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Apple has released its iPhone 5S back in 2013, while the iPhone SE has just been confirmed by the company and will hit the markets soon. This phone is an upgrade over the old flagship, but it has the same screen size, which will please many users who didn’t want a bigger iPhone. Today we’re going to compare these two devices and let you decide if you want to purchase the old iPhone 5S or wait for the iPhone SE to be released worldwide.


Both phones have identical dimensions: 123.8×58.6×7.6mm, but while the iPhone 5S weights 112 grams, the iPhone SE is 1 gram heavier.


Again, these two phones have in common the same screen size and resolution, which means that they’re equipped with a IPS LCD display measuring 4-inch and supporting a resolution of 1136×640 pixels at 326 ppi.

Processors, Graphics Cards & RAM

The iPhone 5S has been released with an Apple A7 chipset, a dual-core Cyclone processor clocked at 1.3GHz, a PowerVR G6430 graphics card and 1GB of RAM. The iPhone SE has an upgraded hardware configuration consisting of an Apple A9 chipset, a dual-core Twister processor clocked at 1.84GHz, a PowerVR GT7600 graphics card and 2GB of RAM.


The iPhone 5S has been released in three internal storage variants of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. On the other hand, the iPhone SE comes in only two variants of internal memories with capacities of 16GB and 64GB. Unfortunately, none of the devices offers a card slot for storage expansion.


The iPhone 5S sports a primary camera of 8MP that features autofocus, dual-LED flash, geo-tagging, HDR, face detection, touch focus and a secondary camera of 1.2MP. The iPhone SE inherited iPhone 6S’ rear camera of 12MP that has similar features, including simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, but the secondary camera kept the low resolution of 1.2MP.


Both devices feature non-removable batteries, but the iPhone 5S has a smaller cell of 1560 mAh, which is outperformed by the 1642 mAh battery of the iPhone SE.