Apple iPhone 5s vs Apple iPhone SE Detailed Comparison

Apple iPhone 5s

Apple iPhone SE

SCORE:
65
SCORE:
70

Highlights

  • 4.0" 640 x 1136 IPS LCD screen
  • 1 rear camera
  • 8MP f/2.2 main camera
  • 1560 mAh Non-removable Li-Po 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 5s 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 SE gets higher overall score in our ranking system which is based on network, connectivity, memory, display specifications, video, audio and other features.

Apple iPhone 5s

Apple iPhone SE

BODY
71
NETWORK
89
DISPLAY
57
MEMORY
21
CAMERA
60
FEATURES
77
LOCATION TECH
70
CONNECTIVITY
77
SENSORS
74
AUDIO
74
BATTERY
44
OVERALL
65
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 5s

This section shows the features and specifications which are the reason to choose Apple iPhone 5s over Apple iPhone SE.

Apple iPhone 5s vs Apple iPhone SE
Lighter 3.95 oz (112 g) vs 3.99 oz (113 g)
Larger Pixels on Main Camera 1.5μm vs 1.22μm

Advantage of Apple iPhone SE

This section shows the features and specifications which are the reason to choose Apple iPhone SE over Apple iPhone 5s.

Apple iPhone 5s vs Apple iPhone SE
More RAM 1GB vs 2GB
Higher Main Camera Resolution 8MP vs 12MP
Front Flash vs Retina Flash
Higher Video Playback Resolution/FPS 1080p at 60fps vs 4K UHD at 30fps
Higher Rear Camera Video Recording Resolution/FPS 1080p at 30fps vs 4K UHD at 30fps
1080p at 30fps
1080p at 60fps
720p at 30fps
Rear Camera Slow Motion Recording 1080p at 120fps vs 1080p at 120fps
720p at 240fps
Wi-Fi Standard 802.11 b/g/n vs 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth version v4.0 vs v4.2
NFC vs (Only Apple Pay)
CPU Speed 1.3 GHz vs 1.8 GHz
Higher Battery Capacity 1560 mAh (typical) vs 1624 mAh (typical)
Longer Internet Usage Time LTE Up to 10 hours vs Up to 13 hours
Longer Internet Usage Time Wi-Fi Up to 10 hours vs Up to 13 hours
Longer Audio Playback Time Up to 40 hours vs Up to 50 hours

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both smartphones.

PROS
👍   4G Bands
👍   Front Selfie Camera
👍   Rear Flash
👍   Rear Camera HDR
👍   Rear Camera Panorama
👍   Rear Camera Face Detection
👍   Front Camera HDR
👍   Front Camera Face Detection
👍   GPS
👍   Wi-Fi Direct
👍   Gyroscope
👍   Accelerometer
👍   Proximity sensor
👍   Fingerprint Sensor
👍   Loudspeaker Configuration
👍   3.5mm Audio Jack
CONS
👎   No 5G Bands
👎   Low Screen Resolution: 640 x 1136 and 640 x 1136
👎   Low Screen Pixel Density: 326ppi and 326ppi
👎   Low Screen To Body Ratio: 60.8% and 60.8%
👎   No HDR display
👎   Small RAM: 1GB and 2GB
👎   Small Internal Storage: 16GB and 16GB
👎   Memory Card Slot
👎   1 Rear Camera
👎   8MP and 12MP Main Camera
👎   No Ultra-Wide Angle Camera
👎   No Telephoto Camera
👎   No Infrared
👎   No ANT+
👎   No FM radio
👎   No Barometer
👎   Low Capacity Battery: 1560 and 1624 mAh
👎   No Fast Wired Charging
👎   No Wireless Charging

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 5s and here - Apple iPhone SE.

BASICS Apple iPhone 5s vs Apple iPhone SE
BrandApplevsApple
ModeliPhone 5svsiPhone SE
Version1GB/16GBvs2GB/16GB
Version2A1533vsA1662
CountryUSAvsUSA
ColorsSpace Gray, White/Silver, GoldvsSpace Gray, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold
Annouce date2013, September 10vs2016, March 21
Release Date2013, September 20vs2016, March 31
BODY Apple iPhone 5s vs Apple iPhone SE
BuildGlass front (Gorilla Glass), aluminum back, aluminum framevsGlass front (Gorilla Glass), aluminum back, aluminum frame
Weight3.95 oz (112 g)vs3.99 oz (113 g)
Dimensions (HxWxD)4.87" x 2.31" x 0.30"
123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
vs4.87" x 2.31" x 0.30"
123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
NETWORK Apple iPhone 5s vs Apple iPhone SE
Number of SIMSingle SIMvsSingle SIM
SIM SizeNano-SIMvsNano-SIM
TechnologyGSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTEvsGSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
2G BandsGSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900
CDMA 800, 1700, 1900, 2100
vsGSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900
CDMA 2000
3G BandsHSDPA 850, 900, 1900, 2100
CDMA 2000
vsHSDPA 800, 850, 900, 1700 (AWS), 1900, 2100
CDMA 2000
4G BandsFDD LTE: Bands 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 8 / 13 / 17 / 19 / 20 / 25vsFDD LTE: Bands 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 8 / 12 / 13 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 29
5G Bandsvs
SCREEN Apple iPhone 5s vs Apple iPhone SE
ScreenSize4.0"/101.6 mm (full rectangle)vs4.0"/101.6 mm (full rectangle)
Screen TypeIPS LCDvsIPS LCD
Screen Resolution640 x 1136vs640 x 1136
Screen Pixel Density326ppivs326ppi
Screen Aspect Ratio16∶9vs16∶9
Screen To Body Ratio60.8%vs60.8%
Screen Brightness500 (typical)vs500 (typical)
Contrast Ratio800∶1vs800∶1
HDR displayvs
MEMORY Apple iPhone 5s vs Apple iPhone SE
RAM1GBvs2GB
Internal Storage16GBvs16GB
Memory Card Slotvs
Card Typevs
CAMERA Apple iPhone 5s vs Apple iPhone SE
Rear CamerasWidevsWide
Main Wide-Angle CameraiSight Camera
Resolution: 8MP
Focal Length: 29mm
Pixel Size: 1.5μm
Aperture: f/2.2
Sensor Size: 1/3"
Phase-Detection Autofocus
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 vs
Telephoto Cameravs
Second Telephoto Cameravs
Front CamerasFaceTime HD cameravsFaceTime HD Camera
Front Selfie CameraResolution: 1.2MP
Aperture: f/2.4
vsResolution: 1.2MP
Aperture: f/2.4
Focal Length: 31mm
Front UltraWide Cameravs
Rear Depth Cameravs
Front Depth Cameravs
Macro Cameravs
Front Flashvs Retina Flash
Rear Flash True Tone flashvs True Tone flash
FEATURES Apple iPhone 5s vs Apple iPhone SE
Video Playback Resolution/FPS1080p at 60fpsvs4K UHD at 30fps
Video Playing FormatH.264, AAC-LC, MPEG-4, Motion JPEG, PCMvsHEVC, H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2, Motion JPEG
Digital ZoomFor video: 3xvsFor stills: 5x
For video: 3x
Front Camera Video Recording Resolution/FPS720p at 30fpsvs720p at 30fps
Rear Camera Video Recording Resolution/FPS1080p at 30fpsvs4K UHD at 30fps
1080p at 30fps
1080p at 60fps
720p at 30fps
Rear Camera Slow Motion Recording1080p at 120fpsvs1080p at 120fps
720p at 240fps
Front Camera HDR Video Recordingvs
Rear Camera HDR Video Recordingvs
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 5s vs Apple iPhone SE
GPSvs
A-GPSvs
GALILEOvs
GLONASSvs
BDSvs
QZSSvs
NavICvs
LTEPPvs
CONNECTIVITY Apple iPhone 5s vs Apple iPhone SE
USBUSB 2.0vsUSB 2.0
USB InterfaceLightningvsLightning
Infraredvs
Wi-Fi Standard802.11 b/g/nvs802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Directvs
Bluetooth versionv4.0vsv4.2
NFCvs (Only Apple Pay)
ANT+vs
FM radiovs
PLATFORM Apple iPhone 5s vs Apple iPhone SE
OSiOS 7, upgradable to iOS 12.4.6vsiOS 9.3.2, upgradable to iOS 14.2
ChipsetApple A7vsApple A9
CPU TypeDual-corevsDual-core
CPU Speed1.3 GHzvs1.8 GHz
GPUPowerVR G6430vsPowerVR GT7600
SENSORS Apple iPhone 5s 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 5s vs Apple iPhone SE
Loudspeaker ConfigurationMonovsMono
Audio Playing FormatAAC, Protected AAC, HE-AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (2, 3, 4, AAX, AAX+), Apple Losseless, AIFF, WAVvsAAC-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
Audio Specifications16-bit/44.1kHzvs16-bit/44.1kHz audio
BATTERY Apple iPhone 5s vs Apple iPhone SE
Battery TypeNon-removable Li-PovsNon-removable Li-Po
Battery Capacity1560 mAh (typical)vs1624 mAh (typical)
Fast Wired Chargingvs
Wireless Chargingvs
Talk TimeUp to 10 hours (3G)vsUp to 14 hours (3G)
Internet Usage Time LTEUp to 10 hoursvsUp to 13 hours
Internet Usage Time Wi-FiUp to 10 hoursvsUp to 13 hours
Audio Playback TimeUp to 40 hoursvsUp to 50 hours
ENVIRONMENTAL Apple iPhone 5s 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 5s vs Apple iPhone SE
Rating for Hearing AidsM3, T4vsM3, T4
Mail Attachment Support.jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel); .zip; .icsvs
SupportLanguage Support, QuickType keyboard support, QuickType keyboard support with predictive input, Dictation languages, Siri languages, Definition dictionary support, Bilingual dictionary support, 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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