Friday, Mar 11, 2022, 21:14 iOS: Hardware

iPhone SE "3" – First Benchmarks Available

The iPhone SE 3 is already available for order – with delivery by next Friday at the earliest. Although the design remains unchanged, Apple has improved the device in multiple other respects, leading to a considerable increase in value for customers. The iPhone SE now supports the current 5G cellular connection standard, offers significantly improved battery life in comparison to its predecessor, and is driven by an A15 Bionic chip (the same chip as the current iPhone 13). Additionally, the smartphone now has 4 GB of RAM instead of the previous generation's 3 GB.

iPhone SE 3 Now Comparable To iPhone 13
The iPhone SE now possesses the same processor as the standard iPhone 13 and identical storage capacity as the non-Pro models. Thus, it's presumable that the device finds itself in the same league as the iPhone 13 and 13 mini in terms of performance – despite its lower price. This expectation has just now been confirmed by the first benchmarks posted to Geekbench. Accordingly, the iPhone SE 3 is referred to by Cupertino as the "iPhone 14,6" and in GeekBench 5 single-core benchmarks the phone achieved 1,695 points – only slightly fewer than the iPhone 13 and 13 mini which both received 1,739 points. The distance between the SE's score and the iPhone 13 Pro's (1,743) and the iPhone 13 Pro Max's (1,728) also isn't that big.

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Values Somewhat Lower In Multi-Core Tests
Things do look slightly different, however, in the multi-core benchmarks, where the iPhone SE 3 gets 4,021 points, whereas the iPhone 13 manages 4,532 (13 mini – 4,711). The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are clearly ahead of the game in this category, with 4,888 and 4,715 points respectively. For comparison – the previous iPhone SE housing an A13 Bionic chip only managed 1,312 points in the single-core test and 2,819 in the multi-core one.

Results Appear Plausible
As is always the case with GeekBench benchmark results released before the official arrival of a product – it's not yet possible to verify these numbers. That being said – the preliminary results do seem very plausible and do reflect the likely performance values of a built-in A15 Bionic chip. As per how the device will perform during everyday use and whether it will "feel" as fast as its more expensive counterparts remains to be seen. The benchmarks run simply measure the device's pure CPU performance. The actual, overall performance is, however, also dependent upon other components. For example, the iPhone SE 3 doesn't come equipped with a 120 Hz display like the iPhone 13 – this could mean that there may be a perceptible difference in the smoothness of scrolling on websites or in apps between the two devices – although the new iPhone SE will more than certainly be fast enough for applications and games thanks to the updated processor. The second generation iPhone SE was still running on a 2 year old processor.

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