Is It Worth Upgrading iPhone 7/8/XR/SE (2020) to iPhone SE 2022?

Is it worth upgrading to iPhone SE? The new iPhone SE in 2022 is considered as an entry-level iPhone for non-iOS users.


By Dylan / Updated on May 31, 2024

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iPhone SE 2022 is coming

Apple has announced its newest iPhone, iPhone SE. It has the same name as the iPhone SE second generation(2020) but is totally brand-new. It comes with great performance updates and 5G connectivity.

The new iPhone SE features impressive upgrades like the A15 Bionic chip.  With this chip, iPhone SE 2022 can have advanced camera capabilities and much better improvement on performance, especially if you are still using iPhone 6/7/8/X. And still, the brand-new iPhone SE comes with a 4.7-inches LCD screen, which is the same as the iPhone 6, iPhone 8, and earlier iPhone SE generations. 

iPhone SE 2022

Is it worth upgrading to iPhone SE?

iPhone SE is considered as the best value iPhone, so is it worth upgrading to iPhone SE? Maybe you are using an iPhone 7, 8 or XR, iPhone SE first/second generation now, and feel it working fine, but the new iPhone SE in 2022 is still attractive for its affordable price. Let’s have an overview of the Tech Specs of the new iPhone SE.


The new iPhone SE is equipped with the latest A15 Bionic Chip, which is also used on iPhone 13 Pro, the most powerful iPhone at present. This could be the most attractive point on the new iPhone SE. You cost much less money to use the core of the most powerful iPhone. You could feel free to enjoy apps, games or augmented reality with it.



The camera on the new iPhone SE could be compared with iPhone XR. It is equipped with a single 12MP Wide rear camera and a 7MP front camera and has the same wide f/1.8 aperture, same with the iPhone SE 2020. Besides, the new iPhone SE also supports new features, including  Deep Fusion, Portait mode, Smart HDR 4.

With the Smar HDR 4 tech, you will have the correct color, contrast, noise to the subject on the photos you take. iPhone SE 3 also supports the Portrait Mode, which would help you intelligently blur the background. 

iPhone SE 2020 Camera

Want to capture the surprising moment? You don’t need to shift to recording mode like ever. Just press and hold the shutter to make a quickly-taken video.

● 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
● 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
● 720p HD video recording at 30 fps

iPhone SE 2020 Recording


Operating System

The original operating system on the new iPhone SE is iOS 15, so you could enjoy the latest apps and services with it.

Water Resistance

Water resistance becomes one of the iPhone's features since the invention of iPhone 7, and this technology is increasingly mature now. According to the experiment from Apple’s lab, iPhone SE is water resistant to 1 meter for 30 minutes and it is also dust resistant. This could make your iPhone safer and always keep the screen fresh as a new one.

iPhone Water Resistance

5G network

Now the iPhone SE supports the 5G network. 5G helps users to take advantage of the latest generation of wireless technology, so you can have a much faster uploading and downloading speed. In today's world, you may use Facetime a lot to have communication with your families, friends, colleagues, thanks to the 5G, you will have lower latency and between experiences. 


Battery Life

The battery life of the iPhone SE series are always been criticized. When an iPhone SE second gets fully charged, it can play videos for up to 13 hours, or play music for up to 40 hours. You don't expect the new version have much improvement on battery life, but according to Apple, with the A15 chip, the iPhone SE 2022 battery life is rated to be 2 hours longer. 


Storage, Color, and Price

As the special mode of iPhone, iPhone SE is still mainly put the affordable price in the first place.There are three storage capacity options that will change the price. The 64GB is going for $429, the 128GB is being pre-ordered for $479, and the largest 256GB sells for $579。 All of the iPhone SE 2022 options can be pre-ordered right now and will be in the stores on 18 March. There are 3 colors, blackwhite, and red, to be chosen. You could pick the classical colors or the hot color as you wish.


iPhone SE 2020

Is worth upgrading to iPhone SE 2022

iPhone SE actually gives choice to those who are still using old iPhone like iPhone 8/7, even iPhone 6 series and don't want iPhone 12/13. And if you are an Android user and want to experience the iOS system, iPhone is a good choice. 

It gives you the latest A chip and other Apple technologies with an affordable price. If you want a new iPhone and don't need the iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 models, iPhone SE 2022 is a good choice. But if you are using the iPhone 2020 and still working good, it is not recommended to get the new version. You don't see many changes unless 5G is important to you. 


As you can see from this passage, the new iPhone SE in 2022, doesn’t have too many highlights. If you are an Android user and want to try iOS, or want a new iPhone to replace the old iPhone,  you could really upgrade it to the new iPhone SE. With the new chip and iOS, you could enjoy more apps when working or amusing yourself.

Dylan · Editor
Dylan is an editor of mobile backup software. He likes to share the latest news about iPhone and iOS, write useful tips, and give solutions to help people solve all kinds of issues.