo speakers Yes Yes
3.5mm jack socket No No
Number of microphones 3 3

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iPhone XS Max vs iPhone SE (2020) Comparison

How do the iPhone SE (2020) and the iPhone XS Max compare?

The iPhone XS Max is a top-of-the-range phone, albeit a couple of years older than the iPhone SE (2020), which was released as a budget-friendly option. So, how do they shape up against one another? Does the newer technology get your vote, or is the older premium phone the way to go?

iPhone XS Max – a gorgeous giant of a phone

When it was released, the iPhone XS Max was Apple’s biggest-ever phone, and it’s still up there today. It has a stunning OLED 6.5-inch display, designed for an immersive experience. The XS models were the first to get rid of the bezels and home button for a sleeker, more modern appearance and extra screen size. In comparison, the iPhone SE (2020) is tiny. Its screen is just 4.7 inches and LCD, meaning you just don’t get the same experience. Both the iPhone XS Max and iPhone SE (2020) offer a 12 MP rear camera, but the XS Max has the edge with 2X optical zoom. If you’re into selfies, you get 7 MP with either of these phones.

iPhone SE (2020) – a fast phone that’ll fit in your pocket

The iPhone SE (2020) has a newer processor than the iPhone XS Max, A13 vs A12, so it will be faster. The SE also saw the return of the home button – lots of people like it and find it easy to use, so although you lose out on screen space, you get Touch ID instead of Face ID and a seamless transition if you’re more used to the home button style phones. Another plus for the iPhone SE is that it’s easy to use one-handed and slip into your pocket. The smaller size of the iPhone SE means that battery life isn’t quite as good, and you’ll probably get a good couple of hours more out of the iPhone XS Max. As for storage, the iPhone XS Max has the edge with 1 GB of RAM.

Which phone is best?

In terms of performance and cameras, there isn’t much between these two phones, despite the big difference in their original cost (over €1,000 for the XS Max, compared to €499 for the iPhone SE). The difference is the size and the screens, so if you want a pocketable phone then the SE is ideal, but if you’re all about the games, opt for the XS Max.

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