iPhone SE battery life compared to iPhone 11 [Video]

What happens when you compare iPhone SE battery life against iPhone 11 battery life? We have the answer thanks to a comparison video on YouTube.

The second-generation iPhone SE offers impressive specs for a phone with its budget-friendly price tag. But there remains a pressing question about its battery life when compared to other models in the line-up.

iPhone SE battery life vs iPhone 11 battery life

The second-generation iPhone SE comes equipped with an 1821 mAh battery, which is small compared to iPhone 11’s 3110 mAh battery. The phone has a smaller battery, but it has a few specifications which help the phone last a bit longer in the race i.e. a smaller display and low-resolution screen.

iPhone SE battery life is expected to be similar to that of an iPhone 8, specially in terms of talk time, as per Apple. Apple also claims that users can “watch up to 13 hours of video on a single charge” on its new second-generation iPhone SE.

Earlier this week, tech YouTuber Arun Maini shared the results of his tests which pit iPhone SE against other top iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, Samsung S20, and OnePlus 8. As expected, iPhone SE lagged behind these flagship smartphones which ship with much larger batteries. After a test which involved using a number of apps and games to drain battery life, these were the results:

  • iPhone SE: 3 hours 46 minutes
  • iPhone 11: 5 hours
  • Galaxy S20: 6 hours 31 minutes
  • iPhone 11 Pro: 6 hours 56 minutes
  • OnePlus 8: 7 hours 55 minutes

OnePlus won this test thanks to its 4300 mAh battery, although Galaxy S20 lost to iPhone 11 Pro’s 3046 mAh battery, despite shipping with a 4000 mAh battery. The test would have been more interesting if an iPhone 11 Pro Max was introduced in the mix.

Despite these results, note that the test does not reflect real-world usage by any means and should be taken with a grain of salt. With normal usage, reviewers claim that they get can get through a day or more with iPhone SE battery life. Tom’s Guide benchmarked the iPhone SE battery life with a test that loads a new website every 30 seconds, at 150 nits of brightness over a cellular connection, and got a result of 9 hours and 18 minutes. Even this test is not indicative of real-world usage, but it goes on to show that different tests provide different results, and almost none of them reflect real-world usage.

Make sure to check out our specs comparison of iPhone SE vs iPhone 11 to help you decide which phone to get.

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