Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Apple iPhone SE Detailed Comparison

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

Apple iPhone SE

SCORE:
83
SCORE:
70

Highlights

  • 6.7" 1284 x 2778 Super Retina XDR OLED screen
  • 5G support
  • 3 rear cameras
  • 12MP f/1.6 main camera
  • HDR display
  • 3687 mAh Non-removable Li-Ion battery

Highlights

  • 4.0" 640 x 1136 IPS LCD screen
  • 1 rear camera
  • 12MP f/2.2 main camera
  • 1624 mAh Non-removable Li-Po battery
 

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Overview

Here we are comparing Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max to Apple iPhone SE to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them.

We have evaluated the smartphones from available features and specifications. Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max gets higher overall score in our ranking system which is based on network, connectivity, memory, display specifications, video, audio and other features.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

Apple iPhone SE

BODY
72
NETWORK
98
DISPLAY
94
MEMORY
64
CAMERA
84
FEATURES
92
LOCATION TECH
86
CONNECTIVITY
88
SENSORS
76
AUDIO
85
BATTERY
78
OVERALL
83
BODY
71
NETWORK
89
DISPLAY
57
MEMORY
43
CAMERA
72
FEATURES
81
LOCATION TECH
70
CONNECTIVITY
85
SENSORS
78
AUDIO
74
BATTERY
46
OVERALL
70

Advantage of Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

This section shows the features and specifications which are the reason to choose Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max over Apple iPhone SE.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Apple iPhone SE
Thinner 6.33" x 3.07" x 0.29"
160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4 mm
vs 4.87" x 2.31" x 0.30"
123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
5G Bands Sub6, mmWave: Bands 1 / 2 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 20 / 25 / 28 / 38 / 40 / 41 / 66 / 71 / 77 / 78 / 79 / 260 / 261 vs
Screen Type Super Retina XDR OLED vs IPS LCD
Higher Screen Resolution 1284 x 2778 vs 640 x 1136
Higher Screen Pixel Density 458ppi vs 326ppi
Higher Screen To Body Ratio 87.4% vs 60.8%
Hgiher Screen Brightness 800 (typical)
1200 (HDR)
vs 500 (typical)
Higher Contrast Ratio 2000000∶1 vs 800∶1
HDR display vs
More RAM 6GB vs 2GB
More Internal Storage 128GB vs 16GB
More Rear Cameras Wide + UltraWide + Telephoto vs Wide
Wider Main Camera Aperture f/1.6 vs f/2.2
Wider Main Camera 26mm vs 29mm
Larger Pixels on Main Camera 1.7μm vs 1.22μm
Ultra-Wide Angle Camera Resolution: 12MP
Focal Length: 13mm
Aperture: f/2.4
Sensor Size: 1/3.6%
Field of View: 120°
vs
Telephoto Camera Resolution: 12MP
Focal Length: 65mm
Aperture: f/2.2
Sensor Size: 1/3.4%
Pixel Size: 1.0μm
Phase-Detection Autofocus
Optical Image Stabilization
vs
Higher Front Camera Resolution 12MP vs 1.2MP
Wider Front Camera Aperture f/2.2 vs f/2.4
Front Depth Camera 3D Depth Sensing vs
Higher Front Camera Video Recording Resolution/FPS 4K UHD at 24fps
4K UHD at 25fps
4K UHD at 30fps
4K UHD at 60fps
1080p at 25fps
1080p at 30fps
1080p at 60fps
vs 720p at 30fps
Higher Rear Camera Video Recording Resolution/FPS 4K UHD at 24fps
4K UHD at 25fps
4K UHD at 30fps
4K UHD at 60fps
1080p at 25fps
1080p at 30fps
1080p at 60fps
720p at 30fps
vs 4K UHD at 30fps
1080p at 30fps
1080p at 60fps
720p at 30fps
Front Camera HDR Video Recording with Dolby Vision up to 30 fps vs
Rear Camera HDR Video Recording with Dolby Vision up to 60 fps vs
HDR10 playback vs
Dolby Vision playback vs
GALILEO vs
QZSS vs
Wi-Fi Standard 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6 vs 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth version v5.0 vs v4.2
CPU Type Hexa-core vs Dual-core
CPU Speed 3.1 GHz, 1.8 GHz vs 1.8 GHz
Barometer vs
LiDAR Scanner vs
Loudspeaker Configuration Stereo vs Mono
Dolby Atmos vs
Higher Battery Capacity 3687 mAh (typical) vs 1624 mAh (typical)
Fast Wired Charging vs
Wireless Charging Qi2.0 vs
Longer Audio Playback Time Up to 80 hours vs Up to 50 hours

Advantage of Apple iPhone SE

This section shows the features and specifications which are the reason to choose Apple iPhone SE over Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Apple iPhone SE
Lighter 8.03 oz (228 g) vs 3.99 oz (113 g)
Fingerprint Sensor vs
3.5mm Audio Jack vs

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both smartphones.

PROS
👍   4G Bands
👍   Main Camera Optical Image Stabilisation
👍   Front Selfie Camera
👍   Front Flash
👍   Rear Flash
👍   Rear Camera HDR
👍   Rear Camera Panorama
👍   Rear Camera Face Detection
👍   Front Camera HDR
👍   Front Camera Face Detection
👍   GPS
👍   Wi-Fi Direct
👍   NFC
👍   Gyroscope
👍   Accelerometer
👍   Proximity sensor
👍   Loudspeaker Configuration
CONS
👎   Memory Card Slot
👎   12MP and 12MP Main Camera
👎   No Infrared
👎   No ANT+
👎   No FM radio

Side by Side Comparison

And in the end we display side by side all the specifications which are present for both models.

Note: The following table shows only those details which are applicable for both models and excludes the ones that are applicable for only one model. If you want to see a full list of specs for each model please visit their individual pages here - Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max and here - Apple iPhone SE.

BASICS Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Apple iPhone SE
BrandApplevsApple
ModeliPhone 12 Pro MaxvsiPhone SE
Version6GB/128GBvs2GB/16GB
Version2A2342vsA1662
CountryUSAvsUSA
ColorsSilver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific BluevsSpace Gray, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold
Annouce date2020, October 13vs2016, March 21
Release Date2020, November 13vs2016, March 31
BODY Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Apple iPhone SE
BuildGlass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), stainless steel framevsGlass front (Gorilla Glass), aluminum back, aluminum frame
Weight8.03 oz (228 g)vs3.99 oz (113 g)
Dimensions (HxWxD)6.33" x 3.07" x 0.29"
160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4 mm
vs4.87" x 2.31" x 0.30"
123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
NETWORK Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Apple iPhone SE
Number of SIMSingle SIMvsSingle SIM
SIM SizeNano-SIM or eSIMvsNano-SIM
TechnologyGSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5GvsGSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
2G BandsGSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900
CDMA 800, 1900
vsGSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900
CDMA 2000
3G BandsHSDPA 850, 900, 1700 (AWS), 1900, 2100
CDMA 2000
vsHSDPA 800, 850, 900, 1700 (AWS), 1900, 2100
CDMA 2000
4G BandsFDD LTE: Bands 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 28 / 29 / 30 / 32 / 66 / 71
TDD LTE: Bands 34 / 38 / 39 / 40 / 41 / 42 / 46 / 48
vsFDD LTE: Bands 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 8 / 12 / 13 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 29
5G BandsSub6, mmWave: Bands 1 / 2 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 20 / 25 / 28 / 38 / 40 / 41 / 66 / 71 / 77 / 78 / 79 / 260 / 261vs
SCREEN Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Apple iPhone SE
ScreenSize6.7"/170.1 mm (full rectangle)vs4.0"/101.6 mm (full rectangle)
Screen TypeSuper Retina XDR OLEDvsIPS LCD
Screen Resolution1284 x 2778vs640 x 1136
Screen Pixel Density458ppivs326ppi
Screen Aspect Ratio19.5∶9vs16∶9
Screen To Body Ratio87.4%vs60.8%
Screen Brightness800 (typical)
1200 (HDR)
vs500 (typical)
Contrast Ratio2000000∶1vs800∶1
HDR displayvs
MEMORY Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Apple iPhone SE
RAM6GBvs2GB
Internal Storage128GBvs16GB
Storage TypeNVMevsNVMe
Memory Card Slotvs
Card Typevs
CAMERA Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Apple iPhone SE
Rear CamerasWide + UltraWide + TelephotovsWide
Main Wide-Angle CameraResolution: 12MP
Focal Length: 26mm
Pixel Size: 1.7μm
Aperture: f/1.6
Phase-Detection Autofocus
Optical Image Stabilization
vsResolution: 12MP
Aperture: f/2.2

Focal Length: 29mm
Pixel Size: 1.22μm
Sensor Size: 1/3%Phase-Detection Autofocus
Optical Image Stabilization
Ultra-Wide Angle Camera Resolution: 12MP
Focal Length: 13mm
Aperture: f/2.4
Sensor Size: 1/3.6%
Field of View: 120°
vs
Telephoto CameraResolution: 12MP
Focal Length: 65mm
Aperture: f/2.2
Sensor Size: 1/3.4%
Pixel Size: 1.0μm
Phase-Detection Autofocus
Optical Image Stabilization
vs
Second Telephoto Cameravs
Front CamerasTrueDepth cameravsFaceTime HD Camera
Front Selfie CameraResolution: 12MP
Aperture: f/2.2
vsResolution: 1.2MP
Aperture: f/2.4
Focal Length: 31mm
Front UltraWide Cameravs
Rear Depth Cameravs
Front Depth Camera 3D Depth Sensingvs
Macro Cameravs
Front Flash Retina Flashvs Retina Flash
Rear Flash Brighter True Tone flash with Slow Syncvs True Tone flash
FEATURES Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Apple iPhone SE
Video Playback Resolution/FPS4K UHD at 30fpsvs4K UHD at 30fps
Video Playing FormatHEVC, H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2, Motion JPEGvsHEVC, H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2, Motion JPEG
Digital ZoomFor stills: 12x
For video: 6x
vsFor stills: 5x
For video: 3x
Front Camera Video Recording Resolution/FPS4K UHD at 24fps
4K UHD at 25fps
4K UHD at 30fps
4K UHD at 60fps
1080p at 25fps
1080p at 30fps
1080p at 60fps
vs720p at 30fps
Rear Camera Video Recording Resolution/FPS4K UHD at 24fps
4K UHD at 25fps
4K UHD at 30fps
4K UHD at 60fps
1080p at 25fps
1080p at 30fps
1080p at 60fps
720p at 30fps
vs4K UHD at 30fps
1080p at 30fps
1080p at 60fps
720p at 30fps
Rear Camera Slow Motion Recording1080p at 120fps
1080p at 240fps
vs1080p at 120fps
720p at 240fps
Front Camera HDR Video Recording with Dolby Vision up to 30 fpsvs
Rear Camera HDR Video Recording with Dolby Vision up to 60 fpsvs
Rear Camera HDRvs
Rear Camera Panoramavs
Rear Camera Face Detectionvs
Front Camera HDRvs
Front Camera Panoramavs
Front Camera Face Detectionvs
HDR10 playbackvs
HDR10+ playbackvs
Dolby Vision playbackvs
Hyperscale 1080p Video Supportvs
LOCATION Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Apple iPhone SE
GPSvs
A-GPSvs
GALILEOvs
GLONASSvs
BDSvs
QZSSvs
NavICvs
LTEPPvs
CONNECTIVITY Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Apple iPhone SE
USBUSB 2.0vsUSB 2.0
USB InterfaceLightningvsLightning
Infraredvs
Wi-Fi Standard802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6vs802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Directvs
Bluetooth versionv5.0vsv4.2
NFCvs (Only Apple Pay)
ANT+vs
FM radiovs
PLATFORM Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Apple iPhone SE
OSiOS 14.1, upgradable to iOS 14.2vsiOS 9.3.2, upgradable to iOS 14.2
ChipsetApple A14 BionicvsApple A9
CPU TypeHexa-corevsDual-core
CPU Speed3.1 GHz, 1.8 GHzvs1.8 GHz
GPUApple GPUvsPowerVR GT7600
SENSORS Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Apple iPhone SE
Gyroscopevs
Accelerometervs
Proximity sensorvs
Barometervs
Ambient light sensorvs
Face Recognitionvs
LiDAR Scannervs
Gravity Sensorvs
SARvs
Compassvs
Hall Effectvs
Camera laser focusingvs
Color Temperaturevs
Gesturevs
Color Spectrumvs
Distance Sensorvs
IR Blastervs
IR remote controlvs
HR Sensorvs
Iris Sensorvs
Fingerprint Sensorvs
Infrared Thermometryvs
Hearing Aid Compatibilityvs
AUDIO Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Apple iPhone SE
Loudspeaker ConfigurationStereovsMono
Audio Playing FormatAAC-LC, HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2, Protected AAC, MP3, Linear PCM, Apple Losseless, FLAC, AC-3, E-AC-3, Audible (2, 3, 4, AAX, AAX+)vsAAC-LC, HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2, Protected AAC, MP3, Linear PCM, Apple Losseless, FLAC, AC-3, E-AC-3, Audible (2, 3, 4, AAX, AAX+)
Dolby Atmosvs
3.5mm Audio Jackvs
BATTERY Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Apple iPhone SE
Battery TypeNon-removable Li-IonvsNon-removable Li-Po
Battery Capacity3687 mAh (typical)vs1624 mAh (typical)
Fast Wired Chargingvs
Wireless Charging Qi2.0vs
Audio Playback TimeUp to 80 hoursvsUp to 50 hours
ENVIRONMENTAL Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Apple iPhone SE
Operating Temperature32 to 95℉ (0 to 35℃)vs32 to 95℉ (0 to 35℃)
Nonoperating Temperature-4 to 113℉ (-20 to 45℃)vs-4 to 113℉ (-20 to 45℃)
Relative Humidity5% to 95% noncondensingvs5% to 95% noncondensing
Operating Altitudetested up to 10,000 feet (3000 m)vstested up to 10,000 feet (3000 m)
OTHER Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Apple iPhone SE
Rating for Hearing AidsM3, T4vsM3, T4
Mail Attachment Support.jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (MicrosoftWord); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and AdobeAcrobat); .ppt and .pptx (MicrosoftPowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx(MicrosoftExcel); .zip; .ics; .usdz (USDZUniversal)vs
SupportLanguage support, QuickType keyboard support, QuickType keyboard support with autocorrection, QuickType keyboard support with predictive input, QuickType keyboard support with multilingual input, QuickType keyboard support with contextual suggestions, Siri languages, Dictation languages, Definition dictionary support, Bilingual dictionary support, Thesaurus, Spell checkvsLanguage support, QuickType keyboard support, QuickType keyboard support with predictive input, Siri languages, Dictation languages, Definition dictionary support, Bilingual dictionary support, Spell check

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