GPU Performance

Real-world GPU Performance of the iPhone SE should be pretty much the best on any mobile device on the market right now. Apple’s A13 already outperformed any other chipset out there in the iPhone 11 series, and the fact that the new SE now comes with an even lower resolution 1334 x 750 means that on-screen performance will be even better than what you’d experience on an iPhone 11.

Basemark GPU 1.2 - Medium 1440p - Off-Screen / Blit GFXBench Aztec Ruins - High - Vulkan/Metal - Off-screen GFXBench Aztec Ruins - Normal - Vulkan/Metal - Off-screen GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 Off-screen GFXBench T-Rex 2.7 Off-screen

In all our 3D tests, we see peak performance of the iPhone SE be near that of the other A13-powered iPhones, take a few frames here and there. Sustained performance is also extremely respectable, as the phone keeps up with the 11 series in most tests, which is again very impressive given its much smaller form-factor and correspondingly smaller thermal envelope.

Again, because this is a low-resolution screen, I have doubts users will even find real-world workloads that actually stress the phone enough for it to dip below V-sync limits, meaning when it comes to gaming, it’s going to be a incredibly future-proof phone – as long as you have the battery capacity for gaming.

Compared to the iPhone 8, even though we’re “only” talking about 2 generations difference in the SoCs, the new iPhone SE is essentially double, in some cases more than double, faster than the A11-based counterpart.

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  • 137ben - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    You don't get spyware with a Purism Librem 5 phone. Although, there are other drawbacks compared to iOS or Android.
  • Oxford Guy - Sunday, April 26, 2020 - link

    You get spyware with everything. Open source software may, in rare cases, be free of intentional spyware but the hardware will be compromised as well as the networks.
  • Deicidium369 - Sunday, April 26, 2020 - link

    but those drawbacks are it's a steaming pile of ...
  • 808Hilo - Sunday, April 26, 2020 - link

    Correct and its from Apple.
  • yeeeeman - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    This makes most iphone phones look bad, because Android has a lot of very good midrange phones in this price segment.
    Take Xiaomi Redmi K30 pro. 450$. SD865. 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage. 5G. OLED display, bezel less. 64MP main camera. In display fingerprint sensor. This iphone is a joke compared to that. Still this iphone is starting to look like a decent proposition from apple compared to the rest of the lineup.
  • Fulljack - Sunday, April 26, 2020 - link

    that's no mid-range, that's budget flagship.
  • Deicidium369 - Sunday, April 26, 2020 - link

    not with that peasant resolution
  • flyingpants265 - Sunday, May 10, 2020 - link

    That's what makes it budget..
  • cha0z_ - Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - link

    Dimensions 163.3 x 75.4 x 8.9 mm (6.43 x 2.97 x 0.35 in)
    Weight 218 g (7.69 oz)

    Nothing more to say, some people want smaller phones. Got a friend of mine who is like that, he switched from HIGH END RECENT android and it's his first ios device, could not be happier with his decision to switch. Not just because ios and the superior apps + running smoother + more features + exclusives, size was a big factor. My point is - each one have it's personal taste and on the smaller phone segment there is no equal to that new iphone se, especially if one is after more premium experience.

    Also the SE will be fully supported for 6 years with day one major/minor/beta as the most expensive current iphone. How about that Xiomi? I have a second hand iphone 6s from 2015 running rn ios 14 beta 3 - fast, smooth, can use it as daily without any complains. Also ios 14 added the few last missing things from android (app drawer, widgets on your home page, caller notification instead taking the whole screen, picture in picture for videos, to name a few).
  • heffeque - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    Personally I'm impressed on how big the phone is in comparison to the screen size. It's almost as big as an iPhone XS! ...yet the screen is a whole inch smaller!
    The battery is also tiny and not up to par with phones from this day and age.
    I don't really see what you see that's so impressive, other than CPU performance.
    A very lacking phone for almost $400.

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