Compare Apple iPhone SE vs Apple iPhone 3GS: Price, Specs, Review

Difference between the Apple iPhone SE smartphone and the Apple iPhone 3GS mobile, with the technical details, but also the respective performances. The first phone is operating with the Apple A9 processor, which has 2 cores, 2 threads, an energy-efficient frequency of 1,9 GHz, a high-performance frequency of 1,9 GHz. The second is working with the Cortex-A8 processor, with 1 cores, 1 threads, its initial frequency is 0,6 GHz, its maximum frequency is 0,6 GHz.


Smartphone Apple iPhone SE Apple iPhone 3GS
Model version(s) A1662, A1723, A1724 A1325
Release date Q1 2016 Q2 2009
Dimensions 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 in 4.55 x 2.44 x 0.48 in
Weight 3.99 oz 4.76 oz
Body Front glass,
aluminum body
Aluminum body
Screen size, colours 4 inches, 16M colors 3.5 inches, 16M colors
Screen type LED-backlit IPS LCD TFT
Resolution 640 x 1136 pixels 320 x 480 pixels
Screen ratio 16:9 3:2
Density 326 ppi 165 ppi
Operating system iOS 9.3.2 iOS 3
Processor Apple A9 Cortex-A8
Lithography 14 nm 65 nm
Cores 2 1
Threads 2 1
High-performance cores 2x Twister @1.85 GHz 1x Cortex-A8 @600 MHz
Energy-efficient cores NA
GPU PowerVR GT7600 PowerVR SGX535
Memory 2 GB RAM 0.256 GB RAM
Storage 16 / 128 GB 8 / 32 GB
Memory card
Camera 12 MP, f/2.2, 29mm 3.15 MP, AF, f/2.8
Video 2160p30,
Front camera 1.2 MP, f/2.4, 31mm No
Front video 720p30 No
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE 2.1, A2DP
USB 2.0 2.0
Battery capacity 1,624 mAh 1,220 mAh
Battery type Non-removable Li-Po Non-removable Li-Ion
Versatile use autonomy ~ 7 hours ~ 8 hours
Head SAR value (US) 1.17 W/kg 0.26 W/kg
Body SAR value (US) 1.19 W/kg 0.79 W/kg
AnTuTu 140,500
Geekbench 4 single core 2,505 150
Geekbench 4 multi-core 4,400 150
Rating 3.5 / 5 3.4 / 5
Number of reviews 552 365
Price $159 $45
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We can thus compare easily the technical specifications between these two smartphones. The Apple iPhone SE smartphone has a bigger number of cores, the maximum frequency of the Apple iPhone SE is higher. The Apple iPhone SE has a more recent release date.

Note: prices may change with time. They are not updated in real time. Shipping costs have not been integrated in the overall cost of the mobile devices.

Performance comparison between the Apple iPhone SE phone and the Apple iPhone 3GS. For this purpose, we are looking at the respective scores on AnTuTu and Geekbench 4.

Geekbench 4:

Processor Geekbench 4 – Multi-core & single core score – iOS 64-bit
Apple iPhone SE  2,505
Apple iPhone 3GS  150

This graph shows us the difference in power between these two phones. For each value, it is an average based on 250 data generated in the benchmark platform.

On the single-core side, there is thus a difference of 1570%. In multi-core, the gap is 2833%.


Unfortunately, we can not yet display the comparison chart for the results on AnTuTu, because we lack data for at least one of these processors. Please, come back in a few days.