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.

System Performance Camera - Quick Evaluation
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  • boozed - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    This. Why do phones have to be so large you need two hands to operate them?
  • Peskarik - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    because they are primarily game devices and mini-TVs for the tech-savvy (that's the nice way to write addicted) youngsters.
  • Maxpower2727 - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    Because lots and lots of people love larger phones and would never use something as small as this.
  • Deicidium369 - Sunday, April 26, 2020 - link

    I wish I had the girlish/trump hand needed to use a device this small. But unfortunately I have big American Man Hands, and am used to handling large items.
  • Retycint - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    You misspelled "reasonable, normal size for a smartphone in your opinion". Seriously, is it not common sense that some people have larger hands or are willing to sacrifice one-handed usability for more screen estate?
  • NA1NSXR - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    No, it is not common sense for effective and productive people. The people rocking the biggest phones in my world little girls and ignorant guys into Teslas.
  • Retycint - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    You must be living in a delusional world, then. Different people have different priorities, and one-handed usage is not a significant consideration for many.

    Unless you can tell me that one-handed usage significantly improves productivity and efficiency, enough to outweigh the benefits that a bigger screen brings. I'll wait.
  • Peskarik - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    productivity and efficiency, on a mobile Phone. :-D
    they are used to play games and watch YT/Netflix, what "productivity"!
    It is YOU who are living in a delusional world, mate.
  • Retycint - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    Well, he did say "common sense for effective and productive people", implying that one-handed usage somehow makes people more "effective and productive". Doesn't make sense, right? I know. No need to thank me when all of you are going against your own argument. In fact I haven't seen a single good point as to why small screens should be the norm.

    In fact, for "[playing] games and [watching] YT/Netflix", a bigger screen is desirable. So I'm not sure what point you are trying to make
  • Deicidium369 - Sunday, April 26, 2020 - link

    IKR - I am in the minority that I only use my phone for phone calls and text. I have used the navigation in the past, but as a Man, I can easily scry my location with dead reckoning. I have played Mahjong on mobile, never watched movies/videos on YT or Netflix. I can honestly say I accomplish nothing productive with my phone.

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