Apple iPhone SE tech specs: what hardware drives the new four-inch iPhone?

Ask, and ye shall receive; ever since Apple pushed its smartphone lineup into larger new territory with the iPhone 6, a certain subset of users has been clamoring for the return of a new four-inch option. And while the last couple years brought us nothing but more 4.7 and 5.5-inch models, hope persisted that one day Apple might deliver another handset that would combine cutting edge specs with a petite, pocket-friendly body.

But to hear the majority of rumors as of just a few months ago, would the iPhone’s return to the four-inch space see it compromise on specs? Would Apple cripple the phone with generation-old technology in an effort to emphasize the split between proper “full-sized” iPhone handsets and this new smaller model?

Today at its Cupertino campus Apple cleared the air once and for all, introducing the iPhone SE with not only a four-inch screen, but specs that put the model head-to-head with the current iPhone 6s flagships. Lets take a look at exactly how the new iPhone SE measures up to its larger sibling.

Apple iPhone SE vs iPhone 6s specs

Component iPhone SE iPhone 6s
Screen size 4.0 inches 4.7 inches
Screen type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1136 x 640 1334 x 750
Pixel density 326 ppi 326 ppi
SoC Apple A9 Apple A9
Type 64-bit 64-bit
Speed Unconfirmed 1.85 GHz
GPU PowerVR GT7600 PowerVR GT7600
RAM Unconfirmed 2GB
Storage 16/64GB 16/64/128GB
Expansion No No
Camera 12-megapixel iSight with 1.22µ pixels 12-megapixel iSight with 1.22µ pixels
Flash True Tone flash True Tone flash
Front-facer 1.2-megapixel FaceTime 5.0-megapixel FaceTime
Battery 14hr talk time/10 day standby 14hr talk time/10 day standby
OS iOS 9.3 iOS 9.3
Bands Varies – supports UMTS/HSPA+ DC-HSDPA LTE and CDMA EV-DO Varies – includes UMTS/HSPA+ DC-HSDPA LTE Advanced and CDMA EV-DO
SIM type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
Bluetooth 4.2 4.2
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO
NFC Present Present
Infrared No No
Sensors Fingerprint gyroscope accelerometer proximity ambient light Fingerprint barometer gyroscope accelerometer proximity ambient light
Build Anodized aluminum Anodized aluminum
Size 123.8mm x 58.6mm x 7.6mm / 113g 138.3mm x 67.1mm x 7.1mm / 143g

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!