By packing the biginto its small , Apple has made its budget a more compelling product at just the right time for a -spooked world. Where most budget phones cut costs by using lower-end processors, the new uses the same flagship chip that powers the , which launched last year.
That processing power means this newest iPhone, though lacking some iPhone 11 features, like Face ID and an ultrawide-angle camera, still gets new capabilities that require the A13 chip. Those include the latest portrait mode effects for blurring backgrounds behind photo subjects, the six studio lighting effects Apple also offers, the newest HDR technology to handle scenes with bright and dark elements and 4K video at 60 frames per second.
“Apple’s A13 is a remarkable piece of silicon,” said Techsponential analyst Avi Greengart. “It outperforms everything else on the market at any price.”
The A13 processor outclasses what’s in all current Android phones, not just cheap models that budget-conscious buyers might be eyeing. The iPhone SE scores 1,328 on the Geekbench speed test of single-task performance, matching the iPhone 11 and far surpassing the iPhone’s strongest competitor, the, which has a score of 835.