Comparative Apple iPhone SE (2022) vs iPhone 13 mini vs Sony Xperia 10 III vs Pixel

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The Apple iPhone SE (2022) is now official and, as usual, here we leave you with one of our technical comparisons. On this occasion it has not been easy to select its rivals, since the new Apple mobile offers very peculiar characteristics.

This is ours comparative of the iPhone SE (2022) against its direct rivals in size and features. A review that we hope will serve to understand how the new iPhone is placed in the market. For its price, its power and its tiny size, the iPhone SE (2022) is a Rare avis very far from the rest of mobiles.

We have pitted the Apple iPhone SE (2022) against the following smartphones:

Size Matters

iPhone SE 2

Usually when we compare mobiles it is usually interesting that the screen is as large as possible and with the highest resolution. In this the story is completely opposite. Here the relevant thing is that the weight and size are as small as possible. And the battle is closer than it might seem. In fact, the iPhone 13 mini is smaller and lighter than the iPhone SE (2022), although considerably more expensive.

They are two phones that play in different leagues but that is also noticeable in the design. That is, if we want the most compact mobile, we will have to tighten our pocket a little more. Even so, the iPhone SE (2022) with its 144 grams and a height of 138.4 mm, is the smallest What can we buy today?

Although there are alternatives. Despite offering 5.8-inch screens, both the Pixel 4a and the Galaxy S10e compete in weight and size, with the difference that by having smaller frames, the screen ratio is much higher.

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The iPhone SE (2022) it has stuck to an outdated design and that is clearly reflected when compared to its rivals. We know that Apple has decided to appeal to nostalgia and the arguments of the new iPhone are different, but on an aesthetic level, the new SE is far behind its rivals. With OLED screens, with better resolution and an equally manageable size.

If we want a small mobile, the market already offers alternatives of a similar size but with much more modern designs.

At the battery level, there is a clear distinction between the most recent mobiles such as the Sony Xperia 10 III and the Zenfone 8, which reach 4,000 mAh, compared to older models such as the Pixel or the Galaxy S10e, which remain close to the 3,000mAh

In the case of the iPhone SE (2022), Apple does not provide technical data on the battery. The previous iPhone SE (2022) offered 1,821 mAh and Apple has promised an improvement of around 20%, to reach 15 hours of playback compared to 13 hours of the previous model. Taking into account the autonomy offered by Apple devices and the small size of its screen, we believe that the iPhone SE (2022) will be as durable or more durable than many of its rivals.

Apple iPhone SE (2022)

Apple iPhone 13mini

Sony Xperia 10III

Google Pixel 4a

asus zenfone 8

Samsung Galaxy S10e

Screen

4.7″ Retina

5.4″ Super Retina OLED

6″ OLED

5.81″ OLED

5.9″ AMOLED 120Hz

5.8″ AMOLED

screen ratio

65.4%

85.1%

80.3%

83.3%

82.9%

83.3%

Battery

2,438mAh

4,500mAh

3,140mAh

4,000mAh

3,100mAh

Dimensions and weight

138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm
144g

131.5 x 64.2 x 7.7mm
141g

154 x 68 x 8.3mm
169g

144 x 69.4 x 8.2mm
143g

148 x 68.5 x 8.9mm 169g

142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9mm 150g

No one beats Apple in performance

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The Apple A15 Bionic is reason enough to justify the investment in this mobile. It is true that its design and features evoke past times, but the processor that we also have in the iPhone 13 is much more powerful not only than its compact rivals, even the best high-end mobiles. Despite being accompanied by only 3 GB of RAM, according to GSMArenathe iPhone SE (2022) is a beast. No other mobile in its price range offers as much performance.

Devices like the Sony Xperia 10 III or the Galaxy S10e add more RAM and bet on mid-range chipsets. Only the new Zenfone 8, which does add a high-end processor, could come close to the iPhone SE (2022).

Small mobiles are also powerful. And in performance, neither beats the new iPhone SE. The Apple A15 Bionic is as rare to find in this price range as its design is rare in 2022.

It is striking that the iPhone SE (2022) continues keeping the 64 GB of base storage. Again, Apple wants to set the entry price as low as possible for its standards.

For the design, Apple explains that they have improved their Gorilla Glass glass to bring it closer to the iPhone 13. However, despite being waterproof, the certification remains in IP67, one point behind the IP68 of its rivals.

At the connectivity level, 5G is the main novelty of the iPhone SE (2022), which also adds WiFi 6. It is an expected and logical novelty for these times. The problem with betting on an old device is that it does not have these latest technologies. Brands like Google or Samsung would do well to update these ranges if they want to continue competing for the throne of the best compact mobile.

Apple iPhone SE (2022)

Apple iPhone 13mini

Sony Xperia 10III

Google Pixel 4a

asus zenfone 8

Samsung Galaxy S10e

Processor

Apple A15 Bionic

Apple A15 Bionic

Snapdragon 690

Snapdragon 730G

Snapdragon 888

exynos 9820

RAM

3GB

4GB

6GB

6GB

6 / 8 / 12 / 16GB

6 / 8GB

Storage

64 / 128 / 256GB

128 / 256 / 512GB

128 / 256GB

128GB

128 / 256GB

128 / 256GB

software

iOS 15

iOS 15

Android 11

android 12

android 12
ZenUI

android 12,
OneUI 4

connectivity

5G
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
gps
NFC
Lightning

5G
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
gps
NFC
UWB
MagSafe
Lightning

5G
Wi-Fi 5
Bluetooth 5.1
gps
NFC
usb type c

4G
Wi-Fi 5
Bluetooth 5.0
gps
NFC
usb type c

5G
WiFi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
gps
NFC
usb type c

4G
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
gps
NFC
usb type c

Others

IP67, front fingerprint reader (TouchID)

IP68, Face ID

IP68, Gorilla Glass 6, side fingerprint reader

Gorilla Glass 3, rear fingerprint reader

IP68, Gorilla Glass Victus, fingerprint reader on the screen

IP68, Gorilla Glass 5, side fingerprint reader

A reliable camera, but simple

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The iPhone SE (2022) camera is still the same as we’ve had for a while. A 12-megapixel sensor with an f/1.8 aperture lens. Apple’s photographic novelties are in the software, closely linked to the inclusion of the Apple A15 processor. We have, for example, Smart HDR 4, Deep Fusion technology to improve textures and the inclusion of photographic styles. Also the video has improved and allows you to record with better quality in 4K at 60 fps.

Apple trusts the good work of its processing for the iPhone SE (2022) camera, which hardly has any news. Here they play with the trump card that, with exceptions such as Sony or ASUS, small mobiles are usually somewhat old.

One step further is the iPhone 13 mini with a better main camera and a wide-angle secondary sensor. Except for the Pixel 4a, which is also cheaper, the iPhone SE is left alone with its single camera.

Apple iPhone SE (2022)

Apple iPhone 13mini

Sony Xperia 10III

Google Pixel 4a

asus zenfone 8

Samsung Galaxy S10e

rear cameras

12MP, f/1.8

12MP, f/1.6
Wide angle: 12MP, 13mm

12MP, f/1.8
Wide angle: 8MP, 16mm
Telephoto: 8MP, 54mm

12.2MP, f/1.7

64MP, f/1.8
Wide angle: 12MP, 14mm

12MP, f/1.5-2.4
Wide angle: 16MP, 12mm

Frontal camera

7MP

12MP

8MP

8MP

12MP

10MP

It is an iPhone for about 500 euros

iPhone SE 1

The iPhone SE (2022) is the “cheap iPhone”. A tagline repeated a thousand times to quickly describe what this device entails. It is access to the iOS ecosystem for about 500 euros. It is to have a powerful processor. With a solid design and the guarantee of a big brand like Apple behind it. Its 64 GB version is available for 529 euros, although to compare prices it is better to go for the 128 GB version. A storage that all its rivals add.

To get an idea, we have the iPhone 13 mini that would offer what many of us ask of the iPhone SE, but much more expensive. The Sony Xperia 10 III is a peculiar option, which plays with the trump card of being an economic model, new and with a very slim width that makes it very comfortable to use. The Pixel 4a was Google’s answer to the iPhone SE and is perhaps the most similar alternative, but it is already in need of a renovation. The Zenfone 8 is a very compact high-end mobile, although we are already going to a price that is one step higher. Another very direct rival is the Galaxy S range, although as in the case of Google, it needs an update.

Apple has opted to renew a simple and cheap mobile if we take into account its other models. And although Apple can be criticized for continuing to embrace an outdated aesthetic, the truth is that many rival manufacturers pay even less attention to their ultra-compact phones.

Apple iPhone SE (2022)

Apple iPhone 13mini

Sony Xperia 10III

Google Pixel 4a

asus zenfone 8

Samsung Galaxy S10e

Price (128GB)

€579

809 euros

€429

€399

€699

€499

The Apple iPhone SE (2022) is now official and, as usual, here we leave you with one of our technical…

The Apple iPhone SE (2022) is now official and, as usual, here we leave you with one of our technical…

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